One Promise Too Many

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
For his first case, Detective Roger Stark has 42 hours to find a kidnapped child, but his adversary plays by a different set of rules and continually raises the stakes until someone has to pay the price. More

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About Rick Bylina

Rick Bylina lives with his wife, Carrie, and their 20-year-old cockatiel, Sydney, near Apex, North Carolina. Ongoing corporate downsizing convinced him to tap into his passion. He scribbled down any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, "One Promise Too Many", the first in a series featuring Detective Roger Stark. Writing happens spontaneously between housework, gardening, cooking, fishing, and wrestling alligators.

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Terri Risdon reviewed on on Oct. 9, 2011

This is a terrific mystery! I love Roger Stark and I'm so glad this is the beginning of a series. Twists and turns, and surprises through-out the book await the reader. Can't recommend this new book and author highly enough!
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)
Beth Camp reviewed on on Sep. 22, 2011

One Promise Too Many follows the attempts of newly appointed, red-haired Detective Roger Stark as he tracks down clues to find a missing girl – and exactly who murdered the wife of a prominent businessman. As the mystery unfolds, expect conflict. Stark’s training and his innate tendancy to heroism cause him to protect a prime suspect who struggles with schizophrenia, and Bylina’s writing skills twist the story and add depth to the characters with insight and sensitivity. I liked the good guys and the bad guys in this story, brought to life with telling details. There might just be another book about Detective Stark. Bring him on!
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Ron D. Voigts reviewed on on Aug. 13, 2011

Junior Detective Roger Stark shines in "One Promise Too Many" as he keeps the investigation on track in a race against time to save a kidnapped girl. Author Rick Bylina presents an empathetic, but no-nonsense detective ready to do what it takes to save 5-year-old Shelly before it’s too late. With tough action and mounting plot twists, I give this gripping police procedural my five-star stamp of approval.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Walter Thompson reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2011

I loved how Rick Bylina has cast regular people as the key characters in his fast moving forty-two hour mystery. Detective Stark is not the typical high powered gun toting law enforcement officer with uncanny reasoning skills. Stark and his partner are often led the wrong way and must delve the truth from their wide ranging clues. I look forward to Stark's next case.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Gabriella Papic reviewed on on Aug. 10, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed One Promise Too Many. I'm a huge police procedural fan, and I was reminded of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series as I quickly became absorbed in the details of the story.

Richard Bylina's novel hits all the right notes: instant action, real-world characters, smart dialogue, and deft pacing that makes the reading experience deeply satisfying right through to the nail-biting finish.

I'm looking foward to reading the next story in the series.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Peter Bernhardt reviewed on on Aug. 6, 2011

Rick Bylina has created a memorable character in Detective Roger Stark whose desperate race against time to save a kidnapped girl will grip the reader from start to finish. Stark not only must work with a new partner who has his own issues, but he must also overcome his own past as a cop who failed to prevent a boy's drowning and a murder. Bylina has made the detective so human and likeable that the reader will instantly pull for him as the twists and turns of the fast moving plot keep Stark and his partner off balance. The characters are vividly drawn, the settings are well painted, and the story line advances at breakneck pace toward a climactic finale. Bylina is a master at creating tension, conflict and drama without having to resort to gratuitous violence and obscenities. If you like a story that compels you to turn the page, this book is for you.
Peter Bernhardt, Author: The Stasi File - Opera and Espionage: A Deadly Combination, Quarter Finalist 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Sequel: Teya's Kiss.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
AshleyMemory reviewed on on Aug. 6, 2011

A self-described scapegoat whose hesitation may have let a killer escape, junior Detective Roger Stark is determined to keep a growing list of promises—including a vow to rescue a kidnapped 5-year old girl named Shelley. The fast-paced world he must navigate includes an unusual assortment of potential villains—a schizophrenic, a femme fatale, even Shelley’s own father, a greedy CEO caught in a hotbed of financial intrigue. The action and plot twists escalate until it’s sink or swim for Stark, who finds himself fighting both villain and nature in the vortex of a grinding whirlpool. It’s a fast and gritty tale that will ensnare you from the beginning and have you counting the days until Bylina’s next, A Matter of Faith, is finally released. -- Ashley Memory, author of Naked and Hungry
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
EdithParzefall reviewed on on Aug. 1, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed following Roger Stark's efforts to find a kidnapped child and redeem himself. Unexpected but credible twists and turns hooked me from the start. As Rick Bylina weaves his intricate plot he thwarts reader expectations without mercy and great skill. If you think you've read it all, you're wrong. Happy guessing!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Shelia Rudesill reviewed on on July 31, 2011

A spellbinding page-turner! Rick Bylina has created a menagerie of believable characters in realistic circumstances. I look forward to future escapades with Detective Roger Stark.
Shelia Bolt Rudesill, Author: Child of My Heart
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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