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Behind the Closed Door (The Jacob Hayden Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Prandy
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**RE-EDITED VERSION AS OF 12/5/13**

In his sophomore novel, Detective Jacob Hayden is back. When Jack Smith doesn’t come home from a business trip, his wife, Erin Smith becomes concerned. Before she has a chance to call police, Detective Jacob Hayden and his new partner, Patricia Jennings, show up at the house and Erin immediately knows that something terrible has happened. Days later a body is found in the woods without its head or fingers and it’s determined that the body is that of Jack Smith. Erin Smith becomes the primary suspect. After her arraignment Erin posts bail and without anyone knowing, flees the city.

A man named Max leads a group through a string of bank robberies. Each bank robbery leaves the branch manager and their families murdered. FBI Agent Jadyn Davis and Detective Hayden have to find out who’s committing these robberies before more families are murdered. But what they don’t realize is that the bank robberies are only a small part of a larger plot that Max has planned.

Behind the Closed Door will keep you guessing until the very end.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1217 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FI99MWA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #495,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed... 11 April 2014
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say I really enjoyed the first of Charles Prandy’s books in this series featuring DI Jacob Hayden. I was really looking forward to getting stuck into book 2 to see how he was faring after the trauma in the first book. I mentioned in the first book that there are certain similarities between this series and a certain other Washington DC cop, although I must say that this is a really good contender! Hayden is back and this time he is involved in a complex missing persons/murder case.

The story itself was so easy to fall into, and even if you haven’t read the first book there is enough background and history you don’t feel lost. Jack Smith is the person who goes missing and when Hayden meets the wife Erin Smith, she seems like a typical grieving wife concerned about her husband not returning home. Hayden has a new partner Pat Jennings and they make a good match, although I’m keen to see more of her in the next book. Together they have to revisit Erin Smith upon the discovery of a body and at that point everything changes.

In addition to this storyline we meet a man named Max who is committing bank robberies with particular brutality. Jacob feels like his return to work has now thrown him in at the deep end and I was completely absorbed by the numerous storylines going on. Towards the halfway mark, things ratchet up a notch and we see numerous plot threads begin to interweave making it much more exciting.

Overall I really liked this book, much the same as the first. Numerous people on Amazon have made complaints about the editing, but as I understand it this has now been rectified and I try not to let that affect my opinion on a book too much.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  97 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but... 1 Dec. 2013
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great story and I can't wait for the next one! That being said, I couldn't give it a higher rating because of the large quantity of spelling errors like "their"instead of "they're", "peak" instead of "peek" and "Goat-T" instead of "goatee". Easily found if read through.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again. Big intrigue, surprising story, great read. 5 Oct. 2013
By Colleen Bratley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a detective series with a lead character that gets ingrained into your psyche and keeps you wanting more. The author knows how to create and develop great characters but also a story that you don't see coming, and can't get enough of. I loved the book.
You know when you open a sequel or even second book of an author, you are expecting as good a read as the first time, and intensely hope for just that scenario. Let me assure you, Charles Prandy delivers, precisely and convincingly from the beginning to the very end. He has a different style of writing which I chalk up the portrayal of the lead character. I may be wrong, but it doesn't matter, it is a great story and one I know others will enjoy.
This book was just as intriguing, moving, thought provoking and surprising as the first book. The pace was fast, keeping you on the move and not wanting to stop at any chapter until you reached the end.
Charles's main character Jacob Hayden still talked like he did in the first book, but due to what happened in the first book, he seemed just a little more reserved, not quite as brazen which fit perfectly. You wouldn't expect any less considering his situation, and that made him real like your next door neighbor. It kept him in your 'character to root for' column, and tied your heart up with emotional strings.
Stories that move at a quick pace need to pack pictures and emotions in your mind to help you move, understand and fully see what is happening. If it doesn't, you find yourself having to go back and figure something out or you lose interest. Don't worry you won't wonder about anything except what is going to happen next, as you try and piece together the clues to what is happening, what the connections are and what it all means. Just what a good story always does. Oh, and the surprises are a sweet treat for your mind.
Without a doubt I have to say so many stories are pretty easily figured out. That's one of the reasons I really like Charles's books. There was only one time during the entire story that I actually was right on my assumptions. One time out of the many situations in the story, and I have read a whole lot of books so I am usually figuring the storyline out pretty well, is an amazing feat. That admirable distinction made me really enjoy the whole book and will make me fondly remember it too.
In the last review I did for Charles I had asked him to let me read the sequel when it was done. He graciously did just that. Thank goodness he didn't put any less brilliance into this novel than the last. I would have hated to say less than great things about his sequel. And as the book before, he set it up for another sequel which I am officially requesting again. By the way, you will be just as surprised, just as intrigued and just as impatient about waiting for him to finish the next one as you were at the end of the first one.
Great and amazing work again Charles Prandy. Thanks for letting me read it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story line 5 Dec. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story line was fast paced but hard to follow. The book needed edited better. Oh and the spelling was horrible. I can't name just a few there were hundreds. Wow. I wont read another
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars editor needed 6 Nov. 2013
By Karen McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I quite enjoyed the book, but found the spelling mistakes really annoying. Next time, pay an editor to read and correct, spell check is not sufficient. Goat-T.......really!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel 2 Oct. 2013
By Joseph Gray Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a must read, as was Mr. Prandy's first book in this series! If you are a crime drama fan, you will love every page! Love it!
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