- File Size: 638 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Robert T. Germaux (April 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DX54ZFO
ABOUT HARD COURT:
Miles Bradshaw, the dot-com billionaire owner of Pittsburgh’s first NBA franchise, hires private detective Jeremy Barnes to look into what appears to be a simple case of harassment of one of the team’s players. But when Jeremy (JB to his friends) begins his investigation, the case proves to be anything but simple, eventually involving a local businessman with suspected criminal ties, a major FBI task force, a computer geek in California and a mob boss in Erie. Along the way, JB, who can quote Shakespeare as quickly and easily as he can land a solid left jab, uses his wits and his ever-present sense of humor to wend his way through a cast of characters who range from the ridiculously inept to the ruthlessly lethal.
As Hard Court unfolds, there are numerous surprises and plot twists, culminating in a dramatic confrontation that neither JB nor the reader could have predicted.
ABOUT ROBERT GERMAUX:
Both my parents were readers. I’m talking stacks-of-books-on-their-nightstands readers. So it’s no surprise that at an early age, I, too, became an avid reader. Everything from sports books (especially baseball) to Nancy Drew to the Hardy Boys to almost anything about distant and exotic places.
Although I’ve always enjoyed putting words on paper, the writer in me didn’t fully emerge until I retired after three decades of teaching high school English. I quickly wrote two books aimed at middle school readers, at which point my wife urged me to try a novel for adults. As is usually the case, Cynthia’s idea was a good one.
Over the next few years, I wrote several books about Pittsburgh private eye Jeremy Barnes. I took a brief hiatus from the detective genre to write Small Talk and The Backup Husband. Now I’m back and I just released my first Jeremy Barnes novel, Hard Court, on April 11.
In our spare time, Cynthia and I enjoy reading (of course), going to live theater productions, watching reruns of favorite TV shows such as “Sports Night” and “Gilmore Girls,” and traveling to some of those distant and exotic places I used to read about as a child. So far, we’ve been fortunate enough to walk in the sands of Waikiki, swim in the warm waters of the South Pacific and share a romantic dinner in Paris.
THE EBOOK REVIEW GAL BOOK REVIEW
Private Detective Jeremy Barnes (JB to his friends) lives a pretty good life in Pittsburgh. He’s a handsome professional, a great dresser, has a gorgeous and loving girlfriend and he’s just landed a great gig investigating a case for the owner of the city’s first NBA team, the Point. What more could a guy need? Other than staying out of the crosshairs of a few ruthless mob guys, not much.
Robert Germaux has written another compelling and sophisticated detective novel. I absolutely loved Small Talk, and Hard Court is another wonderful detective novel that’s right up there alongside it. Germaux’s writing is easy, breezy and enormously clever. He always makes sure to keep it just this side of snarky, and I found myself giggling at JB’s wise-cracking comebacks. Although there were some elements that I wasn’t all that familiar with – computer hacking for one – Germaux writes in a way that draws you in and keeps you involved.
I especially appreciate the way Mr. Germaux portrays his protagonists’ love interests. In this case, Laura is most definitely not just a pretty face. She’s a multi-dimensional asset to the book’s story. JB values Laura’s opinions and readily accepts her advice. The conversations between the two characters are loving, interesting and believable. Germaux is clearly a man who respects women, and it shows in his writing often. The intimacy between them is implied, but tactful, with much left to the imagination. In other words, Germaux leaves out the gratuitous sex, which is just the way I like it.
I found the plot to be intriguing and gripping, and it kept me guessing until the very end. And, just as he leaves out the gratuitous sex, Germaux leaves out the gratuitous violence and excess swearing as well. Since I’ve heard it from readers time and again, unnecessary sex, violence and profanity are often a book turnoff. Hard Court will undoubtedly appeal to a much wider audience because Germaux relies on his story and writing skills, and not sex, violence and cursing to entice his readers.
I would highly recommend reading Hard Court if you’re looking for a wonderful detective book with likable, interesting and believable characters. While this book does have a sports/basketball element to it, you don’t need to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy it. Excellent!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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