The basic argument of criminality, nature versus nurture, is examined in this tale of one man’s transition from curiosity to killer. Memories of exploitation and marginalization have led to questions. By fate or fancy, death provides answers…and more questions. As the body count rises, an untested team of investigators must navigate the swirling waters of politics and battle personal demons in order to protect a public increasingly lacking in trust. Witness the evolution of killers and cops, experience life and death through their eyes, and understand the everlasting relationship between choices and consequences. A work of fiction, A Choice of Darkness offers two distinct perspectives on an intense three-day-long homicide investigation. The first affords the opportunity to define a mysterious killer in terms of his memories of exploitation, marginalization, and, most recently, murder. The second provides insight into the difficulties experienced by investigators who face professional obstacles and personal tragedy in order to protect a community on edge. In-depth character and scene development, cliffhanger chapter endings, and increasing tempo grace its 392 Kindle pages. As example, the book's antagonist slowly evolves from a mysterious and offensive creature into a figure beset by mental illness, arguably worthy of a modicum of pity. Likewise, the protagonists gradually mature personally and professionally as they discover hidden strength in the bonds created during a homicide investigation turned manhunt. http://www.amazon.com/Choice-Darkness-Major-Crimes-Force-ebook/dp/B00HDPWL0C
With "A Choice of Darkness" I think Jon Kurtz wrote as good as book in the mystery and legal genres as any I have read. Most of his reviews mentioned his excellent character development, all of which were true, but he went much farther than that.
From the very beginning, Kurtz began to wrap different parts and pieces to show how hard being a top-notch at investigations can be. Yes, he uses big words, but the words simply show the intelligence of the writer and is not to be pooh-pooed as being inappropriate. A book is often coming from the author's past and the knowledge of the writer and he shouldn't pretend to be stupid just to please an audience. None of the successful writers in this genre have and neither should Jon Kurtz. John Grisham didn't pull any legal punches and I am very impressed that Kurtz chose to lay it out there as he lived it.
Thomas Payne, his main character, became eerily real to me as I got caught up in his story. Suddenly launched as a reluctant top investigator into a new task force, he knew from the get-go that his "corporate ladder" is fraught with difficulties. However, his very force of strength moves people aside so he can do his job. Shocked by a quick task, he looked at the team he had put together and was very satisfied with their different strengths...and weaknesses.
A Choice of Darkness had a shockingly good plot and was prepared with determination to lead you through the complex issues of working with bosses, other police forces who do not want interference, the intelligence of the criminals and the ability of each one of the task members to bring their talents to the fore. It was not suprising to read that the author had a background in these issues and used his knowledge to write a very, very good book.
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Most recent interview of Authior Jon D. Kurtz. Three minutes in length.