Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review ~ DEAD DROP by Jesse Miles

Dead Drop (A Jack Salvo Novel, #1)
by: Jesse Miles
Series:  Jack Salvo
Genre: Mystery
Release Date:  September 15, 2014
Source: Publisher ~ Jesse Miles Books

Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a community college, but he pays his bills working as a private detective in Los Angeles. An aerospace company hires him to investigate a small-time embezzlement. It’s a piece of cake – a direct route to the embezzler and client with deep pockets. The company assigns a pretty, quick-witted security expert named Lilith Lin to work with him.

Salvo is looking forward to a big paycheck and a possible date with Lilith, when another embezzlement and a pair of corpses expand his investigation into more perilous territory. As Salvo searches for answers, from the bland L.A. suburbs to the tawdry sparkle of the Sunset Strip, he is grilled by suspicious LAPD detectives, punched in the face by a dazzling TV actress, and stalked by cold efficient killers.

Salvo’s investigative options are running out when he observes a mysterious exchange of information at a “dead drop” in a canyon near Beverly Hills. From there he descends into a labyrinth of espionage, kidnapping and murder orchestrated by a brilliant, perverted psychopath. Jack’s life and Lilith’s are at stake, as are stealth technology secrets that could impact national security.

Dead Drop was both intriguing and funny.  Jackson “Jack” Salvo is a Los Angeles Private Detective that is not short on sarcasm and intelligence.  He is hired by an Aeronautics company to figure out who has been embezzling from the company.  Jack’s reputation as an “ass” precedes him.  He is cocky, philosophical, and a modern day Mike Hammer.  Jack is very detailed and thorough.  His descriptions of Southern California while he is pursuing his investigation help to draw you right in.  The way that he deadpans is just plain funny.  He’s no Romeo but he does manage to charm one of the company’s employees that is helping with the investigation.  In addition, there were several gruesome deaths.

Since Dead Drop is a mystery, I can’t give out too much details.  I will say that the investigation goes back several years and uncovers some connections that I did not see coming.  Embezzlement is only the tip of the iceberg.  Espionage becomes the main focus and Jack manages to overturn every stone.  In addition, I learned a few things about early philosophers.  Jack is also a part-time professor with actual office hours.  That’s an interesting combination.  The fact that his father was killed in the line of duty as a police officer and his mother committed suicide when he was a young boy just makes him that much more fascinating.  Jack is a real character that carries out his investigation with precision even when he is faced with imminent danger.  You would have thought that he was former military.

I really enjoyed this character and look forward to hearing about his other endeavors.

**Copy received courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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