Blind Overlook

Blind Overlook

by JC Simmons
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Blind Overlook by JC Simmons

Jay Leicester (pronounced "Lester") is a retired airline pilot, retired because he could not stand the bureaucratic web the government spun over the aviation industry, and partly because anyone with the price of a bus ticket could fly on the airlines which resulted in overbooking, overcrowding, and near chaos on every route. Raised in a family of Judges and police officers, the only thing he knew to fall back on was the law. Opening his own private investigation business was a natural evolution, especially since he had trouble with authority, and could work outside the constraints of legalese. Handling mostly aviation related cases, recovery of stolen aircraft, investigating drug-hauling pilots, and helping set up corporate aviation departments kept him busy.

In Blind Overlook we find Leicester doing a favor for an attorney friend and taking a case far removed from aviation. It involves something he knows nothing about, the art world. A beautiful, but enigmatic young woman who owns an art gallery in New Orleans hires him to travel to Maine where a body has been found fitting the description of her brother and partner in the gallery. The body turns out not to be the brother. However he has not been heard from and the young lady grows concerned as he was traveling with four hundred and fifty thousand dollars in cash with which to buy a collection of work by an artist named, Rockwell Kent. Delving into this situation leads Leicester straight into a confrontation with the most powerful Mafia figure in the United States, a local detective, a police sergeant, local fishermen, and a friendly, but suspicious waitress at a local caf . The entire populace of the small community seems involved in the murder, the missing brother and his money. Maine coastal locals and offshore islands provide a unique setting for a powerful work reminiscent of Ross MacDonald or John D. McDonald. Character driven and plot oriented, this is a must read for the serious Mystery/Thriller 'aficionado.'

There are a total of 10 ebooks in the Jay Leicester Mysteries Series by JC Simmons:

Blood on the Vine
Blind Overlook
Some People Die Quick
Icy Blue Descent
The Electra File
Popping the Shine
Four Nines Fine
The Underground Lady
Akel Dama
The Candela of Cancri

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045089401
Publisher: JC Simmons
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Series: Jay Leicester Mysteries , #3
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 66,327
File size: 648 KB

About the Author

JC Simmons is the author of an Ernest Hemingway biography, several short stories and ten critically acclaimed serial mystery novels, known as the "Jay Leicester Mysteries Series". Included in the series are: Blood On The Vine, Some People Die Quick, Blind Overlook, Icy Blue Descent, The Electra File, Popping the Shine, Four Nines Fine, The Underground Lady, Akel Dama, and The Candela of Cancri, all of which have been recently re-released as ebooks by Nighttime Press LLC.From the Author's mouth:My flying career and writing in general was inspired by a single book titled, Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann. Writing specifically as a style was manifest due to a single book titled, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, by Carlos Baker, Hemingway’s official biographer. A friend and Emergency Room doctor, Edgar Grissom, who would later publish the definitive bibliography on Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, loaned me his copy of Baker’s bio one summer back in the early 70s. The rest, as they say, is history.During the next few years, I read everything by and about Hemingway. Never has a writer influenced me more. My first foray into the world of letters was to be about Hemingway. John Evans, owner of Lemuria Books, and my mentor in all things literati, pointed out that there were literally hundreds of bios on Hemingway. However, a scholarly study on the man and his work had never been done in a Q&A format. So was born the “Workbook.”Evans, Grissom, Evan’s store manager, Tom Gerald and his assistant Valerie Sims, all collaborated on the manuscript. It took two years to finish. I learned much on the journey.It was from this endeavor with the Hemingway bio that emerged the Jay Leicester Murder/Mystery series. Even the name Leicester came from Hemingway’s brother, who also published a bio, My Brother Ernest Hemingway, in 1961.Hemingway once said he “learned to write landscapes by looking at the paintings of Cezanne in the Louvre in Paris,” and “that it’s not how much one puts into a book, but what the writer leaves out that makes the story.” From him I learned how to write true dialogue, and how to add the sights, sounds, and smells so that the reader feels he is there. While I did not try and copy his style, thousands have tried and failed, I did take what he offered and used it well, I hope. You the reader will make that determination.J.C. Simmons was born, raised, educated, and stayed in the great State of Mississippi. He is a retired Airline/Corporate pilot and lives with his wife on the family farm in Union, Mississippi where he is working on a autobiographical work detailing his life and times as a pilot.

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Blind Overlook 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the private investgator series by author, Simmons. Jay Lieceister is the hero of the books and he comes across as a realistic, well rounded and likable character. This series of books, while not perfectly edited, are pretty close. The plots are always well thought out and all threads are tied off. These novels do have murder, autopsies, undetailed sex and sometimes other types of violence, but not in gruesome detail. I did not read any curse words in this book with over 450 pages. The flow is good. Descriptions and details are not over done and add depth and interest to the story line. Each book occurs in a different area of the United States, in different seasons and weather conditions. There is only a drop of romance and no religion. These books are not chick lit, nor are they masculine in flavor. They to recide in the middle, so all readers can enjoy them. For ages 18 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blind Overlook is the first JC Simmons book I have read. It is a page turner for sure. For those of us who do not like sexual content and bad language it is a good clean read. I will read the other books in this sieres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was enjoyable from beginning to end, and the who done it, was a bit of a surprise.
Bridgette0 More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy the book. The resolution of the mystery was a bit of a surprise. I didn't pick up on any of the "signs" until it was almost too late, but that's good.Some of the description was a little more than necessary for my thinking, but it is still better than the complete lack of description some books I have read have had. Over all, it was very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first by simmons but not my last. Couldn't stop reading. The ending was a total surprise. I enjoyed the part of the Detective's wife fight with cancer, so delicately and masterfully done. Liked all the alcoholic data and the well done discription of the country side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns in a who done it mystery well written by an author i will look for again
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Very interesting and likable chacters. Didnt know who murderer was until end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JC Simmons--Very good Author.
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Lacey2KW More than 1 year ago
Excellent story line, kept you intrigued.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. I shall purchase other books by this author. Thank you for the preview. GP Stere
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This was a fast read. It kept me intersted and wanting to read more. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that I enjoyed very much. The author's vibrant descriptions of locales and weather are vividly crafted, adding enjoyment to the reading. The characters were well fleshed out, giving them life and depth. Jay's obsession and knowledge of wine and fine spirits brought to mind Lawrence Saunder's character of McNally who lovingly described each of his meals in great detail. I think I prefer learning about wine! All in all, and without giving away the plot, I highly recommend this book. 5 stars, and well deserved.
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Loved it
Deloskyy More than 1 year ago
Love JC Simmons!!!!
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Was an ok book
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