Security is big business

Gray Wolf Security Book Cover Gray Wolf Security
Gray Wolf Security #1-6
Glenna Sinclair
Kindle

DONOVAN
He killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promising
life, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. He
should have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from the
wrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshua
died. Now my dad expects me to sit back and let this man protect me? Was he
insane? I don’t care how wonderful Gray Wolf Security is. I wasn’t about to
give up my freedom, my privacy, and allow Donovan Pritchard to follow me
around for the unforeseeable future.

DAVID
My life ended the night my father won a place in the US Congress. Not
because he won the election, but because he died when I lost control of the
car he, my mother, and I were riding in. My parents both died and I was
left paralyzed from the upper thighs down. There’s an operation that could
fix my legs, but maybe I don’t deserve a second chance. After all, my
parents didn’t get one. But then a woman walks into my life…it’s always a
woman, right? We’re both broken, but maybe together we can find a way to
fix what no longer works.

JOSS
She doesn’t talk. How the hell am I supposed to trust the life of my child
to a woman who won’t talk? It’s not a physical thing, it’s emotional. I’m
paying thousands of dollars to Gray Wolf Security to protect my child from
potential kidnappers, and they give me this emotionally broken woman who
won’t speak. Not only that, but she’s so tiny she couldn’t hurt a fly.
Well, okay, so she knocked me to the ground. But I’m not a drug lord with a
loaded pistol pointed at an innocent child. Just because she’s beautiful
and she has these curves that I can’t seem to get out of my mind doesn’t
mean that I’m okay with this situation.

KIRKLAND
Hypocrisy drives me up a wall, yet I’m probably the biggest hypocrite to
ever live. I own one of the leading pornography websites in the country,
maybe even the world.But I grew up in a conservative, religious household
and getting my mom’s voice out of the back of my head is almost impossible.
Until I lay eyes on Kirkland Parish. An operative for Gray Wolf Security,
Kirkland is supposed to be my guardian, my shield between my quiet world
and the threats that have promised my impeding death.

ASH
Three years ago, the love of my life disappeared. I never believed she was
dead even though the government tried to convince me she was. I would never
give up on her no matter what anyone told me. But I did get a little
distracted by Mina Kaufman, a stranger who gave birth in the back of my
SUV, delivering a perfect baby boy into my hands. How was I supposed to
turn my back on them? Mina and her son brought me out of the limbo my life
had descended into. And how was I supposed to know that she was lying to
me?

A series of books each featuring one of the Private Investigators in this firm that provides 24 hour bodyguard security to those that need it.

All the people involved are either ex-Army and ex-Green Beret or related. The firm was founded by Grayson Ashford  hence the name who needed something to keep himself busy and to keep his brother occupied after he was paralysed in a car accident.

David, Grayson’s brother is used as the tech guy – he is rather a computer whiz; and was taught by the FBI, hie previous employers, how to hack!

There is also Kirkland, ex-Green Beret and noted for his charm; Donovan, als ex-GreenBeret and a member of Ashland’s unit, and an explosives expert; Joselyn Grant Hernandez, ex army [not permitted to GB as female!!] who has not spoken since her husband and 6 year old daughter were killed – a female operative(!); and Rose, office mother and organiser.

A generally fun book to read with some different stories but all obviously romances  pretending to be suspense and mysteries.

My main gripe – and this book is not alone in this, is that American authors have no idea how the rest of the world lives! Honestly, 1000 square feet is a LARGE home, our first home, a 3 bed semi-detatched house was just less than this and we had a kitchen with scullery and pantry off, a large living/dining room, a large hall store, and 2.5 bedrooms! And as for a kitchen that is only just big enough to have a table and 4 chairs – well I wish! Our kitchen, which is large by most people’s at 12 foor square cannot manage that – we do have a table and a bench seat but add chairs and well…

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What Mirrors?

The Book of Mirrors Book Cover The Book of Mirrors
E. O. Chirovici
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Psychological
Simon and Schuster
February 21, 2017
288

When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protaegaee of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home. The case was never solved. Now, twenty-five years later, Katz suspects that Richard Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime. But the manuscript ends abruptly--and its author is dying in the hospital with the missing pages nowhere to be found. Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the story, Katz hires investigative journalist John Keller to research the murder and reconstruct the events for a true crime version of the memoir. Keller tracks down several of the mysterious key players, including retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, but he has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Inspired by John Keller's investigation, he decides to try and solve the case once and for all, before he starts losing control of his mind. A trip to the Potosi Correctional Centre in Missouri, several interviews, and some ingenious police work finally lead him to a truth that has been buried for over two decades...or has it?

I tried to read this book twice and failed  – the style and story  failed to engage me.

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Fixing what?

The Fixer: The Naked Man Book Cover The Fixer: The Naked Man
Katerina Mills #1
Jill Amy Rosenblatt
suspense
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
1 edition (8 Aug. 2015)

“Katerina—I need some help. Be a good girl and come over here and I’ll make it worth your while.”

It’s an offer NYC college student Katerina Mills should refuse. But how can she?

A desperate situation....

After ditching her cheating lover (and boss), she’s stuck in dead end temp jobs. Her dad just ditched her mom and his promise to pay Kat's college tuition bill.

She has two weeks to come up with $14,000 or she's out of her apartment, out of school, and out of luck.

A dangerous world....

Katerina falls into a job as a "fixer” for New York City's wealthy and privileged men. They have problems they need “fixed,” quick and on the QT, and they’re willing to pay.

The rules are simple: collect the money, use your contacts, fix the problem.

Kat's first job is easy: tail a shopaholic socialite wife. But who’s tailing Kat?

Kat’s second job is not so easy: steal a VHS tape hidden in an antique chest. She can’t do it alone. To be a thief, she needs a thief: handsome, reclusive Alexander Winter to be exact.

Kat soon learns the real rules for a fixer: there are no rules, there are no refunds. Get in. Get results. Get gone.

As every step brings her closer to her goal and closer to danger, there’s one rule left for Katerina Mills to learn: once you’re in, there’s no getting out.

Unfortunately for this book the TV series Scandal does it better.

Katerina is naive but soon learns that ethics are what you want them to be.

Personal Services too, can be whatever the buyer preferred, but beware the buyer.

Still a nice read.

3

 

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What is proof?

A Game of Proof Book Cover A Game of Proof
The Trials of Sarah Newby #1
Tim Vicary
detective, law, crime, thriller, mystery
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition
(15 Mar. 2013)

A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?

Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

Who wins in a court case – prosecutor or defence lawyer is a Game of Proof. Who can prove or make sufficient use of evidence, circumstance, or implication to persuade a jury to their way of thinking, wins the game.

So what constitutes proof of murder? Innocence? Guilt?

This story centres around a barrister who has, very admirably, clawed her way up from a teenage pregnancy, marriage and divorce, in desperate poverty, to evening classes, OU degrees, and studying for the Bar to become a Barrister in Chambers.

Along the way she has she lost empathy and compassion and emotional intelligence? All of which begins to fracture her now more comfortable life with a second husband and child, when they become involved in a missing person case, murder and a rape.

The story has a last minute twist that could be expected but otherwise plays the Game very well so that you cannot guess the outcome of the jury’s deliberations.

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Abuse and Death

Echoes in Death Book Cover Echoes in Death
Eve Dallas #44
J. D. Robb
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals
Piatkus Books
June 27, 2017
400

New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street - right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil's mask.

As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask - before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case in particular has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past...

There was the OCD surgeon and his arm-candy wife – beaten, abused and raped – and that’s just by the husband…

Then along comes the Devil and does it all again but additionally kills the surgeon.

Eve struggles emotionally as this case reminds her of her own early life with her father. But her relationship with Roarke is now strong enough for her to steady and find the killer.

There is emotional writing as you learn of the abusive relationship of the surgeon and his young wife and a reminder that rape within marriage is far from OK, and that just because he provides, he doesn’t own and doesn’t get to terrify, abuse and harm. This helps the story life up above what has tended to become a bit formulaic.

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