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Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jul 11, Denise Spicer rated it liked it. This Joe Grundy mystery features the series hotel detective solving a couple of connected murders one a cold case as he tries to protect his boss. Lots of action, violence, and some Vancouver, B. Jul 07, Grey rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

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Joe Grundy runs security as a posh hotel for his boss Leo Alexander. When Leo's girlfriend is murdered in the secured penthouse, Leo's he obvious suspect. It's up to Joe to find the real killer, because the police don't seem to be moving in the right direction. The book is well written, the dialogue crisp and realistic, and I really liked Joe.

He's smart and competent, a bit of a smart ass, but loyal. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. Jun 03, Joshua added it. P dad. View 1 comment. Apr 16, Elizabeth rated it liked it. The boss, Leo, doesn't say much about anything but it turns out he's surrounded by people who have many reasons to wish him ill.

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Many of these people are his former lovers and his grown children. Joe lucks into the information he uncovers and he keeps several steps ahead of the police, not because of any flashes of brilliance but because he's very determined and logical. He's not arrogant nor does he have any sad backstory to explain his battered psyche.

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His relationship is a happy one and the tension there is because his girlfriend is a reporter and wants to go on assignment to Iraq. This was all a very refreshing change from the typical hero of crime novels. I'd read more in this series. Dec 12, Greg F. Entertaining enough.

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I picked up the 2 Joe Grundy books rather impulsively and while I didn't care for the first I thought the author had potential to develop it into a more interesting series. Like you could look back and see it as a good starting point. And I liked the title character a lot. I was sorry to later learn the author passed away. This follow-up book is a pleasant surprise and a noticeable improvement in the story-telling from the first. Yes it's a pretty predictable plot, standar Entertaining enough. Yes it's a pretty predictable plot, standard detective fiction format, but it's a good time killer and a quick read.

May 17, Robert Intriago rated it it was ok Shelves: p-i , Slow and loaded with cliches. Sep 18, Jack Heath marked it as to-read Shelves: category-mystery , other-canadian , prize-edgar. Sucker Punch: Joe Grundy is an ex-heavyweight boxer whose main claim to fame was that he got knocked out by champ Evander Holyfield. But then a young neo-hippie inherits more than half a billion dollars and decides to give it all away. As soon as the kid checks into the Lord Douglas with the intention of holding a press conference to announce the scheme, Joe knows big trouble is headed his way, especially when the kid winds up dead.

Grundy sets out to discover who murdered the would-be philanthropist only to collide with suspects and sucker punches around every corner. Joe had some pretty tough battles during his days in the ring, but this time the stakes are higher, the opponents are lethal, and the final count could be fatal. It seems Leo has had a life full of death, jilted mistresses, spurned spouses, sharp business deals, and explosive relationships with estranged children.

Another corpse pops up, Leo is arrested and jailed, and Grundy takes more hits to his body and psyche than perhaps even he can handle.