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The Concrete Kiss [NOOK Book]

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“Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.”
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Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer's innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad. And then...

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Overview

“Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.”
--- Kirkus Reviews. -
Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer's innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad. And then...

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Kirkus Reviews
Set in the modern day, this straightforward, fast-paced detective novel cages a truly twisted villain. Detective Ned Danes, an honest cop and all-American family man, just made a startling discovery: A high profile murder case has been rigged--evidence was intentionally misplaced--to secure a conviction. The reader is thrust into a page-turning, clever narrative that continually morphs from police procedural, thriller, courtroom drama, and gritty evaluation of a serial rapist and killer. Blue-collar and committed to justice, instantly likable Danes finds himself at odds with the DA as well as his peers for introducing the suspect's defense lawyer to the misplaced evidence--a tape showing the defendant buying pornography at roughly the same time the murder took place. In a surprisingly realistic courtroom dialogue, Danes presses on, resulting in the defendant's release but also in Danes' demotion to the head of the cold case department. Danes' friend in the FBI, the noble but complex Phillip Abbott, assures him that he won't be forgotten. It's when Walter Plackman is introduced that the novel really takes form. Plackman, who calls himself HDP ("hunt, dominate, possess"), spends his time befriending young girls on Facebook and scanning their information for clues as to their whereabouts, his activities disturbingly similar to those of a detective. He's on the "hunt" for Amy, whom he promptly finds and abducts. In a compelling twist, a full year passes after this event, showing the often horrific consequences of crime. When the novel reforms, the heroes are different people with unfamiliar lives, and the victim for whom they want justice is unalterably changed. To be fair, though, there are some rough patches in the novel: It's cluttered with inconsequential ancillary characters, dialogue can sound wooden and the relentless pace allows for little introspection. Still, Grace relishes the accurate and disturbing details, providing top-quality entertainment that overcomes its faults with a relentless story. Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044683082
  • Publisher: David Grace
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

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See my profile on Goodreads.com at:goodreads.com/author/show/2376305.David_GraceSee my profile on Amazon.com at:Amazon.Com/Author/davidgraceSee my website at:davidgraceauthor.comBrowse my books on Facebook at:facebook.com/davidgraceauthor/app_19138777091239400000499592905To purchase trade paperback editions of my books go either to Amazon.com or to my print publisher, Wildside Press at:wildsidebooks.com/GRACE-David_c_1514.htmlI used to write under the name "David Alexander" but there were several other writers using that name and publishers and agents confused me with them, so I now use the pen name, "David Grace." My first published novel was "The Chocolate Spy" followed by "Fane" then "My Real Name Is Lisa" then "The Eyes Of The Blind.I have re-titled Fane as "The Accidental Magician"; re-titled "My Real Name Is Lisa" as "Stolen Angel" and re-titled "The Eyes Of The Blind" as "True Faith." All available at Smashwords, Amazon, and other ebook sellers.All of my novels except "Daniel" are available in $7.99 or $8.99 trade paperback editions at Amazon.com from publisher, Wildside Press.My favorite books that I wrote are "The Concrete Kiss", "Shooting Crows At Dawn", "A Death In Beverly Hills", "True Faith", "Easy Target", and "Doll's Eyes" more or less in that order but the order changes from day to day. I think the best SF stories that I have written are the Tramp stories contained in SF Stories Volume 1.I have had several Sci Fi stories published in Analog Magazine and two crime stores published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am a long-time member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.The legendary SF author (and friend) Jack Vance named a planet after me in "The Face" and named a lawgiver after me in "Night Lamp."I shared a story credit (with two others) for the Outer Limits episode "Joy Ride" which starred Cliff Robertson.My last novel was "The Concrete Kiss."I often write screenplays based on my books as well as stand-alone screenplays. I have written screenplays for: "The Concrete Kiss"; "True Faith"; "Stolen Angel"; "A Death In Beverly Hills", "Doll's Eyes","The Traitor's Mistress", "Daniel" and "Etched In Bone."I have also written the non-novel related screenplays: "Dreamboat" romantic comedy; "Champion's Season" (comedy); "First Starship" (G-rated adventure).
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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    Detective Ned Danes had the lucky job of cold cases.  Those crim

    Detective Ned Danes had the lucky job of cold cases.  Those crimes that were never solved, with so little to go on, but had families that needed closure and to know the truth.
    FBI Agent Phillip Abbott had seen a lot in his day, but the horrific crimes of a family serial killer ripped his heart when it happened to a family with an autistic girl named Jessica.  When her family is murdered, Phillip and his wife adopt her.
    So when they teamed up to solve the serial killer murders, and went a touch out of bounds in order to try to capture him, you could not have asked for a better team.  This killer was cold, calculated and had no remorse for his victims, it was just a job he was paid to do.
    While they are on the hunt for the killer, running as a separate side line was a cold case of abducted girls.  Little clues to help solve this case.
    What could have been split into two books, maybe one as a number two in a series, was crammed into one book.  The majority is based on the serial killer, with small references to the abducted and raped girls case.  While the characters will keep you interested, and it is a thriller to be sure, it probably might have been better staying with one of the story lines rather than try to merge them together.  

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    By Momma on July 23, 2013 Whoa ¿ Just read this book! I¿m not


    By Momma on July 23, 2013

    Whoa – Just read this book! I’m not big into crime dramas, but this is a good one. There are so many twists and turns it will make you dizzy. They are all done with precision making this an extremely enjoyable book. I loved many of the mechanisms Grace used to illustrate the story and lay out the plot and find the bad guys. Jessica, who is autistic, using her computer to not only communicate but also to help track down the murderers is genius.

    The interactions between the detective and the agent were very pleasing, though trying to accomplish the same goal they often butted heads on how to go about it. It made you like them both for who they were, the only problem, and this is very real and human, is that you would have thought they would have used any means necessary to stop the killings. Yet, they both let ethics and procedure cloud the way.

    This is absolutely a nail-biter you won’t be able to put down. Even if this isn’t your typical genre, if you looking for something to read from the edge of your seat, pick up The Concrete Kiss.
    What does Momma Think?

    The Concrete Kiss David Grace 4 cookies!

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

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    The Concrete Kiss might have been titled A Tale of Two Lawmen. T

    The Concrete Kiss might have been titled A Tale of Two Lawmen. The two main characters, big city policeman Ned Danes and FBI agent Phillip Abbott, cross paths early in the story and establish a friendship that, while based on their profession, goes beyond that. As each continues on their own, chasing a different criminal each is obsessed with bringing to justice, it isn’t apparent how or if the two story threads will resolve and when the two will work together again, although it is an easy assumption that the latter of these will eventually happen.




    These two story threads each receive thorough treatment as the reader gets to know both characters well. Another significant character, FBI agent Phillip Abbott’s adoptive daughter, Jessie, has her own compelling back-story and her contribution is critical to the story and its appeal. Although longer than typical for the genre due to the multiple story threads, The Concrete Kiss is fast-paced, unpredictable, and should hit the sweet spot for fans of police procedurals or thrillers. Author Grace sets up well for a series with these same characters, possibly even two series, one with Ned Danes, and the other with Phil Abbott and Jessie.




    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Detective Ned Danes is in a bind. He can keep quiet and an innoc

    Detective Ned Danes is in a bind. He can keep quiet and an innocent man will go to jail or report misplaced information to the DA, make an enemy, and lose his job.  Fortunately, he has an old friend, FBI Agent Phil Abbot, who can help him out.  The bond that develops between these two men is an "I've got your back" friendship.




    I liked the character of Ned Danes, and his work with cold cases drew me right in to the story.  I was a little disappointed when Ned fell into the background and Phil Abbot's story came to the front, but was pleased as the story progressed and the two of them teamed up again.




    The character of Phil is an FBI agent who has adopted an autistic child with a tragic past.  She is able to communicate through her computer and uses her hacking talents to find a killer.  During Phil’s investigation a situation arises in which he now needs Ned’s help.  The back and forth with these two characters was a major theme of the book.  Just when I thought the story was wrapping up, Ned stumbles upon the answer to another cold case.   




    Although I had a problem believing that FBI Agent Phil would allow his child to be involved with some of the illegal hacking, I still think The Concrete Kiss is another great book by David Grace.

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