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Cop Killer (A District One Thriller Book 1) by [Pearson, Ryne Douglas]
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From the bestselling author of All For OneTop Ten, and Simple Simon...
"I learned long ago what a partner is. He's the guy behind you with a gun."
Detectives Jack James and Danny Owen are on the trail of a killer. But not just any murderer. A cold and calculating executioner accomplishing what police and the courts could not: bring vengeance upon those who beat the system and escaped punishment for heinous crimes. Crimes that seem echoed in the retribution the avenging angel is meting out in some real world expression of 'an eye for an eye'.
But as the partners identify and close in on a suspect, the bounds of right and wrong, justice and vengeance, begin to blur. So much so that one detective begins to doubt just who is adversary, and who is ally.

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  • Print Length: 325 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6829O2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,071,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense thrill ride 10 August 2013
By L Enright - Published on
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Kudos to Mr. Pearson for another exciting thriller!

It's difficult to say much about a thriller without giving away twists in the plot, so I will highlight the points about this book that I found particularly excellent without giving too much away.

"Cop Killer" is the story of a man who transfers from an extremely dangerous police district to one viewed as relatively tame because of a little girl -- his niece, Lacy. Danny Owen, the story's protagonist, has become guardian of his niece after her parent's death and doesn't want her living in the kind of place where he used to work, so he transfers to District One. That single decision begins the sequence of events that leads to the thrilling ride that this story eventually becomes. In fact, Lacy and Danny's feelings for her are what drives the plot at crucial times to its ultimate conclusion. Their relationship is one that is very subtly drawn yet remains a persistent motivation that gives definite believability to the tale.

The main characters are nicely fleshed out and not stereotypical. Each has nuances that add that special feeling of grayness we all possess. We are not cookie-cutter people and these are not cookie-cutter characters. That same grayness carries over in the way things play out. Things are never just right or wrong, good or bad. There are no strictly winners or losers. What is right for one turns out to be wrong for others. What is bad on the face of it seems good in the end. The ones who are supposed to have won, did win but at what price?

The pace is excellent, and the action is intense at times. This is not a book for the faint of heart (or children). The resolution at the end is well thought out and satisfying. I highly recommend this excellently written and well-plotted thriller to all who enjoy the genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good can go bad, if you don't watch out 6 July 2014
By Bookloving Gal - Published on
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Protagonist Danny Owen is a cop who has been working in a gritty, dangerous part of town. But when the deaths of his sister and brother-in-law make Uncle Danny the guardian of his little niece, he transfers to a safe part of town. He wants her to have a safe, happy life. Danny hates this part of town--it's safe and dull and not at all interesting and his new partner is Mr. Cleanjeans, the paragon generally credited with the squeaky-clean life the residents enjoy.

Danny, though, has a streak of--well, he's not a dirty cop, but he isn't above using his position as a policeman to harass and intimidate a shopkeeper who once made his niece cry. Mind you, the shopkeeper did this once. Danny stops by the store two or three times a week to humiliate the shopkeeper in front of his employees.

Someone in the precinct IS a dirty cop, but Danny doesn't see it at first as the bad cop slowly draws Danny into a web of corruption he may not live to escape. Not all of Danny's friends make it out of the book alive.

Although I wasn't surprised at who the "bad guy(s)" was/were (I won't tell you how many), I was still interested and entertained all the way through.

My only niggle has to do with a mistake Danny makes late in the story. I know the bad guy has to get this information, but I would rather have had the info fall into his hands through some mechanism besides Danny's inattention or naivte. Still, that's about 150 words out of the whole manuscript, and I'm hardcore about plot and may have more than the usual tech-savvy. Probably 80% of readers won't have the least problem with this event.

Excellent read. This author is new to me, and I don't remember why I bought this book. Some link somewhere, I'm sure, because I ignore the advertising emails Amazon sends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cop, Killer 21 February 2014
By Kevin V. Finn - Published on
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Cop, Killer proves once again why Ryne Pearson is one of my favorite contemporary thriller author. Briskly paced (as per his usual) and lean, efficient storytelling brings one straight to the heart of the story and keeps them there. This novel is a breath of fresh air for the detective thriller; plenty of twists and turns to keep us guessing, and turning pages. These are just not cardboard-cop characters & villains; Pearson exhibits a true understanding of who cops are as real people, and a more sinister, terrifying grasp of how good people can do such terrible things. More so, Pearson always finds a way to make us care about his characters, good or bad, one way or another. There's a raw, open wound to the character of Danny Owen, and Mr. Pearson picks at the exposed nerve again and again as Danny is driven deeper into the situations that threaten to destroy him. Sometimes gruesome, sometimes thrilling, always entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great characters! 23 September 2013
By Diane Kelley - Published on
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I love how Ryne Pearson creates characters that unfold along with his story. Just when you think you've got it figured out, another twist comes along, and every turn makes sense. I also love how he uses language. No one is better than he is at weaving prose into action and creating vivid, precise imagery. I'm really looking forward to his next District One Thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 3 September 2013
By Wexford girl - Published on
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I loved Cop Killer. It is an action packed thriller, I had a hard time putting it down. I liked Danny Owen and I loved how he cared for his little niece. I'm looking forward to the next District One Thriller !
It would make a great movie. Ryne Douglas Pearson is a very talented writer.