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“I absolutely loved REDEMPTION by Laurel Dewey. I...”


written by on 18/09/2009

I absolutely loved REDEMPTION by Laurel Dewey. I couldn't wait for this book to come out as I loved Dewey's debut novel, PROTECTOR, in the Jane Perry series. Dewey's main character, Detective Jane Perry, finds herself struggling personally and professionally after choosing to leave the Denver PD. She meets up with a mysterious woman, Kit Clark, who hires Jane to locate a man Kit believes is responsible for the kidnapping of a 12-year-old California girl. The man, Kit feels, is the same one who raped and brutally murdered her granddaughter 14 years ago.

As always with Dewey's stories, the personal drama and strong character development are forefront to the murder mystery. That's not to say that the mystery isn't just as compelling. But I've become fascinated by Jane Perry and her tough as nails attitude along with her deep compassion for the victims she encounters. REDEMPTION is a deep read. In other words, there is a lot of meaningful, thought provoking subject matter here that left me thinking about the book long after I finished reading it.

If you enjoy solid story telling with a STRONG female lead, you have to read REDEMPTION. Five big stars!!!

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“Redemption ”


written by Harriet Klausner on 05/09/2009

Laurel Dewey
The Story Plant, Jun 2009, $24.95
ISBN: 9780981608754

Chain smoker and chain drinker Jane Harder quit the Denver police department to become a private investigator. However, her effort to go private has somewhat failed because of her alcoholic addiction. Jane joins AA in hopes that the touch me feel me kick butt me meetings help her stay sober long enough to solve a case that brings in money.

Katherine "Kit" Clark comes over to Jane who is outside the AA meeting place smoking. She recognizes the cop from when Jane appeared on Larry King Live last year. Kit comes across as crazy so Jane tries to escape back to the meeting until the woman offers her $5000 to investigate the abduction, rape and murder of her fourteen year old granddaughter over ten years ago in California. The convicted killer Lou Peters was released on a legal technicality. Though she needs the money, the case comes too close to home with her own family history of abuse, but when Kit explains she is dying from cancer and believes Lou has kidnapped a tweener, Jane is ready to go immediately to Northern California.

As apparently with PROTECTOR (not read by me), Jane remains a kick butt heroine who has not broken the abuse cycle handed down from her paternal grandfather through her father to her; instead she has detoured it from abusing spouses, siblings, and offspring as her dad did to self flagellation through smoking, drinking, and profanity. Thus she has met her match in Kit. Although Jane's behavior at times overwhelms the otherwise super story line with her excesses, fans will enjoy this powerful suspense thriller as the time is running out on her ally and on the twelve year old victim.

Harriet Klausner

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