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Publisher's Summary

Jack "Mac" McCrae is about to retire. Without children or any family, he looks back over his career and his life and finds himself wondering what, if any, impact he's had on this world. Then a young woman reappears with a photograph of her mother - and his old lover - and an unknown child that might be her sister and his daughter.

Mac agrees to accompany her to a small town in Oregon to get to the bottom of this mystery. Who is the little girl in the photograph? Is she his daughter? And where is she now?

But Mac discovers that no one in this small town wants to answer or even acknowledge these questions. He will have to find a way to overcome the stranglehold that the Tate family has on the town and work his way to the truth about who the little girl is, even if it kills him.

©2012 Frank Zafiro (P)2013 Frank Zafiro

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Great Noir Narration

Narration was great, added to this noir story. As a noir plot was well done. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Wow This was a book better than expected!!

Would you consider the audio edition of At this Point in My Life to be better than the print version?

I would as the narrator gave life to these characters in a book that could otherwise be mundane at times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of At this Point in My Life?

I would like to say but that would ruin the book. Listen to it yourself and you will not regret it.

What does Brandon McKernan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brandon McKernan brings life to the characters and is a technician of words and emotions. I really felt like I was Mack and could not stop listening to this story. I never thought I could make time for nearly six straight hours for a book. Thank you Brandon for taking me on the journey!!

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A retired cop's next steps

What legacy will we leave when we retire? Will our post-career life be more important than the job?

A good cop, driven by the victim's needs, retires to an aimless, quiet life. A phone call offers an opportunity to invigorate his legacy.

This narrator does an excellent job of delivering the story and emotions of the characters.

The author always let's us remember dark motivations of some powerful people. The story reminds us that authority is different from power. And that children don't have to follow the path of their parents. Yet, troubled parents leave their children no path to follow.

While Ithere was a natural momentum, and a hope to pull us through the narrative, I wish the main character was less mediocre. Perhaps in the next installment, he leverages his new life to leave a stronger legacy.

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Modern Noir Done Right

In the first place I should point out that I love this particular narrator, Brandon McKernan is great, and he's perfect for this particular story.

The story itself is very much in the Noir tradition. We meet the hero, Mac, on his last day on the job as a police detective, and he's a sympathetic everyman from the first line of dialogue. While he is still getting used to being retired, a mysterious figure from his past shows up and asks for his help in a very cold case.

From that point on, it's pure Pulp Thriller. Not the pastiches you see that are trying to be "Pulp", but the genuine article. I was reminded of Donald Westlake's early work like Killing Time and 361. Mac finds himself going up against a very powerful man in a dirty little town who will stop at nothing to keep the past dead and buried.

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  • 06-29-21

Really enjoyable

One of the highlights of my last couple of years reading has been the discovery of author Frank Zafiro. I've enjoyed his Charlie 316 series, co-authored with Colin Conway (another fabulous find) as well as some of his standalone works. At This Point in My Life from nearly a decade ago was another enjoyable outing.

A detective retires and we spend the last day on the job with him. We see that he was a plodder, a capable detective but not exactly a fire-starter. A few weeks into retirement and a voice from his long past connects with him. Soon, Jack McCrae is reluctantly involved in the hunt for a missing girl - maybe more of a voyage of discovery as opposed to an active missing persons case. He's tempted by the possibility that the missing child could well be his daughter and Rachel's sibling. Rachel has been stonewalled when presenting the picture of the girl and Rachel's own mother to her uncle, demanding an explanation.

Jack and Rachel head to Oregon for answers and things get more interesting.

Small town mystery, small town corruption, a small town big shot, small town power, small town secrets and silence, small town bullies, small town fear. Outsiders, questions but no answers, a buy off attempt, a refusal and an escalation. I liked McCrae's investigation. I liked the butting of heads with the local king pin. I liked McCrae's hard headedness in the face of intimidation and violence. I enjoyed the persistence of him and Rachel. Eventually, they wheedle out a small nugget of information and after that the dam bursts. Answers, but no happy endings.

I liked the fact that there wasn't a Disney-esque ending. Life doesn't always give you what you want. There was a realism to the outcome which went well with all we had learned throughout the book. Another winner from Frank Zafiro.

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Read - (listened to) June, 2021
Published - 2012
Page count - 277 (6 hrs 1 min)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible