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The Past Never Ends by [Burnett, Jackson]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press (29 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QSTO2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #931,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This debut novel has many strengths: attractive characters, tight writing, good pace and a pervasive sense of authenticity. Jackson Burnett, a lawyer himself with an eye for the expressive phrase, takes us to the South of the United States where a principled lawyer and his characterful female employees struggle against the local powers to get to the bottom of two mysterious deaths. I haven't given it five stars because it is not perfect, but it is a really good read that should keep most people guessing. As debuts go, it is very hard to beat. Read it and see if you agree with me that Burnett could be the next Grisham.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 61 reviews
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Mystery!! 1 Aug. 2012
By A Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Past Never Ends is finely crafted crime noir with compelling characters in a gritty, but not over-played, fictional Midwest town--a place that seems reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, except we're in the middle of the country where money is scarce and those who have it hold on tight. Many wonderful components are utilized in the book--from dirty cops to rough and tumble criminals to all manner of strippers--and Burnett makes all these people seem real; Each has their own motivation and voice. Still, the main course here is mystery, which is both intriguing and deep. This lawyer turned sleuth chases other's secrets into the dark recesses of his own life. Nothing is two dimensional, giving the book both a cinematic feel and a true resonance. This book is a good read, compelling, finely crafted, and a fantastic mystery. Can't wait to see what Burnett might come up with next.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of the movie The Verdict 31 July 2012
By Paula Alfred - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't miss this gripping David vs. Goliath mystery veiled in Oklahoma history. Jackson Burnett knows how to tell a story. Chester Morgan, a lawyer, takes care of the "little people." He does it with grace, integrity, charm, and humor. Chester tries to empower the powerless and it's that character trait that pulls him into an unexpected mystery and into an unexpected world of strippers and oilmen. With a poet's eye for beauty and meaning, Jackson Burnett takes the reader into a different sort of world. Tense, suspenseful, and fun. I am recommending this book to all my friends.

Paula Alfred
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, compelling read that provides an insider's view of how the law really works. 31 July 2012
By T.D. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
With an immediate hook, this well-crafted story grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go! If you've been searching for a new mystery author to add to your stable, Jackson Burnett is your man. From the first page, Burnett masterfully builds suspense and invites us into his world, immersing us in the sights, sounds, and feelings of this imaginary Oklahoma law practice.

If you enjoy gritty mysteries with realistic characters, "The Past Never Ends" is sure to please!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book! 9 Sept. 2012
By OpenBookSociety dot com - Published on Amazon.com
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Lindsay

The main reason I like to read mystery books is to guess the ending and see if I'm right. A good mystery will prove you completely wrong at the end of the book. The Past Never Ends will keep you guessing up until the last page. Chester Morgan is an attorney in Vivia Oklahoma with a small practice that focuses on the clients. After losing his wife and finding a fellow lawyer and friend dead at the local YMCA pool, he falls into a bit of a rut. Until one day when Alan Kinman walks into Morgan's office wanting to hire him to investigate a murder. Kinman's friend, Tanya Everly, is found dead in a motel room in a seedy part of town. The police have ruled it an accident, however, Kinman believes she was murdered. When Morgan begins to investigate the police cover up, he is drawn into a world all its own. The more he digs for the truth the deeper he falls into the new world and soon he discovers that these two worlds have collided with deadly results.

Alan Kinman's character is a mystery though the entire book. We never really know his identity or anything specific about him. Some readers may feel this leaves the book open ended and authors need to settle all loose ends by the last page. However, I think this adds an extra mysterious element to the book. I agree with Burnett's decision to leave a major character a mystery. I liked how I was left wanting to know more about him. In contrast, Chester Morgan's character goes through a growth and transformation throughout the book. As he investigates Tanya's murder, we see how he goes from a person going through the motions of life to a person with a passion again. He becomes passionate about finding Tanya's murderer but he also begins to feel real feelings again. I commend Burnett's ability to use his characters to create a strong contrast in a book already coated in mystery. In my opinion, this element really took the book from an okay mystery to a well-written in depth story that leaves you wanting to read more about Chester Morgan.

During the course of his investigation, Morgan meets Tanya's best friend, Maria. She takes him on a roller skating adventure that instantly became my favorite part of the book. It reminded me of roller skating in high school and had me laughing through the entire scene. The only difference is that I never claimed to be good at roller skating like Morgan. I like how Burnett was able to incorporate some humor into a serious story.

Even the best books have a storyline I don't like or a character I don't care for in there somewhere. Surprisingly, I just couldn't find anything I didn't like about this book. I thought the characters were unique and entertaining and the storyline kept me guessing. I really felt The Past Never Ends deserves five stars because of the creative characters Burnett created. This was a fast-paced read that pulls together into a surprising ending. This book will appeal to mystery lovers but also to readers who enjoy an emotional journey as well. I really recommend you give this book a read. It's a good mystery that develops quickly and ends with a surprising twist.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut, well worth the time 24 Nov. 2012
By Dana King - Published on Amazon.com
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The Past Never Ends is a mystery with a lawyer hero where most of the action takes place outside the courtroom and what happens inside the courtroom rarely has a direct connection to the story's main thread. This may sound like faint praise, but is far from off-putting, and makes this book stand out from a million other attorney-oriented novels.

Serving as his own field investigator is not the kind of work Chester Morgan looks forward to-he knows it's not his strength--but events force him into it before he's fully aware of how deep things will get. Morgan is resourceful enough--and Burnett is skilled enough as a writer--to keep from getting into situations too difficult to handle plausibly.

What makes this book stand out for me is Burnett's deft handling of the courtroom scenes. Don't expect to see Perry Mason breaking down a lying witness. The trial scenes are understated, but riveting, and advance the plot in oblique ways. Burnett trusts his reader enough to write scenes that may not seem particularly relevant at first, but will become so later on, so it behooves the reader to pay attention. The rewards are ample.

The ending pulled a few too many things together too quickly for my taste to be completely satisfying, but not so much to hamper my enjoyment of the book. This is likely a matter of personal taste, as the build-up ratcheted up the tension so well, I would have liked a little more spinning out at the end. I also like black licorice and low-scoring baseball games, so this may say more about me than about the book.

A scene describing the growing relationship between Morgan and a woman he meets in his investigation goes on a bit long (again, for my taste), but that's a quibble. This is a solid mystery worth anyone's time.
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