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The Deep Dark Descending de Allen Eskens
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The Deep Dark Descending (original: 2017; edição: 2017)

de Allen Eskens (Autor)

Séries: Max Rupert (4)

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"Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for. On a frozen lake near the US-Canadian border, he wrestles with a decision that could change his life forever, as his hatred threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent a career bringing to justice"--… (mais)
Membro:JCMB1937
Título:The Deep Dark Descending
Autores:Allen Eskens (Autor)
Informação:Seventh Street Books (2017), 285 pages
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This review is for the audiobook version of The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens. I have to say that the narrators for Eskens books have all been wonderful so far. This one is excellent. The voice works with the characters and the story and drew me completely in. The story was also very good and even though I didn't really like how this one played out in the end, I'm still a fan of Eskens books. They are very well written and I automatically read every one as it is released and have now started to collect the audiobooks and am working through his back list again.
I highly recommend! ( )
  sdbookhound | Aug 19, 2021 |
Synopsis/blurb ....

A homicide detective hunts down his wife's killers while struggling between his thirst for revenge and a twinge of conscience forbidding him to take the law into his own hands. Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife’s death, even when he believed that a reckless hit-and-run driver was to blame. Haunted by memories both beautiful and painful, he is plagued by feelings of unfinished business. When Max learns that, in fact, Jenni was murdered, he must come to terms with this new information—and determine what to do with it.

Struggling to balance his impulses as a vengeful husband with his obligations as a law enforcement officer, Max devotes himself to relentlessly hunting down those responsible. For most of his life, he has thought of himself as a decent man. But now he’s so consumed with anguish and thoughts of retribution that he finds himself on the edge, questioning who he is and what he stands for.

On a frozen lake at the US–Canadian border, he wrestles with decisions that could change his life forever, as his rage threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent his entire career bringing to justice.
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My take....

A murder investigation runs in tandem with some deep wrestling of conscience in Allen Eskens' enjoyable mystery, The Deep Dark Descending. Detective Max Rupert receives a tape recording of some unknowns discussing the murder of his wife, over four years ago and we're off and running.

An off-the-books murder investigation, a capable detective - still struggling to come to terms with his bereavement, new evidence, a concerned partner, another cold case, police enemies, Eastern European mobsters, strip clubs, prostitution, people trafficking, a dirty cop, a remote cabin in the wilderness, a pursuit, confrontation, a frozen lake, an ice hole, an interrogation, answers and a decision.

Busy, interesting, decent cast of characters and a bit of a moral quandary. How far do you push things in the search for justice? Is a revenge of sorts adequate redress, or too much?

Very good, a bit of a page turner. Like the others of his I've read, pretty damn satisfying.

4.5 from 5

Allen Eskens has been enjoyed several times before - The Life We Bury, The Heavens May Fall and The Shadows We Hide. There's a couple more of his waiting for me on the pile.

Read - May, 2021
Published - 2017
Page count - 288
Source - review copy from publisher
Format - paperback

http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/05/allen-eskens-deep-dark-descending-2017.html ( )
  col2910 | May 30, 2021 |
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Quite an easy read, more twists and turns than I expected so it definitely sucked me in. The characters didn't have time to build too much, but they were likeable and realistic. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
In The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens, homicide Detective Max Rupert is on quest for vengeance for his wife Jenni's killer but when he has the murderer in his grasp, will he fully exact his revenge?

Max has grieved the hit and run death of Jenni for the past four and a half years and he still keenly feels her loss. When his former friend, defense attorney Boady Sanden, hands him a file containing a recording of two men plotting her murder, Max leaves no stone unturned as he begins his hunt for her killers. Before he can begin delving into his wife's case, he and his partner Niki Vang must investigate a vehicle fire in which the remains of Pippi Stafford are discovered after her boyfriend, the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff Dennis Orton, reports the fire. The investigation quickly reveals Pippi was dead before the van was set ablaze so all eyes soon turn to Orton. Max is also rather curious about his boss, Lt. Emil Briggs' intense interest in the case and with no love lost between him and his superior, Max is determined to uncover the reason why.

With chapters weaving back and forth between a narrow three day window, the narrative flips back and forth between the two investigations in Minneapolis and Max's efforts to seek vengeance on Jenni's killers. The case involving Pippi and Orton is somewhat easy to solve. Once Max has a fairly solid hypothesis about what happened to Pippi, he uses the information to leverage answers about why Briggs' is so curious about the investigation.

The main focus of the storyline is Max's search for answers about Jenni's murder. With new details about the reason she was targeted, he is able to glean enough information from the last day of her life to know where to begin his investigation. Just when it seems he has hit a dead end, Niki provides invaluable information that breaks the case wide open. Once Max knows where to look, he soon zeroes in a suspect which in turn, leads him right to the person he is certain ordered Jenni's death. After he locates the suspect, Max then has to decide whether or not to carry out his plan to exact his revenge which presents an interesting ethical quandary for a man who has always been on the right side of the law.

The Deep Dark Descending is a riveting mystery that will leave readers on the edge of their seats as Max grapples with an unknown man in the bitter cold in an isolated part of the state. Allen Eskens skillfully presents an intriguing scenario in which Max must decide whether or not he can go through with his plan and if he can live with the aftermath of his decision. A very compelling novel that has plenty of tension as it wends its way to a stunning conclusion. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
There are, as with an novel, things that work to drive the story on, and those that could have been built on or left out entirely...but unfortunately neither happened here. This author uses an interesting plot to build momentum... alternating between the present, in which Rupert holds the man he believes killed his wife and unborn child to account in the middle of a frozen lake...and the past three days, in which he tracks down this man.

The character of the believed killer was unlikable, unbelievable, and very shallow. You really didn't care one way or the other if he lived or died and after a while you began to urge Rupert to come on and make that decision.

The bottom line is that Allen Eskens is a talented writer but this effort could have used a bit more action and a lot less narrative. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 9, 2018 |
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"Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for. On a frozen lake near the US-Canadian border, he wrestles with a decision that could change his life forever, as his hatred threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent a career bringing to justice"--

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