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Red Light - T.Jefferson Parker

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: T.Jefferson Parker / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 368 Pages / Book is published 2001-08-06 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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      09.05.2009 13:08
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      Good crime book

      This is the first book that I have read by the author Jefferson Parker and after reading a review on Dooyoo I was pleased to find a copy in my local library and so addictive was it as a read that I managed to consume it over a day and a half, it is an easy book to read and a bit of a page turner. It is a crime thriller and the central character is a police officer called Merci whose life is thrown upside down when the man she is in a relationship who is also in the police is the suspect in a murder. The plot is quite simple in this book however it also has a number of well written twists that manageto keep you guessing all of the time. Merci is an interesting character as she is a single mother who lives with her father who himself is a former cop and acts as a child minder for her as well as providing advice based upon his own experiences. I was impressed with this book, it is well written and the characters are well defined and it certainly draws you in to the plot in a very short space of time. Certainly I will be looking out for more work from this author in the future.

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      04.05.2009 23:40
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      Recommended

      Red Light by Jefferson Parker is one of the most original crime thriller reads I've set eyes on in a while. I've read a lot of really disappointing books lately, so it was nice to stumble across this little gem and really enjoy it. If you want to buy a copy, you can get it for £5.99 from Play.com. Red Light tells the story of a cop called Merci. She's a single Mum since she was widowed not so long ago, and she lives with her Dad who was also a cop before he retired. Dad looks after her little bundle of joy while she's out on the job. She's in a relationship of sorts with a colleague called Mike, but doesn't really feel like she wants to commit to him. Even so, doesn't think he's capable of murder surely? As events unfold in this crime thriller, Merci discovers a few truths about herself as well as her relationship with Mike. There are loads of twists and turns in this plot from start to finish, and I found this a really absorbing read right from the first few chapters. I felt there was enough going on here to keep my attention, without making this a particularly difficult or challenging read. I especially liked how I couldn't predict the ending until I was almost upon it. I felt like a lot of things fell into place as I was reading the closing chapters, but nothing was revealed too early on to make me disinterested in finishing the book. The only small thing that let me down a bit with this was a descrepancy in a fact. Early on in the book, a figure is quoted as a sum that's been paid by a mystery figure to rent a lock-up which held some evidence from an old case that's possibly linked to the murder at hand. Later on, that figure changes by a few dollars. It sounds silly, but the difference in the figures jumped out at me, and when I went back and checked, I found I was right. It's only a small thing, but it's annoying to be really captivated with a book only to suddenly find yourself going "hang on, that can't be right". It was the only thing I noticed amiss myself though, everything else flowed easily for me and I thought that the loose ends were tied up at the end quite well overall. I didn't agree with every explanation, but it made sense and flowed well anyway. I thought this was an interesting book that was easy to get into and made for an enjoyable, original read. It wasn't perfect, but it was well worth the experience and a book I'd recommend to others.

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