First of State

First of State

Book - 2010
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Robert Greer's latest novel--a prequel to his CJ Floyd mystery series--takes readers back in time to a very young CJ Floyd. It's 1972, and the 22-year-old decorated war vet has recently returned to Denver from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress disorder. Navigating depression, he finds a friend in World War II vet and amputee Wiley Ames, who shares his passion for rare and valuable western memorabilia.

When Ames and a mysterious Chinese man are found murdered, CJ's already fragile world threatens to collapse. His attempts to find his friend's killer are thwarted at every turn, and finally he joins his Uncle Ike's business as bail bondsman and bounty hunter. Five years later one of Ames's treasured antique license plates turns up at a Denver flea market, and CJ is once again off and running. The trail to Wiley Ames's murderer leads CJ down a dark path strewn with backstabbing antique dealers, conniving friends and relatives of Ames's, and a shadowy musician. Equally a white-knuckle-ride murder mystery and a tale of a traumatized young man coming to terms with his past, First of State features the kind of fresh characters, street-smart dialogue, and ingenious plot twists that have made this series a critical and commercial success.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781556439155
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeGaryWL Aug 18, 2016

If you have been in the Five-Points neighborhood of Denver, you will recognize street names and landmarks mentioned in this book. You also discover the office CJ works out of is a real place.

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ArapahoeGaryWL Aug 18, 2016

ArapahoeGaryWL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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