Ace Of Hearts

Ace Of Hearts

by Jean Holloway

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ISBN-13: 9780982447598
Publisher: PHE Ink
Publication date: 08/27/2009
Series: Deck of Cardz Series , #1
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Ace of Hearts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ccourtland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story touches on the struggles faced by minorities of race, and also gender in a white, predominately male occupation. It addresses interracial relationships, career paths, sexuality and criminal activity. Although not a new concept, it is still a very relevant real-world topic to explore when developing tension between characters. Shortly after I received this book I read that a newly updated version was being released. I wonder what was added, edited and further developed.Sex on the brain and interaction by the lead female character cheapens her credibility. I wanted to know more about the case and less about her sexual escapades and relationship. At times she seemed completely ill-equipped and not capable of handling her task. I never got a clear voice for the main character or characters. Events were told, scenes were described, but I had no real emotional attachment to any of them, least of all Von. From a criminal profiling stand point, I tried to put aside the inconsistencies of the serial killer Eric Becker. However, his traits, M.O., position, crossing racial barriers of victims, relationship status and lack of known background and triggers made it difficult to digest (See ¿Psychopathic Character¿). Becker was what I¿d consider a sexual sadistic serial killer and although not every sexually motivated killer has identical qualities, there are behaviors that all do share or have in common. I felt he was more of a mash-up and I found it unconvincing. Lastly, the exuberant use of clichés was almost shameful. Every author does it, but this went beyond the minor blunder. For more on clichés go to ¿How To Avoid clichés¿
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a good serial killer thriller but oh my goodness, this serial killer was one sicko, I really want to curse during this review but don't want to offend anyone.I thought this was a great debut book by Jean Holloway. You knew who the killer was from the beginning and so throughout it just kind of pissed you off knowing what was coming next and the characters not responding, a thriller indeed, it had me shouting at them. If you like the show Castle you will enjoy this. This is a graphic novel with some erotic scenes so again not for everyone.What I did love about this story was the conscience speaking parts :-) you know when you say something but in your head want to say something else.....well Jean H included this as a style and I really enjoyed it.The story of why the killer is so sick started but for me it was one scene and never went back to it, so I was disappointed. The killer had so much control over the women in his lives it really pissed me off in a good way, I enjoy getting emotional over books. The feeling you get when watching a movie and you say to yourself 'why are you waiting, why didn't you tell someone, why didn't etc' oh Jean H really got me angry.I wanted this killer to be found and to be tortured like he tortures others, but then again, he would have loved it..........The ending was great though, I will definitely be picking up the sequel, Black Jack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fast moving, gripping and had you on the edge of ypur seat from page one. Can not wait to read the rest of the series
RWA_Bookclub More than 1 year ago
It's the early eighties and Detective Shevaughn Robinson is carrying the weight of being the first African American female detective with the Portsborough, New York Police Department. While she is up for the challenge, the fact that her lack luster love life is almost nonexistent doesn't help much on those lonely nights. When an egotistical serial killer makes her first case hell on earth, she has to play every hand in her deck of cards to resolve the case. Ace of Hearts was a classic read for the time period and genre. The scenes were vivid, well written (aside from a few editing concerns) and in some instances erotic. The romance between two of the main characters was steamy, while the rape scenes with the killer was anything but. My heart went out to the victims all the way until the very end. I couldn't wait for the sadistic maniac to get his just do. I'm eargerly looking forward to reading the next installment in this series. Reviewed by: Nikkea Smithers RWA Bookclub President
ReadersInMotion More than 1 year ago
Jean Holloway thrusts you back into the 80's before criminal profiling and DNA were used solve crimes. At a time when it took hard work and gut instincts to take down your suspect. In this fast paced thriller, you meet Detective Shevaughn Robinson, just recently assigned to the homicide division and with less than twenty four hours on the job she has her first murder. This one act leads to a series of murders setting in motion a thrilling cat and mouse game between Det. Robinson and the killer. In addition to everything going on at work, Det. Robinson has also found a companion in someone unconventional for the time period. When work touches home and affects the ones she loves Det. Robinson is determined to see this tumultuous case through to the end. The author does a lot of telling and not enough showing and because of that, the revelation of who the killer actually is becomes quite evident earlier on. Still even with that minor flaw, this is a very fast and entertaining read. I would recommend this to adult readers, 18 and older, due to graphic sexual content and violence. The reviewer rates it 4 stars. Reviewed by Kecia Rating: **** (4 stars) For: Readers in Motion
aambcreviews More than 1 year ago
Ace of Hearts by Jean Holloway was a great read it kept me going from page one. I was shocked at first when I discovered what the predator of the story was doing to his victims. This story was different, and it was hard to believe it was written 25 years ago. It kept me engrossed from page one. I would say this story was exciting, steamy, creative and fun to read. I recommend this book to all who loves a great mystery I can't wait for the sequel.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly enticing debut novel by Mrs. Jean Holloway. This book takes you on a HIGHLY charged emotional rollercoaster ride! It is a FRIGHTENINGLY suspense-filled, romantic murder mystery with LOADS of heart stopping twist and turns that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. I must thank one of my girlfriends for recommending this book, because had she not I would have missed this thrilling ride. The characters were quite engaging. The storyline was well developed and the attention to detail made me feel like I was watching a very entertaining, yet spine-chilling movie. I found myself completely and thoroughly caught up in the drama of Detective Shevaughn Robinson¿s life, professional and personal. The sensual, yet endearing romance between Shevaughn and Tony aided in lightening the mood of an otherwise intense and sometimes disturbing erotic thriller. Tony was a sweet, good looking, compassionate, thoughtful and protective man, who wanted to help his woman in EVERY aspect of her life, professionally and personally. I also enjoyed the budding new partnership/friendship between Shevaughn and Detective Jared Benjamin, he was like the overprotective big brother she never had. Mrs. Holloway DEFINITELY keeps you in suspense throughout this novel, when you think you know what¿s going to happen, she¿ll shock you with an unexpected twist and/or turn. I hope she¿s able to keep me just as captivated with the upcoming sequel!