Liquid Smoke

Liquid Smoke

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by Jeff Shelby
     
 

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The third novel in the Noah Braddock series!

Private eye Noah Braddock has finally found peace in his once tumultuous relationship with Detective Liz Santangelo and has called a tentative truce with his alcoholic mother, Carolina. So when lawyer Darcy Gill demands that he look into a hopeless death row case, he's more interested in catching some waves

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The third novel in the Noah Braddock series!

Private eye Noah Braddock has finally found peace in his once tumultuous relationship with Detective Liz Santangelo and has called a tentative truce with his alcoholic mother, Carolina. So when lawyer Darcy Gill demands that he look into a hopeless death row case, he's more interested in catching some waves before San Diego's rare winter weather takes hold. Then Darcy plays her trump card: the man scheduled to die—convicted of killing two men in cold blood—is the father Noah never knew.

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"Shelby's third entry catches you from the first wave..." —Library Journal

Library Journal
At the beginning of a bleak February in San Diego, Noah, an independent, surfer PI, is feeling fairly content; alas, his life is in tatters by the 28th. Shelby's third entry (after Wicked Break) catches you from the first wave, when Noah learns his father, whom he has never met, is on San Quentin's Death Row. After the woman who told Noah about his father turns up dead, Noah is compelled to pursue a past he's always chosen to ignore. Soon Noah is crisscrossing San Diego's inner realms, fighting with local casino thugs and trying not to panic Mexican immigrants in El Centro, who'd just as soon have him go away. Noah's first-person narrative makes his confusion very personal, and the fear factor ratchets up with each chapter. VERDICT With plenty of twists and a startling, compelling pace, this mystery will make readers hope Noah finds some justice in the bad set he's inherited. Hard-boiled but not quite as noir as Don Winslow or Kem Nunn, Shelby's book will appeal to Robert Crais fans for the sense of place and the lonely world the protagonists occupy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935562542
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Jeff Shelby: Jeff Shelby grew up around the beaches of Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Irvine. He writes full time and lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, with his family.

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Liquid Smoke 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch out Mr Patterson,this is one author who can and does, write the pants off of you. Each book (and I have read em all) is better than the last! Highly recommend every thing he has written! Also be sure to read the Joe Tyler series. Please write faster!
miffnd More than 1 year ago
This is actually the third book of this series. His writing style reminds me a bit of Harlan Coben with short chapters that leave you hanging like James Patterson. Love this series. This book is a bit more emotional and dark then the previous books. I hated to finish it because I am not sure when or if another addition to this series will be. The characters were like friends of mine and I will miss them.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Noah Braddock is a P.I. who is finally enjoying some quiet time in his life and relationships. Things seem to be going well enough for him to do some fun things, like surfing, until a case is dropped into his lap. This is no ordinary case. A lawyer, Darcy, wants him to investigate a killer. Normally, Noah could put off getting into the case, but then he finds out the killer is his father - a father he had never known. As his peace comes unraveled, Noah grapples with what to do with the request. Should he help Darcy uncover the "truth"? Should Noah go talk to this man he has never met? Can Noah walk away? The twists and turns will keep you guessing and glued to the page. I enjoyed this book very much and was totally attracted to it because of the title. I had to know what it meant. Noah is a complex, likeable character, and I found myself rooting for him. This book will keep mystery and suspense readers happy. Thank you to FSB Media for the free copy I was given. I highly recommend the book.
MSaff More than 1 year ago
"Liquid Smoke", by Jeff Shelby, is a suspenseful novel with a Private Investigator by the name of Noah Braddock, as it's main character. Braddock is approached by Darcy Gill an attorney representing a soon to be executed Death Row Inmate in San Quentin. She, Darcy, is attempting to recruit Braddock into assisting her, but Braddock is not overly committed to helping a man convicted of murdering two men. What Braddock finally learns after turning down the case several times is that this convicted killer is his father. A man he never knew nor had any inclination of finding. Russell Simington, the convicted killer is scheduled to be executed within the month and Darcy Gill is trying to have his execution overturn and set to a life sentence. Once Noah Braddock is convinced to at least meet with Simington, there are many turn of events, he then decides to meet with his alcoholic mother to get some long overdue answers to questions that Braddock didn't even know he had. Braddock must also try to find the answers to many questions in his own mind, as he tries to unravel the mysteries that have been placed before him. "Liquid Smoke", also has many twists and turns. There is also Braddock's sidekick Carter who assists him along the way in this case, and there is also Braddock's love interest Liz Santagelo, a Police Detective. You will not be disappointed with this story. Once you open this novel, "Liquid Smoke", by Jeff Shelby will have you in it's grip and you will not want to put the book down until the last page has been read. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank FSB Media for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful and suspenseful novel. "Liquid Smoke", is sure to be a Best Seller. Thank you to Jeff Shelby for writing such a compelling novel. You have definitely got a way with words.
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Kept my interest with the unexpected. 224 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but the way the conversations were written were hard to follow. I had to go back and reread several times in order to get straight who said what.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I'm going to like Noah Bradock as a character. In many ways, he reminds me of Robert B. Parker's Spenser character in that he's extremely independent and has a strong sense of justice which may or may not coincide with right and wrong. The storyline is very unique and clever and quickly grabs your interest. I highly recommend this book and will read the earlier installments of this series. A note to the reviewer who complained about the quotes changing speakers within the same paragraph...I don' t think this is the author's fault. It would have to get past the author, editor, and typesetter to be published in this form. I think this came about from the conversion to an ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noah is a little "rough" around the edges but it was a good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fast read. Kept me interested.
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Bandon More than 1 year ago
I am normally not a fan of this genre, but I really enjoyed this book. I like books that grab me from the first chapter and are hard to put down. This book did that. There are enough twists and surprises to keep even me interested. The short chapters reminded me of James Patterson's style, and this author is every bit as good a writer.
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