The Concrete Kiss

The Concrete Kiss

by David Grace

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“Set in the modern day, this straightforward, fast-paced detective novel cages a truly twisted villain.”

“The reader is thrust into a page-turning, clever narrative that continually morphs from police procedural, thriller, courtroom drama, and gritty evaluation of a serial rapist and killer.”

“...the relentless pace allows for little introspection.”

“Grace relishes the accurate and disturbing details, providing top-quality entertainment....”

“...a relentless story.”

“Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.”

--- Kirkus Reviews

Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer's innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes is warned that a smart guy would keep his mouth shut. More interested in being a good guy than a smart one, Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad.

Working in his forgotten outpost Danes becomes obsessed with finding the real killer who the Deputy D.A.’s scheme has allowed to run free. But just as he seems to be closing in Danes receives a plea for help from an old friend.

FBI agent Phillip Abbott has been put on leave for his last sixty days before his forced retirement. He has that long to catch a drug-cartel hit man whose specialty is murdering entire families. Completely alone, Abbott needs a courageous cop like Ned Danes to back him up.

While Danes knows that Abbott has a seventeen-year-old adopted daughter named Jessica, it is only after Danes agrees to help catch the killer that he discovers that the hit man murdered Jessica's entire family.

While Danes knows that Abbott has a seventeen-year-old adopted daughter, it is only after Danes agrees to help Abbott catch the killer that he discovers that the hit man murdered the girl’s entire family. Abbott promised her that he would get the monster no matter what it took and Danes soon learns that Abbott is willing to do anything, including breaking the law and possibly going to prison, to keep that promise.

And after Danes and Abbot do all that, Ned still has a killer of his own to catch.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044683082
Publisher: David Grace
Publication date: 06/25/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 631 KB

About the Author

See my profile on at: See my profile on at: http://www.Amazon.Com/Author/davidgrace See my website at: Browse my books on Facebook at: To purchase trade paperback editions of my books go either to or to my print publisher, Wildside Press at: I used to write under the name "David Alexander" but there were several other writers using that name and publishers and agents confused me with them, so I now use the pen name, "David Grace." My first published novel was "The Chocolate Spy" followed by "Fane" then "My Real Name Is Lisa" then "The Eyes Of The Blind." I have re-titled Fane as "The Accidental Magician"; re-titled "My Real Name Is Lisa" as "Stolen Angel" and re-titled "The Eyes Of The Blind" as "True Faith." All are available at Smashwords, Amazon, and other ebook sellers. All of my novels except "Daniel" are available in trade paperback editions at from publisher, Wildside Press. My favorite books that I wrote are "The Concrete Kiss", "Death Never Sleeps", "Death Never Lies", "Shooting Crows At Dawn", "A Death In Beverly Hills", "True Faith", "Easy Target", and "Doll's Eyes" more or less in that order but the order changes from day to day. I think the best SF stories that I have written are the Tramp stories contained in SF Stories Volume 1. I have had several Sci Fi stories published in Analog Magazine and two crime stores published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am a long-time member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. The legendary SF author (and friend) Jack Vance named a planet after me in "The Face" and named a lawgiver after me in "Night Lamp." I shared a story credit (with two others) for the Outer Limits episode "Joy Ride" which starred Cliff Robertson. My most recent novel is "Death Never Sleeps." I often write screenplays based on my books as well as stand-alone screenplays. I have written screenplays for: "The Concrete Kiss"; "True Faith"; "Death Never Sleeps", "Stolen Angel"; "A Death In Beverly Hills", "Doll's Eyes","The Traitor's Mistress", "Daniel" and "Etched In Bone." I have also written the non-novel related screenplays: "Dreamboat" romantic comedy; "Champion's Season" (comedy); "First Starship" (G-rated adventure).

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The Concrete Kiss 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Detective Ned Danes had the lucky job of cold cases.  Those crimes that were never solved, with so little to go on, but had families that needed closure and to know the truth. FBI Agent Phillip Abbott had seen a lot in his day, but the horrific crimes of a family serial killer ripped his heart when it happened to a family with an autistic girl named Jessica.  When her family is murdered, Phillip and his wife adopt her. So when they teamed up to solve the serial killer murders, and went a touch out of bounds in order to try to capture him, you could not have asked for a better team.  This killer was cold, calculated and had no remorse for his victims, it was just a job he was paid to do. While they are on the hunt for the killer, running as a separate side line was a cold case of abducted girls.  Little clues to help solve this case. What could have been split into two books, maybe one as a number two in a series, was crammed into one book.  The majority is based on the serial killer, with small references to the abducted and raped girls case.  While the characters will keep you interested, and it is a thriller to be sure, it probably might have been better staying with one of the story lines rather than try to merge them together.  
MommaSaysRead More than 1 year ago
By Momma on July 23, 2013 Whoa – Just read this book! I’m not big into crime dramas, but this is a good one. There are so many twists and turns it will make you dizzy. They are all done with precision making this an extremely enjoyable book. I loved many of the mechanisms Grace used to illustrate the story and lay out the plot and find the bad guys. Jessica, who is autistic, using her computer to not only communicate but also to help track down the murderers is genius. The interactions between the detective and the agent were very pleasing, though trying to accomplish the same goal they often butted heads on how to go about it. It made you like them both for who they were, the only problem, and this is very real and human, is that you would have thought they would have used any means necessary to stop the killings. Yet, they both let ethics and procedure cloud the way. This is absolutely a nail-biter you won’t be able to put down. Even if this isn’t your typical genre, if you looking for something to read from the edge of your seat, pick up The Concrete Kiss. What does Momma Think? The Concrete Kiss David Grace 4 cookies!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
The Concrete Kiss might have been titled A Tale of Two Lawmen. The two main characters, big city policeman Ned Danes and FBI agent Phillip Abbott, cross paths early in the story and establish a friendship that, while based on their profession, goes beyond that. As each continues on their own, chasing a different criminal each is obsessed with bringing to justice, it isn’t apparent how or if the two story threads will resolve and when the two will work together again, although it is an easy assumption that the latter of these will eventually happen. These two story threads each receive thorough treatment as the reader gets to know both characters well. Another significant character, FBI agent Phillip Abbott’s adoptive daughter, Jessie, has her own compelling back-story and her contribution is critical to the story and its appeal. Although longer than typical for the genre due to the multiple story threads, The Concrete Kiss is fast-paced, unpredictable, and should hit the sweet spot for fans of police procedurals or thrillers. Author Grace sets up well for a series with these same characters, possibly even two series, one with Ned Danes, and the other with Phil Abbott and Jessie. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
timetravel More than 1 year ago
Detective Ned Danes is in a bind. He can keep quiet and an innocent man will go to jail or report misplaced information to the DA, make an enemy, and lose his job.  Fortunately, he has an old friend, FBI Agent Phil Abbot, who can help him out.  The bond that develops between these two men is an "I've got your back" friendship. I liked the character of Ned Danes, and his work with cold cases drew me right in to the story.  I was a little disappointed when Ned fell into the background and Phil Abbot's story came to the front, but was pleased as the story progressed and the two of them teamed up again. The character of Phil is an FBI agent who has adopted an autistic child with a tragic past.  She is able to communicate through her computer and uses her hacking talents to find a killer.  During Phil’s investigation a situation arises in which he now needs Ned’s help.  The back and forth with these two characters was a major theme of the book.  Just when I thought the story was wrapping up, Ned stumbles upon the answer to another cold case.    Although I had a problem believing that FBI Agent Phil would allow his child to be involved with some of the illegal hacking, I still think The Concrete Kiss is another great book by David Grace.