Chasing Smoke

Chasing Smoke

by Bill Cameron

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BN ID: 2940014017190
Publisher: William Cameron
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Series: Skin Kadash Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 580 KB

About the Author

Bill Cameron is the author of gritty mysteries featuring Skin Kadash: COUNTY LINE, DAY ONE, CHASING SMOKE, and LOST DOG. Bill's stories have appeared in publications like ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, PORTLAND NOIR, and KILLER YEAR. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Spotted Owl Award, the Left Coast Crime Rocky Award, and the CWA Short Story Dagger. In 2012, COUNTY LINE received the Spotted Owl for Best Northwest Mystery.

His latest is PROPERTY OF THE STATE, a young adult mystery introducing troubled yet resourceful Joey Getchie from Poisoned Pen Press.

Learn more at | Twitter: @bcmystery

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Chasing Smoke 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
GeorgetheFlea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aside from a brief stint working through the Agatha Christie shelf in my local library when I was in grade school, I've never been much of a mystery fan (fantasy and science fiction are my usual preference). However, I know Bill Cameron from around the interwebs, and was interested to see what he's published. Lost Dog, to which Chasing Smoke is a sequel of sorts, was a fantastic book; thrilling, edge-of-your-seat, and some of the most interesting and real feeling characters I'd read recently (something which is often lacking in fantasy).I was thus quite excited to pick up Chasing Smoke and give it a try, but Chasing Smoke was a bit more difficult for me to get into. The first half or so of the book was relatively slow, particularly compared to Lost Dog. Where Lost Dog is largely plot driven, Chasing Smoke is much more character driven as we follow in the footsteps of the aging detective Skin Kadash as he simultaneously fights with cancer and estranged members of the police force. About half way through things picked up significantly, though, and I found myself just as involved and interested as in Lost Dog.Chasing Smoke's greatest strengths are its gritty, realistic characters and Cameron's excellent writing. Its main weakness, and the reason I wasn't able to get as excited about this book as I was for Lost Dog, is the lack of a visceral mystery to drive the plot forward (Kadash spends most of the early book doggedly pursuing enquiries into crimes which, as far as his fellow detectives and the reader can tell, are related merely by coincidence).I would recommend Chasing Smoke for those who enjoy police mysteries and who are interested in complex characters trying to balance very real, personal problems with the rest of their lives. That it is not the plot-driven thrill ride of Cameron's first book is mainly a testament to the breadth of his writing abilities; that it didn't work for me personally quite so well shouldn't dissuade you from picking up Chasing Smoke from the local library or book store.
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TheThirtyYearItch More than 1 year ago
Chasing Smoke was not a disappointment, both in terms of the writing style I was hoping for and a good, hard-boiled mystery. The story was told in the first person of Det. Kadash, who is near the end of his career. He is also not working as a result of a temporary disability; bladder cancer. While convalescing, his partner asks him to help take a look at a death she is investigating, the latest in a series of deaths of cancer patients all seen by the same doctor as Det. Kadash. The deaths all appear to be suicides, but the daughter of one of the victims thinks they are murder. As Det. Kadash looks into it, he doesn't find much other than a few coincidences. In the process, he ruffles feathers that a lot of people would have preferred have been left undisturbed. Like every good hard-boiled mystery, the protagonist has a difficult time following the rules, has an adversarial relationship with his supervisor, and is better at antagonizing the people he interviews than getting valuable information from them. He has sharp wit, razor tongue, and a gift for sarcasm. But he is also very introspective, although often seems ambivalent, about his career, love life, and cancer. Kadash seems likable to those who really know him, but sadly, that is a small group of people. And he doesn't seem to have a problem making the group smaller. I enjoyed Chasing Smoke, especially the second half. My first impression about Bill Cameron was right: he is fun to read. A smartass of the first order!
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havenne More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book almost as much as Day One....Complex puzzle that may not work out quite like you think. Great characters: Harry Bosch move over!
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I really liked this book, esp the lead character - "Skin". This is the 1st B.C. book I've read & "Skin" is just so damn down-to-earth & witty. You get to see so much of what's extraordinary & ordinary about him as he unravels the case. Whether true or not, I had the feeling as I read that at least parts of the story might have been autobiographical. There was just some detail that seemed more personal than relevant to the storyline. All that said, I would have given a 4-star rating, but I had some issues that resulted in a sml rating reduction. There were a lot of characters involved & I found myself occasionally weary from trying to sort that out ... a personal issue, I know. It didn't ring true at all for me that police investigators would be so ready to accept suicide as "obvious" with the coincident circumstances. There were more-than-should-be-expected places where word usage (or word forms) seemed to have escaped any editing or proofreading attention. However, none of the above kept me from buying "Day One" & "County Line". :-) P.S. 1 tiny final comment - The detail of Skin's birthmark on his neck & the repeat references to it seemed non-contributory & strangely discomforting for some odd reason.
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