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by Gary Showalter

The day begins like any other: Terry Rankin, sole proprietor of Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, accepts a private meeting with a potential client. Sheila Adamson is looking for a bodyguard to protect her from her abusive husband, but Rankin refuses to take the job until she begins divorce proceedings. Moments later, Mrs. Adamson is dead and Rankin is buried beneath the rubble of his house, knocked flat by a car bomb planted in the dead woman’s Jaguar. When he’s questioned by the local police, Rankin learns that Adamson’s attorney has also turned up dead, his Cadillac riddled with bullets. Suspecting there is more to these murders than a domestic dispute, he teams up with Orlando cop Cathy Diamond for a thrilling—and treacherous—adventure that will lead them deep into the heart of the Everglades and hot on the trail of a dangerous criminal. In Rankin’s sardonic bodyguard-turned-investigator, Gary Showalter has created a new hero for fans of hardboiled mysteries.
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ISBN: 1439259623
ISBN13: 978-1439259627
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Gary Showalter
Language: English
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 9, 2009)
Pages: 330 pages
ePUB size: 1759 kb
FB2 size: 1931 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 942
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Too many characters and too much trivial detail. I didn't need to know every little detail about the remodel of the boat and what was in it before and what it was designed for and how everyone is giving him money, is he a freeloader??? I thought he was an investigator, did I miss that too? Don't they get paid? I skipped over a lot of the book because it was boring and I lost interest in lots of sections, wanted to find something interesting but hate to not finish a book.Thought the boy would get the girl, but maybe I missed it...
I just finished the first book in what I believe will be a marvelous series. I was really, really impressed with this author's writing style and want to applaud him in writing an outstanding book that had me laughing over the subtle and self-deprecating humor and cheering the hero on. It's really rare in today's world to read a truly excellent piece of fiction.This author does it. He didn't have a plot with lots of sex that so many authors rely upon to sell their books and then not caring that their storyline is weak. I appreciated that I didn't have to wade through sexual plotlines to get to the meat of the story. I usually throw those books away without finishing with the delete button! I want to read something that keeps me turning the pages without thought of time and then sighing in disappointment that the book is finished. I was very happy when I finished this book, which I read for hours before getting out of bed this morning, hurrying online to see if there was a 2nd book and chortling happily that there were 3 more books to buy in this series!!!! I'm going to look around to see if there's an audiobook for my husband to listen to. If there isn't I sure hope there will be audiobooks of this series as I know my husband will enjoy all of them also. If you like interesting and nail biting plotlines you won't go wrong with buying this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did,
First of all, there was a great deal of detail about boats and boating that went right over the head of someone uninitiated like me. I don't know why I kept reading the story. It had characters that were interesting and lots of action; in fact, an absurd amount of action, but the story itself never made much sense. Any time the writer needs to spend page after page after page at the end of the book trying to explain what happened in the story, you know that it was way too muddled. I frankly couldn't follow the intricate explanations and just stopped caring and reading.
Simple fellow
An easy read to be sure, however it disappointed me within 10 pages. His writing is simple and at times juvenile. There were characters that left a scene and within a few pages were there again (after being removed by helicopter)? Poor editing and lack of detail. The story wondered and as another review stated LONG details were given about irrelevant things.
I usually don't read other reader reviews until I have finished (or not finished) a book just to see if there are others who agree with me about a book. To tell the truth, I was surprised at the reviewers who said this book wasn't very good. I am a reader who likes to be engaged and kept turning the pages. I was. I am not a thrill seeker, or a boater, or a mystery solver (unless in fiction, then I'm a rock star mystery solver). I found this book exciting and the thrills kept coming. I liked Terry Rankin and found his character's commentary interesting and the action in this book well worth my reading time. I will definitely read the others in this series.
A fine story of boats, drugs, shoot-outs, police and mayhem. Despite the plethora of characters, the plot is clearly laid out, step by step. Florida and its water-craft are given more attention than I find interesting, but it doesn't deter from the book's readability. (It was good adventure without gore or sex.)
Two techniques I must comment on, however, as they got on my nerves: 1) the author's frequent use of 'gonna' and 'gotta'. Even when not recording speech, the writer uses these slang spellings. in the text. 2) and even more prevalent is the repetition of the name of the person being addressed ! ('Have some coffee, Banks.' 'Thanks, Terry, I will.' 'Don't mention it, Banks.' 'Okay, Terry.' and so on. The constant naming was irritating in an otherwise well-written tale.
The synopsis of the book makes it sound very interesting I wish it had been.

The books plot starts with a bang then moves to a boat in the Florida swamps & grinds to a deadly halt. I kept reading but all it was bullets flying from crooked cops, trying not to get the boat grounded on the many small island mounds, & more shooting. I'm not sure how such an interesting sounding plot could be this way?
The characters, what little of them there is, seem well written & grammar was fine
In many ways I liked this book. But it just went on and on and on until it drive me a bit nutty. There were just too many details and too much folksy commentary.

I found one meal, one shopping trip, one murder...enough. The book was detail overkill. If it had been half as long it would have been better.