Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Hard Job
SERIES: Reightman & Bailey Book Two
AUTHOR: Jeffrey Craig
PUBLISHER: Jeffery Craig Schwalk
LENGTH: 340 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2016
In this second Reightman & Bailey thriller, Detective Melba Reightman is distraught over the murder of her friend and partner, Sam Jackson. The Guzman murder case has been closed, but she knows the real killer is still out there somewhere. Toby Bailey’s discovery of a set of incriminating photos proved there were more people involved in Geri Guzan’s death than just Dr. Lieberman, but getting anyone to listen is more of a challenge than she’d ever imagined. She’s going to need help convincing the powers that be that the case needs to be reopened, but she’ll find a way to do it. It’s the only choice she has if she wants to discover who’s behind it all.
Toby’s still struggling with Geri’s death and the shock at having been the target of a hitman. Detective Jackson took the bullet meant for him and saved his life, and he doesn’t understand how things could have gone so very wrong. No one should have known about the evidence Geri left behind, but it’s the only explanation that makes any sense. He has a hunch things are going to get worse, so he’ll just have to pull up his pants and get on with whatever needs to be done to help Detective Reightman figure things out.
And as for John Brown? He’s just worried he won’t get paid after botching the hit on Toby, and can’t help wondering what will happen next. It wasn’t really his fault. Mistakes were bound to happen when things got complicated, but who knew this would be such a hard job?
Things are heating up in this southern city.
Those of you who follow my reviews will recognize this book and series as going with the review I published a couple days ago. This one is the second book in the Reightman & Bailey series, and it literally picks up on a “next page” basis from the cliffhanger ending of book one. I’m actually glad that the author chose to do them as two books, even though the story continues directly into this second half. Some of you might not be up to 680 pages in one sitting, but trust me, I was. I had to force myself to go to bed last night with “only” an hour and forty five minutes remaining showing on the bottom of Kindle page. I couldn’t keep my eyes open, and realized I would be wasting such good reading on my overly tired self.
So, I got to finish it today. Again, an extremely good book. We’re back to the story of Toby Bailey, Detective Melba Reightman, and the rest of the crew. Detective Reightman is struggling to get past a death that happened near the end of book one, and we aren’t any closer to finding out who killed Geri, and perhaps a few other people as well…
When Geri’s killer was revealed somewhere around 50% of the way through this book, I was thinking to myself…where is it going from here? I’ll tell you where it went. It brought us to the hidden killer in the background. We readers know about John Brown, this man who has been behind the scenes, but Toby and Melba don’t know about him. When it was finally revealed who he actually is, I’ll readily admit that I hadn’t figured it out ahead of time. I was totally surprised when the author revealed the truth.
Great job again Mr. Craig. I can’t wait for the next one and I’m really hoping some of the other characters are back and that the one controlling boyfriend gets over himself. I’m also hoping one of Melba’s coworkers gets exactly what’s coming to him!
No more spoilers, do yourself a favor, pick up both Done Rubbed Out and Hard Job immediately. You won’t be sorry. If you have Kindle Unlimited, both are available as part of that program. Again, as with book one, please be aware that these books are not romance, so if you only like romance, give them a pass…but take my word…if you do…you’ll be missing some really, really good books!
Now bring on Book Three, Skin Puppet…soon please!!! Tapping foot impatiently….