Soft Case: (Book 1 in the John Keegan Mystery Series)

Soft Case: (Book 1 in the John Keegan Mystery Series)

by John Misak


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Read the book that launched the John Keegan Mystery Series!

When New York City's most famous man dies suspiciously, Homicide Detective John Keegan must follow a trail of corruption that may just lead to the top of city government...and the end of his career.

Successful, rich people usually don't kill themselves. This is the thought that runs through Keegan's mind when he learns his partner, Rick Calhill, has scored them the Ronald Mullins case. Mullins had it all, money, power, and a beautiful wife. If anyone had a reason to commit suicide, it wasn't Mullins.

Despite this, the mayor, a good friend of Mullins, is convinced the one-time tycoon killed himself. So is practically everyone else. Except Keegan's partner. At first, it appears Calhill hopes to use this case to catapult up the NYPD ladder. Then, a case full of corruption and intrigue unravels. So does Keegan's life.

Keegan and Calhill investigate further, and find out Mullins was preparing a Senate run. They also discover marital problems, and friction between Mullins and his business partner. All of a sudden they can point a finger at half a dozen people who would want the software mogul dead. There is a pattern of corruption in Mullins' life and in city government, it seems, but before Keegan can make it near an answer, he is in handcuffs, framed, with his whole life falling to pieces around him.

Suspended, threatened, and betrayed, Keegan decides to go it alone, armed only with his belief in justice, and a handful of people he has no choice but to trust. He learns truths about the people he respected most, truths he doesn't want to know. In the end, he risks his job, and his life to solve the biggest case the city has seen in decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497374256
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.74(d)

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Soft Case 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First person narrative did not work well here
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but I brought this book thinking that it would be interesting. But the characters were poorly developed, and the details were so boring. There's simply no suspense at all. On top of that, there are so many grammatical errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I wrote SOFT CASE, I never thought it would get published, let alone be even a moderate success. Goes to show what expectations are worth. If you like a good mystery with a sprinkling of dry humor, then this is a title you might like. Most people have told me they didn't know who the 'bad guy' was until the very end. Of course, I knew a bit sooner than that. If you're into Lawrence Block, James Patterson, or Nelson Demille, then this might be for you. Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining book with a great plot and intriguing characters. If you like your mysteries with some straight-forward humor, this debut is definitely for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to good at all. Not even for a fast read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Homicide Detective John Keegan is bored, yes, so bored out of his wits he even thinks — amusingly or not — about “starting a heroin habit.” It is on one such listless day that his colleague Rick Calhill calls and requests they meet urgently. A meeting for a few beers to discuss a curious thing turns into an investigative assignment, one that will disrupt Keegan’s life in ways he never dreamed possible. Mullins, an accomplished millionaire, has just died in a mysterious manner and everyone thinks it is suicide, everyone but John Keegan, because Keegan couldn’t find a reason for a man with such success to take his own life. It is not until he starts investigating that Keegan discovers that he’s plunged into murky waters, reeking of stabbings in the back, corruption, intrigue, and suspicion. Keegan believes Mullins was murdered, but by whom? Could it be the wife, the politicians who couldn’t see him run for government, or a jealous friend? Soft Case is an engaging opening into the John Keegan Mystery Series by John Misak, a story with a unique plot and compelling characters. The story starts in a deceptively slow manner, with the narrator talking about his boredom, but it picks up the pace pretty quickly and the reader’s curiosity is aroused the moment the Mullins case is introduced. The author has crafted very interesting characters and readers will love to follow characters like John Keegan, Agnelli the Captain, Roseanna, and many others. The plot has very unexpected twists and surprises. John Keegan Mystery Series by John Misak shines in many aspects, including character development, the strong plot lines, and the seamless integration of literary elements such as humor, satire, and intelligent dialogue.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Career wise John Keegan is content with being a detective on the New York City police force; he has no aspirations or desire for further advancement. His personal life, however, is practically non-existent and leaves him with time to speculate about taking drugs to see if the high that accomplishes this is truly better than sex, as he has been told by some of his less than upstanding friends. When a high profile suicide is assigned to him and his very ambitious partner, Rick Cahill, John knows that he isn't going to have much free time to speculate on anything other than the death of software millionaire, Ron Mullins. Was Mullins's death actually a suicide or a murder? First time fiction author John Misak unravels SOFT CASE slowly - very slowly. Unfortunately the first half of this story is 'filler'; the author is setting up the characters that are pertinent to the tale, and a lot of characters that just take up space. But if the reader can hold on, the action really gets interesting in the next half, and a very good yarn unfolds. Review by: Betty Cox