Summer's Reason

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Summer's Reason follows Jessie Summer, a motorcycle patrol officer whose first harrowing assignment as a detective sinks her deep into the underworld of crime and drugs in South Florida. She is drawn in, until a series of shattering events causes her to confront a part of herself that has long been forgotten - and whose power cannot be controlled. Drawing on his own experience as a beat and motorcycle cop, Cherokee Paul McDonald brings a stunning sense of authenticity to this portrait of modern crime in the ...
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Summer's Reason follows Jessie Summer, a motorcycle patrol officer whose first harrowing assignment as a detective sinks her deep into the underworld of crime and drugs in South Florida. She is drawn in, until a series of shattering events causes her to confront a part of herself that has long been forgotten - and whose power cannot be controlled. Drawing on his own experience as a beat and motorcycle cop, Cherokee Paul McDonald brings a stunning sense of authenticity to this portrait of modern crime in the Florida sunbelt. As he states, "the criminal activities portrayed in Summer's Reason are happening in real life, today." No author is better able to describe the thin line between what must not be allowed and what is required of the men and women behind the badge.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jessie Summer is no Travis McGee, but fans of the late, incomparable John D. MacDonald will experience a nostalgic flashback as this McDonald, a former Fort Lauderdale cop (Blue Truth), revisits Fort Lauderdale/Miami venues such as the Bahia Mar Marina in this competent, if overly psychodramatic, police procedural. Spunky Jessie, a beautiful young FLPD detective, is plagued with sexual ambivalence arising from having been raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was ten. When she kills a minor hood caught in an apparent jewel-store robbery, she stumbles into a complex conspiracy involving child pornography and the selling of children into sexual slavery. As the investigation progresses, she suspects the complicity of Jack and Tiffany Eastin, a hedonistic, incestuous brother-sister duo. Confused by her near-seduction at the hands of the treacherous, bisexual Tiffany, Jessie is finally aroused to heterosexual fulfillment by gentle Sgt. Miguel Tirado of the Miami PD. Meanwhile, McDonald's writing, except for a few sentimental excesses, grows ever more sure-handed as political interference, drugs, murder and psychosexual perversion in Florida's steamy, cocaine-rich high-rise mazes keep matters moving toward a satisfying, if ultraviolent conclusion. (Oct.)
Emily Melton
The title may sound like a romance, but ex-cop McDonald's crime story is anything but romantic. Fort Lauderdale police rookie Jessie Summer eagerly awaits the day when she can swap her motorcycle helmet for a detective's badge. After her overly aggressive tactics earn her a dressing-down from her superiors, Jessie takes on a case that pits her against a vicious gang of drug smugglers and child pornographers. Determined to prove she deserves a promotion, Jessie won't stop her investigation no matter how many dead bodies she has to step across. The shocking and distasteful subject matter--the evils of child pornography and the nutso creepy-crawlies who feed on smut peddling and drugs--may put some readers off, but McDonald's no-holds-barred plot, mile-a-minute action, realistic police lingo, and authentic portrayal of life in the cop shop make this top-notch action thriller well worth reading. McDonald is also the author of "Blue Truth" (1991), a nonfiction account of his experiences as a cop.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556114090
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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