Official Review: Cold Case Closure

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Official Review: Cold Case Closure

Post by Cecilia_L » 29 Jan 2019, 08:52

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Cold Case Closure" by Patrick I. O'Donnell and Charles O. Gaylor.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Cold Case Closure: A Police Procedural Novel by Patrick Ian O'Donnell and Chuck Gaylor is the fictional account of five unsolved cases and the officers working them in the initial investigations, as well as those trying to solve the cases years later. The lack of admissible evidence sufficient for a conviction often requires the release of suspected perpetrators, and as a result, these cold cases may remain unsolved. Will justice be served?

The book is divided into four parts. In the first, readers are introduced to the California Cold Case Taskforce, Sergeant Grant Frazier, and Officer Mike Grayson. The second part establishes the initial investigations of the five cases and the detectives working them. It's difficult to describe the third and fourth parts of the book without revealing plot spoilers. Suffice it to say, a series of events unfolds intertwining the cases and characters from the previous parts of the book.

As a crime-story lover and fan of shows like Law and Order and CSI, this book was right up my alley. I particularly liked the first part of the book that introduced the characters of the law enforcement involved. The authors' strength was creating well-developed characters, especially Grant Frazier and Mike Grayson. The following excerpt from the book, though specifically referring to Grant, exemplifies the dedication of the two men working the taskforce making them relatable to readers. "There was something about working an unsolved murder case, identifying the killer, and seeing it all the way through to a successful prosecution that gave him a feeling of satisfaction that was unmatched by any other aspect of Grant's law enforcement work."

Unfortunately, I found the authors' inability to keep several of the characters' names straight quite distracting. In one instance, an officer's name was given as Clayton Jones, and then on the following page, his first name was suddenly Stuart. In another example, the suspect was known to law enforcement only by an alias, but later, the officer referred to him using his actual first name and the alias last name. It was confusing and frustrating to read. In each instance, I had to stop, go back, and reread to clarify which character was being described.

Additionally, portions of the plot lagged, causing me to lose interest. The book is also in need of professional editing as I noted numerous errors including incomplete sentences. For all of the above reasons, I rate the book 2 out of 4 stars. Despite these issues, it has an interesting premise and potential to earn a higher rating after a thorough round of editing. I recommend the book to readers who enjoy mysteries and crime stories. It will also appeal to fans of CSI and Law and Order.

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Post by chewy4uto » 02 Feb 2019, 02:32

Not sure I would enjoy this one. I do occasionally like a good crime book. But this one sounds like it is lacking in more than one area. I will pass for now.
Thank-you for your review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Feb 2019, 08:02

chewy4uto wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 02:32
Not sure I would enjoy this one. I do occasionally like a good crime book. But this one sounds like it is lacking in more than one area. I will pass for now.
Thank-you for your review.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by kdstrack » 02 Feb 2019, 09:53

You always get me with the comparison to the favorite tv shows! Looks like you did your own detective work with the name changes. This book might be frustrating, but I appreciate your recommendations. I might try it anyway. Cold cases interest me and the title really caught my attention. Thanks for your interesting review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Feb 2019, 10:54

kdstrack wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 09:53
You always get me with the comparison to the favorite tv shows! Looks like you did your own detective work with the name changes. This book might be frustrating, but I appreciate your recommendations. I might try it anyway. Cold cases interest me and the title really caught my attention. Thanks for your interesting review.
I do love a good crime show! :) I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 02 Feb 2019, 11:48

I was looking forward to reading this book until I got to the part of your review mentioning the character mix-ups and a slow plot. What a bummer!
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Feb 2019, 13:09

Well, it sounds like the author has some work to do before this is ready for consumption. It sounds somewhat interesting, but I won't read it in its current form. Thanks for the information.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Feb 2019, 13:42

Jessacardinal wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 11:48
I was looking forward to reading this book until I got to the part of your review mentioning the character mix-ups and a slow plot. What a bummer!
Thanks for your comment, Jessa.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Feb 2019, 13:42

kandscreeley wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 13:09
Well, it sounds like the author has some work to do before this is ready for consumption. It sounds somewhat interesting, but I won't read it in its current form. Thanks for the information.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 02 Feb 2019, 15:24

I'm a big fan of CSI and Law & Order. But I think I'll wait until the book undergoes judicious editing and proofreading. I enjoyed your engaging and candid review. Thanks, Cecilia! :tiphat:

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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Feb 2019, 15:42

Ruba Abu Ali wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 15:24
I'm a big fan of CSI and Law & Order. But I think I'll wait until the book undergoes judicious editing and proofreading. I enjoyed your engaging and candid review. Thanks, Cecilia! :tiphat:
Thank you, Ruba.

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Post by Cotwani » 02 Feb 2019, 17:36

I like crime thrillers and was gearing up for this book until I got to the name mixup and poor editing. The incomplete sentences would really drive me up the wall! I dont know if I'm wrong by asserting that much as self-publishing has helped many authors realize their goals, it has opened the door to publishing books with errors. Great review!
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 02 Feb 2019, 19:35

How disappointing. I, too, like crime stories. But if the author can't keep the characters' names straight, I know I would be lost. Thanks for the thorough review!
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Post by nonamer_miss » 03 Feb 2019, 06:56

I can understand your confusion about the characters. It really is frustrating when you read books wherein authors seem like confused themselves. Nice review tho!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Feb 2019, 09:20

Cotwani wrote: ↑
02 Feb 2019, 17:36
I like crime thrillers and was gearing up for this book until I got to the name mixup and poor editing. The incomplete sentences would really drive me up the wall! I dont know if I'm wrong by asserting that much as self-publishing has helped many authors realize their goals, it has opened the door to publishing books with errors. Great review!
Thank you for your comment.

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