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Close Case (Samantha Kincaid Mysteries)

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Close Case is a breezy, entertaining read with a distinctive and appealing star
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Investigating the brutal murder of a hotshot journalist, Samantha Kincaid finds herself caught in the middle of an increasingly personal — and potentially dangerous — struggle between Portland's police and the DA's office.

For Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's thirty-second birthday, she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene: the elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim: hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport.

Tensions in the city have been running high. The previous week, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed mother of two in what he claims was self-defense; in the aftermath, protestors have waged increasingly agitated anti-police protests. Crenshaw's death, it seems, is not unrelated: within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of the protests. The case looks straightforward, especially when one of the suspects confesses. But then the man recants, claiming coercive police tactics, and Samantha finds herself digging for more evidence. Following Crenshaw's steps, her search leads her through an elaborate maze of connections between the city's drug trade and officers in the bureau's north precinct.

Samantha's pursuit of the truth puts her in the middle of city political battles and on the outs with the cops, including her new live-in boyfriend, Detective Chuck Forbes. Worse yet, the path left by Crenshaw could lead Samantha to the same fatal end.

With Close Case, Alafair Burke delivers her most suspenseful and powerful novel yet.

Review:

"In Burke's absorbing third Samantha Kincaid mystery (after 2004's Missing Justice), the 32-year-old deputy DA and her just-moved-in lover, Det. Chuck Forbes, look into the murder of Percy Crenshaw, a popular investigative reporter and liaison to the Portland, Ore., minority community, who's found bludgeoned to death after a protest over a police shooting with racial overtones. Careful scrutiny of video footage unearths a couple of meth-headed hoodlums who were in the right place at the right time for the crime. Chuck's partner elicits a confession, and the case seems wrapped. When the ill-gotten confession is deemed inadmissable, the wavering line between loyalty to Chuck and Samantha's prosecutorial integrity becomes the catalyst for a breakup. Meanwhile, budding journalist Heidi Hatmaker, eager to break into the crime beat, studies Crenshaw's cryptic notes and surmises that the reporter's recent surveillance of questionable police activity may have led to his demise. A former deputy DA herself, Burke confidently lays out the procedural details, but she's less sure at rendering complex personal relationships. Agent, Philip Spitzer. (July 6)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Burke hits her stride in this third outing....After a slow start: big, bustling canvas with plausible moral dilemmas for Samantha and surprises that are still popping on the final pages." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Burke, daughter of author James Lee Burke and once a Portland prosecutor herself, delivers a politically charged, gritty thriller in this third entry in the Samantha Kincaid series." Booklist

Review:

"Burke's first-person narration works beautifully, but alternating it with the occasional third-person narration for the Hatmaker story line feels awkward in this otherwise superb legal thriller. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Close Case is an enjoyable read. The well limned characters, interesting plot, believability of the crime, and the way Burke brings readers right into the investigation add to the tension and suspense." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

The long-awaited final installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Nadia Stafford series

Since Kelley Armstrong wrapped up book two of the Nadia Stafford series, fans have been eager to know what happens to the tough-as-nails contract killer. At last, Wild Justice brings Nadia back for the series thrilling conclusion—an action-packed tale that will dazzle fans of the series as well as those who are only familiar with Armstrongs bestselling paranormal books.

In Wild Justice, Nadia is confronted with her most difficult task to date: going after the man who killed her cousin Amy twenty years prior. But when it turns out that someone else has already taken justice into their own hands, she is drawn into a complex situation where everything she knows and loves is thrown into the path of danger. Nadia is forced to take matters into her own hands, ultimately requiring her to confront her darkest secrets—and her deepest desires—in a way that she never thought possible.

Synopsis:

Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid likes to be where the action is: at the scene of a crime, at the arrest of a suspect, with the cops on the Major Crimes Team. But when street smart, plugged-in reporter Percy Crenshaw is brutally murdered in the midst of pursuing a major story, she knows the stakes are high...

Within days, cops have a suspect; then a confession. Yet Samantha suspects that something is very wrong, and her concerns keep coming back to the police. The cop who got the confession used tough tactics. The murdered reporter was romantically linked to a cop's wife. And all of the cops she's concerned about are close to her live-in boyfriend, Detective Chuck Forbes.

Forced to prosecute a case in which the defendant may be an innocent man, Samantha must tread carefully to uncover the truth about Percy's murder — without tearing her career, her home life, and the city apart. But just when she thinks her job can't get any more difficult, another more shocking crime comes to light...

About the Author

A former deputy district attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair Burke now teaches criminal law at Hofstra Law School. The daughter of acclaimed crime writer James Lee Burke, she is a graduate of Stanford Law School and currently serves as a legal and trial commentator for radio and television programs, including Court TV. She lives in New York City. Close Case is the third book in the Samantha Kincaid series.

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OneMansView, December 26, 2008 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Sam’s balancing act (3.5*s)

This book follows Samantha Kincaid, a Portland assistant DA, in her efforts in pursuing two apparently unrelated murders, which require her to balance both community demands and the rights of suspects and victims. She also must take into account her need to have a good relationship with the policemen on her case, yet not turn a blind eye to pressures to manufacture suspects and force confessions.

The brutal murder of Percy Crenshaw, a prominent black journalist, and the questionable shooting of Dolores Tompkins, an African-American, by a Portland police officer on a traffic stop bring a lot of heat on both the police department and the DA’s office. A complicating factor is Sam’s live-in boyfriend, Chuck Forbes, a detective with the Portland police dept. Her standing with the police dept, and even her boyfriend, become very strained when she not only has to acknowledge and contend with a coerced confession obtained by Chuck’s partner, but also because it is her job to take the shooting case involving the policeman to the grand jury.

The plot is reasonably complex, is largely coherent, and moves well. DA and police process are emphasized: especially the difficulties, contentiousness, and political pressures. An interesting plot development is the unintended clues left behind by Percy that have been noticed and pursued by fledgling reporter Heidi Hatmaker.

Most of the characters in the book are hastily drawn. At the least, one could have expected better development of Samantha, especially in her relationship with Det. Forbes. Furthermore, the ending of the book is both rather abrupt and somewhat ad hoc, not particularly consistent with the overall pace and tone of the story. All in all, not a bad read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312940577
Author:
Burke, Alafair
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author:
Armstrong, Kelley
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Portland (Or.)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Women lawyers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Legal
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Samantha Kincaid Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 3 of 3
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.66 x 4.24 x 0.995 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312940577 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Close Case is a breezy, entertaining read with a distinctive and appealing star

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Burke's absorbing third Samantha Kincaid mystery (after 2004's Missing Justice), the 32-year-old deputy DA and her just-moved-in lover, Det. Chuck Forbes, look into the murder of Percy Crenshaw, a popular investigative reporter and liaison to the Portland, Ore., minority community, who's found bludgeoned to death after a protest over a police shooting with racial overtones. Careful scrutiny of video footage unearths a couple of meth-headed hoodlums who were in the right place at the right time for the crime. Chuck's partner elicits a confession, and the case seems wrapped. When the ill-gotten confession is deemed inadmissable, the wavering line between loyalty to Chuck and Samantha's prosecutorial integrity becomes the catalyst for a breakup. Meanwhile, budding journalist Heidi Hatmaker, eager to break into the crime beat, studies Crenshaw's cryptic notes and surmises that the reporter's recent surveillance of questionable police activity may have led to his demise. A former deputy DA herself, Burke confidently lays out the procedural details, but she's less sure at rendering complex personal relationships. Agent, Philip Spitzer. (July 6)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Burke hits her stride in this third outing....After a slow start: big, bustling canvas with plausible moral dilemmas for Samantha and surprises that are still popping on the final pages."
"Review" by , "Burke, daughter of author James Lee Burke and once a Portland prosecutor herself, delivers a politically charged, gritty thriller in this third entry in the Samantha Kincaid series."
"Review" by , "Burke's first-person narration works beautifully, but alternating it with the occasional third-person narration for the Hatmaker story line feels awkward in this otherwise superb legal thriller. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Close Case is an enjoyable read. The well limned characters, interesting plot, believability of the crime, and the way Burke brings readers right into the investigation add to the tension and suspense."
"Synopsis" by ,
The long-awaited final installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Nadia Stafford series

Since Kelley Armstrong wrapped up book two of the Nadia Stafford series, fans have been eager to know what happens to the tough-as-nails contract killer. At last, Wild Justice brings Nadia back for the series thrilling conclusion—an action-packed tale that will dazzle fans of the series as well as those who are only familiar with Armstrongs bestselling paranormal books.

In Wild Justice, Nadia is confronted with her most difficult task to date: going after the man who killed her cousin Amy twenty years prior. But when it turns out that someone else has already taken justice into their own hands, she is drawn into a complex situation where everything she knows and loves is thrown into the path of danger. Nadia is forced to take matters into her own hands, ultimately requiring her to confront her darkest secrets—and her deepest desires—in a way that she never thought possible.

"Synopsis" by ,
Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid likes to be where the action is: at the scene of a crime, at the arrest of a suspect, with the cops on the Major Crimes Team. But when street smart, plugged-in reporter Percy Crenshaw is brutally murdered in the midst of pursuing a major story, she knows the stakes are high...

Within days, cops have a suspect; then a confession. Yet Samantha suspects that something is very wrong, and her concerns keep coming back to the police. The cop who got the confession used tough tactics. The murdered reporter was romantically linked to a cop's wife. And all of the cops she's concerned about are close to her live-in boyfriend, Detective Chuck Forbes.

Forced to prosecute a case in which the defendant may be an innocent man, Samantha must tread carefully to uncover the truth about Percy's murder — without tearing her career, her home life, and the city apart. But just when she thinks her job can't get any more difficult, another more shocking crime comes to light...

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