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'As more people filled the packed church, Jack was forced to move down the wall toward the front, until he was very near the altar. From that vantage point, he could see the young mother's face. He found himself staring at her, unable to look away. He didn't know why. Perhaps it was the terrible sadness in her face. He watched her intently as she clutched a little brown teddy bear and a picture of her daughter, who now lay only feet away in a small casket. The size of it made him wince. Jack felt the anger rise within him.' At sixty years old, Jack Steele has long since retired from putting criminalsespecially those that hurt childrenin prison. Following his retirement from law enforcement, he built a successful multimillion-dollar company, allowing him financial freedom in his golden years. However, following the unexpected loss of his wife Sarah, he withdraws into himself. He becomes a loner whose only companion is his German shepherd. Sick of a court system that lets monsters out of prison to torture and kill again and again, he decides there is only one way to stop them. Using his own resources, his credentials as a retired police officer, and his .380 Walther, he and his dog begin to huntbring justice to those whom the system cannot control.
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Barton's book The Goodbye Man features a gorgeous German Shepard, Sadie... Jack, a retired cop turned successful businessman, cannot let go of a defining moment in his life. As a young, inexperienced cop he was faced with the choice: put the gun down and the perp gets away with the child ... or, steady the nerves to the max and shoot the perp in the head ... After retirement, he continues to be frustrated by child molesters getting off lightly or, not even getting caught at all. And with Sadie by his side he sets out to change that. ~Vidocq
A man and his dog slay pederasts from New York City to Florida in this surging thriller from ex-law enforcement investigator Barton.
... Jack Steele, a former policeman, now a wealthy vigilante--snuffs out pederasts actively pursuing their wretched desires... That's the strength of Barton's story ... The violence can be boiling..but there's also a surprising quietude, a sense of security from knowing someone's out there tending to things.... A brilliant authorial decision was threading the dog, Sadie, into the tale ... The final pages, though melodramatic, overflow with bittersweetness and bite.
A well-crafted novel that cuttingly tackles vigilantism and vengeance.
~Kircus Reviws *****
Chad Barton spent his first career in law enforcement as a crime scene investigator involving major crimes and retired as a detective sergeant. He was involved in countless death investigationsin south and central Florida. He currently resides in Florida, where he owns several successful businesses. He is pictured here with his dog, Sadie.
Based upon Chad's experience in law enforcement, his love of dogs, and as a reader of suspense mystery authors, Chad's first detective novel is not only a murder mystery book but a dog detective book as well.
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