Hail Mary (Jim Knighthorse #3)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Private investigator Jim Knighthorse finds himself on the trail of his mother's killer, a cold case spanning two decades. While on the hunt, he takes on a brutal case that takes him into shark-infested waters and deep into the heart of Mexico. All the while, Knighthorse comes closer and closer to finding his mother's killer...and there's going to be hell to pay.

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Words: 39,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466069763
About J.R. Rain

I live in a small house on a small island with my dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. I will be publishing a slew of my novels over the next few years, so stop by often and check out what's new.

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Reviews

Review by: Tracy Blackmore on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Enjoyable continuing of this series. A real light series to pass a rainy afternoon or two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ann Somerville on Jan. 05, 2012 :
A mostly satisfying ending to the arc concerning Jim Knighthorse's mother's murder, where Jim deals with his demons a little more effectively than he has in the past. He's still drinking, which is realistic, but he's much more aware of his behaviour now, which makes him a rounded and even more sympathetic hero. His girlfriend, though important to the character, makes little impact in this story, but then it's all about Jim this time. It has to be.

Niggles - the mystical/religious element is a bit squirm-making at times, even though it is emotionally compelling, and leads to an overly sentimental ending at odds with the gruesome resolution of the murder mystery and the very gruesome details of animal abuse in the story. (Seriously, if you're squicked by animal cruelty, this could be a very difficult story to read, though the author is only shining the light on a real issue.)

Like Samantha Moon, Jim prefers vigilante to legal justice, and though in his situation, it may have made the only sense there could be, it's a somewhat disturbing trend in the author's books I hope he doesn't continue, and is the reason for the lower rating. I'd just like to see one of Rain's champions not take the law into their own hands in every case.

The writing is good, though the action and scenes jump all over the place like crazy making it hard to track the plot. As representative of Jim's scattered thinking and chaotic life, I didn't find it too disorientating, but I can see it being an issue for some readers.

Jim Knighthorse is a damaged, decent man and a truly wonderful, fallible hero. I'll be eagerly watching for the next book in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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