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Shortly after Jim takes the case, she is found dead. In exactly the same place Jim's little brother was found dead twenty-two years ago. Suddenly, the case has a whole new meaning. As Jim investigates, another death occurs, unrelated to the other two, except for the fact that it, too, is discovered in the same location, with a similar MO. In a lot of ways, this book is a huge downer, very depressing. This is because of Jim's condition, and the inevitable outcome.
He is weak, sometimes so weak that he can't even draw breath and fears suffocation. Numi cares for him a great deal, and has no qualms about expressing his disdain toward people who would drain Jim's strength. This is my first read of a J. Rain book, and I liked it. The ending was satisfactory, although, again, rather depressing. There is also an excerpt, after the book, of another novel, The Body Departed.
That one seems interesting, as well, so perhaps I will look for it. This is a well-written book with an interesting character, but there will be no sequels and the writing and character are probably stronger than the mystery.
Jim Booker is dying. He is at eight months of the six months he was given by his doctor. He has AIDS, which is not killing him and he is a committed heterosexual. It is the lung cancer that is killing him. He is being cared for by his Nigerian friend, Numi, who seems like a saint and is a homosexual. The relationship between Numi is really one of the nice features of the book.
Booker is visited by his life-long friend Eddie, who wants him to look for his missing wife. One thing leads to another, and the missing person case becomes an unsolved murder that looks a lot like the murder of Booker's brother twenty years before.
From there it is a matter of Booker following the leads while not dying. I liked the book a lot, but I had some problems with it. I didn't understand or buy how Booker's relationship with his hospice worker turned sexual so easily, or how Booker, who could barely move at the beginning of the story, had the strength to engage in a fight with the villain.
Likewise, the story, though extremely well-written and engaging, seemed to be rather straightforward with only a limited number of suspects. But the strength of the book is really the story about the dying detective, not the who-done-it. I do recommend it and I found J. Rain to be a writer worth reading. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
The novel was written in first person, present tense. While I detest present tense novels, that's the least of the problems. I don't like writing bad reviews, but the novel revolved around a detective in the end stages of AIDS related cancer which I thought might be interesting depending on how the author handled it.
I don't think the author handled it well. He should've done much more research into HIV transmission and dying. Early on in the book, the detective is sitting outside at a coffee shop and is too weak to even move his arm out of the sun even though it's burning. One of his friends joins him to ask him to look for someone. When Booker tells the friend he caught it from a woman he was seeing, the friend says, "I didn't think you could catch HIV from a woman.
The author obviously did NO research into the transmission of sexually transmitted disease, including HIV. When I read that line, I almost stopped reading because it misinforms the reader. The story moves along at slow pace with the detective growing so weak he cannot change channels on the television and his mind begins to hallucinate to the point he thinks he's losing his mind.
However, his social worker not sure why he had a social worker since he wasn't on hospice or home health comes by and he tells her he loves her. While his caregiver is out getting coffee or something for Booker, the social returns for a social call and has wine with the detective, then they end up having sex. He's too weak to move out of the sun or change the channel, but he can have sex?
I've been a hospice nurse. This is another place the author should've done some real research. People in the last stages of life aren't strong enough for sex. Also, his caregiver, who ran an errand, never returns while Booker and his social worker are together. I figured the killer out very early on. Most of the story was about the detective dying, and his relationship with his gay friend, Numi - who by the way was my favorite character in the book.
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Read reviews that mention grading all us coins coin grading spiral binding coin collector ana grading coins the book pages photos grade grades page collectors interested mint flat graded learning poor. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a difficult book to review. The fundamental positive is that this book just might save you several hundred dollars or more! The ANA's standards clearly are stated, and anyone determined to enter the rare-coin market absolutely needs to learn them.
Photos of the different coins, their grades, and where one should look for wear do help; but, dozens of pages telling me that MS70 is a perfect coin with no wear or marks, and that MS69 is slightly impaired and MS67 slightly more so really does not explain critical nuances of grading. I would have preferred to see more information re what to expect in the real world of real coins -- what exactly IS the difference between a Philadelphia half eagle that is worn to VF and a Dahlonega half eagle that looks about the same but properly grades AU.
Perhaps this is asking too much from a general book; however, this would have been more helpful than endless repetition of the ANA standards mindlessly applied to each type of U. The Commemorative section also is wanting -- principal commemoratives are listed with a description of where wear typically first appears; however, there are no photos, so the information is not much more than one might find in a Red Book. Finally, there is no mention of Territorial private gold, and since I recently came across an Augustus Humboldt eagle, it would have been nice to know what to look for especially since a private mint well might suffer from the kinds of deficiencies which can lead to weak strikes vis-a-vis worn features.
Bottom line here is that one needs to know how, himself, to grade coins, and this book definitely is a step in the right direction, especially for novice collectors and coin "investors" who become the principal marks for overgraded offerings. Those people NEED to buy this book!
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I ordered this book and also Grading Coins By Photographs at the same time. They are both published by Whitman and many coin photographs are shared in both books. Unfortunately, like other reviewers, I find the binding on this book unacceptable. It has a very stiff over--size wire binding and 3 of the tabs on the 1st page were broken on a brand-new book.
I also spent 30 minutes going through the entire book separating the individual pages that were stuck together. In contrast, the other grading book has similar photographs, but no problems with the correct-sized binding.