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The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant--and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who's been shadowing her college The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant--and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who's been shadowing her college basketball team, Carpenter's pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, who abducts one of Jessie's teammates. With the assistance of the kidnap victim's tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his dog, Buster, hit the ground running--following a twisted trail from the ruins of a shuttered mental asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town with a ghastly secret.


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The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant--and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who's been shadowing her college The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant--and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who's been shadowing her college basketball team, Carpenter's pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, who abducts one of Jessie's teammates. With the assistance of the kidnap victim's tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his dog, Buster, hit the ground running--following a twisted trail from the ruins of a shuttered mental asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town with a ghastly secret.

30 review for Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    No more James Swain. Diving heroically into water to wrestle alligator killing autistic boy, former cop then heads out into his next escapade at behest of his basketball playing daughter to check on a stalker. A 6'10" 300-lb + foe that Jack is not smart enough to wait for police help to capture. And on go the mistakes and stupid moves plus stupidity of police. That is enuf info for my memory banks to ensure that I do not read another Florida locale book. DNF at 14% Wish I could share this with Lar No more James Swain. Diving heroically into water to wrestle alligator killing autistic boy, former cop then heads out into his next escapade at behest of his basketball playing daughter to check on a stalker. A 6'10" 300-lb + foe that Jack is not smart enough to wait for police help to capture. And on go the mistakes and stupid moves plus stupidity of police. That is enuf info for my memory banks to ensure that I do not read another Florida locale book. DNF at 14% Wish I could share this with Larry Potash of WGN News who loves his "Florida" jokes. Library Loan

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    This book was ridiculous! Jack Carpenter is a former cop who now works as a PI specializing in finding missing children. The problem is he behaves as if he is one man police force and we're supposed to feel sorry for him when he ends up getting himself in a heap of trouble while making the desperate situation of kidnap victims even worse. with his foolhardy antics. I should have sensed trouble when he singlehandedly rescued a lost autistic child from the jaws of an alligator. I mean, who does that This book was ridiculous! Jack Carpenter is a former cop who now works as a PI specializing in finding missing children. The problem is he behaves as if he is one man police force and we're supposed to feel sorry for him when he ends up getting himself in a heap of trouble while making the desperate situation of kidnap victims even worse. with his foolhardy antics. I should have sensed trouble when he singlehandedly rescued a lost autistic child from the jaws of an alligator. I mean, who does that and comes out of it with a few scrapes and bruises? Then during this daughter's collegiate basketball game he tries to apprehend a man suspected of stalking the team when he gets distracted...actually he stops interrogating the guy to cheer when his daughter makes the winning basket... then the guy knocks him to the ground and escapes. What a dope! He's in the middle of apprehending a suspect and stops to cheer his daughter? Save yourself the money and check this one out of the library before committing funds to its purchase.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Another better novel than I thought it would be. James Swain is an excellent author. Any writer who can make a kidnapping story interesting without dwelling on the macrabe is worth their talent in writing. 8 of 10 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    Jack Carpenter witnessed something so devastating that it shook him to the core. He witnessed a violent kidnapping. After a decade, Carpenter is still searching for the kidnapped victim. Carpenter receives a telephone call from his daughter telling him a creepy man is hanging out at her practice and she tells him to keep an eye out for the man when he comes to the stadium to watch her basketball team play. Carpenter soon learns he is against a culprit so demented and so violent that Carpenter is fi Jack Carpenter witnessed something so devastating that it shook him to the core. He witnessed a violent kidnapping. After a decade, Carpenter is still searching for the kidnapped victim. Carpenter receives a telephone call from his daughter telling him a creepy man is hanging out at her practice and she tells him to keep an eye out for the man when he comes to the stadium to watch her basketball team play. Carpenter soon learns he is against a culprit so demented and so violent that Carpenter is finding it difficult to take down the man and realizes he needs help. There were a few inconsistencies that were missed by the book editor: 1) The fake reporter had filmed Carpenter’s victim and Carpenter’s daughter yet Carpenter didn’t see a need to provide protection for his daughter. 2) After being beaten up by the culprit Carpenter never changed his routine and kept getting beaten up. 3) Carpenter always had his police dog work with him but left his police dog in the car for a reason I couldn’t figure out when his dog could have helped him from getting beat up. 4) Carpenter called his FBI friend from the garage but when he found the missing cop and tried to call 911, the cop told Carpenter there was no cell service in the garage. 5) Carpenter had several opportunities to use his gun but always found a reason not to. 6) Though there were these inconsistencies it was still a good story. I normally enjoy Peter Jay Fernandez storytelling but didn’t connect with him in this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Asma-Mekki-Daouadji

    Hello 💙 And I finally decided to write a review and get this mission 😂 out of my system lol Today’s book is very interesting and full of excitement Our excellent writer James swain who is new for me wrote a very enthralling kidnapping story , in which the protagonist is jack carpenter ; an ex-cop who stills working on missing kids and his mind stills haunted with nightmares about the disappearance of the bleak girl Noami Dunn since 18 years that has been abducted in front of his eyes by a giant 😳 Hello 💙 And I finally decided to write a review and get this mission 😂 out of my system lol Today’s book is very interesting and full of excitement Our excellent writer James swain who is new for me wrote a very enthralling kidnapping story , in which the protagonist is jack carpenter ; an ex-cop who stills working on missing kids and his mind stills haunted with nightmares about the disappearance of the bleak girl Noami Dunn since 18 years that has been abducted in front of his eyes by a giant 😳 , since that time non saw neither the girl nor the giant ... however again , the gain appear and this time he abducted another Girl who is the friend of his daughter Jessie , and this time jack would no give up , that what would come next is just more delirious than what had happened ... this novel , jack himself I felt in love with , his personality , way of thinking ... adding to that , this book literally touches a psychological side and it is not just about the abduction, but the are more important things to learn 😍 life in Florida , cops in Florida and new places there and other things ...💙💙

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kara Jorges

    Jack Carpenter has been haunted by the disappearance of Naomi Dunn since he witnessed her abduction 18 years ago. Now an ex-cop who assists the police in finding missing children, he is suddenly pulled back on the case full time when the same man abducts one of his daughter’s college basketball teammates. The man is a giant, estimated at six-foot-ten and 350 pounds, and has a small man for an accomplice. Chasing across Florida after the kidnappers with his loyal Australian shepherd Buster, Jack Jack Carpenter has been haunted by the disappearance of Naomi Dunn since he witnessed her abduction 18 years ago. Now an ex-cop who assists the police in finding missing children, he is suddenly pulled back on the case full time when the same man abducts one of his daughter’s college basketball teammates. The man is a giant, estimated at six-foot-ten and 350 pounds, and has a small man for an accomplice. Chasing across Florida after the kidnappers with his loyal Australian shepherd Buster, Jack follows a series of clues and has several close calls with the villains. Along the way, he assists in several other cases that come across his path, sometimes rubbing his friends the wrong way but always coming through. The characters were personable, the story was intriguing, and the action was fairly constant, but I did have a couple of complaints. Jack had a couple of very close calls attempting to rescue his daughter’s friend, but he allowed her to slip through his fingers a couple of times through frustrating inaction. After the second time it happened, followed by Jack’s attention being briefly diverted elsewhere on another case, I began to notice a pattern developing. I’m also not sure if irony was intended when, in one breath Jack admonishes that it’s every citizen’s duty to report to the police and then get out of the way while they do their job, then in the next wryly observes that cops are basically useless. These minor things aside, this was a page turner of a thriller with a story that had me hooked from the start. I found Jack Carpenter and his sidekick Buster to be likeable, too, though Jack goes a bit overboard on down-on-his-luck-ex-cop clichés. I’ve been a fan of Swain’s Tony Valentine series for a couple of years, and it was fun to see him make a cameo appearance. As usual, Swain delivers a high-quality, page-turning thriller that I can comfortably recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Suspenseful I like all of the books in the Jack Carpenter series. They are hard to put down. I'm ready for the next. Suspenseful I like all of the books in the Jack Carpenter series. They are hard to put down. I'm ready for the next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Hooten

    Suspense with a great ending All thru the story, the bad guys seem a step ahead. Great ending,when the good guys bring it to a close.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    A page turner. Swain is getting to be my favorite mystery writer! Right up there with Grisham and Connolly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Muld00n

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the character of Jack Carpenter, but overall, I was disappointed in this story. A town that cuts off body parts to get money from an insurance company? Come on. And then, a kidnap victim that was probably repeatedly raped(although the book does not say so) by two men plays in her college basketball game a day or two later. I think a traumatized victim would need a little more recovery time than that. Too incredible for me to take seriously. Just my humble opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

    I’m reading three other books, but my attention to them waned when I picked up Swain’s novel and read the first page. Talk about being drawn into a book. “The Night Monster” is one of those books that has the reader turning pages, faster and faster, hooked and anxious to see what will happen next. See my full review on Amazon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    This was utterly ridiculous! A very frustrating read with the 'hero' doing so many stupid things, I couldn't even count them! I give this 2 stars only because I liked his dog and the alligator wrestling part. This was utterly ridiculous! A very frustrating read with the 'hero' doing so many stupid things, I couldn't even count them! I give this 2 stars only because I liked his dog and the alligator wrestling part.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim A

    While it is not a literary masterpiece, it certainly is a page turner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    Private Detective Jack Carpenter is haunted by a specific cold case he couldn’t solve when he was a cop in Florida. He took what appeared to be a domestic violence call. Someone was beating a college coed, and she was screaming for help. When Carpenter arrived on the scene, a giant of a man drug the woman out of her apartment, summarily dispatched Carpenter to the ground, and flung the woman into a getaway vehicle. No one ever heard from her again. That was nearly two decades ago, and Carpenter’ Private Detective Jack Carpenter is haunted by a specific cold case he couldn’t solve when he was a cop in Florida. He took what appeared to be a domestic violence call. Someone was beating a college coed, and she was screaming for help. When Carpenter arrived on the scene, a giant of a man drug the woman out of her apartment, summarily dispatched Carpenter to the ground, and flung the woman into a getaway vehicle. No one ever heard from her again. That was nearly two decades ago, and Carpenter’s daughter plays on a college basketball team. She told her dad that someone seemed to be stocking members of the team. Soon after that, someone abducts a nursing student and fellow teammate of Carpenter’s daughter, again under Carpenter’s nose, and that someone apparently was the same giant man who had taken the woman years earlier. It’s up to Carpenter and his dog, Buster, to solve the case, and they do in grand style. There’s plenty of suspense here, and Swain’s writing style will keep you reading and involved in the book. I was unaware this was a series before I started the book, so you can read this without sacrificing much. That said, I’ve downloaded the backlist, and I’ll get to those at some point.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Hard to swallow story of a down-on-his-luck former police detective who now makes his living finding missing children... for money? He starts out wrasslin' an alligator to save an autistic kid, has many chances to stop the steroid created 300+lb bad-guy-giant and his mousy partner, but gets distracted (or intentionally lets the bad guys go) just to extend the story. Everybody loves this former cop (for some reason?) even though he violates the law and decent police procedure at every turn - lyin Hard to swallow story of a down-on-his-luck former police detective who now makes his living finding missing children... for money? He starts out wrasslin' an alligator to save an autistic kid, has many chances to stop the steroid created 300+lb bad-guy-giant and his mousy partner, but gets distracted (or intentionally lets the bad guys go) just to extend the story. Everybody loves this former cop (for some reason?) even though he violates the law and decent police procedure at every turn - lying to his closest friends/partners, roughing up suspects, charging in when he should wait for backup and retreating when he should press forward. He has a miracle dog that can track people by scent WHILE RIDING IN A CAR. And the big reveal at the end (view spoiler)[ .... the town runs an insurance scam wherein they cash in on their own intentionally severed limbs, thereby requiring them to cover for a murdering sheriff and two murder/rapist/child abductors to keep the secret (hide spoiler)] .... sheesh, what a mess. It's quick reading... I guess that's a plus.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marshall

    Swain is a first class writer and, though I really like the Tony Valentine series best, this series with Jack Carpenter is nearly as good. Jack is an excellent detective who thinks quickly on his feet. He solves mostly child abductions using his deep knowledge of this crime niche. I like that he doesn't figure everything out on the computer and has to use old-fashioned footwork to move the case forward. The bad guys are a little unusual, but not so much. The dialogue is crisp and the story flows Swain is a first class writer and, though I really like the Tony Valentine series best, this series with Jack Carpenter is nearly as good. Jack is an excellent detective who thinks quickly on his feet. He solves mostly child abductions using his deep knowledge of this crime niche. I like that he doesn't figure everything out on the computer and has to use old-fashioned footwork to move the case forward. The bad guys are a little unusual, but not so much. The dialogue is crisp and the story flows pretty smoothly. The narrative is plot focused, with few words spent on architecture, clothing, armaments, and stuff like that. Jack's personal life intrudes with some frequency, but always in an engaging and sometimes amusing way, so it does not distract from the basic story. For me, the last 20% was unsatisfying - not bad, but it felt contrived and artificial, in contrast to the rest of the book which was smooth.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Valencia

    I really like James Swain's writing. I haven't read any of his Jack Carpenter's series. but I didn't feel lost in his characters. He explains and introduces the characters very well, it seems he did a lot of research for his book regarding police procedures, the locations in Florida, and some tidbits here and there. I liked reading the backstory through this book, making want to know more about the mystery. I decided that I will keep reading his books. I really like James Swain's writing. I haven't read any of his Jack Carpenter's series. but I didn't feel lost in his characters. He explains and introduces the characters very well, it seems he did a lot of research for his book regarding police procedures, the locations in Florida, and some tidbits here and there. I liked reading the backstory through this book, making want to know more about the mystery. I decided that I will keep reading his books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Branchsuper

    Another good Jack Carpenter novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ranjanks

    could not put it down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Smith

    I haven't read James Swain in a while. I enjoyed this book, well written and faced paced. I haven't read James Swain in a while. I enjoyed this book, well written and faced paced.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave Nichols

    Although this book moves along nicely; I wasn't too happy with the kinda weird situation with the town, Chatham. Although this book moves along nicely; I wasn't too happy with the kinda weird situation with the town, Chatham.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Porter

    Couldn't keep my attention Couldn't keep my attention

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    ACTION PACKED.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    Jack Carpenter is a P.I. in the Sunshine State. He was once head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit but found himself at odds with his superiors and was forced out of a job. Jack is haunted by, what he believes to be, his failure to stop a young girls kidnapping 18 years ago. The kidnapping was carried out by a "monster" of a man. The monster stood about six-ten and weighed about 300 pounds. He was a strong as an ox and enjoyed killing. When a player on the Florida State women's basketball Jack Carpenter is a P.I. in the Sunshine State. He was once head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit but found himself at odds with his superiors and was forced out of a job. Jack is haunted by, what he believes to be, his failure to stop a young girls kidnapping 18 years ago. The kidnapping was carried out by a "monster" of a man. The monster stood about six-ten and weighed about 300 pounds. He was a strong as an ox and enjoyed killing. When a player on the Florida State women's basketball team is kidnapped, Jack is hired by her father to find her. The scary part is that the description of the man matches the kidnapper from 18 years ago. Jack discovers that several kidnappings over the past 18 years have the same scenario. Only young women have been kidnapped, they were all athletic, they were all beautiful, and they were all studying to be nurses. This information and some luck lead Jack to an abandoned mental institution in a remote Florida city. It seems that this institution was closed by the state due to some unconventional practices employed by the doctors in charge. The situation even becomes more complicated when he discovers that most of the inhabitants of the city are missing one or more of their appendages. He does find one of the kidnapped young women in the city and must convince her to help him find "The Night Monster". I would consider this a good mystery that is very entertaining. One will find that the main character, Jack, is a little too good to be true. Just too much seems to go his way, too easily. The book is definately helped along by Buster, Jack's dog.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I am a little puzzled by all the glowing reviews of The Night Monster. It is fairly cliched, following the tried and true formula of the rogue ex-cop who was forced out of his job, solving the mystery the rest of the force can't. The pace is fast(the best thing about the book), with mini mysteries popping up nearly every 10 pages. This helps, since obviously we know the "big case" involving the Night Monster can't/won't be solved until the end. The problem for me, was every single one of these l I am a little puzzled by all the glowing reviews of The Night Monster. It is fairly cliched, following the tried and true formula of the rogue ex-cop who was forced out of his job, solving the mystery the rest of the force can't. The pace is fast(the best thing about the book), with mini mysteries popping up nearly every 10 pages. This helps, since obviously we know the "big case" involving the Night Monster can't/won't be solved until the end. The problem for me, was every single one of these little bonus cases is neatly wrapped up within a couple of pages. Each time, the hero ex-cop busts the mystery Scooby Doo style, following a "hunch" and saving the day instantly as if the cartoon episode's time was about to run out. The main plot was solid. The kidnappers are mysterious and dangerous for the first 2/3 of the story. Unfortunately, the more we learn about them, the less interesting they become. And all the subplots, including the big reveal about the bizarre hometown of the killers, tended to be largely unbelievable and deciphered way too cleanly and easily by the world's smartest ex-cop. Overall it's an easy read, but largely unsatisfying. The rapid fire mysteries, with small clue equaling big hit every time, dragged the story down to sitcom level predictability. A great ending to the big case could have salvaged the story, but no such luck. Minor characters get center stage for the finale, the evil duo kidnappers practically reduced to after thoughts. Obviously, many readers enjoyed this book, but why is a mystery only Jack Carpenter could solve(no doubt within minutes, probably based just on my screen name and hometown).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Detective Jack Carpenter is in charge of Broward County Sheriff Department’s Missing Persons Unit. He is good at his job, though he will never forget the time that he met a monster. Before he was detective, Jack was driving home when he responded to a call that a woman was being assaulted. Jack arrived at the location, only to come face to face with a man so horrifying that he almost couldn’t be called human. Jack hoped to never see that nightmare again. Unfortunately, Jack will enter hell and t Detective Jack Carpenter is in charge of Broward County Sheriff Department’s Missing Persons Unit. He is good at his job, though he will never forget the time that he met a monster. Before he was detective, Jack was driving home when he responded to a call that a woman was being assaulted. Jack arrived at the location, only to come face to face with a man so horrifying that he almost couldn’t be called human. Jack hoped to never see that nightmare again. Unfortunately, Jack will enter hell and there is no turning back. When one of Jack’s daughter’s basketball team mates is kidnapped, Jack is on the case. This time it is personal. The person who took the girl is the same monster that Jack met years ago. Jack’s investigating will take him all over and meeting some very shady characters. The Night Monster is the first book I have read by this author. I applaud Mr. Swain on this book. He has a really animated writing style that just drew me into this book from the first chapter. I couldn’t stop reading. I like Jack. Most detectives are cold and unemotional. Jack is hard core but at the same time he has a human personality to him that makes him more inviting. While I did like this book and Jack, the one small problem I had if you could call it that is that Jack and the monster were the only really interesting characters in this story. I would have liked to have seen the other characters, though they were secondary but some what intriguing to help the story line better. Overall, The Night Monster is a good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    This was a great feel good story. I am not saying that there weren't some scary monsters in here. There were, but there was also some good guys and Jack Carpenter is the best. When you need someone to find your missing child, you don't want anybody else but him on the case. When a young woman is kidnapped after a college basketball that Jack's daughter was in, Jack gets pulled into the case. The deeper he gets in, he realizes that the case eerily echoes a kidnapping that happened 16 years ago. O This was a great feel good story. I am not saying that there weren't some scary monsters in here. There were, but there was also some good guys and Jack Carpenter is the best. When you need someone to find your missing child, you don't want anybody else but him on the case. When a young woman is kidnapped after a college basketball that Jack's daughter was in, Jack gets pulled into the case. The deeper he gets in, he realizes that the case eerily echoes a kidnapping that happened 16 years ago. Once he catches sight of the perpetrator, he had no doubt. The police have the boyfriend and refusing to believe that they don't have the right man. So now Jack is once again on his own, working toward saving Sara and somehow making amends to the woman that he couldn't save 16 years ago. As him and his dog make their way across Florida tracking the monsters he realizes that sometimes the people who watch out for the monsters are just as dangerous and his life could be in danger. But he is too close and too mad to stop now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    Jack Carpenter is a former police officer turned PI who fails to stop the abduction of his daughter's college teammate. The abduction eerily reminds him of case he similarly botched 18 years prior and this unresolved guilt drives him even harder to help get the girl back alive. The Night Monster is the third book in the Jack Carpenter series and it brings us closer to the guy whose mission it is to make things right. The action is never ending from start to finish and offers the reader a premise Jack Carpenter is a former police officer turned PI who fails to stop the abduction of his daughter's college teammate. The abduction eerily reminds him of case he similarly botched 18 years prior and this unresolved guilt drives him even harder to help get the girl back alive. The Night Monster is the third book in the Jack Carpenter series and it brings us closer to the guy whose mission it is to make things right. The action is never ending from start to finish and offers the reader a premise which is not flawed, something that many novels lack these days. If you are looking for a new character to fall for, it is Jack Carpenter. James Swain's informative and captivating style will leave you enthralled.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Neil Mudde

    This is my first book by James Swain, an interesting and rather quick read P.J. Carpenter has a shady past but the saving grace is he has this wonderful dog Buster, well any book that has a caring dog, that is bright, and obviously loves his master,is a winner, the story about his daughter and other basketball team members, who disappear, is somewhat contrived, his daughter off course becomes a big star,the characters that kidnap and have been kidnapping these girls are a pain, and need the help This is my first book by James Swain, an interesting and rather quick read P.J. Carpenter has a shady past but the saving grace is he has this wonderful dog Buster, well any book that has a caring dog, that is bright, and obviously loves his master,is a winner, the story about his daughter and other basketball team members, who disappear, is somewhat contrived, his daughter off course becomes a big star,the characters that kidnap and have been kidnapping these girls are a pain, and need the help of other town members to hide what they are doing, o well it was a good read, at the time, could not wait for all the bad characters to be shot up and killed, the main character P.J. comes off being a hero.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    I've read all James' books and find them either chilling or funny. I miss his Tony Valentine gambler series, but this new one featuring Jack Carpenter is quite good in a procedural way. He a child welfare advocate, and it's good to see kids protected by someone so competent. Buster is nice too! Guess what? Jack meets Tony in here and the results are fantastic. This series is great in a Dragnet (just the facts ma'am) kind of way. I've read all James' books and find them either chilling or funny. I miss his Tony Valentine gambler series, but this new one featuring Jack Carpenter is quite good in a procedural way. He a child welfare advocate, and it's good to see kids protected by someone so competent. Buster is nice too! Guess what? Jack meets Tony in here and the results are fantastic. This series is great in a Dragnet (just the facts ma'am) kind of way.

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