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Chasing Smoke [NOOK Book]

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Portland homicide detective Skin Kadash just wants to survive cancer treatment so he can get back to the work he loves. When his partner tries to drag him into an unof?cial investigation of a series of deaths, he’s not interested — he’s dead-dog sick and doesn’t need the grief — until she reveals the victims all suffered from cancer themselves, and all had one thing in common with Skin. His oncologist.

The deaths are all apparent suicides; the...
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Chasing Smoke

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Overview

Portland homicide detective Skin Kadash just wants to survive cancer treatment so he can get back to the work he loves. When his partner tries to drag him into an unof?cial investigation of a series of deaths, he’s not interested — he’s dead-dog sick and doesn’t need the grief — until she reveals the victims all suffered from cancer themselves, and all had one thing in common with Skin. His oncologist.

The deaths are all apparent suicides; the police have closed the book on them. Then a mysterious young woman, daughter of the first victim, surfaces and insists the dead men were all murdered. Before her story can be probed more deeply, she disappears, leaving Kadash with no support from the cops and little to go on except a nagging belief the missing woman knew more than she revealed.

Kadash is left to chase elusive leads among the bitter and broken widows of the dead men. Struggling with his own illness and with a growing rift between himself and his partner, Kadash finds himself entangled in a web of resentment, jealousy, and deceit. Ultimately, he finds that not is he only seeking a missing woman and the truth about the dead men, but also the meaning of his own life in the face of his impending mortality.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - David Pitt
“Dirty and visceral and intricate, … it engages the reader on an emotional as well as literary level.”
Library Journal - Jo Ann Vicarel
Starred Review: Rising crime fiction star Cameron (Lost Dog) has Kadash take a wisecracking, cynical approach to his situation, and this results in a very humane, personal investigation in which our protagonist must navigate the dangerous shoals of police office politics and the ugly fact that someone wants him gone permanently. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014017190
  • Publisher: William Cameron
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Series: Skin Kadash Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 445,518
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Cameron is the author of dark, gritty mysteries featuring Skin Kadash: County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke, and Lost Dog. Bill’s short stories have appeared in Spinetingler, Portland Noir, First Thrills, Deadly Treats, and West Coast Crime Wave. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery, the Left Coast Crime Rocky Award, and the 2011 CWA Short Story Dagger Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Bill tweets at twitter.com/bcmystery. Learn more at www.billcameronmysteries.com.
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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Chasing Smoke was not a disappointment, both in terms of the wri

    Chasing Smoke was not a disappointment, both in terms of the writing style I was hoping for and a good, hard-boiled mystery. The story was told in the first person of Det. Kadash, who is near the end of his career. He is also not working as a result of a temporary disability; bladder cancer. While convalescing, his partner asks him to help take a look at a death she is investigating, the latest in a series of deaths of cancer patients all seen by the same doctor as Det. Kadash. The deaths all appear to be suicides, but the daughter of one of the victims thinks they are murder. As Det. Kadash looks into it, he doesn't find much other than a few coincidences. In the process, he ruffles feathers that a lot of people would have preferred have been left undisturbed.
    Like every good hard-boiled mystery, the protagonist has a difficult time following the rules, has an adversarial relationship with his supervisor, and is better at antagonizing the people he interviews than getting valuable information from them. He has sharp wit, razor tongue, and a gift for sarcasm. But he is also very introspective, although often seems ambivalent, about his career, love life, and cancer. Kadash seems likable to those who really know him, but sadly, that is a small group of people. And he doesn't seem to have a problem making the group smaller.
    I enjoyed Chasing Smoke, especially the second half. My first impression about Bill Cameron was right: he is fun to read. A smartass of the first order!

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Enjoyed this book almost as much as Day One....Complex puzzle th

    Enjoyed this book almost as much as Day One....Complex puzzle that may not work out quite like you think. Great characters: Harry Bosch move over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I really liked this book, esp the lead character ...

    I really liked this book, esp the lead character - "Skin". This is the 1st B.C. book I've read & "Skin" is just so damn down-to-earth & witty. You get to see so much of what's extraordinary & ordinary about him as he unravels the case. Whether true or not, I had the feeling as I read that at least parts of the story might have been autobiographical. There was just some detail that seemed more personal than relevant to the storyline.

    All that said, I would have given a 4-star rating, but I had some issues that resulted in a sml rating reduction. There were a lot of characters involved & I found myself occasionally weary from trying to sort that out ... a personal issue, I know. It didn't ring true at all for me that police investigators would be so ready to accept suicide as "obvious" with the coincident circumstances. There were more-than-should-be-expected places where word usage (or word forms) seemed to have escaped any editing or proofreading attention. However, none of the above kept me from buying "Day One" & "County Line". :-)

    P.S. 1 tiny final comment - The detail of Skin's birthmark on his neck & the repeat references to it seemed non-contributory & strangely discomforting for some odd reason.

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