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Foreign Deceit (David Wolf Book 1) Kindle Edition
The #1 International bestselling David Wolf Series starts here with this suspense-filled mystery taking you on a thrill-ride halfway around the world to Italy and back to the high country of Colorado.
Living in a ski resort town in the middle of the Colorado Rockies should be paradise, but deputy David Wolf is stretched thin hunting a missing person and dealing with his ex-wife coming back into the picture. All that trouble drops to the wayside, however, when he gets word his brother has died half a world away while traveling in northern Italy.
A nagging suspicion there's more to the story than officials are telling him is enough to pull Wolf from his volatile life to Lecco, Italy, a city along the shores of picturesque Lake Como. Five thousand miles from home in this place where Wolf struggles to even communicate with another soul, a disturbing secret awaits among the ancient cobblestone alleys, one that has already proven deadly to one foreigner.
With the aid of a Carabinieri agent with a chip on her shoulder, can Wolf piece together what really happened to his little brother without suffering the same fate?Foreign Deceit is the first of the 16-book David Wolf Mystery Thriller Series.
With twists and turns, memorable characters, action, suspense, mystery with pulse-pounding revelation, all amid breathtaking scenery, it's no wonder why the David Wolf Series is gaining such acclaim.
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“For fans of C.J. Box and David Baldacci, this will be a welcome series.”
“David Wolf is to Jeff Carson as Harry Bosch is to Michael Connelly. I highly recommend any in the series …”
“Jeff Carson belongs with the likes of Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, John Sandford, J.D. Robb, and Patricia Cornwell.”
“Honestly if you are not reading Jeff Carson, YOU NEED TO JUMP ON BOARD!”
“You can not put the books down, so please make sure you have plenty of time on your hands.”
From the Author
I enjoyed writing this first book so much, and wasn't prepared for how much stress it would cause as well (thank goodness for Prosecco). I probably would have felt more strain had I known the process wouldn't be done until a year later, when I was back in Colorado -- back where I had found myself longing for while writing that first version of the novel.
This is the first in what I intend to be a long line of mystery thriller books starring David Wolf and his friends in the department in the up-and-coming ski resort town of Rocky Points, Colorado. I hope it's as much of an adventure for you to read as it was for me to write.
- ASIN : B00AR5HWXQ
- Publisher : Cross Atlantic Publishing (October 26, 2013)
- Publication date : October 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2145 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 314 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 061595202X
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,564 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
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The story about a brother investigating his brother's reported suicide in a foreign country, where he did not understand the language kept my attention enough that I read it in a couple settings. In this story it is difficult to decide exactly who are the good guys and who are rather bad dudes until nearly the end.
Jeff Carson will be on my list of fav authors from now on. It's always lovely to find author you hadn't read before who becomes a tried and true faithful read. Keep writing Mr. Carson because I read faster than you can possibly write!
After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life (which I found kind of hard to buy) he is hit with the news that his brother (currently living in Italy) has committed suicide. Wolf can’t believe it and hops the next flight to claim his brother’s body and try to find out more from the Italian Carabinieri (police). Wolf arrives in Italy and is eventually teamed up with a local police officer who also happens to be gorgeous and speaks perfect English (bonus!) and starts working to find the truth. Needless to say there’s more to his brother’s death than he was told and soon Wolf is up to his neck in danger.
Overall I found “Foreign Deceit” just average. There are at least 14 books in this series so far, so somebody is reading them. Much of the story was pretty predictable except for a surprise twist near the end. In a sea of similar characters David Wolf doesn't really stand out enough to make me want to find out what happens to him next. Carson also provides more than a few eye-rolling lines of dialog in this book, here’s a sample:
“During the six years of his life as an army ranger, Wolf had been in the kind of physical shape only achieved by the likes of top professional athletes or an Olympian. Army ranger school was designed to kill the spirit of men, and Wolf had endured it.”
Okay, I never went to Ranger School but served with plenty of people who had and while most were in better than average shape I think Carson’s overselling it just a bit. His Amazon bio doesn’t mention any military service either so I’m not sure where he’s getting this stuff.
When first meeting with the Italian Carabinieri chief Wolf conducts himself pretty unprofessionally and gets into a physical altercation with three cops and is restrained. Sure he’s frustrated about his brother but for a guy with no language skills or resources who needs these people to help him his adversarial approach is kind of counterproductive. Other things that were sketchy was the use of a copper pipe as a murder weapon; copper is pretty soft and would bend easily unless the pipe was very thick- I’m not saying it’s impossible to strike a fatal blow with one but why not just go with tried and true lead? Later on Wolf gets the drop on a cop staking out his dwelling and somehow winds up with that guy’s gun but it’s never explained how he pulls that off. At least Wolf and Lia, the hot Carabinieri officer don’t hook up until the end, but you knew it was coming from the repeated tepid attempts to build some sort of sexual tension.
If I get desperate for reading material in the future then I may try another David Wolf mystery but for now, I’m good.
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It is well worth reading. The Police procedure is spot on.
I would not recommend and must be careful not to get another book about David Wolf nor indeed by Jeff Carson. Sorry Mr Carson.
I gave the others 4 stars too, but thought they were a little bit better than this one, which was
mostly set in Italy. The others are set in his home county.
Though David Wolf is anxious about the forthcoming vote to see if he or his loathed rival will
be made the new Sherrif, he has to jet off to Italy where his brother has been found dead. Wolf
refuses to believe his brother commited suicide and sets out to prove it was murder. He falls foul
of the senior Italian policeman, but is helped by a junior female officer who speaks good English.
He gradually pieces together the reason why his brother was murdered and who the culprits were,
though this puts him in danger.
Finally he returns to the USA in time to solve the mystery of the dead boy in the opening chapter and
for the outcome of the vote for Sheriff.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more about Wolf. There was no bad language or explicit