Since this is a double review I'm doing things a bit differnt. At the bottom look for a character overview as well as a content rating for both books. =)Laurel Dewey, 2011. Published by Story Plant. Source: Partners In Crime Tours for review.
Laurel Dewey’s Detective Jane Perry is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive, dynamic, and unforgettable characters in suspense fiction today. She’s rock hard, but capable of extraordinary tenderness. She’s a brilliant cop, but she’s capable of making life-altering mistakes. She’s uncannily talented, and she’s heartbreakingly human.
In PROMISSORY PAYBACK Jane is called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a woman who profited greatly from the misfortunes of others. The case leaves Jane with little question about motive...and with a seemingly endless number of suspects.
First Sentence ("You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover"):
YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: Forced by her boss to speak at a high school career day, Jane meets a troubled boy and finds that his story is only the beginning of a much more revealing tale.
YOU'RE ONLY AS SICK AS YOUR SECRETS: An early-morning homicide call introduces Jane to a mystery as layered as it is unsuspected.
THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM: Jane finds herself sharing a 2:00 am conversation at a downtown bar with an old acquaintance. Will the bloody night that proceeded this moment complicate Jane's intentions?
I want to be up-front with everyone reading this.Generally I'm not the biggest fan of short stories, so it was a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed Unrevealed as much as I did.
What I really .liked about the short stories mentioned in Unrevealed was that with each one you got to know Jane a little more, and that you got to see different sides to her personality that you may not see in full novel. although I cannot be sure on that account since I've only ever read a novellette and some short stories featuring Ms. Perry.
The one I liked best was "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" because it had a slightly haunting quaility to it. I loved the odd connection between Jane and the little boy, bit what makes this such an interesting read is how a typical speaking engagment at a high school takes a turn towards the weird. It was both chilling in that what happened isn't too far fetched and bizarre in how the truth was finally made known.
Again, the only downside to this wonderfully written set of short stories would have to be the language. If there had been considerably less it wouldn't have been so badm but there was so much that at times I lost the thread of the story.
Unrevealed earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
Character over view (both books):
Jane Perry, was way different from what I had expected her to be. For one I was kind of suprised by her age, I was thought that she was going to be in her late twenties, and while I was not surprised that she was...slightly damaged I was not prepared for jsut how broken she was. In Unrevealed Jane is in AA and has been sober for a few months, while it was interesting to see that she was trying (maybe not by her own design) to clean up her act I thought the most interesting part of that storyline was how it tied into one...no, two of her cases.
While Jane may not be roll model material, I really enjoyed how she put so much of herself into the work that she does.
Content (for both books; will contain spoilers. Highlight to see
Language- My gosh did Jane have mouth like a sailor. There is a ton of swearing in both books, almost too much where I was left feeling like there could have been a better way to express ones feelings without being so foul mouthed. Let's just say Jane took the Lord's name in vane as well as hit alot of the big swear words, and used them on multiple occasions.
Violence- If I were to give the books I rating, like, a movie, I would say that the majority of it was a strong PG-13 to R at times. Ms. Dewey does not really pull any punches when describing a couple of the murders mentioned in both books.