Item description for Original Sin (Colton Parker Mystery Series, Book 1) by Brandt Dodson...
Overview After being fired from the FBI, Colton Parker tries to make it as a private investigator. His first client, Angie Howe, has enough money to pay him only one day's wages, but she's desperate to get her boyfriend cleared of murdering his aunt. Will Colton be able to defeat local crime bosses, street thugs, and shifty accountants to get to the truth? 250 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Colton Parker Mystery
Series Number 1
ISBN 0736918094 ISBN13 9780736918091
Availability 0 units.
More About Brandt Dodson
Brandt Dodson comes from a long line of police officers dating back more than seventy years on both sides of his family. In addition, he was employed with the Indianapolis office of the FBI. He has lived in Chicago and travels to the city annually.
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Christian Noir,,, Mar 31, 2007
Six months ago, Colton Parker had it all: a wife he adored, a vivacious teenage daughter, a nice home, and a high profile position with the FBI. Now? Colton is a widower, his daughter barely talks to him and she lives with her grandparents, he lives in a run down house in a bad neighborhood, and he's starting a new career as a PI after being fired from the FBI due to an excessive force complaint.
A young woman comes to Colton's office, hoping that he can prove her boyfriend did not kill his aunt. The aunt, a high school guidance counselor seemed to be an angel on earth, beloved by students and faculty alike. The police assume the nephew is guilty because he's been in trouble practically since the day he was born. After doing some digging into the crime, Colton isn't so sure.
While he is dealing with solving this crime, he is also trying to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other every day and not succumb to the desire to shoot himself in the head. How can he raise a teenage daughter when he can barely take care of himself? How is he supposed to wake up every day knowing that the love of his life is gone...And how can he save his daughter who is slipping through his fingers and become a family again?
Can Colton solve this case and begin to rebuild his life with the help of some good friends, family, and God...Or will Colton's demons overtake him?
Christian literature has always made me nervous. However, I thought combining Christian lit with a genre I am already familiar with would be fun, and it was.
My dad passed away when I was 13, the same age as Colton's daughter Callie, in the story so it was interesting to me to read about her reaction to her mom's death. There was a lot that I could relate. It was also fascinating to get into the mind of Colton and learn about his motivations. I found myself wondering how similar he was to my mom. A major theme in the book was about starting over and rebuilding your life, even when you are not sure how to accomplish that task...Also, not letting go of the people around you (and leaning on God), even when you are tempted to end the pain. I would not say that the mystery took a backseat in this story because that was still very exciting. However, this story is as much about the resilience of the human condition. Without hesitation, I would read the other Colton Parker mysteries.
Dodson Writes a Riveting Debut Novel Mar 30, 2007
Robert B. Parker, eat your heart out. There's a new sleuth-meister on the block. Brandt Dodson's Colton Parker, exFBI turned gumshoe, carries a heavy load of angst, anger, and appeal. Life's dealt him and his teenage daughter a raw deal with the death of his wife, but he's got to make a living for himself and his kid. With his skills, turning private eye is the most likely option. Too bad his first client can't pay much. At least it's a start . . . or maybe not, when the double-crossing starts, and Parker has to dig fast and deep beneath the lily-white surface to find the black sin at the core. Parker's wry first-person voice grabs the reader from the first paragraph and doesn't let loose until the last. A highly enjoyable read for mystery-buffs.
A great new series begins with a bang! Mar 15, 2007
Colton Parker has just lost his job as an FBI agent after losing his temper and beating up a criminal. Colton Parker's wife has just died in a car accident because they were fighting and she left the house in anger and went out for a drive. Parker is about to lose his thirteen year old daughter because he blames himself for his wife's death, and believes he can't provide a good home or the kind of upbringing his daughter deserves. Parker, the hero of Brandt Dodson's new mystery series, is a flawed man still devestated by his wife's death. He thows all the money he can scrounge up into opening a Private Detective's office, and his first case his a real thriller.
Poor, destitute Angie wants Parker to clear boyfriend Billy who is accused of killing his aunt Emma. Billy is the kind of guy that would easily kill someone, yet Parker quickly surmises the evidence doesn't point to Billy. Investigating Aunt Emma's past, Parker finds some questions that need to be answered. Like, why would the killer steal her computer, and what his Emma's connection to a company with the initials F&F.
The novel is fast paced and is an easy fun read. The plot delves into unexpected areas such as the human cost of internet pornography and the pain surrounding the death of a loved one. Parker is a great character, flawed and sometimes out of control, yet determined to make the best of his life in spite of continuous setbacks. In additon to Parker, other solid characters include his daughter Callie who is devestated by the loss of her mom and the distance of her father, her grandparents, Parker's FBI female friend Mary and the young victimized girls, Melissa and Angie.
This is a novel you'll want to pick up. It is tough and gritty yet delivers a message of hope. As a reader, you pull for Colton Parker and relish the fact that after this first novel, there are two more books in the series. A few very minor complaints. First, the religious message throughout the book is strong, yet understated, except in one chapter when Parker gives a speech about Adam and his original sin. This didn't seem to fit. Second, Parker's relationship with a tough bookie doesn't ring as true. Those are only minor quibbles as this is a novel that is as good as any mainstream detective story you'll read. I highly recommend it.
Parker seeks justice Feb 19, 2007
Reviewed by Kim Peterson for Reader Views (1/07)
Former FBI agent Colton Parker lost his job with the feds and sets himself up as a private investigator. His first case walks through the door in the form of a distressed female. Predictable.
Angie Howe hires him to prove her boyfriend Billy Caine did not murder his aunt. He has been arrested and the police are certain he did it. Predictable.
Parker takes the case and begins investigating the murder of Emma Caine, respected high school guidance counselor. As he probes into the seamier nooks and crannies of Indianapolis, he learns Emma isn't the upstanding citizen many believed her to be. He charges ahead using brain and brawn and clashing with nearly everyone he meets--public officials, organized crime, and the FBI. He soon enlists the help of former colleague Mary Christopher to help him take down an Internet pornography operation. Also predictable.
Dodson follows a lot of the classic whodunit structure: Hard-boiled former cop, damsel in distress, an open-and-shut case that turns out to be bigger than anyone expected, all told in a fast-paced story. But once the author assembles the classic elements he pulls together some surprisingly unpredictable twists.
Parker, the edgy tough guy, turns out to have a heart. He cares about justice and the people he helps. He doesn't fall for the damsel. Instead he grieves the wife who died six months ago and left him fumbling to be a good father to their grieving thirteen-year-old daughter. His budding faith experiences a crisis as he wrestles with how his wife's God could let him lose everything. He feels troubled and ill-equipped to handle his human frailties and failings.
This first of the Colton Parker mysteries is a well-written debut novel. Mystery readers will enjoy this character armed with dry humor and dogged persistence. Dodson also delivers a believable supporting cast and a plot filled with unexpected turns. Some readers will find a few segments of the book a bit too preachy, but the rest of the story overcomes that weakness. Christian readers will appreciate the rough and tumble mystery not enmeshed in the gruesome details of the sins involved. This intriguing whodunit beckons readers to follow Colton Parker on his professional and personal quest in "Original Sin" and the rest of the series.
Riveting novel with keen insight into the human heart... Jan 20, 2007
Original Sin by Brandt Dodson is a real page turner. In some ways I couldn't even tell it was a Christian book. I don't mean that in a bad way. The subject matter (internet pornography) is just one subject that most publishers don't want to touch. I thought the author did an excellent job developing a riveting plot, believable characters, and situations that leave you on the edge of your seat. What impressed me most about this book was how the author took the reader to a deeper place delving into the meaning of life and a sense of purpose that everyone seeks. He had the main character taking an honest look at his own life, and I was moved by the things Colton learned about himself and his own sinful heart. This story ranks high on my list of favorite mystery/suspense novels and I highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel Seventy Time Seven. If it's anything like this debut novel, it'll be worth every minute of my time.