Day One

Day One

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Born and raised in southern Oregon farm country, Ellie Spaneker flees her home and abusive husband, unaware she's being tracked by an ex-cop in the hire of her vengeful father-in-law. In Portland, retired homicide detective Skin Kadash fills his idle days drinking coffee and searching for Eager Gillespie, a teen runaway of special interest as the only witness in a troublesome and long-unsolved murder. Eager, meanwhile, is on his own, grifting and oblivious to the danger he's in.

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ISBN-13: 9781531804497
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Series: Skin Kadash Series , #3

About the Author

Bill Cameron lives with his wife and a menagerie of critters in Portland, Oregon. His stories have appeared in Spinetingler, Portland Noir, and the forthcoming First Thrills. He is a member of Friends of Mystery, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.

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Day One 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RSGompertz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Day One by Bill Cameron is a fascinating read both for the well-crafted story and the style in which it¿s written. It¿s a complex tale, rich with dark characters that, thankfully, most of us don¿t meet in our daily lives. It¿s literary without pretension, well-paced and never formulaic.The tone is noir with many shades of composite gray. The writing pulls you in without gimmicks, the dialogue and characters are interesting and compelling. There's a genuine and talented author's voice speaking through these pages. I stopped more than once to reread a sentence for the pure thrill and jealousy of great writing.This is a complex story about strange crimes with deep origins. The narrative glides through the past and present in a engaging manner as a series of interconnected personal stories and interlocking puzzles unfold and pick up steam until they converge with a resonant bang. The story drives forward with one eye on the rear view mirror until the past and present collide and intersect. Cameron does a great job of keeping the reader's mind engaged trying to piece the story's intriguing puzzles together.Painstakingly set in rural Oregon and urban Portland, the scenery, smells, and regional quirks are conjured with equal doses of sun, mist, and shadows. The author does an excellent job with the basic forensics and police procedures as well as the inner stories and conflicts that drive his good, bad, and ugly characters forward.Day One is the third book in Cameron¿s series. I've only read this one and found that it stands firmly on its own.
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I would not recommend this book for a book club discussion nor would I recommend this book for anyone that has a hard time following jumping back and forth from present to past. I have read County Line and really enjoyed it and I have purchased two other books by Bill Cameron. I'm hoping they are not jumping around like Day One. I did enjoy it and read it through but I don't think I would read another one of his if it does jump around. I read for enjoyment not for memory keeping which Day One requires you to do.
havenne More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a Chinatown (the movie) writ small and personal. It is a work of several threads, seemingly disparate, that weave back and forth but then knot together in an unexpected way. That unpredictability, peopled by a diverse crew of characters kept me reading, wanting to find out what happened next. Not your typical mystery story full of larger-than-life characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely struggle with resolve to finish a book, but this one was a test of that resolve. It was only in the last few pgs that I finally found 1 of the characters the least bit appealing. Ellie managed to pull that off by revealing the grit she hadn't shown through the entire book ... despite her fight with & escape from Stuart. I had accepted Ellie as too weak to survive & the rest of the cast of characters as downright evil to-the-core or mean-spirited at best. Even Stuart's final act of redemption to set Ellie & Danny free didn't sway me to forgive him. It all seemed like such a terrible waste of humanity (Luellen, Eager, Pastor) & my time. It wasn't even exciting ... just depressing.
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happy-readerGG More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read all of Bill Cameron's Det. Kadash books after I got his latest - County Line - as a free friday nook book. Chasing Smoke was great. Day One, not so much. I found it really hard to read because he keeps jumping into the past. There was too much history to keep track of and too many characters. I found myself thumbing back to the beginning chapters to identify characters that come into play later in the book. I know I missed some of the story line because I was so confused. I still really like Dt. Kadash and plan to read Lost Dog.
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