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The Night Monster (Jack Carpenter Series #3)

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    a terrific action-packed one sitting thriller.

    When. Jack Carpenter was just two years on the force of Broward County's Sheriff Department, he handled a 911 call of a woman being assaulted in her apartment at Sunny Isles. He kicked in the door only to have the huge assailant hammer him breaking his nose as the giant tells him no pigs at his party. He leaves with Naomi Dunn.

    Eighteen years later that case remains cold except in Jack's nightmares. No longer with the police after being forced out for beating up a suspect, the former head of Broward County Sheriff Department's Missing Persons Unit still reads unsolved cases hoping to find an edge including the Dunn case in which the culprit was 6'10", 300 pounds and the victim a second degree black belt who kicked out two of his teeth yet failed like Jack to stop him.

    After wrestling with an alligator to rescue an autistic child, Jack gets a call from his daughter Jessie, who plays basketball at Florida State and is in town for a regional NCAA tournament game. She tells him about a stalking videographer who frightens her and her teammates with his persistence. He meets Mouse and Lonnie the giant who has haunted him all these years. This time the target is Sara Long, the Seminoles leading scorer. He failed once but vows not again to capture the killer.

    In his incredibly fast-paced third case (see MIDNIGHT RAMBLER and NIGHT STALKER), private investigator Jack Carpenter refuses to allow a second abduction to haunt him like the first one still does. In spite of Lonnie nearly killing him a couple times and his frequent trips to the hospital, he refuses to quit. The help from Sara's dad Karl and FBI friend, Ken Linderman (whose daughter was abducted), add to a terrific action-packed one sitting thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Swain's character of Carpenter has been very interesting and keeps you wanting to read more. This book I would recommend to anyone who likes to read mysteries.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Definitely recommended. A great read!

    Very few books keep me up all night to finish, this was one of them. A true page turner with all of the elements to keep you interested and up all night. I have started reading all of his novels now, and each one is joy.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Loved It!

    I love the jack carpender series and this book surely doesn't disappoint. it had me hanging on every word. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Highly Recommend, Fast reading and can't stop

    this is a fast moving story. I could not put it down. Looking forward to reading more by James Swain. I love the fact that it just keep me intriged and found myself rooting for Jack Carpenter. Ending was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2010

    Great book, very easy read.

    Great book, very easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2009

    Terrific read!

    I am also a big fan of Swain's previous books. This book is his best. The action is non-stop and the characters are achingly believable. The author knows Florida and he knows how to keep the reader turning the pages. My local newspaper did an article talking about how Swain researches his books talking to people in the Justice Department who find missing kids. The research shows -- the story is filled with fascinating information about how law enforcement finds missing people. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    Let me preface this by saying that I'm a big fan of Mr. Swain's Tony Valentine series. That said, he should really stick to the "casino noir." The characters in those books are much more likeable and a whole lot more believable. As a matter of fact, the cameo by Tony Valentine in "The Night Monster" is the only worthwhile part of the book. Without it, I would have given it 0 stars.

    Jack Carpenter is not a very likeable guy. I'm sorry, but that's important. What makes Tony Valentine so engaging is his relationships with his son, daughter-in-law and secretary. Over the course of three books, Carpenter has shown none of this. We keep hearing about his long suffering ex-wife, but she didn't even have a speaking part in the latest entry of this series. His relationship with his daughter also seems strained and distant. I just can't root for the guy. Which is a shame, because finding missing kids is truly God's work.

    I guess he is the smartest ex-cop ever. Just ask him. And he wrestles alligators, too! Gimme a break. I realize it's Florida and the character is part Seminole, but its a silly stereotype. When he recovered the jewelry for the "Seven Dwarfs" at the very first pawn shop he entered, I almost threw the book in the garbage. He must be psychic, too. Has the author done any research with real cops?

    His villains are getting more and more ridiculous. A giant? PUH-LEEZE. Grow up. An abandoned mental institution? Try reading "Shutter Island" to see that setting in the hands of a professional.

    Let me reiterate that I love Mr. Swain's Tony Valentine series. Let's hope he gets back to it as soon as possible. He should leave the darker stuff in the hands of the Dennis Lehanes of the literary world.

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