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Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle
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Jun 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, own-it, read-in-2009, reviewed, signed-edition, hardboiled, advanced-copy-review, reader-s-club-review-request
Recommended to Michael by: Saw book offer at Goodreads.
Recommended for: Woman's right's fans, Tami Hoag fans

Don't you enjoy the moments when you see the school yard bully humbled by the former victim?

Lauren Covington is a 23 year old student and employee at the newspaper. Out with her friends she seems happy go lucky but at home she's domineered by her father, Alex. Alex is a control fanatic who physically and verbally abuses his family.

The most fortunate day of her life, she meets Jesse Ryder, a private eye. Jesse had been doing some work for Lauren's father's law firm but when they asked him to manufacture evidence to send an innocent man to jail, he refused. No one refuses Alex Covington and he is determined to teach Jesse a lesson.

Jesse takes a laid back approach until Lauren tells him about her brother who is having a hard time with his father and finally pays for his troubles with his life.

Darcia Helle tells a captivating story. She is a student of the people around her and can tell a story with believable characters that are well drawn. She states that her influences include Tami Hoag, John Sanford and Janet Evanovich and this novel should be placed in the libraries of women's shelters throughout the country.

Copies can be obtained at the author's website www.QuiteFuryBooks.com
or at Amazon by searching and indicating paperback copy.

The story had a good resolution and taught the reader a lesson.

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