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Measure Twice

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  564 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Lester Mayton is struggling to break free from his addiction. In his particular case, the drug of choice is religion. Now with his wife dead and city officials to blame, Mayton is out for revenge. In order to commit the atrocities necessary to spread his message of justice, he must change his ways and become the evil he has always abhorred.

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ebook, 248 pages
Published September 20th 2014 by Bolt Action Books (first published August 28th 2014)
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Pittsburgh, this unassuming thriller is all about revenge and atonement. Lester Mayton puts his strong Christian faith on hold to exact revenge on the city officials he blames for his wife's death. Jackson Channing is a senior police detective trying to atone for the torture death of his partner by a serial killer they tried to interview on an earlier investigation. Their paths eventually cross in an explosive finale but the evolution of these intriguing characters are the elements I most ...more
Jim Crocker
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two metropolitan homicide detectives -- one a recovering alcoholic, older white guy, the other a young, black woman with a big mouth -- are partnered up to FAIL in their pursuit of a devious killer, administering murderous vengeance and retribution upon the corrupt city officials responsible for the death of his wife.

The two cops battle their own demons, the system and each other to an explosive climax. I couldn't put this one down, and I'm sure you won't either. One of my favorite characters w
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn’t know from experience, but I imagine it must be very difficult to be a cop. Dramatic, dangerous cases being solved by extraordinary men and women trying to maintain an emotional detachment from the victims and the perpetrators…I personally could never do it. Even more to the point, I’m not sure I could have continued to live after going through what Channing and his previous partner Alex dealt with. It’s some very scary stuff and I don’t envy them in the slightest — and these are ficti ...more
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I really enjoy damaged characters; maybe because I'm a little damaged myself. Since that is the case, I immediately fell in love with Jackson Channing, as he seeks to successfully revive the career that damaged him in an effort to replace the flask in his jacket pocket with a familiar demon that might prove a little more productive. His plan is somewhat hindered by the sharp new partner with whom he's been paired; Tina Lambert, a fierce, former track star, does not seem fazed by ...more
What’s the difference between a god addict and a believer? And who most needs the help of a 12 step program? The wounded characters of J.J. Hensley’s Measure Twice range from a woman concerned the color of her skin might adversely affect promotion, to a man so wounded that death seems the only way forward. The author pits two men against each other in a novel that’s part mystery, part police procedural, part psychological thriller, and wholly haunting, a vivid human drama.

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After a bunch of dud books full of whiny female heroines, I needed a good thriller featuring a detective with a drinking problem.

Measure Twice did not disappoint. A really well-paced thriller with an interesting - which probably isn't the right word - serial killer. Why is this mild-mannered, God-fearing man on a methodical and ritualistic killing spree?

I really like how JJ Hensley uses Pittsburgh as a character in his books. While reading this book, we were watching the Stanley Cup Finals. NB
M. Sprouse
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I read J.J. Hensley's, "Resolve" last year and I'm afraid that one spoiled me. "Measure Twice" had a lot of the same elements: fast paced action, excellent character development and a formidable villain, at least at the start. However, it lacked the mystery, the same level of incredible twists and suspense. The chapters were titled by the AA steps. It would have been nice if they'd been more obviously aligned with those 12 steps.

Here I am seemingly complaining about a 4 star book, that I thoroug
Edward Banchs
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. I'm not one to usually dive into murder mysteries, but I'm glad I read this. The story grabbed me right away as I found myself reaching for this book every single second I could so I could see what happened next.

Some rather unexpected twists and deep dialogue kept this story interesting. The characters are a reason why I found this story remarkable; fresh-faced naïveté colliding with brash-tortured honesty make for wonderful character arcs.

Measure Twice is well worth your time.
Brian Malbon
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lester Mayton is a "God addict". His overzealous spiritual devotion at the expense of everything else in life led to the disintegration of his marriage. In order to perpetuate the series of brutal murders he has planned to get revenge for his wife's death, he must overcome his love of God.
Detective Jackson Channing is an alcoholic. His heavy hitting of the bottle after a devastating traumatic event led to the disintegration of his marriage. In order to catch the killer currently murdering city o
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hensley has created a well-plotted and executed thriller in Measure Twice. His characters have depth and believability and using the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as chapter headings was a clever device.

Because I'm a Pittsburgh native, I always love novels set in our city; the recognition of the familiar settings make the descriptions come alive for me. Kathleen George created a series of cop tales set here which hooked me, and now that I'm on to Hensley, I plan to read the rest of his wo
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I LOVED this book! I may be slightly biased as I am a Pittsburgher, but I think that made it so much better, as I could picture all of the locations that Channing/Lambert and Mayton were at.

I also really enjoy how J.J. incorporates the overall theme of the novel into his chapters. For example, his first novel, Resolve (which if you enjoyed this one, I highly recommend), had 26.2 chapters because it revolved around a murder during the Pittsburgh Marathon. Measure Twice has 12 chapters because it
Marc Fitch
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pittsburg becomes the canvass for a killer's work of revenge art. Keeps you reading, some beautiful twists, but one of the best aspects of this novel is the "insider information" that you get. If you read the author's bio you understand that he has a lot of experience in law enforcement and has probably seen his share of political corruption that is hidden largely from public eyes. Those insights gave the book a greater sense of authenticity. You know them when you seen them because any other wr ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great thriller. Well written.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Although the killer's identity is revealed right from the start, it was a suspenseful read that I could not put down! The characters are so well-developed and I was disappointed when it ended because I wanted to spend more time with Jackson Channing. He and Lester Mayton are both damaged men who are easy to sympathize with when you learn of their personal tragedies. JJ Hensley scores a big win with this book and I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Joe C.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book by this author (JJ Hensley)I have read and have to say I really enjoy his books.

Measure Twice is a great book and a very exciting read. I particularly liked the backstory of a detective facing his past demons and trying to overcome them. It rounded out what could have been a stereotypical "tough cop" character.

I hope there is more to come from definitely JJ Hensley as I enjoy his writings immensely.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Hensler's previous book, Resolve, and have been looking forward to reading this book. There were a few gruesome scenes that gave me nightmares and I laughed out loud at least once, but the humanity in the novel is what I enjoyed the most. The addiction, the guilt, the loss and the empathy shown gave this story much more depth and life than your average mystery. ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
whoa. this blew my mind. so much going on here to think about. saw a lot of archie sheridan in jackson. wow. superb writing. accessible but with a lot of depth of character and plot. I might never look at the incline the same way.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book by JJ Hensley. Like his first book Resolve, I once again enjoyed his unique twist on chapters. Great for lovers of mysteries and lovers of Pittsburgh, I highly recommend.
Fantastic Read! I actually had to stop reading to make sure the doors and windows were locked, as if that would deter a murderer.

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J.J. HENSLEY is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Hensley is the author of the novels RESOLVE, MEASURE TWICE, CHALK'S OUTLINE, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, RECORD SCRATCH, FORGIVENESS DIES, and several shorter works. He is originally from Huntington, WV and currently resides near Savannah, GA.

RESOLVE was a Thriller Award finalist and was named one of the Bes

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