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Act of Deceit by Steven Gore
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: family-relationships, free-book-for-honest-review, mystery, private-investigator, read-in-2011, reviewed, series
Read in September, 2011

Harlan Donnally was a former SFPD detective who was retired on a disability after being shot on the job.

He promises a dying friend to find the friend's younger sister who his friend placed in a home when she was five. Tragically, when Harlan finds the girl, Anna, he learns she was murdered years ago and her kiler never brought to justice.

He feels he wants to resolve the case for his friend and learns that the accused killer got off because he was found incompetent. When Harlan brings the man to court, an expensive attorney is hired by someone and they make the incompetent man seem like the victim.

Harlan wonders if someone is hiding behind the incompetetent man's craziness and his search takes him to places that neither he nor the reader could forsee. This unique plot development makes the novel very interesting.

Donnally is the kind of detective who doesn't give up and he employs some creative measures to get his answers.

I enjoyed the novel and look forward to other work by the author.

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