False Friend

False Friend 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 ars

  • Title: False Friend
  • Author: AndrewGrant
  • ISBN: 9780399594304
  • Page: 244
  • Format: 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 elusThe 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 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

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    1. It was a struggle to read this book in its entirety. The multiple plot lines were confusing, and the main character isn't the least bit likable.

    2. Disjointed! Written by Andrew Grant, and published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York in 2017, this book is the second of the author’s detective police procedural novels featuring Cooper Devereaux of the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department. At least three books of this series will have been published by January of 2018. I have now read all three of them. This author has talent and makes very few mistakes in his writing. The narra [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. In Alabama, Detective Cooper Devereaux is investigating arson at schools. After some skeletons are found in one burned school, the investigation must include murder. Part of the novel also deals with Cooper's renewed relationship with Alexandra and a 7 year old daughter he didn't realize he had. Although I missed the first Cooper novel, I think I picked up the most important parts about this relationship plus Cooper's background information. I liked Cooper as a character with his prop [...]

    4. Let's see -- arson, serial killer, cop with questionable ethics, teen child with serious mental illness, younger child with scary mental symptoms -- believe it or not, that isn't all, but you have to read it to get the full monty. There will obviouslyl be a sequel or follow up in the series. Don't think I'll go there.

    5. It is an interesting premise for a detective story. We have an arsonist who is torching schools in the Birmingham Alabama area. Obviously there are many questions to answer, the Who, What, Why are the most important. Agent Devereaux will put together a group to investigate and bring to justice the individual responsible.During the course of their investigation there will be other sub plots that come together, mainly to detail the "why" of the arsonists work.I gave the book three stars for a coup [...]

    6. In the Yin Yang symbol, the dark teardrop shape has a little white circle, while the white shape contains a corresponding dark circle. This is said to symbolize the fact that nothing is purely good or purely evil, but contains at least a little of both.Andrew Grant explores this theme in “False Friend”, his second novel featuring Birmingham, Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux. There's an arsonist on the loose, burning down empty schools. There's a murderer on the loose, killing well, they're [...]

    7. Andrew Grant just keeps getting better and better. I loved his first Detective Devereaux novel, False Positive (see my review here), and am delighted that he followed up with his latest, False Friend.Deveraux is an extremely interesting character and I love that Mr. Grant parcels out information in a small stream, encouraging us to want to know more. This is a man who has ghosts in his past and a wish for a brighter future.False Friend begins with an arsonist targeting schools in Birmingham Alab [...]

    8. Better than three stars, but rated it there because there were almost too many twists. I like surprises and switchbacks, but I also like to be able to follow it without having to keep score. Maybe my cold was fogging my head, but I'd have liked a little simpler story. There's an arsonist in Birmingham, Alabama, torching schools. So the question becomes whether he's doing it for revenge, coverup, insurance or the spectacle of it. Or? Well, a lot starts happening. Meanwhile, Cooper Devereaux, our [...]

    9. False Friend is a mystery with detective Cooper Devereaux. This character has had a rough life and has grown to be a partially responsible detective. Has trouble with relationships, but can solve crimes. It starts with an arsonist and ends with a blackmailer and a serial killer. Just another day in mystery novels. This one is unique in that our detective is wealthy and doesn't always work by the book. Did enjoy figuring out the who did what and was right on only one of the culprits. Look forward [...]

    10. Set in Birmingham Alabama, a detective is investigating fires at schools while dealing with a difficult personal life. He has reunited with a former girl friend and their daughter which he did not know about for 7 years. He is also dealing with a blackmailer that knows his dark secrets. Lots of interesting characters - kids do not come off well in this book. Ending leaves you wanting the next book.

    11. There is just something about Grant's writing style that doesn't work for me. I never get into a flow, and the dialogue seems really strange. But, he does a good job setting up the next book, so I will keep reading the series.

    12. I really enjoyed the story and just about couldn't put it down, but I think the pacing could use some work.

    13. False Friend by Andrew GrantDetective Cooper Devereaux series 2.5 starsFrom The Book: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 [...]

    14. FALSE FRIEND is a chilling mystery featuring Andrew Grant’s protagonist Detective Cooper Devereaux. Grant provides the detective’s backstory including details of his past relationships and his unorthodox methods of investigation. He helps readers understand Devereaux’s reputation for solving crimes. The suspense of the storyline has twists and turns pursuing an arsonist setting fires in buildings in Birmingham, Alabama. He creates strong support characters, giving readers their history and [...]

    15. GoodReads rating 1 star = I did not like it.It started off pretty promising as the writing was easy to read and get into. But the problem is that there are several POV's going on at the same time and too many characters. I think a plot/story has to stay focused so the reader can follow along easily. In this case one of the narratives was boring. Who is Diane McKinzie? Was she a character from book #1 I was supposed to know? But the characters were so flat and this narrative so unlikable that I j [...]

    16. Wow! I loved the first installment of the Cooper Deveraux series and this just kept the ball rolling. There were so many twists and turns and multiple storylines woven together. It was complex and interesting and I have so many questions! I know many will be answered in the next installment least I hope they will!! I can't wait to find out what happens next. Thanks for another great read, Mr. Grant!!

    17. This book did take a little time to get going but, boy. Once it did, it really snowballed. It does cast a questionable light on young people, and the ones in this story are really effed up. But, I think Andrew Grant has something going with this Cooper Devereaux series. I really look forward to the next installment.

    18. Great twists and turns, and an "I didn't see it coming" finale. CapRadio Reads hosts Andrew Grant in January to launch this thriller. Watch for more information at CapRadio/reads

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