Steeled for Murder | Review

Monday, May 5, 2014



Title: Steeled for Murder (Jesse #1)
Author: KM Rockwood
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Stars: 4

"On parole for a murder conviction, Jesse is the first suspect when Mitch, a forklift driver at work, is killed. Will Jesse be able to figure out what happened, or be sent back to prison?
After nearly twenty years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse Damon has been released, a home detention monitor strapped to his ankle. Determined to make it and mindful of his parole restrictions, he struggles with life outside prison. He finds a basement apartment, a job on the overnight shift at a steel fabrication plant and a few people who treat him like anybody else. Especially Kelly, a woman who works in the shipping department. He seems to be making it. Until Mitch, forklift driver on the shift, is found murdered in the warehouse. Investigating detective doesn’t want to look any further than Jesse to close the case He’s not fussy about the methods he uses to gather evidence. If Jesse isn’t going down for this, he will have to be the one to figure out who killed Mitch and why."
*Author requested an honest review.*

RELATED : Fostering Death (Jesse #2) | Buried Biker (Jesse #3) | Sendoff for a Snitch (Jesse #4) | Brother's In Crime (Jesse #5)


What could be worse than going to prison for murder? Being recently released on to have been seen in a confrontation with one of his new co-workers only hours before he turned up murdered. Toss in a cop who is adamant he is guilty, several ill-timed illegal propositions, and a whole lot of miscommunication, and you get one emotional ride.

I'll admit it, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I didn't think I was going to hate it or anything like that, but anyone who knows me will tell you I live in a paranormal world. Shifters, yes please. Vampires, absolutely. Demons, Angels, Faeries, well, the list really goes on and on doesn't it? If I branch off, it tends to be a historical romance novel I end up with. A contemporary novel? Ehh.....not so sure.

But I am trying to be a big girl and venture out of my comfort zone every once in a while. So when the author contacted me about reviewing this book, I gladly accepted.

And I have to say, I am glad I gave this book a chance, because I really loved it. Not only was this a well written, great novel, it made me feel. I'm not a criminal, I've never been accused of a crime -wrongfully or not- I shouldn't have anything in common with Jesse. Yet, there is more to this man than just having served time in jail, and I think the author does a nice job making us see the real side of the man that no one around him seems to be capable of discovering. Everyone has issues with family, or been a victim of badmouthing, Jesse just gets a larger dose with more serious consequences.

But does he fight back? Lash out? No. Even with all his flaws, Jesse is a strong character. When you combine that strength with the fact that he is not the type of person to just steamroll over a person just because it's the easiest route to take, you find that Jesse is an admirable character. By that point I already loved him, so all the s**t that kept getting tossed his way only made me feel for him even more. By the end, I was ready to climb into the book and knock a few people senseless on his behalf.

The story itself was more than just a murder mystery. Yes, Jesse ends up deciding to find out who the real killer is, a one way trip back to jail is nothing if not a grand motivator. But that's only a part of what this book is about. I cannot say much detail-wise because I think the way the author adds drama and risks really works to raise the stakes, and me listing them would only be a disservice to all that work. So, I'll just say this. The experiences Jesse lives with and all the trouble that runs his way really gives you an interesting look at mankind. We see prejudices, biased judgments, loyalty, human fallacies, and that is only just the beginning.

If you're a fan of contemporary novels, mysteries or not, I highly recommend this book. This is book one of a series, and I personally am really looking forward to the next book.

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