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Rules of Crime (A Detective Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows it’s bad news. As Katie tearfully announces that her mom—Jackson’s ex-wife, Renee—is missing, Jackson suspects alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are demanding ransom from her wealthy fiancé.

The very same night, someone dumps a savagely beaten University of Oregon coed on the doorstep of the ER. Jackson’s protégé, Detective Lara Evans, must identify the unconscious victim, then track down the assailant with no leads to go on…except the whispered rumor of a secret sorority.

Meanwhile, Eugene’s new FBI liaison, Agent Carla River, takes charge of Renee’s high-tech ransom operation while Jackson comforts his distressed daughter and retraces the steps of the mother she holds dear. But as the rescue takes a deadly twist and the suspects seem willing to let Renee die rather than crack under interrogation, Jackson worries that Katie will never forgive him if her mother is lost forever.


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    About the Author

    L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee-as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her own novels, featuring Detective Jackson, include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, and Rules of Crime. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1489 KB
    • Print Length: 294 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611098068
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (26 Feb. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0099TF4R2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I'm an award-winning journalist and the author of the Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. My novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and all six are on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. I also have three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. I've also been known to jump out of airplanes.




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    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 28 Feb. 2013
    By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read all of LJ Sellers' Detective Jackson books and have therefore followed Wade Jackson on a journey through life, albeit compressed into a matter of months. This is a detective who is determined to continue with his job, no matter how difficult it gets for him, and he does face considerable personal difficulties. He has a degenerative physical disease which will eventually incapacitate him and may well kill him, but in the meantime causes him pain each day. His relationship with his wife broke down because of her alcoholism and he has custody of their daughter. He has begun a new relationship with a lady he met during an investigation, but because of the complexities of their individual lives they do not live together although they would like to. He finds it hard to spend enough time with either his partner or his daughter. From time to time he considers giving up being a detective and moving to the DA's office as an investigator but he prides himself on the fact that he brings "closure" to the families of victims by never giving up. He is spreading himself thinly and worries that he is not giving enough to anyone. At the beginning of this book he has managed to take a holiday with his partner but three days into it, he receives a phone call which sends him back home in haste. His daughter is distraught because his ex-wife has disappeared. It transpires that she has been kidnapped and he is tasked to help the FBI with the case (really? Not too involved then?) I like the way in which other cases are being worked at the same time, many authors give the impression that police officers only work one case at a time. Of course there proves to be a link between the cases and when the detectives from the different cases get together parts of the puzzle start to come together. Read more ›
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    65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Crime rules 18 Jan. 2013
    By Mrs. C. A. Troops VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    A phone call from his daughter interrupts Detective Wade Jackson's holiday = his ex wife has been kidnapped and is being held to ransom. Renee is a supposedly recovering alcoholic but is unreliable. Ivan Anderson who she is living with is wealthy and determined to pay the ransom money but Jackson insists on involving the FBI. The ransom goes wrong and there is no sign of Renee.
    Meanwhile Detective Lara Evans, a member of the Violent Crimes Unit, is investigating a vicious assault on a young woman left naked and unconscious at the entrance to the local hospital. She was living in student accommodation but there are rumours of a secret sorority, Lara has no firm leads.
    This is a fast moving story with well drawn characters and excellent descriptions of their emotions. It is not until the very end that you learn who is behind it all. A great book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 23 Feb. 2013
    By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    This author was new to me. Perhaps not quite as gripping as Michael Connelly' s offerings but still an enjoyable read. Her characters were interesting and the ending had an unexpected twist. I will certainly be reading some more of her books.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Weakest in series 12 Mar. 2013
    By Reader
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I have liked all of these books and have given them good reviews but L J Seller's latest, Rules of Crime, in my view is weak and the ending is frankly, in my view, ridicules. Its a shame as I have enjoyed all her other books but it feels like the Author is running out of steam with this series and has not fully developed the relationship between Jackson and Kera (who is an interesting character in her own right ) which is a missed opportunity.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another first class read 2 Mar. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I have read all of this author's books so far and this one is as good as the rest. A novel I have been unable to put down. I now have to wait for the next one.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of a series from this popular author 29 April 2014
    By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    A recent release from this now established and increasingly popular author (according to Amazon and other sellers' sites).

    Although police procedures form the core of her in-series writing to date and about half of which is in this series alone, some have a medical side story and occasionally romantic overtones, too. Consequently, and without knowing her remaining work, I would probably therefore classify her writing as having elements of 'Romantic Suspense' rather than being purely 'Crime', 'Mystery', 'Suspense' or any other similarly related category.

    I have read three of her previous novels to date, all from this series and originally purchased by another family member, and this shares similar characteristics to those. All her stories are non-sequential, so it matters little whether they are read in the order of publication date (which presumably also equates to writing order) or in some randomised sequence. She has also written several other titles that are outside of any series.

    The quality of writing is quite high and likely to please most readers of crime investigation novels. There is no known record of the author's personal professional involvement in crime investigation although there may be some family connections. Curiously most of the book covers, whether or not in a series, seem always to be remarkably similar and may be her publishers' choice rather than hers.

    A worthwhile choice.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing............ 14 Jun. 2014
    By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A detective who has to take steroid, a transgender agent, a female agent who is a good man wasted, a neglected girlfriend, a sexy sister in law, a child who is old for her years, and an alcoholic ex-wife who has been kidnapped. After one hundred pages, you do not really care. This is a mish mash of a police investigation that does not really get anywhere fast and quite frankly since none of the characters are interesting, one does not really care. I was really let down by this book. The action just does not happen and as i said before, who cares.
    There are much better novels on the market.
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