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A View to Die For
     

A View to Die For

3.9 9
by Mr Richard W Houston
 

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Outsourced software engineer Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for murder, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri

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Outsourced software engineer Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for murder, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks where he gets on the wrong side of a sheriff deputy after hiring a crafty lawyer who gets Megan released on a technicality over a suicide note. Then, just as Jake is ready to go back home, she drops a bombshell with a story straight from a Louis L'Amour novel.

Protagonist Jake Martin (nickname Porky) is a McDonalds regular who gets by on odd jobs, drinks an enormous amount of beer, and suffers from a shrinking bladder and failing eyesight. He's generous, well-mannered, an aspiring novelist, and obviously smart--not exactly the hard-boiled sleuth one might expect in a mystery. He does not work alone. Always with him is Fred, his beloved golden retriever, the smartest dog since Lassie, who serves as a sort of assistant detective, early warning system, clue-finder, and ice-breaker.

In the course of his investigation Jake is stalked, run off the road, hospitalized, and loses his vehicle, money, and Visa card. The murder motive is connected with the Jesse James lost fortune myth. His investigative techniques include surveillance camera sabotage, illegal entry, computer hacking, and violation of federal laws concerning personal privacy. Jake's job is to put together all the pieces.

The writing is humorous and proficient, the relationships well-defined and enjoyable. The mystery itself is illusive until the very end, and so it is hard to put down for any length of time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481995832
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/14/2013
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
368,197
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Meet the Author

Richard is working on his third career. His first was as a carpenter and roofer for twenty years while working his way through college. With a BS in Math he spent the next twenty-five years as a successful software engineer by working on the Space Shuttle at both Vandenberg AFB, and Johnson Space Center. He then went on to start Master Mind SofTools where he developed software for fortune 500 companies.

After taking early retirement in 2007, he moved to Warsaw, Missouri and built a home on the water with a view to die for. Richard now devotes his time to raising his great-granddaughter and writing. He is currently working on the second novel in the Jacob Martin series.

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A View to Die For 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Author had a lot of errors in this book. If you are going to take the time about naming different real cities, then get your historical facts correct. When Jesse James was active, Missouri was a Southern State. There are too many other errors in this book listed as facts. I love fiction, I get writer's license of creativity. I dislike disinformation.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I think that some readers are a little to critical . This story was a fun read , very enjoyable , funny and kept you guessing .
Anonymous 3 days ago
I thought the book was very good, cant understand the 3star reviews
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Anonymous 11 days ago
Very well written. Makes you want to keep reading and guessing until the end. Look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Story branched of in to many directions with to many theories flying around... Very hard to follow. Fred was the best part..
paulat35 More than 1 year ago
This story was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed getting to “know” all of the characters, but especially Porky.  I enjoy reading books where the authors have written their characters to have real human dimension.  I think it is tedious sometimes to read fiction where all of the characters are the sterotypical hero or heroine.  Porky is anything but.  Porky has his good qualities and also his bad habits, especially his McDonalds habits!  He isn’t a police officer or detective but finds himself in the middle of an investigation as he tries to help his sister.  I laughed at the interactions with his dog many times and his take on life's difficulties in general.  I love animals so I think that  Fred’s inclusion in this story made it even more interesting for me.  If you would enjoy a fun and original story, I would recommend this great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and is #3 on the Cozy Mystery list at you-know-who's site. Hope to see it do as well for nook.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
DNF - no rating Where I stopped reading: About 15% of the way through the book. Why I stopped reading: I couldn’t finish it. It’s really too bad, because I think Mr. Houston has some really good ideas in this story; his writing style is clean and light-hearted. So why’d I stop? Too many unbelievable events. The protagonist tells the cops he was talking on the phone while driving just before the accident happened — Not smart. You don’t get put in the Intensive Care Unit with a catheter to collect urine if your only injury is a “mild concussion.” I also don’t think there’s such a thing as a “lingering concussion.” I could go on for pages with example after example. And that’s in the first 15% of the book. Sorry, I couldn’t continue reading. The scenes in the book are contrived and unbelievable. I hope Mr. Houston doesn’t give up. I want him to find a really ruthless editor and see if he can clean up a few things, then show us this book again. It has potential. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.