The Concrete Kiss

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case and for his honesty Danes is exiled to the Cold Case Squad where Danes becomes obsessed with finding the real killer whom the Deputy D.A.’s scheme has allowed to run free. More
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I used to write under the name "David Alexander" but there were several other writers using that name and publishers and agents confused me with them, so I now use the pen name, "David Grace." My first published novel was "The Chocolate Spy" followed by "Fane" then "My Real Name Is Lisa" then "The Eyes Of The Blind."

I have re-titled Fane as "The Accidental Magician"; re-titled "My Real Name Is Lisa" as "Stolen Angel" and re-titled "The Eyes Of The Blind" as "True Faith." All are available at Smashwords, Amazon, and other ebook sellers.

All of my novels are available in trade paperback editions at for $9.99.

My favorite books that I wrote are "The Concrete Kiss", "Death Never Sleeps", "Death Never Lies", "Death Doesn't Care", "Shooting Crows At Dawn", "A Death In Beverly Hills", "True Faith", "Easy Target", and "Doll's Eyes" more or less in that order but the order changes from day to day. I think the best SF stories that I have written are the Tramp stories contained in SF Stories Volume 1.

I have had several Sci Fi stories published in Analog Magazine and two crime stores published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am a long-time member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

The legendary SF author (and friend) Jack Vance named a planet after me in "The Face" and named a lawgiver after me in "Night Lamp."

I shared a story credit (with two others) for the Outer Limits episode "Joy Ride" which starred Cliff Robertson.

My most recent novel is "The Wrong Side Of A Gun" set for release on March 1, 2016. My previous book was "Death Doesn't Care."

I often write screenplays based on my books as well as stand-alone screenplays. I have written screenplays for: "The Concrete Kiss"; "True Faith"; "Death Never Sleeps", "Stolen Angel"; "A Death In Beverly Hills", "Doll's Eyes","The Traitor's Mistress", "Daniel" and "Etched In Bone."

I have also written the non-novel related screenplays: "Dreamboat" romantic comedy; "Champion's Season" (comedy); "First Starship" (G-rated adventure).

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Reviews of The Concrete Kiss by David Grace

Lyssa Layne reviewed on Dec. 3, 2013

The book started off a little slow. The first main conflict was solved fairly quickly. It seemed like there were a lot of side stories that were eventually all tied together. You really had to stay on your toes to make sure that you were keeping everything straight. I did enjoy how it gave you different perspectives from all the different characters. The title was finally tied into everything in the last couple chapters.

I enjoyed the book and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. There was lots of action and characters to follow so it was easy to keep reading. I would've liked there to have been more follow-up with the characters after all the bad guys were caught. This book could have potentially been made into two books. I also think this would make a great series following all the cold cases.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Stephanie Wolf reviewed on Aug. 7, 2013

Detective Ned Danes had the lucky job of cold cases. Those crimes that were never solved, with so little to go on, but had families that needed closure and to know the truth.

FBI Agent Phillip Abbott had seen a lot in his day, but the horrific crimes of a family serial killer ripped his heart when it happened to a family with an autistic girl named Jessica. When her family is murdered, Phillip and his wife adopt her.

So when they teamed up to solve the serial killer murders, and went a touch out of bounds in order to try to capture him, you could not have asked for a better team. This killer was cold, calculated and had no remorse for his victims, it was just a job he was paid to do.

While they are on the hunt for the killer, running as a separate side line was a cold case of abducted girls. Little clues to help solve this case.

What could have been split into two books, maybe one as a number two in a series, was crammed into one book. The majority is based on the serial killer, with small references to the abducted and raped girls case. While the characters will keep you interested, and it is a thriller to be sure, it probably might have been better staying with one of the story lines rather than try to merge them together.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Susan Slomski reviewed on Oct. 31, 2012

The Concrete Kiss by David Grace is one of those books that once I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. I found it extremely interesting and the suspense was great. It sort of reminded me of a bad cop/good cop type of situation but it was so much more than that. It in a way was two stories in one, Ned Danes trying to find the real killer and then there is the story of FBI Agent Phillip Abbott who is trying to find who killed his adopted daughter Jessica's parents. I don't want to write any spoilers and you can read the Author's Overview yourself so there is no need for me to repeat it but what I can tell you is that these stories are related and it all comes together. It may sound confusing but believe me it isn't, it does have a lot going on which of course has me turning page after page to see what happens next but it wasn't confusing at all.

The characters were developed well. I felt a connection with the main character, Ned Danes, rather quickly. This homicide detective stood up for what he knew was right and it cost him a 'promotion' right into the basement as head of the 'cold cases.' Then his determination plus standing for his principles really made me cheer him on. Not only was Ned's character totally developed but all the characters were developed nicely. Then there is Walter Plackman who is developed toward the end of the story in such a way that made a very large impact. I like the way the author lead me up to that point with the suspense building then finally the climax. I thought that was done effectively.

This is one story filled page after page of exciting action, suspense, and mystery that is sure to keep you up and reading long past your bedtime.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Dorothy May Mercer reviewed on Oct. 16, 2012

This is the first book I have read by David Grace. I read a lot of books by new authors. Not all are good. This one was the exception. If you enjoy a good cop thriller, you will like this book. It has mystery, suspense, serial killers, beautiful young women as victims, plenty of twists and surprises, and a cop that won't quit until he gets his man. The autistic young woman, as heroine, who is rarely verbal, but communicates on her computer is a nice addition, giving us a rare glimpse into the thought process of an autistic person.
Dorothy May Mercer, Author and Publisher
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Karen Lee Benton reviewed on Oct. 15, 2012

This is also my first David Grace, but it won't be the last.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Kay reviewed on Oct. 14, 2012
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This is the first book by David Grace that I have read. But it won't be the last. The two story lines are good and I couldn't put it down. Ned, who is after a serial killer of young girls, is a straight shooter who follows the letter of the law to do what is right. And Phil, after a contract hitman, will do anything to get his man. Their common area is they both want the killers off the streets.
It is a great read, just what I needed to give my mind a break from work.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Ruth Ann Hixson reviewed on Oct. 2, 2012
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The Concrete Kiss
By David Grace

David Grace's novel The Concrete Kiss is two books in one. One plot is of a serial killer who kidnaps young women and tortures them before he kills them. Det. Ned Danes attempt to find him with some bizarre twists and delays as he tries to help FBI Agent Phillip Abbott, who helped Danes out of jam. Abbott and his adopted seventeen-year-old daughter are trying to find the serial killer who killed Jessica's parents, her brother and her sister.
Jessica is autistic and uses a computer to communicate. From the age of twelve when her family was killed, Jessica uses the computer to hack into companies, organizations and government computer programs in an effort to find the killer.
When Phil reaches the FBI's mandatory retirement age he forced to take an extended leave of absence to use up his vacation time. He contacts Danes to help him find the killer. Danes takes a leave of absence from his job and together the go after the killer. While Phil is ready to risk it all to find him and kill him, Danes insists on working within the law. They have many arguments about what procedure they will use to find the killer. Jessica uses her computer to search cyberspace to find him.
They track him in Rochester, New York, and Phil gets shot in a parking lot gun battle. He ends up in the hospital and the killer gets away. Danes tracks him to an airport, and just before the killer gets in his plane, he pulls his gun and Ned shoots him. After Ned gets through talking to the police, he goes back to his old job and Phil goes home.
Ned still has to find his own serial killer. Through a strange twist of events, a girl that the killer had kidnapped and she escapes from his van but her head hits the road and she is in a coma. When she wakes up....I don't want to spoil the end of the story for you.
This is a well written book with a lot of excitement that will keep you reading past bedtime. Have a happy read.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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