Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Dawn, go away, I'm no good for you." Song lyrics

The story opens as a man comes downstairs and gets his morning paper and sees the headline that he is dead and his wife is missing.

After attending an event in honor of former FBI director, Sam Norris, his step-daughter, FBI Special Agent Mia Keeler, and her husband, District Attorney, Jack, head home. They're stopped on a bridge for an unknown reason. When they're ordered from the car, Jack attempts to resist and is shot in the shoulder, placed back in his car and pushed over the bridge. Mia is kidnapped.

Though wounded, Jack survives but with his car at the bottom of the water, it is assumed that he and Mia are deceased.

After seeing the headlines about his death, he examines himself and sees that his shoulder wound has been stitched up and there is a tattoo on his arm in foreign words that he doesn't understand.

With his old partner from his police days, they are at his home when a man tries to sneak in, not knowing that Jack isn't dead. They surprise the man but before they can question him, he escapes and jumps in front of a truck, killing himself.

Not long into the story, while Mia is being held captive, a man calmly informs her that she doesn't have long to live if he doesn't get his way.

What are the pieces to the puzzle? Who has kidnapped Mia and how could they have staged the abduction so well?

Jack has the tattoo on his arm translated and makes an admission that completely changes the course of the novel and brings a philosophical element into it.

The pacing is excellent and the characters described realistically. Things take a twist at the end while the reader finally gets a chance to catch their breath.

The book is worth reading for the fast paced story and the characters. A very creative plot that left me wondering how could this have happened?


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I love a good mystery and this sounds great.
Thanks for the review.

The Reading Reviewer said...

This sounds great and I am going to order it. Thanks.

misskallie2000 said...

This book sounds like a great mystery and I am adding to my Wish list.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

mike draper said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on "Half-Past Dawn" it was a unique reading experience with lots of twists and surprises.

Fairday Morrow said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I enjoy mysteries and this seems like there are a lot of twists and turns.


mike draper said...

Thanks for the nice words everyone, I did enjoy this novel. It's a new author for me and I'll certainly want to read more books by him.

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