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Love this series
on 28 February 2013
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. The ending being dramatic and unexpected, shakes Wade's world totally, leaving him in a heart-rending situation which makes him question his job again. Is this the end of Sgt Wade Jackson?
I recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Sex Club - don't be put off by the title, it isn't what it sounds - and working your way through it, although each book stands alone and you don't have to have read the earlier ones.