September 15, 2014

Book Review: Sendoff for a Snitch (A Jesse Damon Crime Novel)

Sendoff for a Snitch (A Jesse Damon Crime Novel) by KM Rockwood
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: August 22, 2013
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Book Description:

Everybody knows snitches get stitches. Or worse.

After years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse's trying to make it on the street, but nothing comes easy. He's always broke and the police figure he's a natural suspect for almost anything, even without Aaron trying to set him up.

Jesse can't catch a break. His forklift at work is wrecked. His sometimes-girlfriend is furious with him. His basement apartment has a few feet of water in it. And it's still raining.

Wait until his parole officer finds out he's been caught driving Aaron's pickup truck. Without a license. That alone might violate his parole and send him back to prison. Then when Aaron's body is found floating in the flooded stairwell of his apartment, prison looks like a forgone conclusion, unless Jesse can manage to steer the police in another direction.

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There are many things that I like about this book.

The author’s use of the weather as a major element in this story is well done. Throughout the book, the author engaged all my senses with the vivid descriptions. Even though I read Send off for a Snitch during the hot days of summer, I still felt the need to wrap up in a soft quilt and sip on a cup of hot tea as I got caught up in the cold storm of this story and the aftermath it left.

I liked the fact that Jesse Damon isn’t someone with special skills or a bigger than life hero, but an ordinary person who made a bad decision when he was a teenager that sent him to prison for 20 years and left him on parole dealing with the issues that come with it.

As Jesse deals with the curveballs that life continues to throw at him – many which could send him back to prison, he could have come across as a victim, but the author never lets that happen. Instead Jesse proves himself to be someone who knows how to adapt and survive whatever is thrown at him. He is a caring person who puts the needs others in front of his own.

There also some great secondary characters.

However, there are a few things that I didn’t care for in this book.

For a murder mystery, I felt more time could have been spent on mystery part of this story. Also, I felt a bit cheated at the somewhat abrupt ending. I don’t think the ending will be a problem for all readers, because I personally know several people who would have no problem with it, but I think there are some readers who like me would like to see a little more to this book.

Overall, I would recommend Send off for a Snitch to anyone who likes character--driven stories. This book can be read without reading the previous books in the series, but if you may want to read the previous books first.

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