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  • Good short story

    A good short story quite predictable though as most of it is in the blurb however was worth reading to watch it unfold

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  • A great blend of supernatural and real

    I really enjoyed the blend of real and supernatural. The characters really come to life. It’s a great read for a relaxing afternoon, that will leave you searching for more from this author!

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  • Fun with Lots of Potential

    This short novel is a very quick read with no real surprises. The book blurb tells you everything you need to know, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun watching the action unfold. Jennifer Morgan is an ex-NYC detective who has come to Starsboro after suffering a traumatic loss. She’s successfully fighting alcoholism in part by throwing herself into her new job. She’s just arrested Zurich D’Vordi for using a machete to kill a handful of men. It’s all been caught on videotape but unfortunately someone has tampered with the evidence since bringing it to the police station and the part where Zurich can be identified has been erased. She’s forced to let him go and despite being warned off by her superiors can’t stop trying to prove he committed murder. As a basic plot, this one is fine, but there was an early problem in the details that never made sense to me. Zurich (or whoever is in the videotape) killed the men on camera but their bodies have all disappeared, Morgan keeps asking him where he put the bodies—but (and it’s a big but) author, Quinn, never deals with the fact that the video does not show him moving the bodies out of camera range. They can’t find even a single drop of blood at the scene of the crime, which is pretty amazing since the killer decapitated people with a machete. Instead, all they can find is ash. (Insert images of vampires exploding into dust in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) We the reader understand from moment one that the bodies turned to ash after Zurich killed them. Why wasn’t this caught on video? It’s a big problem with the logic of the story that the reader simply has to ignore, but if you do so, the rest of the story hangs together pretty well. Zurich is the very definition of bad boy. He refuses to take the law seriously. He does what he wants. He is emotionally distant from the dozens of women who throw themselves at him. He’s handsome and charming when he wants to be, but he’s also incredibly self centered. He’s also emotionally scarred by a tragic personal loss that causes him to keep putting into danger people he starts to care about. That doesn’t make any rational sense but it’s emotionally convincing in the story. So on the level of urban fantasy, this story is a solid monster hunt in which the handsome vigilante eventually leads the beautiful capable cop into discovering that monsters exist and the law is not capable of handling them. That story has been done a thousand times and it works well here. Also in keeping with the genre, there is tremendous sexual tension between Morgan and Zurich which starts in the first paragraph and continues through the last. It leads to a couple of nice interactions as she pursues him and is generally fun. I would have preferred the attraction stay at the level of Remington Steele or Moonlighting in the first few seasons. When Morgan and Zurich finally have sex it goes on too long and seems to be a big distraction from the story, but such things seem to be a major part of the genre these days so I guess we have to accept them. My final complaint about this story is the ending. It was already set up for a sequel. We didn’t need to introduce a big bad villain—especially not a villain who has led everyone to believe she is dead for a century. I can’t fathom the reason she would expose herself as she did at the end of the book. After all, she is not supposed to be stupid. All of that being said, How to Get Arrested is a fun book. It has pretty good action. It moves quickly. There’s a mystery about Zurich and his family that was genuinely interesting. The cops, especially Morgan and the Captain, were well drawn characters. The monster problem was better established than I usually find in this genre. I also frankly like the way Quinn titles her works. It feels fresh to me and that’s always a good thing when I’m picking up a book in a genre in which I’ve already read scores of other stories.

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