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A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?
When two more massacres decimate the Brookses' ranks, Buddy's hunt narrows. But his challenges grow as power, money, and secret crimes from the family's past stand in the way. With Ben more and more at risk, Buddy steps closer to the edge, forcing a relentless killer to become more brazen, brutal, and cunning. Saving the boy will put all of Buddy's skills to the test...and risk the lives of everyone he loves.
©2017 James Tucker (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 10-23-17

Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It

Wow! What a good book this is! Once again I am astounded that this is a debut by an unknown author. In my opinion this is author has written the beginning of a potentially great series.
In this book there are four brothers. They own a company that GE would like to buy for an exorbitant amount of money. All four must agree but two hold out. First one family is slaughtered with an axe minus a 10 year old boy, Ben. In the killers second attempt to kill Ben, he kills the wife of the attorney who has temporary custody of Ben. Then another brother and his family.
The investigator, Buddy Lock decides to take Ben home with him to keep him safe. When Ben is left with Buddy's girlfriend they are attacked but get away.
In the course of the investigation Buddy learns that the family, originally from Germany, took advantage of Jews by purchasing priceless works of art for what amounted to theft. Is a survivor coming after the brothers and their families because of who they descended from ? Or does this have something to do with GE?
Meanwhile , the relationship between Buddy, his now fiancé Mei and Ben has become so close. They have unintentionally made each other their family.
There are a few twists throughout and the ending will knock your socks off!!
Christopher Lane does a fantastic job narrating, his delivery is spot on!
And with kindle unlimited I got this book for $1.99!!!!!
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 11-22-17

Sins of the grandfather?

A brutal series of gruesome murders are quickly eliminating one the country’s wealthiest families. A 10 year old boy miraculously escapes the slaughter of his family and now must put his life in the hands of a NYC detective.

A couple of things kept me riveted to this book. The characters of the boy, detective and the detective’s girlfriend seemed extremely familiar and believable to me. Second, it takes great police work to solve a very unique mystery.

Definitely worth a credit, or if you are a Prime member it’s really cheap!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 08-05-18

This Tucker Doesn't Whet the Appetite!

I really wanted to like Buddy Lock, both because I delight in finding new authors and the premise for him sounded interesting in Tucker’s debut novel. Sadly for me there were too many weaknesses in this to make it very enjoyable even though I’m normally happy to give authors plenty of creative license. The story opens with the brutal and gory murder of a family during a New year’s celebration and is certainly fast-paced throughout. If you can overlook the things that bothered me you may well enjoy it.

However, while I quite liked a lot about the Buddy character the way that he and his behaved was very shallowly slave to the plot. Buddy develops an undying fatherly love for a boy he spends scant hours with and while claiming that certain people meant everything to him he continually put them at obvious and unrealistic levels of risk. There is a lot of woodenness in the other characters too, his girlfriend asks “Is there any danger?” and believes Buddy when he says “no”. She then doesn’t bat an eyelid when he moves furniture to block the door to her apartment and gives a ten year old boy a lesson in the various dirty techniques involved in self-defence . . . We all draw the line at different points when it comes to the amount of realism we need in our books and I’m afraid for this kind of book Tucker crossed mine.

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