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Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense | [Adrian McKinty]

Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.
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Publisher's Summary

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican. She's Detective Mercado, a police officer from Havana, and she's looking for answers to her father's death. McKinty's live-wire prose is riveting, right up to a final, shocking conclusion.

©2009 Barron's Educational Series, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This amazing novel....has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, and thrills on almost every page. . . .This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009." - (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Once Were Cops)

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    Chuck Pompano beach, FL, USA 05-15-09
    Chuck Pompano beach, FL, USA 05-15-09
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    "What a bore!"

    Billed as novel of suspense. What a joke. No suspense. No interest. Boring. Tedious. Nothing happens. Tired of 2 and 3 word sentences.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 05-09-09
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 05-09-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting and well written"

    I agree with a previous reviewer - not many people to like in the book. That being said, it is well written, thought provoking and gets better as it goes. Worth sticking with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth San Francisco, CA, USA 10-27-09
    Elizabeth San Francisco, CA, USA 10-27-09
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    "Pointless..."

    is how I find the story of this book. I found it hard to identify with the 'heroine'...and yes, I realize it is because we come from different backgrounds and perhaps this is what the author was trying to get at. But I can't enjoy a book when I not only can't sympathize...I can't even empathize with the situation.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Howald 07-21-09
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    "Predictable and Implausible."

    I could not begin to understand what motivated the protagonist, and the timeline seemed absurdly implausible. This was the worst book I've listened to in ages.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rik in SE Southern United States 06-17-09
    Rik in SE Southern United States 06-17-09 Member Since 2013

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    "RikinSC"

    In 400 downloads, by far the worst! Buy something else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Marks Ennis Montana 05-16-09
    R. Marks Ennis Montana 05-16-09

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    "Deathly slow"

    The story was far from original. There was no real mystery. The only suspense was why the author took such a tedious path of explaining the ending which was actually the first chapter. I only completed the "listening" because I thought that with all the good ratings, the best was yet to come.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael portland, OR, USA 05-12-09
    Michael portland, OR, USA 05-12-09
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    "fifty grand"

    slow hard to catch a plot

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-03-09
    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-03-09
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    "Fifty Grand"

    This writer seems to have a very small vocabulary, all of it smut. I don't find this entertaining in any way and certainly not stimulating to the mind. If I'd taken this book from the library it would have gone back on about page 3.

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    Brent American Fork, UT, USA 07-07-09
    Brent American Fork, UT, USA 07-07-09
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    "Poorly written"

    It was very hard to get into the story. In some scenes, details don't match up with what's going on, which take away credibility. Overall, a very disappointing book that goes on and on.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Douglasville, GA, USA 05-26-09
    Sam Douglasville, GA, USA 05-26-09 Member Since 2011
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    "marginal"

    Not a bad story but the authors style is challenging.

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