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on Nov. 15, 2012 :
Reading “Crystal White” was a pleasant introduction to this author’s repertoire. I accidently stumbled on a promotion some time ago and I thank the author for providing a highly captivating story that entertained me for hours. Needless to say Mr. DeLee has won my heart and I will definitely read more of his work in future.
The reader is thrust into the plot right from the start as we shadow Special Agent Nick Lafferty leading a task force on a dangerous drug raid. With a mix of technical jargon in the narrative we follow his team as they try to bring down the notorious drug lord kingpin, Ruben Nazario.
During the final stage of the raid Nick gets a call from his wife, he agrees to call her back when he has a free moment. Nick’s wife and daughter are waiting for him on his boat in San Diego harbor and when he calls back he unknowingly triggers a device instantly killing his wife and child.
It doesn't take long for Nick to realise it was a set up and his emotions take control of him leaving the force with no alternative but to give Nick time to grief and get his life back on track. However while on compassion leave his only focus is on avenging his loss at any cost.
To compound his grief, Nick is called back to his roots in New York to settle his father’s estate. There he reconnects with a former partner Del Harley and learns Ruben Nazario’s drug “Crystal White” has spread to the east coast. They agree to pool their efforts and we are reeled back into another exciting hunt with no shortage of action and excitement.
“Crystal White” is a well-written novel that provides a captivating adventure into the crime detective world. The characters are down to earth and quite credible. The plotting is well paced with enough down time to savour the intimate moments and get ready for the next element of surprise. The suspense was quite satisfying and kept me guessing till the very last page.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 02, 2012 :
Crystal White by David DeLee proved to be an engaging and well-paced crime story from start to finish. There wasn’t too much that genuinely surprised me, but it was all written well enough to make it an enjoyable read. Some of the lesser characters felt underdeveloped and a bit on the stereotypical side, but the leads (Lafferty, Del, and Caitlin) resonated enough with me. There’s enough intrigue to keep some suspense around throughout the story. It all felt kind of familiar, but not enough to make me feel cheated. DeLee can tell a story quite well and I hope that he’ll only improve with each subsequent release.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)