Dark Side of the Moon [NOOK Book]

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"Dark Side of the Moon takes you on a perilous descent into a shadowy underworld where light cannot reach, trust can be fatal, and the deepest truth is only another lie. Once again J. Carson Black delivers a harrowing nonstop thrill ride that will eclipse every other suspense novel you read this year!"
— New York Times Bestselling Author MICHAEL PRESCOTT

Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims—and to their ...
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Overview

"Dark Side of the Moon takes you on a perilous descent into a shadowy underworld where light cannot reach, trust can be fatal, and the deepest truth is only another lie. Once again J. Carson Black delivers a harrowing nonstop thrill ride that will eclipse every other suspense novel you read this year!"
— New York Times Bestselling Author MICHAEL PRESCOTT

Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims—and to their killers. Laura’s job description: Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say “Troubleshooter.”

When two newlyweds are found murdered at an Arizona campground, Laura Cardinal is enlisted to investigate. Still reeling from a tragedy of her own, teamed with a partner who's working her last nerve, and with no solid leads, Laura's already walking an emotional tightrope.

Then she meets the locals who greet her questions with silence and paranoia. The lies Laura uncovers create a chilling portrait of the dark side of love. And when she discovers one victim's ties to an underground organization, she is plunged into a high-stakes conspiracy played out against the unforgiving backdrop of the Mojave Desert, where there are no second chances . . . .

Praise for J. Carson Black’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, the first book in the Laura Cardinal series:

“A superb debut…Welcome to a strong new voice in American crime fiction.”
— T. JEFFERSON PARKER, Edgar Award-winning author of CALIFORNIA GIRL

“Black can make you believe she is the first person ever to use the material she does.”
— Chicago Tribune

“Stunning!”
— New Mystery Reader

“A first-rate police procedural…A white-knuckled thriller…”
— Romantic Times

“A dark, brilliantly-plotted police procedural.”
— Midwest Book Review

“Black never lets up the pace for an instant.”
— SF Site
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Editorial Reviews

SF Site - Lisa Dumond
J. Carson Black continues to ignore the common wisdom of writing: debut novels are supposed to be rough and uncertain, fledgling steps into the genre, sophomore efforts stumble coming out of the gate. Right? Wrong. Starting with a spectacular debut that was one of the best novels of 2005, she follows up with a second volume in the Laura Cardinal series that may, in fact, be even better than the first. With a record like that, Black is a force to be reckoned-an author to keep an eye on.
New Mystery Reader - Stephanie Padilla
In this second outing featuring Laura Cardinal, J. Carson Black has added even further depth and substance to this already compelling character, making this read even more gripping than the first, for it's in this character where the strengths of the story lie. Creative and gripping from the first page forward, you'll find yourself hooked all the way to the explosive ending.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013141735
  • Publisher: Breakaway Media
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Series: Laura Cardinal Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 72,287
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Hailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as "a strong new voice in American crime fiction," J. Carson Black has written fifteen novels including the bestseller THE SHOP and her New York Times and USA Today bestselling crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal. Although Black earned a master's degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific police procedural

    Arizona Department of Public Safety criminal investigators Laura Cardinal and her new partner Richie Lockhart investigate the murders of camping newlyweds, college students, Dan Yates and Kellee Taylor by Cataract Lake. Apparently someone fired a shotgun through the tent when the married couple was sleeping killing both. No footprints anywhere near the crime scene or any evidence surfaces as the assailant seems to have gotten away with the homicides. --- Laura still recuperating from her last case with a serial rapist-killer (see DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN), struggles not to kill Richie, who gets on her nerves with his unprofessional (at least in her mind) attitude. Still the case comes first she obtains a copy of the list of wedding guests and begins her inquiries with the male victim¿s sister, Shana and her boyfriend Bobby Burdette. She soon finds seemingly ¿coincidental¿ links including a potential eco-terrorist threat to the nearby Colorado River and her deceased former mentor Frank Entwhisle haunts her without helping her with her investigation, but nothing provides the motive to the double homicide. --- Though Laura¿s life seems a bit more cluttered then in her debut tale, she remains a terrific courageous law enforcement official struggling with a case that has no clues at the crime scene and no motive to who would want both dead. To solve the double homicide, Laura needs to make a paradigm switch on why both were murdered. Fans of police procedurals will appreciate her latest investigation which is handicapped by an albatross of a partner and a ghost who offers nothing except doomsday ramblings. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Dark side of the Moon.

    I had not heard of this author but enjoy her books as much as Iris Johansen!

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    A vey goo mystery read

    A new author for me writes a very engrossing mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Vastly Better Than Most Best Sellers

    The main plot has all the elements that suspense readers want and the sub plots add texture and enhance the book. Characters are believable and interesting. The settings add to the character. Action is sprinkled throughout the book. Plot twists keep the story interesting without being contrived. I consider this to be a very well written suspense novel. I'll be back for more books in this series.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Laura Cardinal series is Great!

    I just finished reading Darkess on the Edge of Town by J. Carson Black and it was so great that I bought Dark Side of the Moon. I'm now halfway through this one and already bought book 3. I wish there were more of these books with this character! It's one of my biggest faves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Slow reading, confused, catch-all plot. Price is only attraction.

    This book seems like a mix of several story ideas, all tossed into a blender, and spilled out on the paper for the reader to try to sort out. It didn't hold my attention long enough to finish it. If a cheap book that takes a long time to read is all that is desired, this one does it.

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