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Zada Leon was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her family moved inland to El Cajon when Zada was 7, where Zada grew up and graduated from High School. Her favorite subjects in school were history, english, and creative writing, which she excelled in. She has always enjoyed writing and is, of course, also an avid reader.
Zada is the daughter of a female San Francisco police officer who later went on to become a private investigator. While Zada was still of elementary age, her mother joined the Worldwide Church of God, sometimes referred to as a cult. Zada was a family member, in this still controversial organization, until her early twenties, when she rebelled and left the organization.
Both during college, and her marriage, Zada lived and traveled extensively to England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Mexico and Tunisia and about half a dozen states in the United States. In fact, her first year of college was spent in England, which she loved.
She now lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she is raising her daughter, who is in college studying criminal justice and psychology. Her daughter’s father was a Federal Law Enforcement officer, giving Zada yet more insight into the world of law enforcement.
on May 14, 2011 :
In this first novel of a planned series, Zada Leon introduces us to Lead Detective Alexandra Hunter and her crack team of criminal investigators. Finding a serial killer on their turf, the team focuses on solving a string of grisly sexual mutilation murders. With no clues, and a murderer of skillfully gruesome precision on the loose, each of the group struggles with their own personal secrets, while doing the job they both love and loathe.
Reading this novel to the end brought me a good deal of satisfaction and a longing for more. Alexandra Hunter is a woman of rare conviction, someone who does the hardest of jobs more out of obligation than of necessity. Her team is fiercely loyal and dedicated, but do they really know one another as well as they think? The author skillfully draws the reader in, revealing only bits and pieces at a time, as to the 'how and why' of each character. As in every good thriller, clues abound and some are quite misleading. The reader is compelled to the very finish - and may be quite surprised at the final outcome.
Because there is more to be discovered in each of these characters, more intrigue in Hollywood to be probed, and because crime is forever rampant in any city, I will watch for the next novel in this series with anticipation. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys strong woman characters, crime thrillers in general & mystery novels of any sort. A fine debut effort by Zada Leon - I really look forward to the next chapter!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on April 23, 2011 :
I found this book to be one that is hard to put down. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Zada did a great job with her first book and I am anxiously awaiting the next one. I can't wait to see what is in store for Alexandra. This book is definately worth reading.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on April 21, 2011 :
I'm not much of a mystery reader. Often when I do read one, I'll wind up tossing it aside after a few chapters as it doesn't really catch my interest.
Well, this book was definitely different. It actually had me wanting to know what was going to happen next, and how various things tied together. Zada dropped what were some fairly obvious clues to some things, or at least I THOUGHT she had! By time I finished the book I found that I was right about a couple things, but very wrong on others.
For a first effort, this is a good book. It'll be interesting to see what else she has in store for Alexandra and her team in the future. I may have actually found a mystery series I'll want to follow. (Not to mention wondering what the heck she may wind up doing with the cliff hanger ending!)
Fair disclosure time tho. Zada is a personal friend, so I did give this book more of a chance than I might have otherwise. All the same, Zada and I have known each other long enough that we're pretty straight with each other, so she knows that I'd say if it wasn't all that great a book or needed improvement.
If mysteries are your thing, this is definitely worth reading!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)