Breached is a mystery novel about adults surviving personal betrayal. Diane's capacity for trust is destroyed by abusive parents. Art's trust in himself is shattered by his Viet Nam combat experience. Detective Raker's yearning for intimacy is stifled by grief following his wife's death. Lake Hannah residents rally to recover trust in their community leaders.
Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, author John J. Hohn offers Breached, a suspenseful, fast-paced sequel.
The story is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where Detective James Raker meets up with an old high school classmate. Their reunion, however, is interrupted by murder. Gunned down is state dam inspector Norm Dennison who dies before he can prove to the homeowners around Lake Hannah that Vernon Brost, a developer, has launched an elaborate scheme to defraud them. The threat to Brost's plans does not go away with Dennison's death, however, as Dennison's widow turns over the dead man's files to Art Nichols, a Lake Hannah resident and a friend of the retired detective, James Raker. Thugs ransack Nichols' home to recover the documents. Not finding them, they decide to break into Raker's home where they are surprised by Raker's girl friend, Diane Welborn. Welborn is knocked unconscious and the house is set ablaze. Together Nichols, a Viet Nam veteran, and Raker begin tracking down the intruders. Welborn is hospitalized in serious condition. While in a coma, she recalls her painful childhood, her unsuccessful first marriage and her struggles to find fulfillment after her divorce. Raker's concern for her injuries drives him in his pursuit of her attackers.
Breached is a fast-paced realistic literary mystery with a sharp focus on character development.
|Publisher:||John J. Hohn|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
~Book exchanged for an honest review~ Retired Detective James Raker finds himself involved in an investigation of murder that leads to fraud. When Art Nichols friend Norm Dennison is found dead of gunshot wound drives Art into the past. Art suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) since his return from Vietnam thirty years earlier. James and his lady friend Diane Welborn are couple in a relationship that isn't working for James. Lake Hannah Home Owners Association president is doing dirty dealing but no ones caught him in the act and he hopes to keep it that way. Whose responsible for Dennison's death? Why is the president dirty? Your answers await you in Breached. This book takes two years after the first book. I really like James Raker! I found the characters to be interesting, unique, honest, down to earth, and real to life. I also found that the story was fast paced because it hit the ground running and didn't quit until the last page. I would definitely recommend this series and author to others.
As a psychologist and former law enforcement officer, I was very interested in reading this book. I think the story was written well. I found the suspense interesting and engaging, which made this book a fast read for me. I thought the characters were well written and the arcs were especially thorough. I found the details made the story more real. I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to others if you want an intelligent and thoughtful read.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Beyond the synopsis of the book, there really isn't much else to say about it. The suspense wasn't really there for me as you kind of are told who's behind the problems early in the book. There was way too much dialogue and conversations between the characters. It just felt disjointed and kind of jumbled. It was hard to read at times because of all of the talking and internal dialogues. I didn't really get into the story or click with any of the characters. It was a so-so read that I think could have been better without all of the dialogue and more suspense. I give this 3 books.