Darkness on the Edge of Town

J. Carson Black

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Darkness on the Edge of Town

Darkness on the Edge of Town Bisbee Arizona A family community that attracts a healthy trade in tourism Like many small towns it has its fair share of petty thefts and domestic disturbances But no one is prepared for the discov

  • Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Author: J. Carson Black
  • ISBN: 9780451213914
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bisbee, Arizona A family community that attracts a healthy trade in tourism Like many small towns, it has its fair share of petty thefts and domestic disturbances But no one is prepared for the discovery of a teenage girl s dead body propped up inside the park band shell, clothed in a doll like dress.Arizona Department of Public Safety investigator Laura Cardinal knowsBisbee, Arizona A family community that attracts a healthy trade in tourism Like many small towns, it has its fair share of petty thefts and domestic disturbances But no one is prepared for the discovery of a teenage girl s dead body propped up inside the park band shell, clothed in a doll like dress.Arizona Department of Public Safety investigator Laura Cardinal knows immediately what she is up against a cunning Internet sexual predator But why is she being plagued by memories of the abduction of a schoolmate some eighteen years earlier In a runaway case that propels her from a lavish Tucson estate to the secretive heart of Florida s Forgotten Coast, Laura must confront the ghosts of her own past even as another child goes missing and she must race against the clock to find her.DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN is the first novel in the Laura Cardinal Series of thrillers by J Carson Black.

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    1. James Thane on said:

      This taut thriller introduces Laura Cardinal, a detective for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Laura's job is to assist small Arizona communities who don't have the resources necessary to deal with complicated homicide investigations.Laura is called to the scene of a particularly gruesome crime in Bisbee, a town south of Tuscon near the Mexican border. A young girl has been murdered and then put on display in in the town's band shell. Laura knows immediately that she's up against one of [...]

    2. Joanna on said:

      I was looking for a new crime/thriller book, and found it in kindle store for $0.99, with 4.5 star rating. Never heard of Carson Black before, but didn't risk much with this price:)) Pretty soon I realize that this is really good book, with good plot, great style and grammar (not always obvious with crime stories:)) , several twists, very believable characters. For me Carson Black is much better writer than Patricia Kornewll, Kathy Reich, Hoban, Jeffrey Deaver, etc. She is much more insighfull, [...]

    3. Mike French on said:

      Laura Cardinal is not as wild and crazy as Cyril Landry in another one of J Carson Black's series,but is very enjoyable read. Set in Bisbee,AZ(never been there,but have read all of J.A.Jance' s Joanna Brady series, but feel I have).I found this book equal to,if not better than The Joanna Brady series and highly recommend it to my GR friends!

    4. Ms.pegasus on said:

      Laura Cardinal is the paradigmatic outsider. As part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, she is dispatched to small-town locales with resources too meager to investigate major crimes, and personnel untrained in the most basic competencies. That position keeps her treading deftly between her own department's hierarchy and the locals she is assisting. Being too assertive creates resentment; a submissive stance will guarantee failure. Within her own department, she has already committed the [...]

    5. Karen Fowler on said:

      I downloaded this book one day while it was Free. Now I wish that I'd paid for it - because the author deserves something for all of her hard work! Darkness on the Edge of Town is in some ways, a typical police procedural/ suspense novel-- but it differs in how well-crafted the story line is and how well developed the characters are. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone looking for a nail-biting crime novel. J. Carson Black has a gift for clean prose and if her other novels are anything [...]

    6. Virginia Hill on said:

      Darkness on the Edge of Town was a page turner and I found Laura Cardinal to be an intriguing character. The creep-factor was disgustingly chilling, but I was pleased with the conclusion.

    7. Eric_W on said:

      Easy to take a chance on unfamiliar authors when a collection of four mysteries pops up for my Kindle for $.99. The first was Darkness on the Edge of Town, and I will seek out more from this author. The plot concerns Laura Cardinal, an investigative agent for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (sort of like the CBI, or Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, etc.) who is sent around the state to help small communities with limited homicide investigation resources. A fourteen-year-old gir [...]

    8. Sally Young on said:

      Very good read, kept me guessing the whole time. Each time I thought I had it figured out, some new surprise would make me change my mind, and really the ending caught me off guard. The only thing I would change is to know more about laura in her off hours, to see her connect with people away from the job on a personal level. I received this book in exchange for and honest review, i am so glad I did as it brought this writer to my attention, and I will be reading much more of this series. Thank [...]

    9. Jim on said:

      Excellent read !! A real page tuner that was so hard to put down !! 5 stars out of 5 for 'Laura Cardinal' hero detective from Tucson. Story travels in Arizona from Bisbee to Tucson into Florida and back to Tucson. Laura tracks down the bad guys with style and grit. First of a series, I'm starting second of series ASAP !!

    10. Anita on said:

      This story was very intense! Laura Cardinal is a Arizona Department of Public Safety investigator on the trial of a sexual predator and a underworld of Internet trolling, only to stumble upon an even darker monster.

    11. Anna Marie on said:

      This book dragged. I was going to read the Laura Cardinal series, but since I didn't like this one, I decided not to read others in the series. I like to read a fast moving, can't put down book, and this was hard to pick up.

    12. Laura on said:

      What a suspenseful book! My first time reading this author and I enjoyed it! Thankful I have the second book in the series to start onNOW!

    13. Tina Bailey on said:

      A kidnapping thriller!This book started out on the slow side for me and I even read two other books before finishing this one. I read a lot so it didn't take long to finish and I am glad I did because the latter middle to the end drew me in, and I couldn't put it down. It's actually a really well written book, but I believe the characters could have been described better.

    14. Jackie on said:

      Wow what a book. First time author for me, but definitely want more. Outstanding mystery with lots of suspense. Unbelievable.

    15. Joan Reeves on said:

      Laura Cardinal: Compelling Series CharacterThis past week, I finished reading Darkness on the Edge of Town by J. Carson Black. This is the first book in the Laura Cardinal series, and it's a great introduction to a compelling, multilayered character. Many dub this book a thriller, but I don't agree with that. It's got the puzzle of a really good mystery more so than the overwhelming suspense and anxiety of a thriller.The book is well-plotted, and the characters are intriguing. I really have only [...]

    16. Olivermagnus on said:

      Laura Cardinal is a Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Tucson, Arizona. She's been tasked to head down to the picturesque old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona to investigate the murder of 14 year old Jessica Parris who was found propped up in the City Park Bandshell, arranged and clothed by her killer. The story is filled with some loathsome characters who prey upon gullible young girls and some law enforcement characters with varying degrees of competence and ba [...]

    17. Quillracer on said:

      This author is another first timer for me.I liked the story and the main character, Laura Cardinal. Black has developed her enough that she is fully fleshed person, not just a cardboard cut-out. There were a few places where the story seemed to jump ahead, as if some forward motion had taken place but Black forgot to include it.Revelation of the bad guy seemed to come out of nowhere, as if Black got to a certain point in her writing and realized she hadn’t figured out who it was supposed to be [...]

    18. Jeanette on said:

      2.5 star, but I can't seem to round it up to the 3 it probably deserves. Because it was a read that plodded along for me. At no point did I become entrenched or intensely curious to the outcome, or particularly apace with the tension either. But I did think the cop protagonist, Laura, an interesting characterization. She is SUCH an improvement over the hot single and conflicted 40 something cop's daughter who expertly rotates her men and her co-workers. It was partly the plot and partly the writ [...]

    19. Grampy on said:

      I found this to be a very enjoyable and intriguing story. Torn from the headlines of today's heinous crimes initiated by predators in online chat rooms, this story begins with the introduction of Laura Cardinal, from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Laura has been assigned to assist a small town's law enforcement solve the bizarre murder of a young girl, whose body has been posed and left in the town center's band shell, dressed up like a doll. Local law enforcement doesn't exactly welco [...]

    20. Julie Davis on said:

      Picked this up free (or super cheap and liked the sample? can't remember) some time ago for my Kindle and am just now getting around to reading it.I'm not usually one who likes stories centered around investigation into serial murders but this one is strangely compelling for some reason. Just a little into it more as I goNALI wound up liking this pretty well. Well enough anyway that I'd be willing to read the second in the series. There was a thing toward the end where suddenly characters were [...]

    21. Steve on said:

      The first book of an eBook trilogy featuring Arizona Department of Public Safety detective Laura Cardinal, this rather dark thriller or detective story had some interesting twists. Laura was well enough made, a determined, methodical, independent woman living alone on the outskirts of town. She is sent to a small town to help the locals with the death of a young girl who was posed in a way to indicate a serial killer. The trail leads to a local man who may or may not be responsible. Laura does p [...]

    22. Rachel on said:

      Was in the mood for a mystery after having read the Stieg Larsson books. I got this from the Kindle Lending Library for free and dug right in. I found the case to be compelling enough and the main character was fun to read. However, the writing never really drew me in as much as I would have liked. Once done with the book, I didn't feel like it had left much of an impression, other than that the case had been rather disturbing. I won't discount reading other books in this series, since I do enjo [...]

    23. Dee on said:

      Lots of twists and turns. I wish the paranormal Frank Entwistle was either in the story or out. I thought he was going to be more of a voice for Laura. I enjoyed the book anyway. In fact, I'm more than half way through the next title (Dark Side of the Moon.) The really (almost) surprise "bad guy," and there is more than one, leads to trauma and stress for the 2nd book, but if you haven't read the first one you don't really understand what tragedy went down before. Likewise, I wish I knew exactly [...]

    24. Sharon Michael on said:

      Solid police procedural, a bit uneven but good for a first book. I had concerns because of the teenage victims (I am SO tired of whiny, sullen, spoiled, eye-rolling, anti-social brats!) but the teenage victim in this was a pleasant surprise. Scared but tough-minded and smart and the 'dumb stuff' was understandable in a teenager. I do wish I'd liked her father (also one of the cops) better as a character.Plot was perhaps more convoluted than it needed to be but a good sense of place. An entertain [...]

    25. Elizabeth Bailey on said:

      An edge of the seat police procedural. I remembered reading one earlier in the Deadly Dozen 2 box set, and when I started this one, it hit me that I was onto another winner. I loved the previous one, and this was no exception. The sleuth is eerily appealing, an edgy multi-faceted personality who I had to like at once. The ghost sidekick who pops up, possibly in her imagination, is a joy. Tightly plotted, twists and turns as the clues stack up, and a completely unexpected sting in the tail. Brill [...]

    26. Sibel Hodge on said:

      Straight away, I could easily relate to the main character, Laura Cardinal: A DPS investigator in a world full of men (some with hidden agendas!). As Laura looks into the death of a young girl, a frightening reality is brought to our attention - the fact that there are dangers and predators lurking on the Internet, grooming young children to play out their twisted fantasies. The skillful writing pulls you in immediately, and the plot will keep you guessing on a rollercoaster ride of twists and t [...]

    27. Sarah Hughes on said:

      Luckily I found this series on my kindle. very descriptive of locations, surroundings, close to over the top at times. Exciting book, great strong lead, Laura Cardinal. Nice to also feel and sense her own issues with work and personal life as well. See battles through her POV, and you can put your self in her position. Feels like I can relate, being a woman in a male driven career path, and I hope I will use some of her techniques, with coworkers, amd outside politics. the adventures she has had [...]

    28. Andrea Hollenbeck on said:

      Darkness on the Edge of Town is a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on edge while learning about the life of Laura Cardinal. She is the detective on the case in AZ that helps find the killer of a 12 year old girl who was found in the park dressed like a little girl in the park. The serial killer is hungry for more, and it ends up that one of the detectives working the case discovers that his own daughter has been lured by the killer on the internet to a fate that only you as the reader will fi [...]

    29. Betty on said:

      Great introduction to Laura Cardinal. I was totally surprised by the big reveal of who actually was the bad guy and thinking back on it, I really don't think I missed any tipoffs, but it made perfect sense. And I really appreciated the acknowledgement to J.A. Jance, one of my favorite mystery writers. Every time I saw Bisbee mentioned, I kept waiting for Joanna Brady to put in a guest appearance (which is not meant to suggest that Black is borrowing from Jance in any way whatsoever). Good read.

    30. Francis on said:

      Her style is straight forward not overly heavy on prose. The story holds your attention enough to keep you turning the pages with some anticipation. The problem is it's the same old thriller formula, pedophile, serial killer, can we stop him in time kind of thing. And while everything about the writing and the story is competent, nothing is new. As Tom Petty once said: "It's just the same old noises, in there."

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