When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged ex-cop California "Cal" Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.
Loose Ends is the first book in the new P. I. mystery series from D. D. VanDyke, a pen name of veteran bestselling technothriller author David VanDyke. Set against the rich backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Cal Corwin novels brim with intrigue and fully fleshed characters from cops and criminals to hit men, family and unexpected allies.
©2014 D. D. VanDyke (P)2014 D. D. VanDyke
Story isn't what makes this a great audiobook, it's the characters and San Francisco's seedier nightlife setting. A savvy, sexy first-person female PI who gambles, loves cars , has daddy issues and keeps a shotgun in the trunk of her car? I want to meet this babe! Terrific, throaty narration, very well recorded, lots of fun characters from seedy to lowlife to a self-styled prince charming Aryan Brotherhood drug lord creep. Needs to be longer, which might also fix the unfinished feel of the story complained about in some reviews. Overall, a solid B/B+ effort. I'd probably spend a credit on another if there were more in the series, just to hear Cal pillow talk about her car some more, LOL.
Good fast paced detecting. Great reader, I found a fun new voice, reading an enjoyable listen, with a strong woman Detective. Yes.
The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey
Though this book was egregiously slow in spots I really liked it. As for the the characters, they are really great; particularly the protagonist. Cali Corwin is tough, smart, ballsy and has more testosterone that most men. I also liked her mom, Sergei and the tech geek Mickey. I plan the next book in the series really soon.
What a fun character! I like serious mysteries, and the best ones always have a terrific and unusual main character. Somebody we haven't seen before. Enter Cal Corwin. Ex San Francisco cop, smart, tough, even a little gritty, ethnical but not goody-two-shoes, a quarter Japanese, a quarter Mexican, and female. A true California character! I read some reviews on Amazon that said they didn't like that some things in the story were unresolved. Duh, it's called Loose Ends, so I think we can expect that. All the "loose ends" felt like things that were going to carryover and maybe grow in the next book or the book after that. You really get the feeling that this is the start of a series, a whole world, and I had a great time with it. Also, I've enjoyed this narrator on some other books and I think this might be my favorite. It felt like she IS Cal Corwin, with some other fun characters for good measure. (Micky her sidekick tech genius, Jay her ex-partner, Haight-Ashbury hippy mom and others, without giving away any spoilers). I hope the series grows quickly and that future books are maybe a little longer. I want more!
The storyline was not the best I've read, but was decent, even good. Until I was left hanging at the end. I enjoyed following Cal through the case, although some of her details she included weren't fully explained...it was as if the reader/listener was supposed to be already aquainted with her background. That quirk in the story I got over, but not as easy to get over being dropped at the end of the story when the book was suddenly over. I even went back over it to see if I had missed something. Maybe Audible abridged it without knowing it 😉
"a great balance of complexity mystery & fluidity"
A well structured story which flows and gains sympathy for the pi on the way.
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