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great, plot or should I say plots? excellent use of humour / tension / characters / as always from Joseph Flynn a book I dare not start when I have any commitments as I will NOT want to put it down until all is resolved.
Doc Kildare is an ex-cop who had lost his left eye in a drug raid shootout, he is kicked off the force by a jealous superintendent. When Jerry Handee a 17 year old retarded boy goes missing, Doc helps the boy's mother Glenda to look for her son. The jealous superintendent has put out the word that no one is to help Doc, because Doc has a suit for $15 million a third of the $45 million recovered in the drug raid on Armando Guzman. This book is packed with adventure from a serial killer and Armando Guzman wanting to escape prison and get revenge on Doc. A great read
Not even close to the author's usual storytelling. This one had not even a shred of the "I want to read more," vibe that I usually get from Mr. Flynn's novels. Oh well, I guess they're not all going to be great. I will still buy the next one because I have loved all I've read so far with this one being the exception that proves the rule.
The Concrete Inquisition
starts as the story of a missing boy, but gradually expands to spin five mysteries (depending on how you count) into a tightly woven fabric. The good guys are a motley crew: a one-eyed ex-cop, the missing boy's mother, a neighborhood full of "characters", and the hero's ex-wife, to name a few. The bad guys are as varied as one could ask for: a serial killer, some corrupt and/or inept cops, a few thugs, and drug-connected dons. The good guys are generally likable, the bad guys suitably despicable. There's a set of unknown characters to provide ambiguity to the boundary between the good and the bad guys. By now, you might think the whole thing is trite or facetious. Well, some might consider it so. However, I found the characters, the sleuthing, and the interlocking pieces of the story to be original, interesting, and consistently gripping. I found the ending to be reasonable and satisfying, overall.
A couple of complaints/warnings might be helpful. The formatting displayed by Kindle (for PC) has systematically omitted breaks between subsections of the chapters. This causes the reader to stumble a bit at some of the scene changes. Also, as is often the case, I find myself wishing the sex scenes and the cussing were less explicit and farther between; on a scale of 1-10, probably a 5 in these areas.
I'd recommend this one to most mystery fans. If five mysteries at a time aren't enough reward for you, perhaps you'd prefer another genre?
5*stars+95* MORE!! I LOVE THE WAY HE TELLS A STORY, I JUST GET ALL CAUGHT UP IN IT. THIS ISN'T MY FIRST BOOK I'VE READ BY THIS AUTHOR, I TRULY HAVE ENJOYED EACH ONE. WHAT A RUSH! THE STORYLINE WAS GREAT, THE CHARACTERS ARE GREAT, THE TWO LEAD CHARACTERS DOC & HARRY, HAD UNFINISHED HISTORY, THE KILLER'S WERE HORRIBLE, AND THE MOTHER (Glenda) AND SON (Jerry) WERE FANTASTIC AND LOVABLE. I LOVE THE STRENGTH THE CHARACTERS DISPLAYED WHEN THINGS WENT BAD. I ALWAYS LOVE THE MESSAGES WEAVED THROUGH OUT ALL THE STORIES (timely and what's happening today in America)THE ENDINGS OF HIS BOOKS, FOR ME THEY ARE SO VERY SATISFYING, EVERYTHING IS JUST THE WAY IT SHOULD HAPPEN. I LOVE IT! I ALWAYS GET SUPER HYPED UP WHEN I READ ONE OF HIS BOOKS. WHOO-HOO, I'M PUMPED!!! YESSssssssss! ;>
**I'VE REALLY GOT TO STOP READING MR. FLYNN'S BOOKS SO CLOSE TO BEDTIME, NOW I'M TOO WIRED TO SLEEP.
One of the more interesting characters I've encountered in this genre, "Doc" Kildare is one of those figures who takes slightly better than average police skills, the kind of courage we all would like to think we possess, and a fierce sense of loyalty to his friends to confront the "bad guys" in this novel. The story is refreshingly free of the kind of technology - cell phones, computers, monitoring devices of all kinds - that pervade our lives, and relies instead on the "human" element - the fear, greed, and treachery, the love, loyalty, and hope that drive us all, and make for a really fine story. A great Read!
This is a more complex story than I first thought; and it is interesting also. I liked the toughness of the one-year cop still fighting office politics and grudge holding former bosses; while doing the right thing to solve a crime. The two criminal elements of the plot makes it more interesting; also more difficult for the author to write. A good read.
Most Authors as prolific as Mr. Flynn tend to establish a style and you soon get the feeling they are cutting and pasting their books. Not so with Joseph Flynn. That means some of his novels aren't my style of reading, but the ones that are my style are excellent reads. I found the Concrete Inquisition to be an excellent read.