‘John Medina’ series Book #1 (Fantastic Fiction)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages – Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (October 1, 2003) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0743475488 – ISBN-13: 978-0743475488
The back of the book reads:
Some secrets need to be told…
Still reeling from her mother’s recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a pachage containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen’s father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
Even if they lead to murder…
For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn’t add up – especially after he meets the victim’s daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of “accidents” have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder – and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father’s secrets.
(18-Jun-08 to 20-Jun-08 )
Review: An excellent ‘why are people trying to kill me’ mystery.
I understood how Karen Whitlaw was feeling. While never been in a situation like that, it was close. To lose someone so close to you so quickly, then to lose someone who is supposed to be close to you soon afterwards would have anyone feeling as she felt. A brave woman, she uses her head, her instincts, and her fight for survival to get herself out of whatever situation she finds herself in.
Marc Chastain is one hell of a detective. It’s very rare to read about a detective that uses and trusts his intincts so implicitly in everything he does, from interviewing a victim, a witness, to questioning a perp. I love his smooth charm, and the way his inner self becomes so primitive in protecting Karen. While I think the ‘I love you’s came out a little fast, they knew they were perfect for each other really quickly. And the reader knows it – they balance each other beautifully.
The plot could maybe have been a little more inventive, but I liked it. While the reader knows what’s what and who’s who, the characters in the book don’t and they fight for their lives while trying to figure it out. The action scenes are great, especially with Karen. I thing the love scenes were great in their basicness – primitive and no fanfare – completely raw. The suspense is eased a little since the reader knows what’s going on, but it in no way takes away from the story.
Excellent! Now I need to get my hands on All The Queen’s Men!