Detective Jake Roberts went outside the law to capture the serial killer, Jared Hamilton. His superiors in Atlanta Homicide gave Jake a choice - retire, or face criminal prosecution. He decided to retire and move to LA with his Hollywood agent girlfriend Caitland. He writes best-selling crime novels. Caitland and Jake go to Phoenix to visit his childhood friend. Superstar comedian Bobby Goode has returned to where he started to do four shows. During his opening night show, Bobby humiliates a heckler. Later that night, Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina investigate a murder. Jake happens onto the crime scene the next morning and is asked to consult on the case. Jake and Wynter have growing suspicions about who the killer might be. They arrive to see Bobby's last show before he leaves for New York City.
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- Norma Miles
Not everyone is what they appear to be.
Bobby Goode, famous and much loved comedian, was back, performing where he started, in his home town of Phoenix. Jake Roberts, former L.A.cop, now author, is also in Phoenix, visiting his lifelong pal, Fred, a pilot. With their partners, Caitlyn and Andrea, the two friends enjoy the show and get to know, and like, Bobby. Meanwhile, Jake gets involved in a local case where the body of a man had been found in a burnt out car and gets to meet Pablo, the local, much feared gangster. Good story with excellent characterisation, which flows naturally, easy to follow, and has a feeling of veracity. The only counter to this is the strange inclusion in section 3, of the story of two doctorate researchers on a brief scholarship to Broadmore Secure Psychiatric Hospital in England, in particular focusing on Mackenzie, and her study of sociopaths and serial killers. This interlude breaks the continuity of the book and the two protagonists do not reappear.
The author is also the narrator, often a mistake, but in this case his voice is well suited to the story.and Mr.Stone reads with reasonable fluency and definite emotion. It's a nice performance although the quality of the recording keys it down somewhat, with a hollowness to the background. But overall, there is an easy naturalness to the narration.
A very enjoyable book, which puts more emphasis on people and how they feel than on the more gory aspects of murder. Although fairly short, it is nevertheless substantial and solid, giving more value than the time would suggest. This is the first of the author's works that I have read but it will definitely not be my last: I am already looking forward to book tour in the Jake Roberts serkes. My thanks to the rights holder of After the Goode, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Recommended to murder mystery fans.