Author: Joseph Badal
Narrator: Pamela Almand
Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes
Series: Lassiter/Martinez Case Files # 1
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Released: May 17, 2016
Genre: Police Procedural; Mystery
Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people’s lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive.
The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive – and soon question giving their best efforts to solve the case the more they learn about the victim’s hideous past.
Their job gets tougher when the victim’s psychiatrist is murdered and DVDs turn up that show the doctor had serial sexual relationships with a large number of his female patients, including the murder victim.
Joseph Badal is the author of 13 suspense novels: Borderline & Dark Angel (Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series); Evil Deeds, Terror Cell, The Nostradamus Secret, The Lone Wolf Agenda, Death Ship, & Sins of the Fathers (The Danforth Saga); The Motive & Obsessed (The Curtis Chronicles); and stand-alones The Pythagorean Solution, Shell Game, & Ultimate Betrayal.
All of his books draw on personal experiences and historical events. Joe has been judged “One of the 50 Authors You Should Be Reading” and has received 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals from the Military Writers Society of America, and The Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year in 2014 and 2016. He also writes a blog titled Everyday Heroes. See past postings at http://www.josephbadalbooks.com
You can read more about Joe at http://www.josephbadalbooks.com and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The daughter of a cattle rancher, Pam Almand grew up in the tiny town of Brush, Colorado. Her dad, a former Air Force fighter pilot, sparked her interest in flying, and after graduating Colorado State University in 2 1/2 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pam took a flying lesson “just for fun.”
That first lesson turned into a lifelong passion, and one month later she had her Private Pilot’s License. Though there were no female pilots in the airline industry at that time, she set that as her career goal. In 1976, Pam started a small aircraft ferry service to build flight time and in that capacity, delivered new and used aircraft all over the world, including two-seat Cessna 150s she flew solo across the Atlantic!
Pam was the first woman flight test pilot for Cessna Aircraft Company’s multi-engine turbo-prop and jet division and eventually became the company’s national spokeswoman for their Learn To Fly programs.
Her dream was finally realized when she was hired by Northwest Airlines and began a career which spanned the globe, on aircraft from the Convair 580 all the way to captain of the Boeing 747 flying Asia and Europe routes. Pam had over 25,000 hours of flight time at retirement two years ago.
She is a past director of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots and organized conferences for that group in Bangkok and Fort Worth. She is a member of the Ninety-Nines, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Air Line Pilots Association.
When arthritis and multiple joint replacements curtailed her flying, she started a company as a professional voice actor. Appearing in a national Tylenol commercial in 1995 sparked her interest and The Captain’s Voice was the result. She is now an award-winning SAG/AFTRA narrator and voiceover talent and has done commercials, videogames, e-learning, audiobooks, and phone messaging for clients including Microsoft, Brilliance Audio, Johnson & Johnson, Audible, La Costa Resort, Jet Blue, Delta Airlines, Dell, Blackstone Publishing, the American Red Cross, Canadian Realtors…all the way to being the English voice for The Hotels and Casinos of Monte Carlo!
She was nominated for an Audie Award for her 5th audiobook narration (Come To Me Alive, by Leah Atwood) and went on to also earn a Voice Arts Award for non-fiction for In Movement There Is Peace, by Elaine and Joseph Foster; another Voice Arts nomination for Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now, by William Kieper; and recently was awarded an Earphones Award by AudioFile Magazine for Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, by Marilyn Simon Rothstein for Brilliance Audio.
She has served on the board of several charities, including Patrons of the HeArts and local Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministries (BEAM) and lives with her husband Amos in Atlantic Beach. Pam plays piano for her local church, still returns to Telluride, Colorado every summer, loves biking, golf, hiking, and-though she’s been all over the globe!- she still counts world travel among her most-loved hobbies.
“Martinez, Lassiter, you’re up,” Lieutenant of Violent Crimes, Rudy Salas, shouted from his office at the end of the squad room. Barbara flinched. Salas’s high, squeaky voice affected her like fingernails on a blackboard. It made her head hurt. She had left the Outback Steakhouse last night after a quick dinner but, after she arrived home, she dealt with her feelings of loneliness and depression as she did most evenings. She drank a bottle of red wine and polished off half-a-box of crackers, all the while viewing some Netflix series she never really got into.
Would it make any difference if you found out that your lover had Borderline Personality Disorder? Would that make life unbearable to think that at any moment, the person you are with can completely change and not want to be with you anymore? Badal brings up some very interesting information to light about Borderline Personality Disorder in this crime mystery. Women can be so manipulative and vindictive. They can lure men into their beds, in and out of love, and even…manage to get themselves killed by messing with the wrong person.
Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez are a good team, possibly the best police team that the squad room has currently, but that makes the jabs and jokes from the guys that much more excruciating to listen to. When the lieutenant puts them on a case of a murdered wealthy Albuquerque socialite, they don’t realize just how much political mess just hit the fan. By the way that it appears around the town, everyone who was ever close to Victoria Comstock both loved and hated her. One look at the crime scene didn’t take a genius to figure out that pure hatred was the motivator. As both detectives dig through Victoria Comstock’s life, it isn’t hard to come up with a huge list of suspects, especially since Victoria had wronged them all in one way or another. When a second body turns up, a connection is immediately assumed; however, now they are either dealing with someone who may well be on their way to serial killer status or two perpetrators. Everything is leading to a cold case until they find the second victim’s dirty laundry which just may have a clue to who the killer is. After their suspension for not obeying orders takes precedent, both women know that they can’t stop now. They have to find the killer or killers if they want to have any chance at salvaging their careers as female police officers. Once they make up their minds, what else can go wrong?
Badal has an intriguing story-line with this first installment; however, the pace is very slow and in many scenes, the descriptiveness can promote lack of interest. This crime mystery takes readers on a hunt for a killer; but, the victim was not someone to be sympathetic for which makes the suspect pool that much harder to wade through and the case a little more cumbersome. Readers will find interest in the war that these two women wage on themselves and their friendship in this story. The narration was a little stiff, but that could have been the intent with this book. This narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written since the voice relay is clear and flows effortlessly. If you are a reader of crime mysteries, this may be something to pick up the next time you are looking for a book to read. This is the first installment in The Lassiter/Martinez Case Files; therefore, the reader can jump right in.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four star rating to Borderline by Joseph Badal.
Barbara Lassiter is a tall, out-of-shape, 33-year-old blonde who is recently widowed. She is a homicide detective who can’t stand the sight of corpses and has sought comfort in alcohol. She is all about work and has little or no social life.
Susan Martinez is a sexy, feisty, Hispanic 30-year-old who has an irreverent sense of humor. She knows the effect she has on her male counterparts and torments them by wearing slightly unprofessional outfits. She is married to her high school sweetheart who stopped growing intellectually the day he graduated from high school. He is short in stature, short on ambition, and short on accomplishment. And he resents Susan’s successes.
Victoria Comstock is a gorgeous socialite in her mid-forties. She is a narcissistic borderline personality who goes from one rich married man to the next, destroying marriages and families, driven by a pathological urge to control everyone in her life.
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