As part of a book tour organized by Silver Dagger Book Tours for Marion Lanouette’s Jake Carrington series, I recently had the pleasure of reading All the Deadly Lies, the first book in the series.
About the Book
Homicide detective Jake Carrington takes murder personally…
The victim was bludgeoned, stripped, and left for dead. Shanna Wagner deserves justice—and there’s no better cop than Lieutenant Jake Carrington to find her killer. The brutality of the crime reminds Jake of his sister’s murder seventeen years ago, and the remorseless man responsible, now up for parole.
Then another woman is killed—and Jake goes dangerously close to the edge. He’ll have to face his personal demons and focus his formidable skills if he hopes to stop a vicious murderer from striking again—and hold on to his career, and his life . . .
Jake Carrington is a likeable and smart detective, but flawed. I liked that he wasn’t perfect. He makes mistakes in both his personal and professional life. He wants to bring justice to the victims, but sometimes breaks the rules placing himself in difficult situations.
In this book, multiple sub-plots are woven together as Jake and his team tackle two active murder cases. At the same time, Jake starts to review the files from his sister’s murder in advance of her murderer’s parole hearing, providing further insights into the detective’s past. The active cases are interesting, with red herrings and twists that keep the pages turning as you attempt to guess the identities of the guilty parties.
Although I am all for romance as part of the storyline (it makes the characters more human), the interjection of a graphic sexual encounter in the middle of the story detracted from the flow of the story and contributed nothing in terms of plot or character development.
Nonetheless, this well written and unpredictable read will likely please fans of thrillers and mysteries.
Content Advisory: If you are offended by strong language and explicit graphic sex, this book might not be for you.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review.
About the Series
The Jake Carrington series includes the following thrillers:
All the Hidden Sins (A Jake Carrington Thriller #2)
When it comes to crime, homicide detective Jake Carrington plays for high stakes . . .
Assigned a missing persons case, Lieutenant Jake Carrington investigates a local Mob boss. The trail goes cold, but the Mafioso isn’t taking any chances, and soon the heat turns up from another quarter. Turns out there’s more than one dangerous suspect . . .
Kyra Russell is drop-dead gorgeous and Jake is only human. But despite their mutual attraction, Jake’s suspicion deepens when he learns about her gambling problem—an addiction that cost her both husband and son. Even more disturbing is Kyra’s day job. She runs a crematorium—and it’s tied to the Mob. Now Jake will have to navigate a firestorm of treachery to get to the truth . . .
All the Pretty Brides (A Jake Carrington Thriller #3)
Homicide detective Jake Carrington has an engagement that can’t wait—with a killer.
Haunted by the murder of his sister, Lieutenant Jake Carrington struggles to control his personal demons as he stands over the brutalized body of a young woman found dead on the railroad tracks. The victim disappeared on July 6th, the fifth woman in as many years to go missing on that date. The fifth happy bride-to-be. The only one whose body has turned up.
Soon the killer is sending personal messages to Jake. They refer to an unidentified brother he believes Jake hates as much as he does. With his partner distracted by turmoil at home, Jake is on his own. Drawn deeper and deeper into a murderous family feud, his mission is to find out who the killer’s brother is—and stop him before another innocent woman’s life is cut tragically short.
All the Dirty Secrets (A Jake Carrington Thriller #4)
It’s a shocking blast from the past when homicide detective Jake Carrington finds himself investigating the last woman he’d suspect of murder . . .
Recovering from a stab wound to the gut, and dealing with the news that his sister’s killer might beat the system, Lieutenant Jake Carrington needs some downtime. But that’s cut short by a very sensitive case: the murder of the police commissioner’s wife. The crime scene—a dive hotel, complete with provocative, incriminating photos—suggests the victim was having an affair. But Jake finds that hard to believe—as hard to believe as the #1 suspect . . .
Jake hasn’t seen his high school sweetheart, Melinda Mastrianni, since the day his sister, Eva, died. He’d turned down Eva’s request for a ride so he could go see Melinda, and the guilt has never left him. Now Melinda’s a local photographer, mostly shooting weddings and graduations. Definitely not the kind of pics that led him to her doorstep. But when Melinda disappears, and more prominent women turn up dead, Jake will have to navigate through a twisted blackmailing scheme to find out if the girl he once knew is long gone—or if she’s a killer’s next target . . .
About the Author
A self-described tough blonde from Brooklyn, Marian Lanouette grew up as one of 10 children. As far back as she can remember, Marian loved to read. She was especially intrigued by the Daily News crime reports. Tragically, someone she knew was murdered. The killer was never found. Her Jake Carrington thrillers are informed by her admiration for police work, her experience in running a crematorium, and her desire to write books where good prevails, even in the darkest times. Marian lives in New England with her husband.
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