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Darkness on the Edge of Town (Laura Cardinal Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J. Carson Black
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Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims--and to their killers. Laura’s job description: Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say “Troubleshooter.”

Used to be kids played outdoors until time for dinner, now social media’s the new game in town. These days, they play on their smartphones. But with more freedom comes greater danger. Mobile devices are a conduit into a child’s life, not just for friends but for those who intend harm. This is the message of J. Carson Black’s Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

When Laura investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town’s park bandshell, she knows immediately what she’s up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?

In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson estate to the secretive heart of a northern Florida town, she must confront the ghosts of her own past. Then another child goes missing—and Laura must race the clock to find her.

“A superb debut…Welcome to a strong new voice in American Crime Fiction”
— T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award winner and author of California Girl

“A complex, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller”
— Michael Prescott, New York Times and Amazon bestselling author of Dangerous Games

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 847 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 372 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0451213912
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Breakaway Media (8 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003TFETK0
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing read! 26 mars 2012
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I have to say this is the first novel I have read by this author and to say I was impressed is a gross understatement.

My first thoughts were move over Karen Rose J Carson Black has arrived.

Laura Cardinal works for the Arizona Department of Public Safety and is called in to investigate a teenager's murder. I'm not keen on telling plot details in reviews but be warned you won't see the ending coming.

Great characterisation and plot development throughout. Ms Carson Black you have a totally new fan.

Moving on to book two in the series with enthusiasm.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Darkness on the Edge of Town: A Spellbinding Thriller! 8 mars 2005
Par Barbara K. Schiller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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J. Carson's Black's first novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, is an amazing thriller that is filled with so many spellbinding moments that you won't be able to put it down! You can really identify with the heroine, Laura Cardinal, as she enters the dark underworld of child porn to find a serial murderer before he's able to kill his next victim. Just when you think you've identified who the killer is, new characters emerge and the "good guys" are revealed for who they truly are. There are so many plot twists in this novel that you almost feel like you're on the tea cup ride at Disneyland.

This is the best mystery novel I've ever read!!! Which leads to the next question: When is J. Carson Black's next novel coming out? I want to read more about Laura's adventures!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A riveting debut thriller that will keep you up all night! 20 avril 2005
Par Lee Lofland - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Darkness on the Edge of Town is an edgy, brilliantly-plotted thriller that I could not put down. As a former police detective and a writer, I read a lot of thrillers, but few are as gritty and realistic as this one. The police procedural details are solid, but J. Carson Black goes further, capturing the emotions felt by cops as well as the facts-something most writers leave out. For me, that's the difference between a good book, and a great one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't miss this one, it's a winner! 29 novembre 2004
Par Carol Davis Luce - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"A bad one's coming...watch your back, Kiddo," said Frank X. Entwistle at three in the morning in the bedroom of Laura Cardinal. Frank was Laura's old mentor and he was dead.

So begins the gripping tale of DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN. Frank's warning alludes to a criminal case involving the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. The location of the body, the way it is dressed and posed, suggests she just might be the victim of a serial killer, an internet sexual predator, to be exact. The discovery of a dead boyfriend near the initial crime scene tells Laura the killer is bold and will stop at nothing to get what he desires.

Laura is a DPS criminal investigator and the lead investigator on the case (a female in a man's world of testosterone and politics). In this rustic town of Bisbee, Arizona, Laura finds herself pitted against an envious female law enforcement officer and her boss, a man who follows his own investigation. Laura consults with a wealthy quadriplegic super-hacker, and through a quick course in Internet Sexual Predator 101, she follows a lead across the country to a sleepy town on the Florida panhandle. And from that point on there is no turning back. The ending, with its final twist, will shock and amaze you.

Atmosphere is so strong in her writing that you'll feel as though you're planted smack dab in the dry sweltering heat of the desert, or the pressing humidity of the swampy seacoast--descriptions filled with the gracefulness of Spanish Moss and the spikiness of a prickly pear. She propels us through gritty, visceral elements of murder and forensics intermingled with a softer side, the tender emotions and fears of a woman who is not as tough on the inside as she tries to appear to those around her. Much of the appeal for Laura Cardinal centers on the contradictions of her character. On the job she is tough and efficient. In her personal life she is less sure of her position regarding love, a tortured past, and her ability to cope emotionally when she learns the case has deeper and more personal connections. Laura is haunted by the abduction and death of a schoolmate eighteen years ago. She could have been that girl. The past is now.

Beguiling names like: Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadows Show (an homage to Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes); Musicman; and Dark Moondancer, merely hint at the evil darkness that swirls around the places and players Black has created in this wonderful, many layered debut novel. Although JC Black can complete with the best of them in the police procedural novel, she has her very own style, a style that stands out from the pack. If this novel doesn't make the New York Times bestseller list, I will be immensely surprised.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Keeps you up all night! 14 février 2005
Par Karen Brichoux - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a fan of Georges Simenon, I like a book that can take me to a different place and that is filled with the human stories rather than just being constant action. J. Carson Black has done this beautifully. Both with the setting (the author's website has pictures of the locations mentioned in the book so you can get an idea of what everything looks like) and the characters. "Darkness" starts out with a murder in small-town Arizona and all the complications, social intricacies, and subtexts of a case being handled by both state and local forces. Others here have mentioned the gripping plot, but the book is also rich in human social interaction and memories, and runs the emotional gamut from guilt, denial, fear, and evil to love, courage, and sacrifice. I'm looking forward to Black's next book in what promises to be a great series!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't wait for more from J. Carson Black 29 janvier 2005
Par Katherine L. Myers - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Darkness on the Edge of Town is a very impressive debut novel. The character development is excellent, the plot moves along quickly with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and plenty of suspense. I would think that fans of Sue Grafton's series would enjoy this book, as I found it to be somewhat similar, but the plot is a little bit darker and the villains a little (or a lot) more sinister. I already can't wait for the next novel in this series.
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