A prestigious job at a top law firm, a beautiful home, and a gorgeous wife all made for an ideal life - but then life gets in the way. For Mac McRyan, a family tragedy meant forgoing a lucrative legal career for one in the family business - the St. Paul Police Department. After four years as a cop, Mac crosses the crime scene tape for the first time as a homicide detective. The back alley murder of a young trial lawyer from a high profile law firm doesn't add up. In an emotionally charged investigation full of unexpected twists and turns, Mac will need to follow a convoluted trail of evidence, secrets, and hidden agendas to help solve a murder mystery that is his First Case.
New York Times and USA Today
©2012 Roger Stelljes (P)2015 Roger Stelljes
Very disappointed after reading reviews and being recommended to read this short book first. I struggled to get into it, couldn't follow any story and in honesty can't understand why it got good reviews. Didn't get any sense of the main character and still not sure what the plot actually was. Certainly didn't grip me like a good book should. Reluctant to purchase his full books in this series now.
"Great prequel novella to a police thriller series"
I look forward to listening to the novels this series in order. Johnny peppers does a fine job of narration although I think of him as a romance novel narrator.
"Thankfully, There Will Be More!"
Imagine that you've left behind a profession that could propel your future to unknown heights for a place in a family legacy of public service. Mac Ryan doesn't have to envision that possibility. He's living the reality.
In a tight and matter of fact style, he approaches his first foray into murder. Ably accompanied by a seasoned veteran, he shows a deft technique enhanced by his tendency to map all of the facets, and finds the answer, gets the guilty party and manages to extract himself from a personal entanglement no longer worth his investment.
As the beginning of a new series, this was a compelling tale that whets your appetite and has you glad that you know there will be more!
"Murder, mystery and intrigue"
A short twelve chapter story that is the start of the series. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the books in the series.
Mac McRyan was my favorite character. The book told the backstory and about his first case. A great way to dive into the books.
Peppers brings the characters to life with multiple voices and an easy listening style. The books have a lot of characters so this is no easy feat and he seems to do it seamlessly and creates suspense.
"Save a credit, buy this on sale."
First Case is a short story. The words to price ratio is VERY low. I did get it on sale and for that price, enjoyed it. Once again, Stelljes refreshingly takes us into a police procedural where none of the cops are Peter Principle promotions, but instead are decent, intelligent professionals who like and respect each other to work as a team. The tension here's created by bad guys on the street, not bad guys among the brass. How original huh?
At the right price, grab this little thing for a good introduction to the McRyan series. However, you don't need to read this short story to jump right in and start with "The St. Paul Conspiracy". It'll tell you all you need.
Johnny Pepper reads it good.
loved it. liked the characters banter and development. in a small story it expected my expectations
"Fair story, Poor reading"
I thought I would check out a new series so I chose this author. While the story was mediocre, the reading was so poor I found it difficult to enjoy the story. The reader can make or break a story to me and this is not a series I will continue.
On the contrary, this is my favorite genre. This book was just a poor example.
While the reader was a good READER, his voice and voices for others was entirely inappropriate for the character and did not have the strength or integrity of tenor I felt was needed to bring this story to life.
Do people actually get paid to narrate books? If so, I want to apply!! This narrator was wooden, unexpressive and inadequate with poor timing. I listen to books because I'm dyslexic (and I truly appreciate this website); I listen to about 100 books a year. Is it so difficult to find good narrators? Can you just walk in off the street? Where is Barbara Rosenblat? George Guidall? Kate Burton? Bronson Pinchot? Judy Kaye? Laurel Lefkow? Karen Peakes? Katherine Borowitz? Kate Udall? Kimberly Farr? Rebecca Roman? To name just a few. Or perhaps it's the director -- I'll apply for that job too!When I started listening to book, the narrators were skilled crafts persons. I guess because of the availability of so many books, there just aren't the good readers available. This book, short as it is, deserves a better reader -- the series deserves a better reader!
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