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Dark Side of the Moon
     

Dark Side of the Moon

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by J. Carson Black
 

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When two newlyweds are murdered in an Arizona campground, Detective Laura Cardinal is enlisted to investigate. Still reeling from a tragedy of her own, and teamed with a partner who's working her last nerve, Laura's already walking an emotional tightrope. What she discovers-a secret of a love gone bad, an underground society, and a high stakes conspiracy -could send

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When two newlyweds are murdered in an Arizona campground, Detective Laura Cardinal is enlisted to investigate. Still reeling from a tragedy of her own, and teamed with a partner who's working her last nerve, Laura's already walking an emotional tightrope. What she discovers-a secret of a love gone bad, an underground society, and a high stakes conspiracy -could send her over the edge.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451217257
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.06(d)

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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Dark Side of the Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Kat_Kat More than 1 year ago
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!
mrsfozzy More than 1 year ago
A new author for me writes a very engrossing mystery
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definite page turner! Didn't want to put it down. Shame I read it out of sequence but looking forward to catching up amd reading these in order.
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Good mystery. Good plot, well thought out characters. Will get other books by this author
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I had not heard of this author but enjoy her books as much as Iris Johansen!
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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.