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At the same time, Helen, with whom he had an affair whilst in the police force, and who is the ex-wife of detective Falkner, returns and wants to renew their relationship. This re-ignites Falkner’s hatred of Jake and he begins to harass him in every way possible. Jake now seems threatened on all sides. He wants to trust Helen, but something niggles away at him. Ozzy is after his blood. He even suspects one of his sidekicks of being a traitor. Poor Jake, we all get dragged into the sorry state of affairs and whilst wanting to be on Jake’s side, a ruthless streak within his character makes us step back and look at him in a different way. What lengths will a person go to when the chips are down?
It is a compelling story, with great twists and turns, but one that makes us question our own morals. Would we resort to the way Jake deals with his friends and enemies alike?
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Somewhere along the way Jake went down the wrong path and turned into a hustler- dealing with “hot” merchandise. That was bad enough but then he decides to get in even deeper and gets involved in a drug deal.
Things take a nosedive and when you think they can’t get any worse for Jake- toss in a detective from his past and make it double bad- a woman from his past to0.
When you read this fast paced crime thriller, you think this author has definitely done his research. Then you realize this is a bit more than research. If you are like me, you check his bio and see his police career background- perfect fit for crafting this story.
This story absolutely sizzles with intrigue, crime and maybe even a little of Jake’s own regret for taking the low road that he now has to somehow get off of to save himself. Can he outsmart the detective or is he kidding himself? The woman from his past- what is her connection and is she legit or is this a ruse?
There are many layers in this story and as you slowly peel the onion (known as Jake) you see things that were, at first, well hidden.
In "At Their Own Game," Zafiro flips the script and chucks the inner-city locale found in scores of books and plants his very hard-boiled yarn in northwestern Spokane, Washington.
His antihero is Jake Stankovic, a cop cum cat burglar, who, up until now has been treading safe waters with lackeys Brent and Matt. When even Jake feels the financial pinch that's been plaguing the rest of the waking world, he decides to enter the unchartered territory of drug dealing. Wrong move -- especially when they land on the radar of a local dick. Throw in the proverbial 'woman from the past' (with a sweet twist), a crazy drug dealer named Ozzy and it's no shock to see that the former flatfoot's world comes crumbling.
This taut tale, which moves at the relentless pace of a silver bullet, will keep fans of the genre quite happy and will undoubtedly keep Kindles on overtime for years to come. In short, if you dug crime novels like "A Simple Plan," you'll indeed love "At Their Own Game."
As to the few reviews that mention the story not featuring "good guys," that's true. It's definitely hero-less. Everybody's just a little or a lot evil. But as the narrator (the main character Jake) says, "Sure we're criminals, but we're not bad guys."
It's a great read for those who like slightly dark mysteries. Fast moving and exciting and a definite page turner. (For the sensitive, it should be noted that four letter words are sprinkled liberally throughout. There's some romance too - essential to the story - but no explicit sex.) Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are close to perfect.