Brad Powers, a retired U.S. Army Counterintelligence investigator, only wanted a second career as a small town cop. But his plans go on hold when he becomes entangled with two beautiful women. One is a murderous predator, the other is her unsuspecting prey. Powers finds that they are the keys to a very old, very cold murder case. As he begins to unravel the mystery, he inadvertently makes himself a killer's target.
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Three Strikes And You're Dead: A Brad Powers Mystery based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Like many good mysteries, J. Scott Payne's THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE DEAD starts with the recounting of a brutal murder that took place long ago. Then we shift forward to present day and meet ex-Army intelligence officer, Brad Powers. Powers, now retired, has moved to small town Indiana to take care of his dying ex-wife. After she passes, he decides to stay on and find employment with the local police department. As he awaits their decision on his application, he spends his days tending to his ex-wife's garden - weeding, planting and performing other chores that help give meaning to his lonely existence. It is there he meets, Myra, one of two women whose presence will begin to dominate his life. Although, at first, she is aloof and distant, over time, the two develop a warm friendship. From then on, the plot thickens and Payne, an ex-newspaper reporter, keeps the reader fully vested in the fates of Powers and the women in his life. Payne writes in a clear, concise style that is endlessly refreshing and his attention to detail is second to none. THREE STRIKES is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery featuring an intelligent, likeable protagonist. I note from the beginning of the book that this is a "Brad Powers' Mystery" and assume that this is not the last we shall see of this ex-Army officer. If you are a mystery aficionado, I'm sure you will enjoy THREE STRIKES and I recommend it to you completely and without reservation.