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December Boys by Joe Clifford

December Boys

by Joe Clifford

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I started reading what is now a trilogy with book three. Having read book one, I have now completed book two. The best way to read a trilogy. Jay Porter, the main character, starts this volume, suddenly married to his childhood sweetheart, living with her and his son Aidan. He also has a nine to five job at an insurance company. Don't worry. This is noir. The happy times won't last. Before you know it, the marriage is in shambles, the job is screwed, Jay is three kinds of drunk, moping about his brother's death, screaming about mad conspiracies, and on the long way down. That's when it gets really interesting. And hurtles on to a gigantic climax. But what's really important is that it's a damn good story that's really hard to put down. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
This is the second installment involving Jay Porter, a sort of all around handy man, known to get involved in slippery investigations involving a variety of people, most of who are not too nice.

The book picks up not too long after the first novel involving Jay Porter and the collection of characters introduced in the first novel. In the story, Porter finds himself involved in the investigation of a scandal detailing the wider use of private prisons, especially when it comes to housing juveniles and those arrested for very petty crimes.

Clifford's books involving this character are well written and enjoyable, however, my main complaint is the behavior of the main protagonist, Jay Porter, do not allow him to be that likable of a character. Without giving away too much, Clifford might be trying to add enough to help readers feel sympathetic toward Jay Porter, which would increase the needed likability, but to me, it wasn't enough.

The third installment, Give Up The Dead, was provided as an ARC from Netgalley and in this partially completed novel, it seems Clifford is, at last, making Porter more tolerable and likable.

Still, with the mild dislike of Jay Porter in the first two novels, books by Clifford are still recommended.

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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
Great characters, great plotting, great storytelling. This is what crime fiction is all about.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly, Samantha Cody, and Dub Walker thriller series
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  DPLyle | Oct 3, 2016 |
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"Jay Porter, the newest employee at NorthEastern Insurance in New Hampshire, is investigating an accident claim when he learns the teenager behind the wheel was arrested for minor drug possession and sentenced to a hardcore behavioral modification center. At the county courthouse, Jay meets Nicki, a young college intern, who tips him off to a possible scandal--first-time juvenile offenders being shipped to private institutions for political kickbacks. He learns that long-time family nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi, may have a stake in the scheme. Is Jay's mission to help these kids a legitimate crusade? Or is his thirst for revenge driven by the guilt he feels over his own junkie brother's death? These questions conspire to tear apart tranquility and drive a wedge between Jay and his wife Jenny. With help from new friend Nicki, and a couple of old friends, Jay finds himself thrust back into a past he had hoped to leave behind, putting everything--and everyone he loves--at risk in pursuit of the truth."--Publisher's website.… (more)

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3 editions of this book were published by Oceanview Publishing.

Editions: 1608091716, 1608091724, 1608092496

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