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The Devil Did Grin [Kindle Edition]

Ty Treadwell

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Book Description

Some people say "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Will Deacon says, "When life gives you lemons, throw those lemons back at life as hard as you can, and if life ends up with bumps on its head and lemon juice in its eye, it really can’t complain because it’s the one that gave you those stupid lemons in the first place."

Former private detective Will Deacon is jobless, aimless, and hasn’t traveled more than two blocks from his Atlanta condo in nearly a year--but he’s never been happier. A survivor of countless failed careers and one and a half failed marriages, Will is perfectly content to stay holed up at home with only a cat named Socrates for company. But that blissful life comes to an end when the son of an old friend commits suicide. The pampered, popular teen had no reason to kill himself, so Will is dragged out of retirement to find the answer. As he delves into the boy’s hidden lifestyle, Will finds himself up against a sleek young drug dealer, two frightening hoodlums, and the head of the Southern Mafia. When the evidence points to murder instead of suicide, Will is caught in a whirlwind of shocking discoveries and dark family secrets as he tries to solve the most important case of his career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MJA8EW
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,407,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 12 Jan. 2012
By Yogagirl - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed it from start to finish. The cast of characters were interesting and the story was well written and had plenty of humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times. I felt like I was looking over Will's shoulder throughout his investigation and observing things from his perspective. I got to know the character, and thus, I found myself rooting for him throughout the book. I look forward to the next book, especially if there are more humorous subplots and unexpected revelations in store.
Fun and lively debut mystery novel. Keep them coming:)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Devil Tells You to Read This - Do It!! 5 Oct. 2011
By rain - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
'The Devil Did Grin' is an excellently plotted who done it filled with wry humor and quirky characters topped off with a very non-typical protagonist. Will Deacon is a sharp (when sober) ex - PI who has trashed his life with guilt over his ex-wife. The back story of Deacon could be its own book. It doesn't actually play much of a role in the main story but without it Deacon would be a much less interesting character. The pathos Treadwell writes into Will Deacon can break your heart but it also provides most of the comedy.

What stood out most for me in this story was the details of the who done it. The 'who' won't come as big surprise but the 'how' is wonderfully creative and imaginative while still being completely plausible. With very careful reading you can pick up small clues of what's to come but I didn't see them until I reread the story. You'll enjoy the characters, both major and minor, who populate the story; they come off as real people. You might recognize friends from college, the sales people in stores, the neighbors you see but don't really know. Let's hope it's not the bartender you recognize or the 'devil'!

Overall, 'The Devil Did Grin' is an enjoyable read and Treadwell is a promising writer. I suggest checking out his collection of short stories, 'Down a Crooked Road', as well. His creativity in plotting shines in those stories, especially in 'Deep in the Roaring Fork'.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully the start of a new mystery series... 20 April 2012
By Deborah - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Devil Did Grin is a well written, fast moving and entertaining `who done it' mystery story but what makes it even better is that it's actually two stories interwoven together and the sub plot of the raw, remorseful, alcoholic investigator is just as intriguing as the mystery, maybe more so. His character is so real I felt like I was inside his head and really hurting with him over his ex-wife, his `half wife' and his past problems. His quirky humor and wit really lift the story and keep the book from being depressing but at the end, even though the mystery is solved, I found myself hoping for a sequel and the opportunity to see the lead character, Will Deacon, resolve the torment of his own personal demons. A really good read - I highly recommend it!
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