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The Good Die Twice [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Driver
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September 2000 Chase Dagger Mysteries
The Good Die Twice, now in paperback, combines mystery with an element of fantasy. Chase Dagger has a knack for attracting cases that more resemble the X-Files than Colombo. To handle these unusual cases requires unusual assistants. Einstein is a scarlet macaw with a photographic memory. Sara, Dagger's young assistant, is a shape-shifter. Together they are either the driving force behind Dagger Investigations or they are going to drive Dagger crazy.

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Thirty-year-old, leanly handsome Chicago-area private detective Chase Dagger employs 18-year-old, reservation-raised shape-shifter Sara Morningsky as his assistant in this series debut. As a sleek hawk, Sara witnesses the murder of a beautiful former model who supposedly died at sea some five years earlier. When Sara and Chase delve into her family background, they uncover hidden agendas, rivalries, and greed. The attendant breezy sex, violence, and action, coupled with bits of Indian lore and Einstein the talking macaw, should have readers clamoring for the projected next novel. Lee also writes as Sandra Tooley (When the Dead Speak).
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The Good Die Twice is an excellent start to a series that promises to entertain for books to come." -- Shelley Glodowski, Midwest Book Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and interesting series starter April 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Author Lee Driver offers the first in the series of mysteries starring private investigator Chase Dagger--The Good Die Twice. Also on hand are his assistant (and landlady) 18-year-old Native American shape shifter Sara Morningsky and his scarlet macaw Einstein, who, through his sometimes inappropriate repetition of words, often knows more than he appears to.
Driver (who also writes Sam Casey mysteries under the name S.D. Tooley) starts the series with a bang as Dagger and Sara investigate a woman's murder that Sara witnessed during an outing as a hawk. She later recognizes the woman from a photo at a party as one Rachel Tyler, wife of Robert Tyler. The problem is that Rachel Tyler already died, five years ago. So Dagger and company are off and running to find out the truth.
Along the way, we meet Dagger's cadre of friends and associates--like Padre the seminary-student-turned-police-sergeant, Skizzy the paranoid jeweler, and Simon the mailman (who predicts something besides friendship in Dagger and Sara's relationship)--and learn more about Sara's unique history and abilities. These asides enhance the reader's feeling for the characters, enhancing the story instead of taking away from it. The relationship between Dagger and Padre is well-drawn and believable and Skizzy offers terrific comic relief through his mistrust of any and all public institutions, including doctors and grocery stores.
In addition to murder and humor, The Good Die Twice contains plenty of sexual tension, and the author is an equal opportunity ogler, offering as many (if not more) vivid descriptions of Dagger's fit physique as of Sara's various attributes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a Perfect Mystery April 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across this book while cruising Amazon. Before I could finish I came back and ordered the other two in this series because I knew I didn't want the experience to end.(...) The first page where the hawk is introduced was the only page I had to "digest." The rest pulled me along and I read every word. In some mysteries, I skip sentences or whole sections because the writing is boring and I know it's just filler. Yes, even in the best. But Ms. Driver's writing is tight and the story is taut to the end. She reveals the culprits early, but it's still a wild ride to the last sentence. Everything is pulled together nicely. No, she doesn't wallow in the violence and I hope that doesn't change, but she describes the action sufficiently for you to understand what's happening. Violence is gratituous enough on TV and in the movies, it's nice to have a chance to use your brain to fill in the not-needed GORY details,if you must. She delivers just enough to make you feel the tension and potential. When she wants you to know a character is evil and capable of the vilest activities, you know it, believe me. Very shrewd. The bird is aptly described and becomes an interesting character. She develops the characters, gives them depth and emotion, and crafts and interesting tale. If the shape shifting seems too much, don't worry, it doesn't overtake the story. The American Indian influences are subtle, but appealing and well-done. This book does a lot and does it well: plot,dialogue,intrigue, character development, sexual tension, police procedures, animal influence. The weakest character is the fiancee, but maybe there are women like that. She doesn't take away from the book, and haven't you noticed that most stories on TV have once character you just hate. So, even Sheila serves a purpose. :)Enjoy the book. I am looking forward to many more "cases" with Sara, Dagger, and Einstein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slick hit March 28 2002
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A handsome detective, colorful sidekicks, and great writing make for a wonderful read. Chase Dagger has a past not fully shared with his readers. The cases he works are ones not usually taken by your everyday P.I. Couple this with some Native American mythology and a quirky paranoid computer geek and you've got one entertaining read. THE GOOD DIE TWICE basically refers to someone who dies twice. She was assumed dead the first time and the puzzle is in who tried to kill her the first time and where has she been hiding out for five years. The Native American lore is in Sara's ability to shapeshift. (Native Americans believed that elders could shapeshift into animal forms to spy on their enemies.) I love mysteries with a bit of fantasy, sci-fi, psychic phenomena, you name it. By reading the cover or reading the book description on Amazon, anyone can tell that this is what the book entails. So for readers who can't suspend disbelief, it's your own fault if you are disappointed. Stick to the Oprah picks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book Nov. 2 2001
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Recently I read Lee Driver's, The Good Die Twice. This is a terrific mystery whether you enjoy reading mysteries or not. An excellent author is Lee Driver keeping me into the story throughout.
The story revolves around Sara Morningsky, a charming Native American girl with divine shape-shifting powers, and Chase Dagger, a very hard-nosed detective. They investigate the murder of supermodel Rachel Tyler. Sara, as a shapeshifted Hawk, witnesses a murder of a young woman. However, by the time she goes and gets Dagger from her apartment, all evidence has disappeared. Later, they are invited to a party at the Tyler house. At the house, Sara sees a picture of Rachel and recognizes her as the one who had been murdered. However, evidence had shown that Rachel passed away five years before while on a family yacht one night. Sara and Dagger are left to investigate what really happened with some help from Skizzy, Padre, Nick Tyler, and Einstein, Dagger's annoying macaw.
The author does an excellent job in tying the plot together in the end. Although I do not enjoy reading, this was one of the first books in which I understood what was happening and actually enjoyed the story. Despite the 300 pages, I loved this book and how Lee Driver writes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Author To Keep Your Eye On...
A book that defies the crime fiction mold. From page one, you know you're in for a different kind of read. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2001 by Amy
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe for Younger Readers
I must agree with some of the other reviewers -- the concept was intriguing, but the execution was poor. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept, terrible execution
The concept, the plot and the characters looked very good. Then I read it. Parts of it were quite good, but like an omelette a few really rotten eggs can ruin the whole thing. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001 by George G. Olive
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery to die for
Cross-genre mysteries are becoming more and more popular. The Good Die Twice introduces us to a new team of detectives: Chase Dagger and Sara Morningsky. Read more
Published on July 3 2001 by Jerry
2.0 out of 5 stars Might be good for teenagers
I couldn't get past the first third of this book. I tried, but to me it read like a book written for a teenager by a teenager. Read more
Published on May 24 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH READING
THE GOOD DIE TWICE is the first in a planned Chase Dagger series.
Chase Dagger has sent his assistant Sara on a stakeout, and she witnesses a murder but by the time that she... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2000 by Pamela Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
The Good Die Twice is a winner, both in terms of fascinating characters and a rapid-fire, unguessable plot. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A skillful blend of plot, characters, fantasy, and humor.
Odd but very, very good. Lee Driver skillfully blends a complicated plot with unique characters, supernatural fantasy and humor. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2000 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Highly Recommended
Lee Driver's The Good Die Twice is the start of an extraordinary new mystery series featuring Chase Dagger and his Native American partner Sara Morningsky. Read more
Published on June 6 2000 by Midwest Book Review
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