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The Debt Collector Hardcover – Oct 10 2000


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (Oct. 10 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385323603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385323604
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read this particular author before but the back of the book got me interested. It's very different than what I am used too reading. It started out fast but the characters are well defined and I enjoyed the ending quite a bit. Definetly worth reading. I may even pick up one of her other novels.
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By Ingrid on March 5 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book which was more psychological than her other books. I really liked Sonora and enjoyed her relationship with her fellow cop and the other people in the story. She gives just enough detail about her children not to bore; that's usually the stuff I skip over. I can't wait for Hightower's next book.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a long-time fan of this series-with the exception of Satan's Lambs which, although well-written, goes down the Satanic Ritual Abuse path where I cannot follow (at least, not without a full frontal lobotomy). The characters are always effectively drawn, the narrative strong, the plot-lines plausible, the books generally entertaining.
The Debt Collector, however, just isn't up to Hightower's usual mark. First, the identity of the mysterious "third man" present at the grisly scene of the home invasion that is the central event of the tale, was fairly obvious. And, second, I couldn't buy into the heroine's suicidal ideation. Given that things were actually going well in Sonora Blair's life (so well, in fact, that I know any number of women who'd happily trade their lives for Sonora's), it didn't seem reasonable (no matter how charismatic the character of the "third man") that she'd be so preoccupied with thoughts of her own death-as well as being food-phobic almost to the point of anorexia. This is very serious stuff and there's just nothing in the text to substantiate this psychological near-meltdown.
That said, it's a book worth reading. It's just not up to the standard set by Hightower in No Good Deed, Eyeshot, and Flashpoint.
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Format: Hardcover
The debt collector starts out with a gory crime scene which is done very well. I think the author goes a little overboard in trying to give the characters "character". Some of the dialog is just downright corny, but hey, some people like corny. Sonora, our heroine detective does her job well and is a bit on the independent/rebellious side. Unfortunately the killer does not get to go to the electric chair, oops, I shouldn't give that away, but his conclusion is still interesting.
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