04 March, 2015

#BookReview :: After the Goode (A Jake Roberts #3) by Cary Allen Stone

Jake Roberts' superiors in Atlanta Homicide gave him a choice––retire, or face criminal prosecution. Jake went beyond the rules to capture serial killer Jared Hamilton. Jake decided to retire and move to Los Angeles with his Hollywood agent girlfriend Caitland where he writes best-selling crime novels. They decide to take a mini-vacation to visit his best friend in Phoenix. Bobby Goode is a superstar comedian. During his opening night in Phoenix, he humiliates a heckler. After the show, the heckler stalks Bobby with a baseball bat. Defending himself, Bobby shoots the man. He panics from the fear that he will lose his fame and fortune if anyone finds out. At the crime scene, Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina investigate a charred body and torched Cadillac. They invite Jake to consult on the case. Jake later determines that it is Bobby they are looking for. On closing night, inside the comedy club, Jake and Wynter arrive to arrest Bobby––"Shots fired!"

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A lot has changed for Jake Roberts since the last book. When Jake crossed lines to do whatever it takes to capture Jared, he was asked to retire as the easy way out. Since then Jake has moved to Los Angeles with his girlfriend and has taken to writing crime-novels. However, Jake being Jake, his life is never dull. He gets embroiled in a murder case while vacationing in Phoenix and is asked to consult on the case. But the murderer seemed a step ahead all along. Will Jake be able to do his magic again?

As I have come to expect from Jake Roberts Novels, this was not whodunit guessing mystery. The culprit is out in the open right from the beginning. Bobby Goode is a superstar standup comedian who ends up murdering a heckler who had stalked him after a show. Scared of what might happen if he was found out, Bobby befriended the lead detective on the case to keep tabs on the investigation. Wynter Williams on the other hand is an interesting character, and I would have loved to know about her.

The plot was interesting in itself and as the story progressed, it kept the readers on their edge. With a fast pace, the pages turned on its own accord and felt like ended too soon. The character of Jake Roberts developed further making him more likeable than ever. I however wish the story had more to offer on the side characters. A good follow up on the series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next instalment in the series that I hear is in the works.

Review Copy received from the author

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