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A Cup Full Of Midnight (2012)

by Jaden Terrell(Favorite Author)
3.9 of 5 Votes: 2
1579622259 (ISBN13: 9781579622251)
The Permanent Press
Jared McKean Mystery
review 1: Jared McKean, 36 years of age and now a private detective after seven years with the Nashville Metro Police Department, has gone, as he describes it, from “uniformed patrol officer to undercover vice officer to homicide detective to outsider.” Now he has his most important client ever: his nephew, Josh. Josh and his sister, 14-year-old Caitlin, are as close to him as anyone in his life, the boy feeling closer to him than to his own father. Lately Josh’s life has been in a state of upheaval, having not long ago come out of the closet and left home to live with Sebastian Parker, known as “Razor,” the sociopath who’d seduced him [a man in his late 20’s to Josh’s 16]. After the latter’s murder a few days before, Josh had attempted suicide, and now ‘hir... morees’ Jared to find out who killed Razor. No simple task, since he seems to have engendered hatred in most everyone whose path he crossed. In what appears to be a ritual killing, he had been slashed to death, emasculated, eviscerated, and his body placed on a pentagram, surrounded by occult symbols. The novel is a cautionary tale of disenchanted youth and the Goth sub-culture, “vampire wannabees.” I was initially – but only initially - unsure whether this was a book for me, agreeing with the protagonist when he says “I didn’t believe in magic spells or voodoo curses. I didn’t believe in vampires or witches or things that go bump in the night. The only monsters I had ever seen were human.”This is the second in the Jared McKean series, following the terrific “Racing the Devil,” and it doesn’t disappoint. Jared’s “ex” hits the nail on the head in explaining why she couldn’t stay married to him, citing his career choice: “It’s not what you do; it’s who you are. You’re a hero waiting for something to die for.” Jared is a fascinating protagonist. Still on good terms with his ex-wife [now re-married and in her ninth month of pregnancy], they are both devoted to their eight-year-old Down Syndrome son, Paulie. He shares a ranch with his best childhood friend, Jay, now battling AIDS, and his three horses: Dakota, the rescued Arabian; Crockett, the Tennessee Walker; and Tex, the palomino gelding Quarter Horse. As the investigation continues, several suspects emerge, and Jared’s investigation puts his life, and that of his nephew, at risk, and he becomes even more relentless. Well-plotted, the book has more than one heart-stopping moment. It was a very good read, and is recommended.
review 2: This book has many layers. At the heart is a murder mystery with many twists that kept me guessing throughout. We also explore love and loss, the depths of friendship, and the intricacies of family. I found the characters compelling. They have strengths and faults, are well-developed and feel totally human. The plot is completely believably and relevant to our world today. The writing is exceptional, with a pace that is quick without feeling rushed.This is the second Jared McKean mystery. I have not read the first, and that wasn't a problem here. This book reads well as a stand-alone. Though, after having read this one, I fully intend to go back and read the first. less
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Excellent! Goth culture, well developed characters and fast moving plot.
A fine mystery with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader going.
New author to me, thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and the new voice.
very dark and brooding. not really my style.
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