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The Girl At The Bar by [Nash, Nicholas]
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FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS, 4 STARS This is a refreshing thriller, with a compassionate protagonist and a complex set of crimes to solve. Prepare for a roller-coaster ride of a thriller: Nicholas Nash's The Girl at the Bar mixes a beautiful woman, an unemployed Wall Streeter, cancer research, and long-buried secrets together in a novel that zooms along at just the right speed. Ragnar Johnson is fired from his Wall Street firm over his part in a quick money-making plan and stops into his favorite bar for some liquid consolation. There, he meets the intelligent and beautiful Rebecca; they strike up a conversation, talk for hours, and she goes home with him. When he wakes up the next morning with memories of a wonderful evening, Rebecca's gone, leaving only her bra behind. Soon after, the NYPD sends detectives to his apartment to ask about his evening guest. Rebecca's been reported missing, Ragnar seems to be the last person to have seen her before she disappeared, and he's now a suspect. Rebecca left a deep impression on him, and he starts his own investigation. The more he learns about her, the more he's driven to find her, and his intelligence and career knowledge in analysis give him the tools to do so. The Girl at the Bar is a near-future thriller, featuring advancements from current technology in areas of cancer research and computer programming. Excitement and detail run high. Characters are adeptly constructed; none do anything beyond their established behaviors, and backstories, movements, and thoughts are all well plotted. Distinguishing features-as with Ragnar, who has difficulties with speaking-help to differentiate characters from one another. This is a thriller that reveals its progressions consistently and at all the right times, maintaining the guessing game until the very end. The structure is tight without being spare, and the story moves through time well. Flashbacks are judiciously used, and the final scene revealing the key element gives an elegantly simple resolution with the revelation of one name. The Girl at the Bar is a refreshing change from the glut of military and political thrillers more often seen in the genre. Atypical characters, a convoluted set of crimes, and its main character's compassion set it apart in a very positive way. THE US BOOK OF REVIEWS, 5 STARS "You always have a choice." A whirlwind one-night stand turns into a bizarre nightmare for Ragnar Johnson after meeting cancer researcher Rebecca Chase at a local New York City bar. Her mysterious disappearance the following morning initiates a multitude of search parties, including Ragnar's personal investigation. Unfortunately, the police keep interrupting Ragnar's quest to find Rebecca since they earmark him as a possible suspect for a couple of different reasons. Besides the fact that he was the last person seen with Rebecca, Ragnar has a bit of a shady past as well as mental issues. Nash makes Clue seriously look like a kid's game in his page-turning debut. Producing a nail-biting psychological thriller, Nash includes a highly developed and tightly knit cast that will keep readers in a tizzy as they try to figure out "who did what in which room and with what weapon." His narrative, set during a nearly two-week period, continually shifts between present to past events. Nash throws in a flurry of activity along the way. As a result, Nash's story as one can guess is replete with twists and turns galore. Adding to its complexities, Nash builds his narrative by incorporating a constant influx of chapter cliffhangers. He also weaves in a handful of subplots, which ultimately culminates at the book's apex. Amid all the wonderful literary tools, Nash shines a light on the ins and outs of cancer research and pertinent medical information. A fast-paced and gripping read, The Girl at the Bar has the potential of wide audience appeal.

About the Author

Nicholas Nash is the exciting new author of The Girl At The Bar, a psychological thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant cancer researcher and the quest to find her. Nicholas resides in the concrete jungle of Manhattan in New York City with his wife and three children. An accomplished finance professional, he has a passion for reading fiction and non-fiction books which inspired him to write an intriguing thriller. Nicholas hopes you enjoy his work. For news and updates, email us at thegirlatthebar@gmail.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Fireflies Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MYW3TR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,195,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a great read. Action packed and full of mystery from the outset. We meet Rebecca, the mysterious girl at the bar and witness her steamy encounter with Ragnar. And then she goes missing. In my mind, Ragnar had nothing to do with this, but he comes under suspicion from the start. Rebecca is one of the world's top cancer researchers, on the verge of a major breakthrough. Is her disappearance linked to the rivalry between her pharmaceutical company, run by the enigmatic Julia, and their major competitors? Staff poaching appears to be the norm, has this been taken to extremes? Ragnar has recently lost his job in the world of trading, under a cloud - is this connected? We don't know. There's a tight knit set of characters and I spent most of the book trying to figure it out. Nobody is safe- as more victims appeared I became more confused as each of my theories was blown away! The police aren't the sharpest, but they avoid sticking to their early conclusions. And there are at least three investigations going on - who will reach the right conclusion first? And will this be a murder investigation or missing person? An ending I didn't see coming and a wholly satisfying read.
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** Disclaimer: This book was provided by the Author and Quill and Ink Tours in exchange for an honest review**

Well.. well... where do I start..??? The Girl at The Bar is not a book for the faint of heart. It does have some adult themes and as you can imagine some gruesome crime scenes as it is a Psychological Thriller but I could not put this book down.

First off lets talk about the characters.. Ragnar is such a sweetie and you definitely feel for him. He is head over heals from the first time he sees Rebecca and will do anything to find her.. This is insta-love (on his part for sure) but the story doesn't really play out like a normal Insta- love romance.

The cops - Timothy - I get the feeling that he is a decent guy and I kinda like him. Roberta - No... just no.. I dislike her so much that I want to reach through the book and slap her round the face a few times!!

Raoul - seems like a loner type. Private investigator , rough ex cop with a soft side.

The other characters that appear throughout the book are definitely shifty and you do start to wonder "who dunnit?"

Nash has a way of allowing you to get to know all the characters whilst still staying on track with the main story , which is finding Rebecca. Is she dead?? is she alive?? who took her?? love the transition between past and present. It definitely gives you a better feel for the characters, the storyline and how they got to that moment where Rebecca went missing.

The list of suspects is endless. Personally, maybe because I have watched so many crime dramas and films in my life I kinda had an idea about who it was but had no reason why it would be them, which really confused me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, full of excitement 9 Feb. 2017
By Lee Husemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow, this is such a fascinating book. This book is so full of twist and turns with a fast-paced plot. At no time could I figure out who was causing the bodies to pile up. This is a real page turner and it was hard to put down. The characters were well developed and likeable, especially Ragnar who was my favorite. I think Author Nicholas Nash did a fantastic job on his first novel and I look forward to his next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 10 Feb. 2017
By geraldine kroneiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I would highly recommend this book! Very well written. Grabbed me at the first page and kept me guessing all the way! Loveable characters and riveting plot!! Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 22 Feb. 2017
By Patticakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Girl at the Bar was a great read! The plot is full of twists and turns, right down to the last page. Face-paced and enjoyable!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stong debut for Mr. Nash with this suspenseful murder mystery 14 April 2017
By Alan L. Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Girl At The Bar" is full of fascinating characters and disorienting plot twists. I found myself turning the pages to find out what might happen next in solving the disappearance of a brilliant young cancer researcher who vanished without a trace after a one-night-stand with a man with a checkered past. That man, Ragnar, was removed in disgrace from his Wall Street firm after losing a huge sum of money in risky investments that went south. He is a suspect in Rebecca's disappearance. He takes it upon himself to find out what happened to her - in part to clear himself, and in part because he has fallen in love with her after their one night of love. In getting out ahead of the police investigation, Ragnar employs former colleagues and friends to find clues. He finds himself enmeshed in a growing web of murders and deceptions.

Mr. Nash writes with a strong sense of place, with very specific locations around New York described so well that I was able to picture each of them in my mind's eye. The characters are colorful, and the protagonist is sympathetic, although flawed. The pace is fast and the writing is clear and concise. I look forward to reading his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut mystery! 26 Mar. 2017
By Avonna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely love when I try a new author with no expectations and am completely absorbed into the story. THE GIRL AT THE BAR by Nicolas Nash is one of those mystery/thrillers that are rich in backgrounds, technical information and clues without bogging down the pace and keeps you guessing until the end.
Dr. Rebecca Chase is a brilliant cancer researcher in New York City for a medical conference. The night before she is to present, she meets Ragnar Johnson at her hotel bar. She leaves to go to his place for a one night stand. When Ragnar wakes up the next morning, she is gone, not just from his apartment, but she has completely disappeared.
No one knows why she would disappear. Her research has placed her in the middle of a high-stakes battle between two mega pharma companies. Her personal life is a mess, but she is not the type of person to just walk away from her life’s work and career. After her disappearance, others associated with her start to be killed and there are so many different motives and agendas, you don’t know who to trust.
Ragnar is a brilliant out of work trader with social and psychiatric problems. Even though he knows he looks to be the prime suspect in Rebecca’s disappearance, he can’t stay uninvolved. He and his tech expert/hacker friend, Eddie chase clues. As he works the case, he is being followed by Raoul Perez who heads up security for Atticus Biopharma and was a NYC detective previously. You also have a competent team of detectives, Timothy and Roberta, who we follow as they work the case.
During the story, you are introduced to an entity that just calls itself “the void”. It is never completely satisfied or filled for long. You realize this is the mind of the kidnapper/killer and the way it describes itself is extremely chilling.
There are so many characters that have a variety of motives that I was continually changing my mind on who was the guilty party and why. Even with all the moving parts, I was never confused on who was who. All of the characters were so interesting and realistic that I just had to keep turning the pages. I love this type of mystery as it takes you step by step and lets you think and discover along with the detectives and Ragnor. Please note: There is a moment of graphic violence at the climax. I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel and will be looking for more from this author.
Thanks very much to Fireflies Publishing LLC and Net Galley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was my pleasure.
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