The Blue Light of Portland

The Blue Light of Portland

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by Sadie Van Rae
     
 
Stacey lives a double life as a dancer at an unnamed and exclusive men's club in the Pearl District of Portland at night and a public defender for the most dangerous felons during the day. Her worlds collide when another dancer at the club goes missing, and a client may be involved... In the midst of love, lies, and deceptions, she must decide whether to keep her own

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Stacey lives a double life as a dancer at an unnamed and exclusive men's club in the Pearl District of Portland at night and a public defender for the most dangerous felons during the day. Her worlds collide when another dancer at the club goes missing, and a client may be involved... In the midst of love, lies, and deceptions, she must decide whether to keep her own secrets safe or save a friend.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
A double life is sometimes hard to maintain. "The Blue Light of Portland" is the tale of Criminal Attorney and Exotic dancer Stacey, who keeps her two professions very far apart. But when crime pops up in her dancing career, she finds that the lines are fading and with romance in the mix, Stacey's life gets a lot more interesting. "The Blue Light of Portland" is a fine and exciting read, highly recommended.
Amy Atkins
In The Blue Light of Portland, Sadie Van Rae explores a world where the solid lines that frame most people's lives are as blurred as the view through a rain-spotted window. The Blue Light of Portland is a view of the city most of us never glimpse as seen through the eyes of one woman who, in the midst of love, lies and deception, must decide if she would rather keep her dark secrets safe or risk everything--including exposure--to save a friend.
Boise Weekly
In The Blue Light of Portland, Sadie Van Rae explores a world where the solid lines that frame most people's lives are as blurred as the view through a rain-spotted window. The Blue Light of Portland is a view of the city most of us never glimpse as seen through the eyes of one woman who, in the midst of love, lies and deception, must decide if she would rather keep her dark secrets safe or risk everything--including exposure--to save a friend.
Susan Bethany
A double life is sometimes hard to maintain. "The Blue Light of Portland" is the tale of Criminal Attorney and Exotic dancer Stacey, who keeps her two professions very far apart. But when crime pops up in her dancing career, she finds that the lines are fading and with romance in the mix, Stacey's life gets a lot more interesting. "The Blue Light of Portland" is a fine and exciting read, highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011944345
Publisher:
Sadie Van Rae LLC
Publication date:
10/27/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
451 KB

Meet the Author

Sadie Van Rae currently lives in the beautiful Treasure Valley of Idaho with her family. She has an English degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Idaho. She has been a public defender, an Assistant Attorney General, and a City Prosecutor. She is working on her second novel.

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Blue Light of Portland 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit I picked this up and read it based on the five star reviews and mentions of the book within reviews of other author's work (enough said). Afterwards, I felt compelled to write a review of my own, which I rarely do, simply because I couldn't believe I'd read the same book. My strongest impression was that this book would have been improved by a very deep edit. The prose is very purple, i.e. "She could close her eyes like shades going down, distorting colors, blurring whatever brightness remained, removing her even more and subduing the effect of vulnerability" and "Her body was a natural vessel of every tone in a song, slowly elongating the torso, extending the limbs in time to the music from Twin Peaks of her childhood." There are a lot of issues with sentence construction and changes in tense that make the book very difficult to read. And there are some improper word choices such as "on the lamb" instead of on the lam and "pedal to the medal" instead of pedal to the metal. These are not isolated issues, they occur throughout the entire book. While the story was interesting, there are holes in it (such as Stacey walking away from Vance in one scene because she is not interested and then in mid-hook up with him in another). We have no idea what changed her mind. Granted at that point the story is being told from Vance's perspective, but we don't even have him witnessing Stacey's reactions to his advances to give us a clue. Actually, we have no idea what motivates Stacey throughout most of the story, because when she muses on things, her most frequent conclusion is that she doesn't know. Lastly, there was too much telling the reader what the character thought or felt and not enough showing, i.e. "She was feeling a heat of self consciousness." On the whole I just had too many problems with the writing to enjoy reading the book.
JenniferHMR More than 1 year ago
NOt what I was expecting. The style took me a while to get used to because it was very different from other "mystery" novels. Rated R- not for young adults. Along the lines of Larssen but not as graphic.
Kelly89 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and worth the money. I would recommend this book, it was different than what I have read before in the mystery category. Not predictable, which was nice becase so many hysteries are too predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will grib you from the first page until the last...A must read with true literary style! I look forward to reading any books by this upcoming author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This can be read in many different ways. It is enjoyable for it offers something different from most other literature out there. The love story gets lost in the other aspects that i found must more interesting, but then it isn't really meant to be a love story, anyway. I think it is more a look at what each was keeping fom the other even though they had a romantic connection. What was more interesting is watching what secrets each person kept up until the end of their transformation, so to speak. I held out on judgement with the main characters because I wasn't sure where it was going. This is the first book i have read by this author but I think many will enjoy the fresh perspectives.
jennaliss More than 1 year ago
Bought this and Auel's newest (the latter in great anticipation) and I actually liked this one better. This was a quick read, but packed in a lot more emotion and interest than the other. Thumbs up! I would recommend it.
ralfhouston More than 1 year ago
I rarely write reviews but I wanted to for this one...my wofe downloaded it and was disappointed in it. She reads mostly (okay exclusively romances) and did nt finish it but I read it and really enjoyed it. The story is compelling and well told. I identified with the characters. I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darker and thicker than I thought but I still relly enjoyed it, maybe because it brings you out of the woods at the end! Characters are well developed and I was sorry to see part two end and switch back to Stacey, could have stayed with Vance's perspective throughout the second half of the novel, especially when we find out what he's been hiding! Writing could be kinds thick though, but I still didn't put it down till the end.
cindydallas More than 1 year ago
The novel took me right back to my old stopmping grounds, which is why I bought it. Love the city of POrtland, it's like no ther city in the US and this author catpures it very well. For the time I was reading this book, I was right back there again in the winter time. The novel creates a multitude of intense emotions in the reader, and left me feeling good and wanting more. Superb!
reader200 More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything by this author. Would agree with some of the other posts it is not really a mystery per se, but still a very entertaining read. Tackles some very adult and modern subjects that you do not see in genre novels at all, which gave it a very real feeling. In fact, sometimes the characters were so real that I felt the downside of what they were going through, it envelopes you that much. Kind of got tired of the rain, which is obviously meant to be symbolic throughout the novel, but when it lifts you really feel it, so well done.
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worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel kept my interest but I thought it could have used more action. Around the time they go to the lab it should have added in some fast paced scenes. Otherwise good.
suitecat More than 1 year ago
I found it very sad but I enjoyed the different perspectives and surprises. Just finished it have some questions that are left unanswered but this was maybe leaving room for a sequel?
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Kathleen Gendusa More than 1 year ago
The many errors made it a hard read for this grammar policeperson.
chantyk More than 1 year ago
Got into it about the third chapter, and could not put it down by then. I loved it loved it!!
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While this would be considered literary, I initially purchased as part of my guilty pleasure category. I emjoyed the novel, in a very Sundance Film sort of way, as it was unexpected and you can tell this is a novelist who is not mainstream. But it lasted with me, and I am still thinking about it, and may pick it up again someday, so five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book. It really unfolded and the characters actually changed during the course of the book. There is more to it than just a good story, with a great ending. I almost disregarded it because of the subject matter, but then I thought the writing seemed very pretty in a sample. It was worth it.