The Good Die Twice (Chase Dagger Series #1)

The Good Die Twice (Chase Dagger Series #1)

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by Lee Driver
     
 

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1st in the Chase Dagger Series. Since the hard cover and mass market editions are now sold out, it is being re-released in TP.  See more details below

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1st in the Chase Dagger Series. Since the hard cover and mass market editions are now sold out, it is being re-released in TP.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Thirty-year-old, leanly handsome Chicago-area private detective Chase Dagger employs 18-year-old, reservation-raised shape-shifter Sara Morningsky as his assistant in this series debut. As a sleek hawk, Sara witnesses the murder of a beautiful former model who supposedly died at sea some five years earlier. When Sara and Chase delve into her family background, they uncover hidden agendas, rivalries, and greed. The attendant breezy sex, violence, and action, coupled with bits of Indian lore and Einstein the talking macaw, should have readers clamoring for the projected next novel. Lee also writes as Sandra Tooley (When the Dead Speak). Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Ann Saunders
This is a sure top seller--#1 on my best books of the year list! An incredible first in series exhibiting an exceptional writer and a great mystery. (Ann Saunders, Murder Mystery and Mayhem Book Store)
R. J. Glodowski
The Good Die Twice is an excellent start to a series that promises to entertain for books to come. Chase Dagger is sinister and handsome; Sara, his assistant is unearthly and young; Einstein is a hoot...or should we say Awk...and the flow of the book is fascinating. The fantasy remains in the background, but is just evident enough to elevate the book to hero status.
Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984635771
Publisher:
Full Moon Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Series:
Chase Dagger Series, #1
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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Nocturnal wildlife played a deadly game of hide-and-seek a hundred feet below the gray hawk. Silently the hawk glided, silhouetted against the full moon, wings flat and graceful. It circled slowly, its underwing coverts trapping the rising air currents. Nature had no reason to fear the hawk, not at night. The hawk was a diurnal predator. It preyed only by day. But even in daylight, the animal kingdom didn't have to fear this particular gray hawk. The only animals in danger both day and night were two-legged.

The hawk folded its forty-inch wing span and perched on top of a pole. The warm, westerly breeze off Lake Michigan rippled through its feathers. In the distance, a train rumbled, its horn blasts echoing through the woods.

The hawk possesses the greatest eyesight in the animal world. Its eyesight not only outdistances a human's, but its visual acuity is also eight times more powerful.

The hawk can distinguish the various sounds prevalent during the day and those more common at night. It can distinguish between mating calls, distress and cries of pain. And it knows animal sounds from human.

Angry voices made the hawk jerk its head around. Swooping down for a closer look, it searched in the direction of the sounds, near buildings with windows facing the lake.

The buildings were tucked on the north side of a bluff where thick woods created a cozy backdrop. Clusters of townhouses faced the lake, each having its own deck with stairs leading down to the beach.

The hawk settled on a deck railing and cocked its head. The voices were coming from the end unit. Three figures could be seen beyond the French doors. Light filtered through the slices of vertical blinds revealing stark white end chairs and a sofa.

Two men were struggling with a woman. A muffled pop shuddered through the hawk. The odors were strong…gunpowder and blood. A deadly combination. The woman crumpled to the floor. Her long, blonde hair flowed gracefully around her head. A stain seeped through her white dress and between her breasts. The woman lay motionless, blue eyes open in shock, lips parted slightly. The stain grew, spreading onto the white rug.

A bright speck danced toward the fireplace. The hawk followed the object with curiosity. With unusual human-like intellect, it studied its surroundings as if looking for landmarks. By the time it returned its gaze to the French doors, the blinds were drawn tight.

With quick wing beats the hawk took flight, made a pass over the townhouses, and flew off. It climbed higher, over treetops, across a ravine toward a huge building with spiraling towers. It searched the balconies for a white scarf tied to a door handle, located it, and disappeared through the open balcony door.

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Good Die Twice 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Halykan More than 1 year ago
I suppose this is a case of getting what you paid for. When I spied this title (which does indeed have a neat cover) I gave the synopsis a read, and thought that this book could be quite interesting. I;m a sucker for anything noir-ish and an avid reader of mysteries, fantasy, and sci-fi, so I expected to like this book. I couldn't make it through more than about forty pages. Simply put, this novel is terribly written - the style is hackneyed and cliche, the characters are one dimensional (and the main character is clearly an author insert, and it's not even subtle), and the plot is very, very predictable. It's not even imaginatively horrid, like Mervyn Peake - just run-of-the-mill terrible. This book reads a lot like bad fan fiction that happens to be about original characters. How it ever got published is a mystery to me, but let me say that there is a reason this is one of the cheapest eBooks I've seen listed here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one, could not put it down...
John Earhart More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Tracy Newberry More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be popular with tweens and housewives who are readily amused by afternoon soap operas and kiddie anime.
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This was a new author for me and I completly enjoyed the book. It was like meeting new people for the first time. I will be seeing them again.
mckynme More than 1 year ago
Murder mystery, lovers betrayel, shape shifter, worth reading
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worth reading
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This story includes murder, suspense and shapeshifting, the latter of which I'd never read before. It was a very well written story and I would definitely read more of this writer's works.
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I rather enjoyed this book. A drop of sci fi but it was nothing to get hot about. I feel it had a good storyline. It kept my interest throughout the book. Plenty of action so it kept moving at a fairly good pace.
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