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The crimes are as different as the night and day they occur. The vicious murder is a case for Eugene’s Violent Crimes Division, but the more Detective Wade Jackson and his homicide team probe into the death of Rafel Mazari — an Iraq War veteran with disturbing ...
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The crimes are as different as the night and day they occur. The vicious murder is a case for Eugene’s Violent Crimes Division, but the more Detective Wade Jackson and his homicide team probe into the death of Rafel Mazari — an Iraq War veteran with disturbing secrets — the more it appears that one crime’s victim may be the other’s perpetrator.
While there’s damning evidence that Mazari died at the hands of his cheating wife, a phantom internet veterans’ charity — the same one that wiped out the heart attack victim’s bank account — keeps cropping up at every turn of Jackson’s investigation. And when Mazari’s best friend turns up murdered in identical fashion, Jackson suspects a motive that’s deeper, darker, and more devastating than broken vows and love turned lethal.
Posted May 24, 2012
The title says it all, really, for there is a full complement of each in this carefully-plotted tale: liars, cheaters and thieves. As the book opens, in quick succession two fatal events occur in the space of three pages, within thirteen hours of each other, and only several yards apart. Oddly, there would seem to be nothing else to connect these two deaths, the first the murder of a man sitting behind the wheel of a parked car, the second an elderly woman who died of a heart attack upon discovering she’d been the victim of cyber fraud that had wiped out her savings. Detective Wade Jackson, senior investigator with the violent crimes unit of the Eugene, Oregon Police Department, returns in the fifth and newest entry in the series, and is handling the investigation. Then in short order another murder takes place. Both male victims had been friends since childhood, had both served in the military, and had died forty-eight hours apart.
All the people in Lt. Jackson’s life who readers know from the earlier books in the series are present: investigative reporter Sophie Speranza; Jackson’s 15-year-old daughter and her boyfriend; his recovering alcoholic ex-wife and her new boyfriend; Lara Evans, his colleague; and his girlfriend, Kera Kollmorgan, plus her daughter-in-law and baby grandchild. His relationships with the females in his life seem to be in a state of flux, not always in a good way, and his life is changing in that after selling the house he’d lived in for thirteen years, he is moving back into the home in which he grew up. A good mystery, action-packed, with an unexpected solution, populated with interesting characters – what more could one ask?
Posted January 11, 2012
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves by LJ Sellers, is the best mystery book I have read in 2011. This is the 5th book in a series, but really, the books have such a great story line, that they are stand alone books. One of the best things about an LJ Sellers book, is I have yet to figure out the ending of the book. Her books are not your typical mystery, police procedural books. If you have not read an LJ Seller book, you are truly missing out on an excellent read. This book deserves more than 5 stars and man did she hit it out of the park with this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.