Daily Review: Carson Chance P.I. by N.E. Brown
May 31, 2017
This tension-filled book grabbed my interest as it portrayed two human souls struggling through problems that brought them to an understanding of the power of love.
The sixties were full of hippies, hitchhiking, drugs and war. Carson Chance, a twenty-four year old Viet Nam War veteran returns home to Dallas without a college degree and an injured leg. By chance, he is offered a position at a small private investigating company.
His life is interrupted when he is cruising on his motorcycle on the interstate and stops to pick up a ravishing brunette looking for a ride. Amy Warren is younger than she looks and tugs on Carson’s heart string when he finds she has run a-way from home. He offers her a place to sleep for the night but she is determined not to leave and becomes his roommate; Amy fuels the fire that burns within him and the sparks begin to fly.
The arrangement works for a while until Carson decides to investigate her past, uncovering a mask of lies and deception.
Wanted for murdering her step-father, he finds she is a fugitive from the law. The story takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride through several years of their traumatic relationship, where two dysfunctional people try to survive during a dysfunctional time.
One reviewer writes: “Carson Chance P.I. is more than a run-of-the-mill romance story. This tension-filled book grabbed my interest as it portrayed two human souls struggling through problems that brought them to an understanding of the power of love.”
By Book Editor
N. E. Brown, author of Carson Chance, P.I. Over the Edge, loves history. In fact, most of her books fall into the historical fiction genre. Before writing her Galveston, Indignities Series, Ms. Brown conducted extensive research about the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston to ensure the accuracy of her depiction of the storm and its repercussions on those who survived it.
She has accomplished the same ability to present true-to-life characters and events in her romantic suspense novel, Carson Chance, P.I. Over the Edge. Carson Chance, P.I. takes place in and around Dallas, Texas, during the 1960s. Most of the book’s events occur in one of the city’s most elegant, historic neighborhoods – Oak Cliff. Perhaps, Brown’s research for this novel posed less of a challenge than her previous series. Having been a successful realtor in the Dallas area, Ms. Brown possesses the knowledge to describe Oak Cliff as it existed during and immediately after the Viet Nam War.
Her protagonist, Carson Chance, is a Viet Nam veteran who, like many men who fought in that war, came home with not only physical injuries but also PTSD. Nightmares consume his dreams, and many times he awakes – sometimes on the floor beside his bed – reliving a battle in the jungles of Viet Nam. As a private investigator, Carson takes great pride in solving the cases his employer assigns to him. His independent personality and his ability to discern the truth serve him well. Then something happens.
One day, while cruising on his motorcycle, he stops to pick up a hitch-hiker Amy Warren, who worms her way into his world. Gone is the boring routine of Carson’s lifestyle. He invites Amy to spend a few days with him while she looks for a job and another place to live. Amy kindles a fire in Carson, a fire he does not want to fuel.
For the first time as a P.I., Carson finds himself in a quandary and doubts his ability to distinguish truth from falsehood. He asks himself whether or not Amy is telling him the truth about her past. The events of Amy Warren’s past, while not idyllic by any sense of the word, affect every decision she makes. Amy possesses an independent streak of her own. Several times throughout the novel, she wishes she had never met Carson and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him.
But Carson finds himself in trouble. Will Amy be there for him? Carson Chance, P.I. is a page-turner with suspense, mystery, and romance that will keep the reader glued to every word.
By Patricia La Vigne
During the Vietnam War of the 1960’s, Carson Chance returns to the United States after his discharge from military service. Unfortunately, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has now become a demon he must battle.
While riding his motorcycle from Louisiana to his home in Dallas, Texas, he meets a young hitchhiker named Amy, who has run away from an abusive home life She persuades him to let her come to Dallas with him. Over the months, Amy begins to realize she is very much in love with Carson, but he will not allow himself to commit to a serious relationship.
N. E. Brown leads the reader through a myriad of situations, including personal conflicts of the characters, two murders, incarceration of an innocent victim, the effect of the death of a dear friend on Amy, and the emotional tug-of-war Amy and Carson endure as each tries to put order into their lives.
The reader is kept guessing for only at the end will resolution occur. The question is for whom will it favor?
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