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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (Jan. 31 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345394690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345394699
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 41 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #579,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"WHAT YOU FELLOWS DON'T UNDERSTAND," Trey Slocum growled, a cigarette clenched between his teeth, "is that you got to stare death in the face to be a real man." Read the first page
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By Karen Potts on Nov. 8 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twelve-year-old Jordan Poteet and his best friends decide to ride out a hurricane in a tree house. When high winds frighten them down from their perch, they run for home and discover a dead body on the way. It is presumed that the young girl died as a result of the storm, but later events cast some doubt on this conclusion.
The story continues in the present with the 12-year-olds now in their 30's. One of them is returning home after deserting his wife and son. Upon his return, his buddies begin to show up dead. Concern grows as the killer seems to get closer to Jordan and his remaining friends. Abbott's conclusions are never simple, and the dysfunctional family lives of Jordan's friends are exposed during the course of his investigation. This is another well-written book by a talented author.
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I never expected a series to "keep" me as much as this one. Secrets from the past, characters you actually care about (Imagine that!), and a plot that never lets up. I read this in two nights (It would've been one if I hadn't need some sleep) and started the fourth in the series after finishing the third. If you're looking for a series that will make you laugh, cry, guess, sympathize, and empathize, Jeff Abbott is the one for you!
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 1998
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This is the 3rd page turner in the Jordan Poteet series. I was thankful that I had the next in the series "Distant Blood" ready to go the minute I finished this one. "Promises of Home" came from a slightly different angle than the first two, but kept me guessing all the way. I love the way Abbott writes!-just the right mixture of suspense, thrills, romance, nostalgia & humor.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 1997
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Lost love, dark family secrets, coming to grips with the past, murder -- and a tornado to boot! Mr. Abbott would get my vote for an Edgar award, if I could vote..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best Jordan Poteet so far! March 17 1998
By GCarriveau@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I never expected a series to "keep" me as much as this one. Secrets from the past, characters you actually care about (Imagine that!), and a plot that never lets up. I read this in two nights (It would've been one if I hadn't need some sleep) and started the fourth in the series after finishing the third. If you're looking for a series that will make you laugh, cry, guess, sympathize, and empathize, Jeff Abbott is the one for you!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I just can't get enough of Jeff Abbott! Oct. 27 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the 3rd page turner in the Jordan Poteet series. I was thankful that I had the next in the series "Distant Blood" ready to go the minute I finished this one. "Promises of Home" came from a slightly different angle than the first two, but kept me guessing all the way. I love the way Abbott writes!-just the right mixture of suspense, thrills, romance, nostalgia & humor.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent mystery Nov. 8 2001
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Twelve-year-old Jordan Poteet and his best friends decide to ride out a hurricane in a tree house. When high winds frighten them down from their perch, they run for home and discover a dead body on the way. It is presumed that the young girl died as a result of the storm, but later events cast some doubt on this conclusion.
The story continues in the present with the 12-year-olds now in their 30's. One of them is returning home after deserting his wife and son. Upon his return, his buddies begin to show up dead. Concern grows as the killer seems to get closer to Jordan and his remaining friends. Abbott's conclusions are never simple, and the dysfunctional family lives of Jordan's friends are exposed during the course of his investigation. This is another well-written book by a talented author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A light & entertaining read March 30 2006
By JoeV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jordan Poteet is the exception to the rule that small town librarians lead dull lives. In this third installment, (I suggest reading this series in chronological order), Jordan's childhood friends are turning up dead and the murders seem to tie back to an evening 20 years earlier during a hurricane. So once again Jordan puts on his sleuthing hat. The author does a good job going back and forth in time while holding together the thread of the story/mystery. All of the characters from the earlier books are here with a few new ones - "Sister's" ex-husband shows up. And small town Texas is proudly on display - although at times as I followed Jordan around I flashed back to Opie. This is a perfect book for the pool or dentist's office with no excessive violence, sex or language - a nice tight PG-13 mystery. One observation on character development - the women in this series who were strong-willed and independent in the first book have now seemingly progressed to actually terrorizing the men - Jordan included.
As complex as the human heart July 6 2013
By Queenvon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow...just finished Jeff Abbott's AMAZING novel and I'm sorry it ended! A complex and, at times, dark story of murder, both past and present. Beautifully written with insights into the male psyche, the story revolves around Jordan (Jordy) Poteet, and his childhood buddies, then and now involved in murder and mystery and secrets. It's a tale of sorrow, of male pride and of how some men keep their dark secrets close--to their detriment.
Abbott allows us to be the proverbial flies on the wall of the treehouse of 5 childhood preteen boys as they attempt to become men by 'looking death in the eye' as they ride out hurricane Althea in the early 70s. We are privy to their thoughts, witness to their individual personality traits & quirks as they interact. A tornado funnel is spotted, sending the friends running for cover. While doing so, they stumble onto the body of a young black teenaged girl.
Fast forward 20 years & the 5 friends are all living in the same small Texas town, some having just returned, all carrying baggage that growing to adulthood saddles us with...things get heated when 1 of the friends returns to town and another is found murdered. The ex-husband of main character Jordy's sister returns after running off 6 years ago with the rodeo, leaving his wife & child and his friends, without so much as a 'good-bye'. Old wounds are reopened, emotional scars torn off when he is confronted. The past intertwines with the present as more violence and death occurs.
A wonderful read with honest dialog and all too human 3 dimensional characters. Jordy as amateur sleuth unravels the motivations and more than 1 mystery in this outstanding novel. Lots of subplots and threads are woven throughout and all are carefully followed to their respective ends. This 3rd installment in the series is most likely the finest. I HIGHLY recommend this, and all this author's novels in the series. Probably best read in order for continuity.
THANK YOU, MR. ABBOTT, for sharing these superbly written novels!!! MORE, PLEASE!

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