Special Crimes Unit investigator Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye is attempting to solve a series of sexual assaults and running into dead ends at every turn. Finally, she has a break in the case - a witness. However, the one person who may help her bring a madman to justice is a victim herself. Rebecca must now convince the injured woman's physician to assist her, a task that will force both women to confront their own darkest fears. Amidst professional conflicts and a growing mutual attraction, the two women become reluctant allies in the battle to stop the perpetrator before he strikes again.
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I love the book and story!
Narration doesn't capture it for me. The voices are all the same and I don't feel that the characters come alive as in other narration's I have heard before.
I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.
As the first of the Justice books it introduces you to Rebecca Fry and Catherine Rawling::Hard boiled cop Rebecca and Dr Rawling hit it of as they class over the law and patient rights, It's almost love at first fight. I just love the way the writer let you get inside their heads and see Catherine over thinking every move like a psychiatrist would and then how Fries thinks like a cop does and how they both approach falling in love with the other. And how hard and fast they fall all to the background of finding this crazy serial killer/ rapist. And how they have to work together to do it. It's a great story and well read on audio, and Radclyffe is an amazing writer, can't be beat as a story teller,
After Fries partner dies and she shows at 4 am on Catherine's door step coming from the bar where she almost drank. And they first take and don't talk but communicate. It's a great scene and the desperation to connect and grieve is so there it sticks with you. .
I think she did A Matter of Trust which rocked my world and is wonderful and very well done. As is Shield and I am so glad I listened to this. I am excited to listen to the rest of the Justice series that I have lined up to listen to, but haven't gotten to yet. I am Hoping MS. Zajko does all of them.
Hard boiled Detective faces off with Doctor over case and it's love at first fight. OK so not so hot a tag line. It's Awesome Just shut up and Read it. Doesn't work any better,
This is the weakest of the Justice series and it's still awesome. But it sets up all the rest of the stories so without it the other stories have no ground work. And really it's a great story it's just that the other Justice stories are just so awesome. But this one is good too, if a little predictable in places. I think I like Watts best, I know Rebecca starts off hating him but I like how he has a Joe Friday rumpled suit thing going for him.
note: I'm writing this after reading through the whole series and a few others written by Radclyffe/LLRAND.
I have always had a few issues with Radclyffe novels. for one I dislike how firmly the line is drawn between the butches and femmes. most people aren't that cut and dry. also, and more importantly, I dislike how incredibly similar the butches are as far as personality goes. Frye, Sloan, Mitchell, Sara and Dee are basically the same person with slight variations. I also get the feeling that in the authors mind the butches are hermaphroditice or perhaps genderless is more accurate. they aren't really women until the sex scenes and even then it's a bit blurry with them. It's highlighted by the fact that they use gender nutral pronouns when referring to their significant others i.e. lover, mate, partner. and while partner usually indicates a same sex relationship it's very rarely used. Sloan is married to Michal and yet only once refers to her as her wife and Michal never refers to Sloan that way.
this theme is carried through most of Radclyffe books. I also find it interesting that the most natural feeling relationship is with mitch/Mitchell and Sandy. Sandy is repeatedly called girlfriend and they have more natural chemistry. and the drag king persona feels like the writer felt good writing the dichotomy.
Yikes, reading this can be compared to believing I was going to see a painting with at least some texture, color, imagination, and development and was sad to see a haphazard doodling of an afterthought. Not much to see here.
I have listened to the story at least three times. Loved it!! You care about the characters once you read the first chapter. Great story. Can't wait to read the second in the series.
the story is a mixture of a romance and crime drama. The romance is between a female police office who finds it hard to open up her emotions, and a physiologist. With the focus on a crime drama the two stories fit together, but I felt both seemed weak compared with other of her stories. Radclyffe does develop the crime drama well and demonstrates her strength in this genre. I did feel there as an edge missing from the emotional drama, and the soul searching is quickly passed through. The narrator Besty Zajko is clear and very good, there are some places where I felt the expression/tone did not match the actual dialogue. I guess this is an early radclyffe work, and it is good, but maybe not as good as later works of hers.
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