Mission Canyon (Evan Delaney Series #2)

Mission Canyon (Evan Delaney Series #2)

by Meg Gardiner

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After a hit-and-run accident leaves a friend dead, Evan Delaney wants justice. But she underestimates the power of the person responsible. When the witnesses begin dying one by one, Evan is unprepared for the dark places retribution will take her.

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ISBN-13: 9780451224729
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Evan Delaney Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 394,921
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Gardiner previously practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Southern California, she now lives with her family in London. The Dirty Secrets Club is her first novel published in the U.S. She will be promoting The Dirty Secrets Club on a national tour this summer.

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Mission Canyon (Evan Delaney Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Evan Delaney is on his way to a society function to serve a summons on Cal Diamond, who is dressed as Zorro. Her mission fails when she sees there are two Zorro's at the event and she has no way of distinguishing them. Frustrated she returns to the van where her fiance waits for her. Jesse Blackburn is uninterested in Evan¿s summons any longer because he saw Franklin Brand, the man who ran over him and left him a paraplegic while also killing his best friend Isaac Sandoval.------------ Evan gives chase, but loses Franklin. The police are on the case and catch Brand, but he makes bail and is released before vanishing. Evan sees him meeting with Kenny Rudneski, the son of theowner where Brand worked as a VP before being caught embezzling. Evan and Jesse are determined to find Franklin while also believing that Mako technologies, owned by Kenny and his father, is the cause of the blackmail attempts against them and the secret jobs they must undergo as told to them by the cabal if they want to keep their loved ones safe.----------- MISSION CANYON is unfortunately a very believable tale about cybercrime in which businessmen ally with thieves leaving the innocent to bear the costs of their criminal activities. Evan is an admirable courageous woman who does not care that her Jesse is wheelchair bound she even acts at times as if she does not notice the chair. There are many suspects and the exciting plot is filled with twists and revelations (perhaps a few too many of the latter) that shock the audience just when the story line seems to be settling into a pattern. Fans will enjoy this timely tale of the avaricious crooks, cops, businessman and innocents caught in their web.-------------- Harriet Klausner
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg Gardiner¿s second novel in the Evan Delaney mystery series shows the same assuredness of storytelling that won me over in ¿China Lake¿ but ends up being a far more satisfying and complete reading experience.Several years ago, Evan¿s boyfriend, Jesse, was paralyzed in a hit and run incident. Jesse¿s good friend was killed and all the evidence pointed toward it being a deliberate hit and run incident, with the car¿s driver, Franklin Brand, going on the run. Now, Brand is back in town, but for what purpose?As Evan follows Brand to make sure he doesn¿t leave town, she¿s slowly drawn into a web involving the incident and who the real target of the incident was. As Evan uncovers the truth of what happened and why, her own life becomes threatened and the discoveries she makes could fundamentally alter her life and her relationship with Jesse.I came to the Evan Delaney series after reading Gardiner¿s ¿The Dirty Secrets Club¿ and being impressed by it. Hungry for more, I picked up ¿China Lake¿ and while there were snippets of what I liked from ¿Secrets¿ in there, it still felt like a first novel. With ¿Mission Canyon,¿ the trappings of a first novel are gone and Gardiner settles in with a satisfying, page-turning mystery thriller that sets everything up well and then delivers a nicely done payoff in the end. I want to say this story is a bit more personal for Evan, but that would be doing a disservice to ¿China Lake¿ since it was a story about her protecting her nephew in peril from an evil religious cult. The big difference is that it feels like Gardiner doesn¿t have as big an axe to grind here with the antagonists and they come off as far more effective and threatening that way. They¿re not quite the evil, moustache twirling kind of villains that we got in ¿China Lake¿ and the book is a lot stronger for that.Also, having had a novel to get to know Evan, the book is more successful as we see and hear Evan¿s relentless belief in those she cares about and her dogged determination to defend them. It makes one of the novel¿s turning points and twists a bit more shocking when you come to it. It also helps to make Evan grow as a character and not just be a stock, plucky female private investigator.All in all, ¿Mission Canyon¿ is a far more complete and satisfying novel than its predecesor. I wonder if I¿d read it first if I¿d regard it as highly as I do ¿Dirty Secrets Club.¿ After all, part of the fun of a novel author is the joy of discovering their tricks and storytelling technique in the first novel you¿re exposed to.
jtho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up on Stephen King's recommendation (and I couldn't find China Beach!). First, you can read this book without reading the first Evan Delaney adventure. I don't usually read mysteries, and this book did contain some of the cliche conversation and style, but the suspense was amazing. Every time I thought I would put the book down at the end of a chapter, the cliff-hanger made me turn the page and keep reading. The villains were clever, the good guys even more so, the romance not intrusive, and the twists believable and well-timed. Overall, a very good book!
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Neil_Collins More than 1 year ago
Mission Canyon is a place of nightmares and regrets for Evan Delaney and her fiance, Jessie. It's been just over three years since Jessie and his best friend, Isaac, where run down while riding their bikes up in Mission Canyon. For Jessie, it's meant piecing his life back together; physical therapy and a wheel chair, with Evan by his side. Isaac wasn't quite as lucky. Meg Gardiner's second offering in her Evan Delaney series is a tightly wound, thrilling story with all the twists, turns, and blind curves that the road through it's namesake possesses. While not quite as intense (to me) as China Lake, her first in the series, I found it very well told and deeply engrossing. In a very different setting than before, Mission Canyon takes place in a world that seems to invade Evan's familiar Santa Barbara based life. She's just a few short weeks from her wedding to Jessie when the reappearance of the man who crippled him and killed Isaac takes them both spinning out of control. Everything she thought she knew comes into question; who are these people she thought were friends, and what really happened up in the hills above the city? When a writer can make me feel loss at the death of a character, that's the sign of truly deep authorship. Gardiner has done that, yet again, and while I didn't feel quite the anger I had towards the antagonists in China Lake, the bad guys are well enough constructed that they do evoke plenty of emotion. Likewise for the characters who are revealed to be not what they were thought to be. Not at all predictable. Mission Canyon is a thoroughly enjoyable book that I would highly recommend. While you don't have to read the first book to understand the second, it does make the characters far more understandable. I look forward to the next books in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was difficult to finish this painfully stereotypical Southern California first-person 'thriller.' The characters are out of central casting, the plot is hackneyed, and the wise-cracking banal and self-conscious. Refer to Jefferson Parker, Ross Thomas, Michael Connelly, and Jan Burke, to see how this kind of thing ought to be handled.