Crimes of Redemption

Crimes of Redemption

by Linda McDonald

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ISBN-13: 9781937054250
Publisher: RoadRunner Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Crimes of Redemption 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cindymt More than 1 year ago
Gayla, Willie and Tommy are great characters and their adventures in a small western Oklahoma town are well done. The initial mystery is exciting. The back biting and snobbery inherent in small towns is very well drawn and the outcome makes perfect sense with that background. The part that made me cry was Tommy’s though and not the travesty. The devil, Albert, brings our three characters together and they heal each other, forming a family. With a heart-stopping trial and a heart-pounding race, this is a great way to spend a few hours. Received free copy for review.
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
Bravo! I can't believe this is the authors first novel. what an incredible read. The story flows effortlessly with an amazing plot. It will grab you from the very first page. I read it in 2 days, that's how good it is. The characters are well developed and the bond formed between them felt very real to me. This book is an absolute MUST READ! I can't wait for her to write another book, fantastic writing. I highly recommend this book , you don't want to miss this one! I received this book through Goodreads First Reads program to give an honest review. Honestly, I loved it! Ten stars!
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Crimes of Redemption by Linda McDonald is without a doubt the most depressing book I have ever read. I wish I had just flipped to the back and read the ending but it was a good mystery and I wanted to see how it played out. I only gave the book a three star rating because of the language, but the plot I would give five stars. Albert Raeder, the most prominent man in town, is brutally murdered by Gayla Early and she is arrested soon after escaping from the basement prison that Raeder had held her in for two years. She admitted killing him but her lawyer worked to get the crime declared justifiable homicide. A great deal of the book deals with the trial and it is then that so much profanity and vulgarity comes out in the writing. Raeder’s “good old boy” friends are determined to have Gayla spend the rest of her life in prison. Tommy Maynard, the pot smoking Vietnam veteran, who is now the sheriff and Willie, an embittered widow, are the only two people besides her lawyer who believe her story and show her kindness and friendship. This was a good mystery for one did not know the outcome until the very end which was a total surprise. However, I cannot with a clear conscience recommend this book unless one likes a book filled with murder, violence, profanity, and crude language. I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great first novel, Te author did an excellent job laying the footwork for unraveling a bizarre crime in a remote western Oklahoma town.   The dialect and descriptions were very believable of the area. After a few chapters I couldn't put it down.  The story unravels at a good pace and certainly captures your curiosity as to how Albert Reader was murdered I'm looking forward to Ms. McDonald's next work. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best debut novel I've read in years.  I read 2-4 books a week ( mostly mystery/suspense) & this really stood out. I have visited & worked in Western Oklahoma many times & Ms. McDonald did a masterful job of capturing the Atmosphere, attitudes, & dialect of the region.  A great regional mystery!  I eagerly await her next effort. 5 Stars!
RaptReader More than 1 year ago
Hard to put Crimes of Redemption down. A compelling narrative that grabs you in the first paragraph with the aftermath of a duel to the death that demands explanation. Author McDonald has crafted three finely hewn central characters, using each to explore the death of Albert Raeder as they reconsider the ghosts in their own  souls. I so hated leaving these irresistible characters and the vividly crafted world of Luckau, OK that I'm reading  Ms. McDonald's novel again.