Hold Fast: Book Review

Hold Fast (A Jack and Shea LAPD Homicide Series)
Hold Fast
Hold Fast

Hold Fast (A Jack and Shea LAPD Homicide Series) by Lindy Gligorijevic as a play. It is a police drama and is my pick for this week.

Lindy Gligorijevic

Amazing to me is that the author, Lindy Gligorijevic is my neighbor. She is a Chief Investigator. Unlike what you would think of an investigator, Lindy is funny, personable and knows what she’s writing about.

Lindy’s sense of humor brings characters to life.

For example, she described one of the police officers as having the

“good looks of an aging television news anchor and all of the annoying qualities of an unneutered male cat.”

I do not need more details than that to picture HIM!

Then there’s the captain.

“You should teach it (interrogation). But maybe it comes naturally to women.” …No matter anyway, the captain was already extending his soft hand to people behind her.

He sounds capable and politically correct, doesn’t he? And only 2% into the book we have met several main characters enjoying the department Christmas party. The guests alone would have scared me away from that party, but read on!

Humor Sets the Scene

Lindy describes the bathroom at this elegant once-a-year party.

She pushed open the second stall door with her shoulder. She wouldn’t have been surprised to find a fetus in the toilet. … but the only thing in the water was a floating cockroach.

I would so love to go to that party! Wouldn’t you? She also found a bloody fingerprint on the paper towel dispenser. And the story starts…

The Plot Will Keep You Awake At Night!

I could not put Hold Fast down. I read until about 2:30 am. That’s late even for me. My eyes hurt. I finally put it down, but I couldn’t sleep. My Kindle was right next to the bed. As soon as I opened my eyes at 6:30, the Kindle blinked to attention, and I read until I finished.

Henry Johnson, who also love police thrillers, wrote about the book,

“Hold Fast has an exceptional plot. The crimes are believable. The author is a seasoned detective with LAPD and she had the ability to put a moving story on paper. I also appreciated the fact that she indicated the stressful caseloads that detectives carry, which is often overlooked by authors that were never on the job.”

Shea reminds me of Detective Beckett on Castle. She’s probably more like Lindy. Larry Goebel describes Shea as,

“a clever, gritty and tenacious detective and is impressive in the pursuit of the truth behind the surprising death of a young female officer.”

Underlying the police drama, of course, was the personal drama of the attractive, but salty, police officer having an affair with Lieutenant Wonderful. No one knew his name, but they all knew his rank and marital status – married.

“But separated,” Shea assures her readers.

Could she do better? Well, he was separated, wasn’t he? And gorgeous, smart, and had a good job, fascinating, etc? But does he engage the reader like she does? I’m going to let you be the judge of that. Will he be like Castle, and be forever changed from the playboy he once was to the committed savior/blundering hero?

You will only find out if you read the book.

Hold Fast
“Don’t mess with me” Lindy
Yes, Lindy had critics.

This is Lindy’s first book, which took 10 years to get from her shy computer to the bookshelves. When I saw her today, she worried that she had some bad reviews. I read them. This one, which Amazon classifies as the worst, is laughable from AGCrumpler. I mean, really? Crumpler?

Anyway, all he could find WRONG with the book were publishing glitches.

“The first chapter starts in the left side rather that the traditional right side, I know it’s a small thing, but it annoyed me. Another annoying thing is the page margins, their all over the place.”

He’s a crumpler all right. And did you catch the critic’s mistake?  “…their all over the place.”

Hello… Grammerly?

Come on Crumpler, you should have checked.

“Even though the publishing is amateurish, the actual story is great! After putting aside my annoyance a few pages into it I was hooked. Gligorijevic knows the details and the ins and outs of police work.”

Other Works

The television series “The Killer Closer” about Lindy’s work on the LAPD police force.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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