Revelations (Jane Perry Series #3)

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In this third Jane Perry novel, Laurel Dewey takes Jane out of Denver to the small town of Midas where the Chief of Police is a close friend of Jane's boss. Jacob Van Gorden, the fifteen-year-old son of a prominent area businessman, has disappeared and all signs point to his abductor being Jordan Copeland, a man who committed a similar crime decades ago. Jane settles into this little community for much longer than she wants, living with a preacher and his family (including their eccentric teenage daughter who ...
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In this third Jane Perry novel, Laurel Dewey takes Jane out of Denver to the small town of Midas where the Chief of Police is a close friend of Jane's boss. Jacob Van Gorden, the fifteen-year-old son of a prominent area businessman, has disappeared and all signs point to his abductor being Jordan Copeland, a man who committed a similar crime decades ago. Jane settles into this little community for much longer than she wants, living with a preacher and his family (including their eccentric teenage daughter who was Jacob's girlfriend). There are signs that Jacob is still alive, so the clock is ticking. And as Jane investigates Jordan Copeland, she begins to have doubts about his guilt and begins to uncover signs of devastating &ndash and even deadly &ndash secrets all around Midas.

Meanwhile, Jane must deal with two considerable secrets of her own. One hits her in the gut before she leaves Denver and the other creeps up on her from the most unlikely of places. And on top of this, Hank Ross, owner of a bar in Midas, has somehow managed to find a way beneath Jane's armor-plated defenses, forcing her to contend with feelings she hasn't allowed to surface for a very long time.

Revelations is the most powerful and personal Jane Perry novel yet. Teeming with the passions and ambiguities that make Laurel Dewey so compelling to read, it is a breathtaking story of mysteries revealed and withheld.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984190553
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Jane Perry Series , #3
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurel Dewey was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began her career working in public relations for such celebrities as Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra before writing a string of mystery radio plays for Los Angeles radio networks. She is the author of two nonfiction books on plant medicine, a Silver Spur nominated Western novella, and hundreds of articles. She has appeared as a featured guest on more than 300 national radio and television programs and she has lectured extensively across the United States and Canada. To write the Jane Perry novels, Dewey immersed herself in detailed research, interviewing Colorado homicide detectives and traveling on “ride-alongs” with street cops. She lives in Western Colorado with her husband.
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Revelations


By Dewey, Laurel

Story Plant, The

Copyright © 2010 Dewey, Laurel
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780984190553

CHAPTER 3

"Boss!” Jane stammered. "I thought you’d left.”

Weyler sidestepped his way around Jane and crossed to his chair. "I was on a long call to an old friend.” He slid a yellow pad filled with handwritten notes across his desk and spied the folded sheet of paper. "What’s this?” he said, unfolding Jane’s letter.

Jane never planned to be standing in the room when he read her hastened note explaining her abrupt week long leave. "It’s … a … .” It was uncharacteristic for Jane to stumble like this. She respected Weyler too much to bullshit him but she also wasn’t in the mood to explain herself in person.

"’Boss?’” Weyler said out loud, reading the heading on her note. "Why do you keep calling me 'boss?’”

"Habit, boss,” Jane said, distracted and feeling like the proverbial fish in a bowl that’s about to be shot. "Let me explain about the note."

Weyler slid the letter onto his desk in a nonchalant manner. "Sorry. Can’t give you any time off now.”

Jane’s back went up. A second ago she was hesitant, now she was pissed by Weyler’s off-hand attitude. "I have more time on the books than anyone in the department! I’m just asking for a week."

"I’ve already committed you to a case. Well, both of us actually.”

Jane felt the walls caving in. That all-too-familiar edge began to creep up. God, a cigarette would taste damn good right now. "I really need this time off."

"Is someone dead or dying?” Weyler stared at Jane, waiting for her answer.

For a moment, Jane wondered if Weyler could read her mind. Dying. His words yanked the freshly formed scab off the news she’d received an hour earlier. "I &hellip ” Jane was at a loss for words.

"Because someone else is,” Weyler stated, taking a seat in his plush, leather office chair and motioning for Jane to sit across from him.

Jane reluctantly sat down. "We work in homicide. Someone’s always dead or dying.”

Weyler drew the yellow pad toward him. "But this one is way outside the norm. Goes against the statistics.”

Jane hated the fact that Weyler knew how to play her so well. She loved cases that dwelled outside the box and made her think. She took the bait. "What stats?”

"A fifteen-year-old boy was kidnapped &hellip after what appeared to be his attempted suicide.”

The thought briefly crossed her mind that some poor kid was having a worse day than she was. "He tried to kill himself &hellip ."

"By hanging. On a remote bridge.”

"And then someone kidnaps him? What are the odds of that?”

"Million to one."

"Make it two million to one, given his age. Fifteen-year-old boys don’t get kidnapped. They’re full of testosterone and attitude."

"His name is Jacob Van Gorden. He goes by 'Jake.’ Even though he’s fifteen, he’s small for his age,” Weyler offered, checking his notes.

"So what? He’s fifteen! He’s a boy! Fifteen-year-old boys run away, hop a train."

"Hop a train?”

"You know what I’m saying. The suicide wasn’t real. Jake obviously set it up and ditched town.”

"That’s what everyone thought. But now is when it gets interesting. The family and police are being sent odd clues as to the boy’s disappearance.”

"Asking for ransom? Come on! The kid’s in on it. He’s pimping his family to get attention and some money.”

"No request for money, Jane. Just odd deliveries of statements to the family.”

The day was quickly catching up with Jane. She pinched the skin between her eyes. "You said a remote bridge? Didn’t know Denver had any of those left.”

"It didn’t happen in Denver. This occurred up in Midas.”

Jane let out a tired puff of air. Midas, a town of less than 10,000, was located about 90 minutes northwest of Denver. "That’s a tad out of our jurisdiction!” She was aiming to volley another lob for a week off when Weyler spoke.

"They’ve got their eye on a local guy. Jordan Copeland. Name ring a bell?” Jane shook her head. "Way before your time, I guess. It was a huge tabloid story back in the summer of 1968.” Weyler filled her in on one of the more infamous murder cases of the late 1960’s. It had "sensational” written all over it. Copeland was eighteen and found guilty of killing his next door neighbor, a mentally retarded, thirteen-year-old boy, Daniel Marshall in the backyard of his home in Short Hills, New Jersey. For no particular reason, Copeland shot the kid in cold blood with his father’s rifle and then hid the boy’s dead body under his bed for several days before the smell gave him away. "He did thirty-four years hard time,” Weyler added. "Got out of prison seven years ago and settled in Midas about two years back.”

"If they think Copeland did it, then why are we getting involved?”

"They don’t have enough evidence to hold Copeland, even though his behavior is pretty damn strange. They took everything they needed from him before letting him go. Handwriting sample, blood, hair, DNA. Bottom line: time’s ticking away. This all went down five days ago. The family didn’t jump on it because they thought it was a suicide.”

"With no body?”

"Figured he slipped out of the noose and fell into the river. But the day after the disappearance, the family started getting the strange notes.”

"How come no news coverage?”

"Family insists on keeping it low key. So does the town.”

"Wait a second. What happened to whoring yourself across primetime TV to get help? Maybe Copeland dumped the kid across state lines."

"This is Midas, Jane. People don’t move to Midas, Colorado to get attention. They move there to blend in and live a quiet, unexposed existence. The family and the police chief want to respect those wishes. The last thing they crave is a goddamned media circus. Can you blame them?”

Jane certainly had been part of media circuses. Too many times, she’d reluctantly played a pivotal role in high profile cases and had the spotlight directed her way. She hated it and rejected all offers to cash in on her celebrity. Except once, almost two years ago, when she agreed to an appearance on Larry King Live. The owner of the local coffee joint still gave her a free refill for that. "If they like this Copeland asshole for it, why don’t they have some cops sit up on him to watch his moves 24/7, harass him, see if the weird notes stop arriving and then pummel him into a confession?”

"They’re short staffed. You have the police chief, his secretary and a few deputies.”

"Midas is one of the wealthiest small towns north of Denver. They can certainly afford to hire out extra help." Jane noted Weyler’s expression. "Oh, shit. We’re the extra help?”

Continues...

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Excellent book!

    This is the first fives stars I have given a book since getting my Nook 12/10. I love murder/mystery/detective books. Revelations has all that, with a blend of supernatural and slight romance thrown in! The story is well written and moves at a steady pace without "filler" descriptions of insignificant landscapes, rooms, buildings etc. I despise when an author takes three pages to describe the landscape! I am looking for my next Laurel Dewey book right now! Happy reading!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    An excellent suspenseful mystery

    Starting page 1 of Revelations was like meeting a friend I've known for a couple of years...because I've read Dewey's first and second novels in the series, Protector and Redemption. Jane Perry comes to life again in this third mystery and her persona is skillfully developed to show interesting and moving aspects of her background and personality beyond those found in the other books, including mystical experiences that add another dimension. The plot keeps the reader guessing until the final pages, so beware of suspense that keeps you up long past midnight!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    Jane Perry solves her cases through her keen eye for detail, her superior deductive skills, and a little bit of the spirit world. I can't get enough of her books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Good Read

    Laurel Dewey is a good writer and she keeps me engaged through the whole book. It is important to read the whole series to truly know who Jane Perry is an all she has gone through it her life. I would love to see a TV series baised on this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Jane Perry story #3 lives up to #s 1 and 2 (ebook review)

    I really like the way Laurel Dewey plots her books and is not afraid to feature flawed characters. While I thought some of the esoteric discussions between characters may have gone on a little long, the book nonetheless holds your attention. I would have given this book a 5-star rating if not for the huge number of errors throughout. The author should do herself a favor and read her ebooks before epublishing--this one is full of typos, missing words, symbols where punctuation should be, misused words, spelling errors, spacing and margin errors, and so forth, all of which are obvious. All these errors are disconcerting when you're engrossed in a book you like, and they definitely detract, reducing your enjoyment factor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Love Jane Perry Series

    The third novel in this Jane Perry Series does not disappoint. Still love Jane's character and the way she deals with people. The storyline draws you in and keeps you interested. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    loved it, it kept up with the pace of the 2 prior books in the s

    loved it, it kept up with the pace of the 2 prior books in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Love love love Jane Perry character!!

    I got PROTECTOR as a free friday pick. I NEVER READ fiction. Loved Jane Perry. Then I read REDEMPTION and wanted more so I read REVELATIONS loved that I am half way through KNOWING the last full size novel and begging Ms Dewey for another novel. I am savering this as I don't want it to end.Hoping they is another novel coming soon......Thank you Laurel Dewey.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Good!

    A little dragging but great book. Gotta love that Jane!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    I can't wait for the next one!

    Like the last Jane Perry novel, I had trouble putting this down! It's very hard to remember that it's only a story - it just draws you into it's depth.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the 'in Death', Detective DD Warren', or Catherine Coulter's FBI Series. There is foul language and intimacies but nothing overly descriptive or foul if you enjoy the series' I mentioned. The plot was fully developed and the characters real and easy to relate to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Loved it!

    I have become addicted to Jane Perry! Even though detective stories are not my favorite, this book and others by this author combine mystery with a supernatural flair that keeps me totally entertained! I've already pre-ordered the next book! What a grest read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    The third Jane Perry police procedural is an excellent tale

    In Denver, the multi-syllable medical babble denotes one scary world to thirty-something police detective Jane Perry: cancer; cervical is very nasty but she rejects the doc's happy pills. She asks her boss Sergeant Weyler for a week off, but fails to tell him why so he says no. Instead they will work a case in nearby Midas whose police chief is Weyler's buddy.

    Fifteen year old Jake Van Gorden attempted suicide by jumping off a bridge, but instead was abducted. The family has received notes from the kidapper that imply Jake lives but none demand money or anything for that matter. Jane knows time is of the essence in a kidnapping so though she thinks the teen has set the scenario up she heads up to Midas to investigate the prime suspect, fifty-nine year old Jordan Copeland, who was released from prison seven years ago after spending over three decades behind bars for abducting and murdering a retarded boy in New Jersey. However the more she learns about Jordan, the less she believes he is guilty; but if not him who?

    The third Jane Perry police procedural (see Protector and Redemption) is an excellent tale that contains two strong subplots. The obvious first is the kidnapping as Jane follows clues that take her in odd directions away from the only suspect (besides in her mind the victim). The second focuses on Jane's personal life as she struggles with her health scare (her mom died at an early age from cancer), her attraction to bar owner Hank, and Revelations that shake her core foundation. Laurel Dewey writes a super investigative thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Wonderful

    Everyone has rated this book as very good. I need not say what it is about so I must say that I liked it enough that I'm going to read it again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Good story.

    These mysteries are very good. I like the protagonist, prickly character though she is. I recommend this good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THIS IS A MUST READ! BUY IT NOW!

    I have had the privilege to read the first 2 Laurel Dewey books in the Jane Perry series. Laurel's writing style has a way of drawing you into her characters lives & situations that they become almost real! I have recommended her books to my family & friends and they agree her stories mesmerize you. Once you start it's very hard to stop reading them!

    I just purchased the latest edition to the Jane Perry saga, Revelations & all I can say is WOW! Laurel has written another extraordinary book. This has a different angle than the first two yet it still intertwines with the previous storylines and never misses a beat. This fresh approach to the mystery that makes Jane Perry so unique is fascinating. Can't wait to let everyone know it's a must read!

    Thanks Laurel. Please keep them coming! We love you here in Fallbrook!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Deeply moving and thought provoking

    I am blown away right now. I just finished this outstanding novel and I can hardly put what I'm feeling into words.

    Laurel Dewey is without question one of the most profound writers I've read in YEARS. Her novels in the Jane Perry series are not "just thrillers" or "your typical comfortable read." No, no, no. These are books that force you to THINK. These are books that make you question your belief systems.

    In REVELATIONS, those belief systems are put up for questioning in the character of Jordan Copeland. Copeland is thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of a 15-year-old boy in Midas, Colorado because of his prior conviction for child murder. The only problem is that Jane doesn't think he did the kidnapping. As she secretly meets with Copeland, he engages her in deep, esoteric conversations that are both NON-PC and enlightening. There are SO many incredible lines/statements in this book that I couldn't begin to write them all. But suffice to say, the ideas that are brought forth in this novel are mind bending and life altering.

    In reading Dewey's website, I learned that the theories put forth in the novel are taken from Bert Hellinger's family constellation work (family secrets in the bloodline). Hellinger is a "rock star" in Germany and his work is definitely complex. To think that Dewey was able to take that theory and wrap it so skillfully into a stunning crime novel shows how brilliant this woman is.

    REVELATIONS is a novel that will stand the test of time and should be required reading for anybody who has dealt with the pain of family secrets and the carnage they can leave behind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Great read! Keeps you wanting to go back for more!

    Great read as the other two were. Definitely keeps your attention. She has really created a character that you really end up rooting for.
    She gets a little wordy a few times again when she goes on these little philosophical meanderings. But really easy to just skip the few times she does it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    very good

    I have enjoyed the Jane Perry series(#1, 2& 3). I like the characters and the auyhor always keeps me interested.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Much to like, much to dislike

    Great characters, great plot, very engaging. But OMG the poor grammar is killing me and big fancy words are mis-used when a simpler word would have been more accurate anyway. Also key segments are repeated not once but twice. This book could have been cut by at least a third. Too bad, I certainly love the main character with all her flaws, struggles and personal growth and the paranormal stuff is done very well. I wish this author had an editor.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    8 out of 10 stars!

    Revelations by Laurel Dewey
    Series: Jane Perry (#3)
    Release Date: June 14th, 2011
    Publisher: The Story Plant
    Page Count: 479
    Source: Received from publisher via Pump Up Your Book for review

    I hadn't read a good ol' mystery novel in a really long time, and boy oh boy, did Revelations satisfy my cravings. There's more than mystery to Laurel Dewey's latest novel, third in the Jane Perry series I have yet to begin with the first. There's riveting suspense. There's gruesome horror. Best (or worst) of all, there's that frightening so-close-to-home shot that had me shivering and assuring myself that all of this was fiction -- only fiction. How unbelievably convincing fiction can be.

    Jane has the eeriest feeling about Jake Van Gorden's disappearance -- while her detective partner and case leader are convinced he's dead, there's something inside her, squirming to get out, that knows Jake's case is too peculiar too give up on.

    Her gut instinct proves accurate, but the reader doesn't know this until the last few chapters, when all the small, but confined secrets of Midas are finally revealed.

    I cannot believe how scintillating the plot is. Each page brings shocking details to the crime scene, with twists and turns -- some, mere red herrings -- along the way. The only thing Jake wants, Jane discovers, is to to find out the truth about his family which his parents work so hard to keep hidden from him. But that curiosity eventually gives him the truth, the complete truth, which makes him realize sometimes, ignorance truly is bliss. By the misunderstood departure and scandal of a troubled teenager, Dewey expresses an important, but often neglected moral: Truth that is so sought-after is the same truth we turn our heads away from.

    One thing not entirely to my liking is Dewey's fierce dramatization of Jane's dilemma. I assure you, drama is what makes suspense go around, but what Dewey does that bothers me is italicize every other word. Italics are meant for emphasis, but when they're thrown over words too commonly, the emphasis is no more. If you still can't wrap your head around this, think of it this way: Say my house is completely white, but I want to make it unique and paint the door red. Now my house is the most fashionable one on the block. But then let's say I want it to be even more fashionable, and paint all the windows red, as well as the shingles, as well as the exterior walls. Now, in an attempt to make my entire house "unique" by painting the whole thing red, its uniqueness is destroyed and now my house is no longer a white house with a red door; it is a red house.

    The ending is unexpected, which, in my opinion, is a necessity to a well-written mystery. As I mentioned, I still haven't gotten the chance to read the two previous Jane Perry novels -- Protector (#1) and Redemption (#2). Though Revelations makes a great stand-alone story, I look forward to reading the previous books in the series. In other words, I don't want to read the first two novels to "complete" my understanding of Jane perry; I want to read the first two novels simply because I know they'll be just as good.

    Radical Rating: 8 hearts- Would recommend to lots of really good friends.

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