After the Goode – A Jake Roberts Novel
Bobby Goode is a superstar comedian. During his opening night, he humiliates a heckler. After the show, the heckler stalks Bobby with a baseball bat. Defending himself, Bobby shoots the man. He panics from the fear that he will lose his fame and fortune if anyone finds out. At the crime scene, Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina investigate a charred body and torched Cadillac. They invite Jake to consult on the case. On closing night, inside the comedy club, Jake and Wynter arrive to arrest Bobby––”Shots fired!”
About the author
“Cary Allen Stone is a brilliant writer of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries. He writes with a keen eye for detail–the graphic violence is chillingly realistic. He delivers a taut, darkly introspective, cunning and well-executed plot by leaning towards the fallible side of his characters. He understands the criminal mind avoiding the stereotypes that dominate crime thrillers. There is a good balance of chemistry and conflict, good and evil that fans will find enthralling. His characters become embedded in our psyches and the pace of his unraveling of his thriller is a ride not easily forgotten. Cary Allen Stone is an important name to watch. This is one superb crime writer!”
––Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewervine Voice. Gary live in Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona author Cary Allen Stone also happens to be an airline pilot (he began flying in 1972 at age 19!), having been hired by his first professional airline in 1982, and that figures significantly in this Book 3 AFTER THE GOODE of the Jake Roberts series of novels. Stone achieved a Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and has worked in television (he had a non-speaking character role in an AAA Club advertisement), film and voice-over radio commercials and since 1990 has been writing thrillers and true crime novels. His books include a True Crime study of filicide (the killing of a child be the parent) THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES, a cybercrime thriller STEALING ATLANTA, and his Jake Roberts crime thriller series – AFTER THE EVIL, MIND OVER MURDER and now AFTER THE GOODE. Two major influences on his writing occurred in 1992 – using the impact of Aviation on his writing, he flew for British film director Sir Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, American Gangster, etc). It gave him an opportunity to discuss his writing with Sir Scott who remains a major influence for him. He is a member of the Phoenix Writer’s Club, the Arizona Authors Association and The Desert Sleuths. Toss that multifaceted salad together and the reader will understand why Carry Allen Stone’s novels are so accurate and credible as well as engrossing reads.
So much of the success of a book relies on character development and the interaction between characters, especially in a series of novels. The following excerpt demonstrates how well he accomplishes bringing the reader who may not have read the first two books of this series into the present:’ They first became friends in grade school inside one of the first desegregated schools in Atlanta. Jake was a poor white kid from the Holy Cross Home for the Perpetual Abandoned. Read more ›
Cary Allen Stone delivers another ‘golden gem’ with mysterious twists-and-turns in the ‘Jake Roberts Series.’ A riveting crime story, packed with suspense not only grabs your attention in the beginning, but one that turns into a Masterpiece, made for the big screen. As we continue to follow the footsteps of Jake Roberts, after learning that he was forced to retire, he decides to move to L.A. with Caitland, where he writes crime novels.
They decide to take a mini-vacation to visit his best friend in Phoenix, which is where Jake steps into law enforcement action once again. A Superstar comedian winds up in the middle of a murder investigation, and Jake finds himself working on the case with the Phoenix Homicide detectives.
Did Bobby Goode act in self-defense with the heckler, and did he attempt to hide any criminal evidence of wrong-doing? Who becomes the number one suspect, and does Jake dig real deep to find the truth? “AFTER THE GOODE” is a thrill ride in an engaging crime story with unforgettable characters, in a picture-perfect setting as it entertains throughout, and is as suspenseful as ‘A Perfect Murder.’ Highly recommended to all mystery, and thriller lovers!
While in Phoenix, a murder catches his eye and he decides to see what he can do to help. He never expects to get wrapped up in another case, but that’s just what happens.Just when you think you’re gonna ease into an easy read, Jake strikes again. This one moves at a slower pace than the others but it’s just as good. Characters are well defined and relatable. Well conceived and written, this is one to ad to the TBR pile. I felt we got to see another side of Jake Roberts in this book. It gave him a more well rounded personality. I love Jake Roberts books and you will too. Get all of them so you have a great view of Jake.I found no issues with this one.I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because the pace was slower than the others. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Jake discovers that once you have been a homicide detective, it never goes away, even after you retire. So when Jake travels to Phoenix, Arizona to meet with his BFF Fred, an airline pilot, he gets back in the game when there is a murder. Fred is black and Jake is white and they grew up together under very difficult circumstances, which created bonds that are like steel. Whenever they get together they engage in banter that flows freely and includes the women in their lives. Like many of the best cops, they barely avoided ending up in prison themselves when they were young.
Bobby Goode is a comedian that grew up in Phoenix and he has come back for some performances. He is now a star and carries a gun due to occasional harassment by fans and the threat of something even worse. When he heckles an older man on vacation with his wife that was suddenly fired after decades of work, that man seeks revenge later with a baseball bat, forcing Bobby to shoot him. More accurate than he thought possible, the wound proves fatal and Bobby panics, uncertain what to do. He attempts to hide the crime and act as if nothing happened in his life.
By chance, Jake encounters the crime scene and is recognized by a retired detective, the father of Wynter Williams, currently a homicide detective on the force. Jake is given the offer to view the crime scene and provide any insights that he may have.