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Conrad Jestmore has published short stories, poetry and non-fiction in numerous journals and anthologies. "River of Death" is his first novel. He has earned gainful employment as a welfare case worker in the mountains of California, an elevator operator when elevators still had them, a bartender, a paint warehouse stocker, a USO performer and a high school teacher. He is a Reiki Master, and currently teaches Reiki classes and heals both humans and animals in his central Kansas Reiki practice.
on Nov. 19, 2011 :
Author Conrad Jestmore's River of Murder, reminiscent of the "Rockford Files," is populated with outwardly simple but inwardly complex characters, all unique and interesting. It's one of those mysteries that pulls you in and makes you feel like you're riding along in the passenger's seat as James Garner tracks down the bad guys around LA in his Pontiac Firebird Esprit—but Jimmy O'Reilly drives a pickup and his bad guys are mostly in and around small town Chisholm, Kansas.
Jestmore's writing is smooth and casual, the plot full of twists and the dialogue realistic and fun.
The story opens with Jimmy O'Reilly's elderly mentor and friend turning up dead from a suspicious farm accident. It's a tragedy for the former detective and PI, but the fun is only beginning for us mystery lovers.
This is a fast and fun read that will keep you guessing until the end as Jestmore guides you through the twists and turns as skillfully as James Rockford doing his famous "J-turn" turnaround. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)