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Rules of Crime (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by [Sellers, L.J.]
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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: 1782 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Aurora TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2013
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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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By Mrs. C. A. Troops VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2013
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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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By Scottish D VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2013
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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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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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There are so many crime thrillers doing the rounds these days, I guess it's hard for an author to find a detective with a different approach to his or her solving of the crime. I haven't read any of this author's books featuring Detective Jackson before. He appears to be dying on his feet as he manfully struggles to locate his kidnapped ex-wife.

I did like the author's ability to interweave several storylines with other crime solvers on the case, each one appearing unique but then blending together almost seamlessly. It does help to have a basic knowledge of the rather all-American sorority set up and the, I think, illegal activity of hazing so that you can understand why the detectives in one of these stories were taking the matter so seriously; that a young women almost dies because of hazing seems utterly non-sensical to me but, there we are, strange things happen.

Nonetheless, because there are so many characters in this book, it's hard to empathize with any of them; their development is brief and understated, although the author does manage to bring in a transgender detective - that's a first (for me, anyway) and the, by now, de rigeur gay couples involved in either the detecting or the journalistic reporting or both.

The ending is not good but more than that I can't explain. The reader can make his/her own mind up about how life pans out, suffice to say, it did seem strangely weird with the result that I felt as though I'd rather wasted my time reading this.

If you're a fan of this series, I've no doubt you will understand more of it than I did. Unfortunately, for me, this book didn't encourage me to await the next one with any sense of eager anticipation.
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By AJS (London) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2014
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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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