The Night Monster (Jack Carpenter Series #3)

The Night Monster (Jack Carpenter Series #3)

by James Swain
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The Night Monster (Jack Carpenter Series #3) by James Swain

 
The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant—and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who’s been shadowing her college basketball team, Carpenter’s pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, who abducts one of Jessie’s teammates. With the assistance of the kidnap victim’s tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his dog, Buster, hit the ground running—following a twisted trail from the ruins of a shuttered mental asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town with a ghastly secret.

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ISBN-13: 9780345515476
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Series: Jack Carpenter Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 638,930
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 4.32(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

James Swain, winner of the prestigious Prix Calibre 38 for Best American Crime Fiction, is the bestselling author of nine previous novels. He lives with his wife, Laura, in Florida, where he is currently at work on his next novel.

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Night Monster (Jack Carpenter Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When. Jack Carpenter was just two years on the force of Broward County's Sheriff Department, he handled a 911 call of a woman being assaulted in her apartment at Sunny Isles. He kicked in the door only to have the huge assailant hammer him breaking his nose as the giant tells him no pigs at his party. He leaves with Naomi Dunn. Eighteen years later that case remains cold except in Jack's nightmares. No longer with the police after being forced out for beating up a suspect, the former head of Broward County Sheriff Department's Missing Persons Unit still reads unsolved cases hoping to find an edge including the Dunn case in which the culprit was 6'10", 300 pounds and the victim a second degree black belt who kicked out two of his teeth yet failed like Jack to stop him. After wrestling with an alligator to rescue an autistic child, Jack gets a call from his daughter Jessie, who plays basketball at Florida State and is in town for a regional NCAA tournament game. She tells him about a stalking videographer who frightens her and her teammates with his persistence. He meets Mouse and Lonnie the giant who has haunted him all these years. This time the target is Sara Long, the Seminoles leading scorer. He failed once but vows not again to capture the killer. In his incredibly fast-paced third case (see MIDNIGHT RAMBLER and NIGHT STALKER), private investigator Jack Carpenter refuses to allow a second abduction to haunt him like the first one still does. In spite of Lonnie nearly killing him a couple times and his frequent trips to the hospital, he refuses to quit. The help from Sara's dad Karl and FBI friend, Ken Linderman (whose daughter was abducted), add to a terrific action-packed one sitting thriller. Harriet Klausner
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Swain's character of Carpenter has been very interesting and keeps you wanting to read more. This book I would recommend to anyone who likes to read mysteries.
feeblefetzer More than 1 year ago
Very few books keep me up all night to finish, this was one of them. A true page turner with all of the elements to keep you interested and up all night. I have started reading all of his novels now, and each one is joy.
Bmarley More than 1 year ago
I love the jack carpender series and this book surely doesn't disappoint. it had me hanging on every word. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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ILUV2read4pleasure More than 1 year ago
this is a fast moving story. I could not put it down. Looking forward to reading more by James Swain. I love the fact that it just keep me intriged and found myself rooting for Jack Carpenter. Ending was fantastic.
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Great book, very easy read.
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I am also a big fan of Swain's previous books. This book is his best. The action is non-stop and the characters are achingly believable. The author knows Florida and he knows how to keep the reader turning the pages. My local newspaper did an article talking about how Swain researches his books talking to people in the Justice Department who find missing kids. The research shows -- the story is filled with fascinating information about how law enforcement finds missing people. Highly recommended.
jp1025 More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by saying that I'm a big fan of Mr. Swain's Tony Valentine series. That said, he should really stick to the "casino noir." The characters in those books are much more likeable and a whole lot more believable. As a matter of fact, the cameo by Tony Valentine in "The Night Monster" is the only worthwhile part of the book. Without it, I would have given it 0 stars. Jack Carpenter is not a very likeable guy. I'm sorry, but that's important. What makes Tony Valentine so engaging is his relationships with his son, daughter-in-law and secretary. Over the course of three books, Carpenter has shown none of this. We keep hearing about his long suffering ex-wife, but she didn't even have a speaking part in the latest entry of this series. His relationship with his daughter also seems strained and distant. I just can't root for the guy. Which is a shame, because finding missing kids is truly God's work. I guess he is the smartest ex-cop ever. Just ask him. And he wrestles alligators, too! Gimme a break. I realize it's Florida and the character is part Seminole, but its a silly stereotype. When he recovered the jewelry for the "Seven Dwarfs" at the very first pawn shop he entered, I almost threw the book in the garbage. He must be psychic, too. Has the author done any research with real cops? His villains are getting more and more ridiculous. A giant? PUH-LEEZE. Grow up. An abandoned mental institution? Try reading "Shutter Island" to see that setting in the hands of a professional. Let me reiterate that I love Mr. Swain's Tony Valentine series. Let's hope he gets back to it as soon as possible. He should leave the darker stuff in the hands of the Dennis Lehanes of the literary world.