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False Friend: A Novel by Andrew Grant
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False Friend: A Novel

by Andrew Grant

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Thus far I have really liked this series and hope that there will soon be a third one. The crime starts right off with the burning of a school and a mystery photo of the man that could have been the arsonist. The main characters in the series all have believable and likable characteristics but are human enough to show some flaws. The one character that I really get frustrated with is Diane, the reporter that lets her fifteen year old son walk all over her. Just lock the kid in the basement for Heaven's sake or grow a backbone:) More of Devereaux's former slightly shady background is explored and he is making strives to reconcile with Amanda his girlfriend and their seven year old daughter while trying to stop more fires from being set. I'll look forward to more of this series. ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 27, 2018 |
[False Friend] by Andrew Grant
Detective Cooper Devereaux series
2.5 stars

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An arsonist is targeting schools in Birmingham, Alabama—with devastating effect. Detective Devereaux—a man you can’t quite trust and should never ignore—must put a stop to the elusive pyromaniac’s reign of terror before more damage is done. Or worse, before students’ lives are lost. But as Devereaux sifts through the ashes of the case, a grisly discovery at a burned-out school sends the investigation spiraling in a new, terrifying direction. The detective and his partner are dragged into a nightmare world by revelations of gruesome rituals, the disappearance of local citizens, and allegations against city officials of shocking crimes that stretch back decades.

With innocent lives on the line, progress is hampered by friction between the police department and the FBI, and interference from factions of the local underworld complicate matters further. Devereaux doesn’t make excuses for his willingness to work outside the lines, but just as he needs to be at the top of his game, he’s rocked by echoes from his troubled past that threaten to engulf his daughter and girlfriend—and fracture the life he’s only recently begun to rebuild.

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I've read better by this author. The story was okay but the characters were very hard to like at all. The adults are idiots and the children are brats and at least one of them is an outright, seven year old, sociopath. Cooper Devereaux is struggling with personal demons of his own. His policing methods are mostly on the edge and many times just short of illegal. The series thus far has been unbelievably grim with no light in view at the end of the tunnel. I don't think I will be continuing this one. ( )
  Carol420 | Jan 25, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399594302, Hardcover)

The second installment in the extraordinary Cooper Devereaux mystery thriller series, which combines the atmosphere of James Lee Burke and Craig Johnson with the noir brilliance of Robert Crais
 
An arsonist is targeting schools in Birmingham, Alabama—with devastating effect. Detective Devereaux—a man you can’t quite trust and should never ignore—must put a stop to the elusive pyromaniac’s reign of terror before more damage is done. Or worse, before students’ lives are lost. But as Devereaux sifts through the ashes of the case, a grisly discovery at a burned-out school sends the investigation spiraling in a new, terrifying direction. The detective and his partner are dragged into a nightmare world by revelations of gruesome rituals, the disappearance of local citizens, and allegations against city officials of shocking crimes that stretch back decades.
 
With innocent lives on the line, progress is hampered by friction between the police department and the FBI, and interference from factions of the local underworld complicate matters further. Devereaux doesn’t make excuses for his willingness to work outside the lines, but just as he needs to be at the top of his game, he’s rocked by echoes from his troubled past that threaten to engulf his daughter and girlfriend—and fracture the life he’s only recently begun to rebuild.
 
Praise for Andrew Grant’s RUN
 
“An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.”—Joseph Finder
 
“High stakes, high tension, and nonstop action . . . Hang on and enjoy this smart, original, and fast-paced adventure.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan
 
“Relentless, twisty, and blistering fast, it’s a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”—Sean Chercover
 
“A whizbang of a novel with just the right dose of smart-ass.”—Chelsea Cain
 
“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”—Harlan Coben
 
“A perfect thriller—smart, fast, and blazing with nonstop surprises.”—Robert Crais

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:18:23 -0500)

"Detective Devereaux is hot on the heels of an arsonist--one who is targeting local schools. When long-buried bones are uncovered at the site of a fire, a deadly secret is exposed and a devastating past threatens to be revealed. Meanwhile, an enemy is determined to expose the darkest corners of Devereaux's past"--… (more)

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