My 1st Novel

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With a personal life falling apart and serious questions about his faith, homicide investigator Jeff Strickland is going through the motions. When he gets the call to examine a body in a garbage-strewn field, he expects it to be another routine murder no one will care about. But to his horror, he finds that the mutilated victim is the 19-year-old daughter of his long-time friends, a philanthropist couple.

Strickland had looked at Kanya as the daughter he never had. She was attracted to the city’s streets, but he never imagined that it would wind up in her violent death. Desperate to find her killer and bring justice for her family, he throws himself into the case, uncovering multiple motives and lies. Was it the result of a love affair gone horribly wrong? A plot to strike at her well-connected parents? Or something else?

Frustrated by a lack of evidence and eventually targeted by a killer who wants to add him to the list of victims, Strickland soon uncovers the clue that reveals the unexpected truth behind her death.

This is not a Hollywood detective story, where all murders are solved in forty-eight hours. Strickland must endure pressure from his superiors and friends while struggling to maintain his grip on a personal murder case that screams conflict of interest. This story shows how even those with little reason to have spiritual faith can find it, even in the ugliest of circumstances.

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13 Responses to My 1st Novel

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  3. Alysia Tubbs (@amtubbs8) says:

    Take a Xanax Before Reading the Last 10 Chapters

    If you love the thrill of a good crime story coupled with the voice of an emerging writer, the debut novel “Partners in Crime” by James Reid is sure to impress. I met the author in 2013 through a professional organization we are both members of and I couldn’t be happier for him. The plot centers around Jefferson Strickland, an Atlanta-based detective, and the daily shadows of his professional accomplishments and personal shortcomings. As if his life isn’t tumultuous enough, the horrific and untimely death of daughter-figure, Kanya, threatens both his job and livelihood with an ending most would not expect.

    The progression of the novel is fluid and strategically planned with 59 relatively short chapters. There is a clear story arc and by the end, all major storylines and loose ends are resolved. Throughout various parts of the novel, there is an informative tone that explains various procedures and processes in handling criminal/homicide investigations. This is in part to Reid’s personal experience with the homicide of a close relative and researching many aspects of what it takes to successfully close an investigation. While I understand the reasoning behind this, at times it feels too descriptive, even though it adds context and lengthens the paragraphs.

    My sole issue with the novel, which I eventually get over, is the characterization of Kanya: the Asian-American daughter-figure to which Strickland is emotionally attached. With the novel set throughout Metropolitan Atlanta (a chocolate-city alternate) and various innuendos that Strickland himself is not Asian (but African/“blank-something-blank”,) it strikes me as interesting that Reid chose to highlight her story above all others. Kanya has an “ethnic” nickname, uses urban vernacular, and associates in predominately black settings: things that scream her character probably should be black. The issues that she faces throughout the novel would do wonders to eradicate or at least spotlight the cultural assault that women of color, more specifically black women, experience both internally and externally. I could have discussions on this topic alone, but that is for another day. In no way am I insinuating that black authors solely report on black issues, only have black characters, or that they can’t have the freedom of artistic license. I accept the author’s position and was merely expressing my opinion.

    Overall, “Partners in Crime” is a very strong and believable read and I look forward to future additions in the series.

    -Alysia Tubbs (@amtubbs8)


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