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(John Testarossa #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Things are never what they seem; especially in police work.

John Testarossa is an LAPD cop with an NYPD attitude who has seen it all. The dead, the dying and the decomposing are all in a day’s work for the red-headed Italian from Brooklyn.

After an arm rolls up on a Santa Monica beach, and the dead body to which the arm was once attached is discovered, John and his partn
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Dante Milan Publishing (first published 2010)
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I fell hard for John and this amazing story.
I don’t think I was more than a few chapters in and I realized this book is going to be something special. The main character John Testarossa is a fabulous character.

We get to know quite a bit about him and what drives him in his career – family, friends, the job, and even his love life. Each piece creates a driven, intense, conflicted, fun loving, romantic man.

And I totally fell for him. I absolutely love this character.

Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
What a very intriguing book this is. So many facets that grabbed me and pulled me in.

Story 1, father and son. How that relationship maketh the man. John Testarossa only son of an only son. A red headed Italian (me thinks someone bedded an Irishman/woman). A walk to school. A breakfast in a deli. A life changed. I want to hug that guy.

Story 2 a young man robbed of his life. John is good cop. A really, really good cop. The type who feels. The type who senses. The type who is honest and loyal. He
Bonnye Reed
Feb 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Kathy Rouchelle
An absolutely fascinating book that will capture you, pull you in and hold your attention all the way through. To say that there is mystery surrounding the "who dun-it" in this story is an understatement and one that keeps you turning page after page as your mind works over time trying to figure out who the murderer is before the detectives themselves.

The characters are so very well written and well defined, and one in particular is a bit complex. Detective John Testarossa is a man with a hard
Jennifer Pierson
I'm very impressed with J.D. Cary's writing style, especially since it's the first book, and what a story it was! John Testarossa is an LAPD detective, who's originally from Brooklyn, so that whole NYPD stereotype comes out quite often, though he's on the west coast these days. He & his partner, Alex Ortiz have a new case when a mysterious arm pops up on the Santa Monica Beach, without the body attached to it. But just wait, the body is coming, and it leads John & his partner to the complex worl ...more
Gwen Shafer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read from J.D. I am glad that I decided to give this book a chance. I was looking for a book with a little mystery and found it in this one. John Testarossa is a detective. Him and his partner get a case. It all starts with a human arm. Nothing but the arm. Slowly and surely as they start to work through the case they build on what is going on . That is when the book becomes gripping and has you hooked. You are going on a ride with these two trying to figure ou ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Top notch police procedural that’s terrifically writing with a thrilling storyline that includes a dead college kid, illegal drugs, flying bullets and a lovely romance to boot. It’s an emotional ringer during a few parts that hurt my heart and sprung a few tears. Great murder mystery with hunky cops and lots of bad guys. John and his partner Alex are a hoot along with the rest of the cop crew friends and fantastic camaraderie. And then there’s the lovely Dr. Gennaro. The romance ...more
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Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carrie
Wow what a book it all starts when an arm washes up on shore and from there it's a race to not only find the body the arm belongs to but the person who was the killer.

Testarossa is a Detective for the Lapd and racing against the clock to find out what happened and why. Can Testarossa and his partner find out what happened or will it become another cold case?

An amazing book lots of twists and turns had me guessing throughout the whole book! I can't wait to see what the next one has in store!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cary has completely amazed me with this book. It is emotional, suspenseful, written flawlessly, and an overall amazing read!! They have included all elements that suck you in in a romance suspense book. I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. It was a read I won’t forget anytime soon.

Cops are hard and scary to love. John knows this. But sometimes love doesn’t care what you know. This story is gripping, emotional and all around one amazing story you nee
Fredrick Danysh
Homicide detective John Testarossa works in Los Angles Police Department around Venice Beach. A very conflicted and forceful individual, the detective meets a emergency room doctor when a fellow detective is injured. His life flashes back to he childhood while he attempts at solve the violent murder of a college student and build a relationship with the lady doctor.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You either enjoy this book or you don’t. I’m not sure there’s too much middle ground. I’ve read it three times. John Testarossa is a New York cop who has moved to LA. He’s a cop through and through. He works homicide and he’s come across a gruesome discovery. He finds that college is not what it’s cracked up to be. Lots of bad things go on with young people. A young man shoved under a bridge dead. JT and his fellow cops have to work through a college athlete system to see if they can find out wh ...more
Mar 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I tried to get several of my friends to read this but they never finished it. It was a great read but very explicit about dead bodies. It is a book about murder and how cops solve them. The main character is John Testarossa who left NY but has never gotten the death of his father, another cop, resolved. The book goes back and forth from his career, his love interest, and how his father died. I enjoyed every word and have read it three ties
Mary Bowers
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very Good Read

Well written with lots of twists & turns, strong characters you want to learn more about. It does lag in a couple places and the going back to the past gets a little confusing. Still a very good read..
Michele bookloverforever
Tough cop finds and walks away from love but is good at solving murders.
paulette sarelli
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great police thriller

This book gave you good insight into what a cop goes through on a daily basis. Loved the main character John and all the demons he dealt with.
Ken Orton
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

ENJOYED THE BOOK. Not unlike the Lehane books but not quite as much polish. Looking forward to 4 which I bought.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ticking cops

I am not, or have been a fan about books about cops or their behaviors. The US has learned toward a crime and punishment mentality, which gives me great pause. Seems we celebrate violence and will not adjust the laws in favor of protecting our kids or people. Everyone has to have a gun but school teachers live on the edge of poverty. I am not a fan of sanctioning punishment and rewarding bad behavior.
There is an audience for this genre. It just isn't me.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wiping the tears

Such a good story. Such good people. Thank you for this glimpse into this tiny facet of humanity. You're the best.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a bit of a disappointment to me. The reviews are just stellar so I was expecting an enjoyable read. Not so. I found there was just too much going on and too much jumping around. There were times where I had no idea what the author was talking about. The main character was likable enough but his relationship with his love interest made me dislike him. First of all they moved way too quickly into an intense relationship. Or maybe not as one of the things I disliked about the book wa ...more
Naughty Nightie
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 star read by J.D Cary. John Testarossa is a cop for the LAPD and finds himself with a puzzling murder to solve when an arm washes up in the beach. A few days later a body is found under a bridge with a missing arm which they discover belongs to their missing arm. So they now have a mystery to solve how the man got murdered and separated from his arm.
It turns out the body belongs to a missing college student now John has to solve the mystery of how a missing college student turns up dead i
Becky Wise
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest here and say that I found Testarossa a bit slow at the beginning. I had a hard time connecting with John. But please finish reading this before you decide.......The more I read the more I was just pulled into Testarossa. It took a little bit but once I got into John's head and in the mind of crime-solving I was hooked. I loved this book. You get a lot of background on John throughout this read that helps you in the understanding of who John is and how he works his cases. I ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most brilliantly detailed police murder mysteries I've ever read. The case details are so vivid and gruesome. You learn quickly the John Testarossa really has his work cut out for him and some.

John suffered a horrific lose at a young age that sculpted him into becoming a cop. He's a very good one too. Case after case, his work is never done. After a case sends him briefly to the ER, he meets Dr. Karen. You can tell there's an immediate attraction but you are left wondering how can he
Kelly Graham
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read a police book before this was a new experience for me.
To start with I found it a little bit slow and hard to remember all of the police characters, but the more I read the more I liked it.
John Testarossa is a nice guy and a great cop, him and his partner Alex are a great team and their chats bounce off each other seemlessly.
John is never off duty, even when he is and his comradery between his fellow work mates either working together to solve a case or kicking back at his house
Dee Winston
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

John, a hard man to love but a man who I think deserves it. He's loyal and has integrity. The people he calls his friends are his family and he will do anything for them, which makes him a good detective. But he has demons which keeps him from truly receiving the love he deserves. But maybe Karen will be the one. This book was a good read for me. The way these detectives are relentless to find justice for the dead, makes you love them. I can't wait for more.
Tamatha Hargett
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for an intense and gritty police thriller, look no further. I can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Would have been much better without the needless gratuitous sex scenes.
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