Payback takes place in a California mountain town somewhat like the one where I live. But only nice people live here, I assure you.
A California mountain village explodes with the news of the beheading of a popular mayor. But we´re all such nice people here in our little paradise, aren´t we, people ask? It´s up to Sheriff´s Homicide Detective Dex Stafford to discover who of all these nice people has the darkest motive. Everybody hated this guy for different and very good reasons. Patrol Officer Holly Seabright of the village’s security patrol becomes a prickly ally in the unraveling of this fast-paced story when big city crime hits a mountain town.
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I also write another series set in Santa Monica featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department. I’ll transport you to Santa Monica, one of the country’s best-known liberal cities and international tourist destinations and introduce you to new friends in memorable characters that seem like real people. Here’s a new way of seeing glitzy Santa Monica.
Book Snoop: Nice to see something new to me in a murder mystery.
Edie Dykeman, BellaOnline’s Mystery Books Editor: Top-Notch New Series
Samfreene: One smart cop, one feisty activist and one smart nine-year-old that just might
follow in her father’s footsteps.
Patty: I am buying more copies to give as Christmas gifts. Enough said.
Gael Bailey: You get where you want to know what happened to the characters after the
book ended. I read it twice and enjoyed it more the second time.
If you favor characters like in Stone Barrington and Harry Bosch, you’ll love this book!
ToughLadySpeak: Brusque language, original insight and surprisingly semi-hard boiled
prose from a female author who is not afraid to push the envelope.
Jim Conn, former Mayor of Santa Monica: Wonderful character studies and a glimpse into
the underbelly of one of America’s best known liberal cities and one of this country’s most
popular international tourist destinations.
Best ChickLit: Rip Off is a ripping good yarn if I ever read one! The small novel is packed to
the brim full of action, death and deceit – plus high-tech burglaries to boot!
Mayra Calvani: Multi-genre author and reviewer: An excellent job in bringing upscale Santa Monica and its people to life, with its luxurious condos and leftist politics.
Jim Lockhart: “Mar Preston’s Payback is an attractive, skillfully done melding of an American police procedural story with an English village mystery.
Jodie Renner: Even though I was reading very intently, the ending still caught me by surprise. The author also gives us some great insights into California mountain politics and current ecological issues of the area. I’d rate this Mar Preston’s best book so far, in many ways. And it’s nice to learn a few things while being entertained. An absorbing read!
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