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Left To Die (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book One) Kindle Edition
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Almost Gone)
LEFT TO DIE is book #1 in a new FBI thriller series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone (Book #1) (a free download) has received over 1,000 five star reviews.
FBI special agent Adele Sharp is a German-and-French raised American with triple citizenship—and an invaluable asset in bringing criminals to justice as they cross American and European borders.
When a serial killer case spanning three U.S. states goes cold, Adele returns to San Francisco and to the man she hopes to marry. But after a shocking twist, a new lead surfaces and Adele is dispatched to Paris, to lead an international manhunt.
Adele returns to the Europe of her childhood, where familiar Parisian streets, old friends from the DGSI and her estranged father reignite her dormant obsession with solving her own mother’s murder. All the while she must hunt down the diabolical killer, must enter the dark canals of his psychotic mind to know where he will strike next—and save the next victim before it’s too late.
An action-packed mystery series of international intrigue and riveting suspense, LEFT TO DIE will have you turning pages late into the night.
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- ASIN : B084T89JJK
- Language : English
- File size : 1379 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 218 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1094350206
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International killer and it requires a FBI agent who can speak fluently the required languages to solve the murders. Adele must face her past in order to solve the mystery. I certainly look forward to the sequels to this first book based o. Adele Sharp. I received the book free and the review is of my own thoughts and reactions.
The story is fast-paced with tension rising steadily through the whole story.
This has a lot of potential as a new series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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For this introduction to Adele she has returned home after an impasse failing to apprehend a serial killer in America, but a new murder in Paris with the same modus operandi has her sent immediately to France to join an international manhunt. A somewhat surplus side issue is that when Adele was being brought up in France her mother had been murdered in a similar manner. Also there are coincidences with her father as a military lawman, and her relationships with previous agents. I suspect that perhaps Adele’s obsession with her mother’s death and her father becoming involved are largely just set-ups for the next in the series of ‘Adele Sharp Mysteries’?
The main plot relies on interaction between Adele and her French partner and on interwoven commentaries of the serial killer himself, but it lacks procedural descriptions of investigative skills. It is based too much on coincidences and on Adele’s instincts, and any tension seems based on violence and brutality rather than twists and turns or even red-herrings. I have read a few Blake Pierce novels and generally I have reviewed as 4 or 5-star ratings for light-hearted entertaining reading without any undue nastiness. ‘Left to Die’ strays too far from Blake Pierce’s ‘cozy’ style that I enjoy – hence 3-star rating.
Her mentor is still working despite starting his career as a detective in the 1950s. So he is what, about 90?
Cops think the wanted man could be a French native returning from the US. So put out an APB (which isn’t a french term) for a tourist? And decide that there can’t be many redheads. Given the prevalence of red hair in the population, and 8.7 million US visits to France a year, allowing for gender and likely age, that’s still about 5000 redheads in any two week period entering France from the US. But they burst in guns drawn on the first one they identify?! It’s laughable racial profiling. No checks, let’s just attack a redhead!
We’re told that at quickly surveying a room Adele was one of the best. After talking to the man in the latex suit she “noticed” the woman on the bed was also dressed the same. Very observant! But what could it mean? Ooh the tension.
The man makes a run for it, barefoot, in a latex gimp suit, past 2 armed intruders, through a hotel, leaving behind his clothes, phone and wallet because apparently that’s the best way to not be identified.
And the arrogant French partner is ridiculous. Stereotyped sexism and too unprofessional to be in that job, let alone be tolerated by the lead character. Lazy writing.
To have two characters, in different books, who work for the FBI, both having mothers that were murdered, both trying to catch this murderer, both have complicated lives.
This book is good but to many similarities to other books and characters by this auther would make me think twice about book 2.
The story wasn't bad and could have been interesting if it had been well written, but she solves it because ideas 'come to her' so there is little logic, investigation or real work. It isn't thrilling and the character is a horrid selfish and silly person who is not very bright.