Item description for Electric Beach (Mike Connolly Mystery Series #3) by Joe Hilley...
Overview Mike Connolly, a fifty-something attorney, is now a recovering alcoholic, divorced from his wife and estranged from his daughter. While researching a murder case, a string of clues takes him to a tanning salon that is a front for prostitution and pornography. Connolly presses on, moving deep into a world where negative forces slowly and subtly turn him back toward who he was before he turned his life around. Surrounded by deception, Connolly does not recognize what is happening until it's too late.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher David C. Cook
Series Mike Connolly Mystery
ISBN 1589190750 ISBN13 9781589190757
Availability 0 units.
More About Joe Hilley
Joe Hilley is an author who is also an attorney with an M.Div, degree. His broad experience and many years in the Deep South set a wonderful foundation for Sober Justice. Hilley lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with his wife Joy and their two young children, Laura Catherine and Jack.
Reviews - What do customers think about Electric Beach (Mike Connolly Mystery Series #3)?
Another Great Book! Feb 6, 2008
Joe Hilley has done it again!!! Electric Beach is a well written book that keeps you turning the pages!!! I just read where one reviewer stated Joe was "no James Patterson." That's true. Joe actually has a vocabulary!!! I've read just about every book Patterson has written. They're like watching movies and don't make you think! (Not to mention in about every one a child is murdered!) Joe's novels, on the other hand, are an absolute delight to read! Keep up the good work Joe!!!
Good story ... not so great novel Oct 8, 2007
Though detective and legal thrillers are not my usual fare, I gave this one a chance becase I live near enough to Mobile to be interested in the setting.
Mike Connolly, as the protagonist, is an intersting subject for a compelling story. Characters with their own personal demons always make the most interesting heroes. Mike is a recovering acoholic who has lost his family and a fair amount of his own self-respect over the years. Now he is reformed but still fighting the shadows of his former life.
The subject of this story is tough on the senses. Sexual slavery and prostitution aren't the normal topics for Christian fiction. The fact that these things exist in deep in the heart of the Bible belt make this story even more compelling. Kudos to the the author for tackling them.
With all that said, the novel ends up being little more that Christian pulp fiction. And not great pulp fiction (i.e. Ted Dekker). The story is overloaded with far too many physical descriptions (street names, shop names,etc...)As a native of the area in the novel, I found these interesting but I am quite sure no one from anywhere else would care one bit about this glut of information.
There is great promise in the story's hero. But the great story did not become a really good novel.
Good Reading! Aug 16, 2007
I liked this book, but mainly because I'm from the Gulf Coast where the story takes place. I'm not sure this would have held my interest if I didn't like reading about familiar places. The character, Mike Connolly, is a likeable guy and it's interesting to see how he handles his past "demons" of alcohol and a fast-living lifestyle. Joe Hilley is no James Patterson, but if you're from the Gulf Coast, you'll enjoy this read. And if you like this book, you're sure to enjoy his others.
Good Book Aug 29, 2006
Good easy reading, sometimes had too many details such as the different roads taken to arrive at a location, but altogether was a good read. Interesting to have the topics of today (prostituition, sexual slavery, alcoholism) merged into a book with no foul language. I liked it enough to buy his two previous books and am now reading the first of those.