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5.0 out of 5 stars A good but different addition to the series, 24 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Shooting at Midnight (Hardcover)
Once an addict, always an addict. The urge never fully leaves the hooked person even when they do not use the substance. They remain in a state of recovery hoping to never fall off the wagon again. Private detective Bridgett Logan used smack as a teenager, but thanks to the support of her family and her own determinism, she has remained clean for almost two decades.
Bridgett and her friend Lisa Schof met at a rehab clinic. Bridgett adopted Lisa as her younger sister and has helped her through the years. However, Lisa's former pimp finds her and beats her up for deserting him. Lisa wants Bridget to help her kill the SOB before he hurts her again. Bridget refuses, but sets in motion a plan to scare the brutal individual into leaving Lisa alone. However, their short-lived triumph turns ugly. The police arrest Lisa for murdering her former employer. Vowing to learn the truth and help her friend Bridgett goes undercover deep into the drug world risking everything she holds dear.
Greg Rucka has written a pleasant novel that is quite different from his previous works starring Atticus who makes a brief appearance in SHOOTING AT MIDNIGHT. Mr. Rucka brings credence to the character of Bridgett as he takes the audience inside her mind for a tour of a recovering junkie. This method demonstrates the powerful urges at work that Bridgett constantly fights to keep in check. Yet, she braves all by going into the hell that easily could re-spawn her addiction in order to save a friend. The story line is non-stop action as this novel is clearly Mr. Rucka's strongest work to date.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars We Meet Bridgette Logan, 5 Dec 2003
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It seems to me that Greg Rucka has really hit his stride with this, the 4th and I think, the best so far in the Atticus Kodiak series. It’s deeply moving and occasionally depressing in it’s true to life issues.
The story is initially told from private investigator Bridgette Logan’s viewpoint. Until now we didn’t know a lot about Bridgette other than she was tattooed, body pierced and constantly ate altoids and lifesavers. Her past was filled in with a lot of detail, bringing her fully to life and promoting her to one of the main players in the series.
Bridgette is asked by a friend for protection from her abusive estranged husband. The husband is heavily into the drug business, a world in which the friend is desperate to escape. Bridgette agrees to help, but in doing so, puts herself at risk of losing herself to an addiction she had fought hard to overcome.
This is a poignantly told story that deals with the dark world of the drug addict and the drug supplier and the constant battle with addiction. This is a terrific addition to the series with the character development of Bridgette Logan a real plus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A total page turner, 26 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Shooting At Midnight (Paperback)
This book keeps you guessing from start to end, with brilliant twists to the story line. Having never read any of this authors books before I am now finding myself looking for more. The characters were totaly believable, I was left asking myself how far I would go for my friends and what I would do if I was every in that situation A very good read for anyone who likes a bit of mystery!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the audience?, 21 Sep 2006
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These novels are so underrated. I had to buy Greg Rucka second hand and, with each one (after I got over the food stains!), I sat down intending to read a few pages and ended up finishing in one sitting. Atticus Kodiak is a warm, flawed character but in this novel, the action centres around Bridgett, his on/off love and it is an interesting development. She too is flawed, has secrets she wants to keep, but it gives her knowledge she can use with the best intentions - until she is in over her head. Read these books. I don't understand why they aren't bestsellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atticus Kodiak 4, 26 Aug 2011
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This is probably the best of the series about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak series so far.

As with the preceding Smoker, I bought a second hand copy, it was in reasonable enough condition, though as it was printed in 2000 it is a little worn.

Greg Rucka has now written a series of seven Kodiak novels, and has not ruled out writing more. This is the fourth, after Smoker, which felt like the most conventional of the series. This is a complete change. The bulk of the narrative is from the point of view of Bridgett Logan, the altoid popping private detective, who seems to endure an on off relationship with Kodiak. The relationship is pretty much put on hold while Bridgett returns to her past as a heroin addict while attempting to help a friend.

Although there are some fairly fearsome opponents, the real tension is over whether she will lapse back into addiction as she returns to old haunts. Rucka writes about flawed characters, they are not all square-jawed and infallible, so there is a real fear that they can easily lapse into self destruction.

While the book remains convincing throughout, including some gruesome scenes of violence and addiction, it does not feel gratuitous. Initially I felt that Bridgett sounded just a little bit too much like wise-cracking Kodiak, and the first half although engaging lacks a strong narrative tug. However after that it really does start to grip like a vice, and although the ending feels like dumb luck as much as anything else, it concludes business in a satisfying way.

As a writer Rucka is not afraid to take risks with his Kodiak franchise, this one really pays off.
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