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The Dying Hour (2005)

by Rick Mofina

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I cannot get excited about this book like most other reviews. I enjoyed the story. It was interesting and kept moving and had a good premise. What completely ruined this book for me were the details.

I am a native, third generation Washingtonian. A native of Seattle. If you are not from a place and you are going to write about it, either choose to make the whole setting fictional or choose to do your due diligence as an author and get the details correct.

This author made unrealistic estimates of the time required for characters to traverse distances. There was a mix of real cities, Bellingham for instance, set in a county that does not exist in Washington, but that does exist in Canada. The author is a Canadian and native of Toronto which is East Coast so I cannot even excuse this as a British Columbian and fellow Pacific Northwesterner. It was just sloppy.

The sloppy factor ruined it for me. Those details stuck out and were so obvious, that it ruined what was otherwise going to be a great story. I wouldn't have even cared if he chose to create a fictional Washington State and made that consistent. If you are going to write about a place, then make it either accurate, so that readers who know it well can easily relate and those that don't paint a picture in their minds eye that really showcases place.

The story was wonderful and if you aren't from here, don't believe the travelogue and if you are from here, it will drive you to distraction. If you can suspend belief, the story itself is not bad. I can't go above two stars because of the distractions. ( )
  ozzieslim | Feb 17, 2016 |
Jason Wade, a rookie crime reporter with The Seattle Mirror--first book in series. ( )
  BCCJillster | Jan 18, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786016973, Mass Market Paperback)

THE DYING HOUR, launches a new suspense series by award-winning author Rick Mofina. THE DYING HOUR, introduces Jason Wade, a rookie crime reporter with The Seattle Mirror, a loner who grew up in the shadow of a brewery in one of the city's blue-collar neighborhoods. At The Seattle Mirror, he is competing for the single fulltime job being offered through the paper's intense intern program. But unlike the program's other young reporters, who attended big name schools and worked at other big metro dailies, Wade put himself through community college, and lacked the same experience. Wade struggles with his haunting past as he pursues the story of Karen Harding, a college student whose car was found abandoned on a lonely stretch of highway in the Pacific Northwest. How could this beloved young woman with the altrustic nature simply vanish? Wade battles mounting odds and cut-throat competition to unearth the truth behind Karen Harding's disturbing case. Her disappearance is a story he cannot give up, never realizing the toll it could exact from him. THE DYING HOUR! , is a bone-chilling, mesmorizing page-turner that introduces readers to an all-too-human young hero who journeys into the darkest regions of the human heart to confront a nightmare.

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When a fight with her boyfriend drives Seattle college student Karen Harding out into one of the worst storms in years, all she wants is to get to her sister's place in one piece--instead, she finds herself stranded on a desolate stretch of highway. But when a stranger pulls over to help, Karen is convinced someone's been watching over her...… (more)

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