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Kiss Her Goodbye: A Houston Cash Novel [Hardcover]

Harvey Burgess
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Book Description

12 Sep 2011
Houston Cash is an ex-cop turned private investigator who doesn't expect his life to be extraordinary, and that's just how he likes it. But that's rarely how it seems to work out for him. His cases tend to take him places where he has to employ his skills, his sense of humor, and his sense of right and wrong to maximum effect to solve the problems of the interesting people who walk through his door. Though his network of friends and contacts help him navigate the labyrinths he encounters, it almost always boils down to Houston's own abilities to see a case through to the end.

When Houston makes the acquaintance of a bank executive's wife, he finds himself thrust in a world of money, sex, murder, and double-crosses; it's just another day for a detective (or so it seems). But this woman is about to lead him on a path of twists and turns with an unexpected finale, and not everyone survives. Can Houston's instincts help him stay out of too much of the trouble she represents?

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: (12 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462028039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462028030
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Harvey Burgess is a career journalist who specializes in crime reporting. He has covered everything from the US Supreme Court to national and international stories. He served as a police officer before beginning his second career as an author. An avid sportsman and movie buff, he now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 7 Nov 2012
By Phyllis
I read this book after it being recommended by a member of my family. I enjoyed it because I have been to Charlotte, North Carolina and I identified with the places and felt as though I got to know Houston Cash. I felt like I was living the story. I would recommend this and say it was a very enjoyable read, I look forward to reading more about Houston Cash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and addictive 14 Aug 2012
By Eager Reader - Published on
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Houston Cash is an ex-cop who has opened up his own private eye firm. When a gorgeous woman comes into his office and says she believes she has a stalker, Cash is ready to take on the job. With things becoming more interesting and going off in unexpected directions, Cash quickly wonders what he got himself involved with.

Burgess painted his characters with a realistic brush, making them relatable and thereby humanizing them. One thing that I wish there was less of was comparisons to movies/TV or actors, because some of them didn't mean anything to me. An author has to be careful when using these types of comparisons that they don't lose their reader. The narrative also had included a lot of clichéd phrases, but I appreciate the character (Cash) is an older man so he would think this way. I just think maybe the author could have used a little less of them.

But overall I would certainly recommend KISS HER GOODBYE. The twists and turns in the book provided wonderful pacing and made the reading time enjoyable and addictive.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Entertaining 30 Aug 2012
By J.A. Owenby - Published on
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Two thumbs up for Harvey Burgess and "Kiss Her Goodbye".

After reading the first available pages on Amazon, I couldn't put it down so I purchased it. This plot is well written, with likeable characters that I hope Harvey brings into the next book as well. I'm anxious to see what Houston Cash's next assignment will be.

I won't mention much about the story line since there are other reviews as well, but if you want something fun, entertaining, well written and with very likeable characters I recommend this book. Seriously, I mean it. You don't want to miss this. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Pacing, wanted more from Cissy so 4.5 stars 17 Jun 2012
By Ted Simon - Published on
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I read the last third of this book in a 2 hours. The pacing is tremendous. Harvey left me desperate to know what happened at the end of each chapter or section. Had to keep going.

Houston Cash is incredibly likable--a great protagonist. He is smart and savvy and wise. I agree with all the other reviews in this regard. The use of the first person and the fact that the reader stays inside Houston's head really adds to the ease with which the book is read. Houston's persona is entirely comfortable to inhabit. Kudos to Harvey on that!

Here's why it only gets a 4.5. Cissy's character and the various twists that her decisions added to the plot made her seem not entirely together. Of course, she was troubled and unhappy, but all characters act rationally in the context of her motivations. I honestly needed more about what was going on in Cissy's head. To Harvey's credit, few writers could have revealed as much about a character who was not the first person protagonist as Harvey did. From my reading, it became clear that Cissy bore a well of unhappiness and desperation inside her rivaling that of Flaubert's Emma Bovary. I wanted to see more of that.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be looking forward to the future adventures of Houston Cash.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will keep you guessing all the way to the end . . . 28 Mar 2012
By Sunny One - Published on
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Kiss Her Goodbye: A Houston Cash Novel

This book has so many twists and turns in it, that you keep solving the mystery (wrongly) throughout the entire book. This is a blend of James Patterson, Agatha Christie and John Grisham all in one.

The twists began almost immediately, the main character, Houston Cash, was hired by a beautiful woman. She said she was being followed, but as Houston starts out on his investigation, following his new client, he starts questioning how truthful his client has really been.

Love the book! If you are in NC you should check the author's website for book signing opportunities. You can write the author from his blog: [...]

This is the first of what I hope will be a very long series of books. Congratulations, Harvey on a great book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! 21 Mar 2012
By spengland - Published on
Love, love this book. I could hardly put it down. Intense read that keeps you guessing with twists and turns along the way until the end. Can't wait for the sequel!
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