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For Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane, death is his life. If a single award existed for sinking himself into his work, he’d have two. But the latest crime scene he’s called to, an old abandoned factory, leaves him with more bodies than leads. Three drug dealers are found shot to death—not an uncommon sight in the least. The problem lies with the pair of middle-aged women— For Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane, death is his life. If a single award existed for sinking himself into his work, he’d have two. But the latest crime scene he’s called to, an old abandoned factory, leaves him with more bodies than leads. Three drug dealers are found shot to death—not an uncommon sight in the least. The problem lies with the pair of middle-aged women—bound, gagged, and executed—found at the same location. Before he can sink his teeth into the initial investigation, Kane is called out to another multiple homicide. He comes up with only more questions when the second group of murders appears connected to the first. As the lieutenant tracks down the few leads, he begins to get a clearer picture of those he seeks. That picture quickly turns crystal clear when Kane finds himself face-to-face with someone that “armed and dangerous” doesn’t even begin to describe.


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For Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane, death is his life. If a single award existed for sinking himself into his work, he’d have two. But the latest crime scene he’s called to, an old abandoned factory, leaves him with more bodies than leads. Three drug dealers are found shot to death—not an uncommon sight in the least. The problem lies with the pair of middle-aged women— For Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane, death is his life. If a single award existed for sinking himself into his work, he’d have two. But the latest crime scene he’s called to, an old abandoned factory, leaves him with more bodies than leads. Three drug dealers are found shot to death—not an uncommon sight in the least. The problem lies with the pair of middle-aged women—bound, gagged, and executed—found at the same location. Before he can sink his teeth into the initial investigation, Kane is called out to another multiple homicide. He comes up with only more questions when the second group of murders appears connected to the first. As the lieutenant tracks down the few leads, he begins to get a clearer picture of those he seeks. That picture quickly turns crystal clear when Kane finds himself face-to-face with someone that “armed and dangerous” doesn’t even begin to describe.

30 review for The First Shot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Kanwarpal Singh

    . Review: Book has all the flat character, plot is simply and revealing, the story unfolds on time as predictably level of mine was good during the whole read a good work on fight scene and details given by Author as story runs forward was good and interesting. If not for fight scene this novel may have fallen flat and uninteresting to read. Detective research was good, searching are revealion of antagonist was good . Author run story by 2 perspective that is in the form 1st person and 3rd person . Review: Book has all the flat character, plot is simply and revealing, the story unfolds on time as predictably level of mine was good during the whole read a good work on fight scene and details given by Author as story runs forward was good and interesting. If not for fight scene this novel may have fallen flat and uninteresting to read. Detective research was good, searching are revealion of antagonist was good . Author run story by 2 perspective that is in the form 1st person and 3rd person and jump from time to time to maintain balance in the story. A thriller with flat plot as things are going on and case is getting solved at a regular pase.... Moving interstate for the murderer but end up ..... So loosely write up as ending is not good after a thrilling action such a dip of plot...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim A

    Very well written police procedural along the lines of Connelly's Bosch series or Sandford's Davenport series. More violence than Connelly, but then the criminals Reinhard depict are true bad asses. Give it a try. Very well written police procedural along the lines of Connelly's Bosch series or Sandford's Davenport series. More violence than Connelly, but then the criminals Reinhard depict are true bad asses. Give it a try.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber B

    I was disappointed by this book. The overall concept and plot line was good (until the end), but the book is poorly written. As other reviewers have noted, it is full of overly-detailed descriptions of people, actions, and conversations. Many of the characters have "couple-of-inches-long" hair and we get every detail of their height, weight, and clothing. It slows down the action and isn't necessary. We are told that Kane puts coffee in his creamer and throws away the packages. It isn't relevant I was disappointed by this book. The overall concept and plot line was good (until the end), but the book is poorly written. As other reviewers have noted, it is full of overly-detailed descriptions of people, actions, and conversations. Many of the characters have "couple-of-inches-long" hair and we get every detail of their height, weight, and clothing. It slows down the action and isn't necessary. We are told that Kane puts coffee in his creamer and throws away the packages. It isn't relevant. We learn that Hank's wife uses two bathrooms to get ready in the morning which we do not need to know. The club employee that was jogging uses a route that is "around four miles on the nose". Which is it? Around 4 miles? Or 4 miles on the nose? It can't be both! (view spoiler)[ My general like for the concept of the plot line fell apart at the end when David decides to give a full confession and is resigned to spending his life in prison. It felt like the author didn't have a better idea on how to wrap up the story line. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Dedicated to Death book #1 Told from the point of views of both the detective and the criminals and using the first and third person narrative “The First Shot” is all about murder, mayhem, little clues, lots of blood, of course violence but most of all sleuthing. Tampa lieutenant Carl Kane is the action hero who tracks down leads to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice. In this first episode Kane is called to an abandoned factory where three drug dealers are found shot to death alongs Dedicated to Death book #1 Told from the point of views of both the detective and the criminals and using the first and third person narrative “The First Shot” is all about murder, mayhem, little clues, lots of blood, of course violence but most of all sleuthing. Tampa lieutenant Carl Kane is the action hero who tracks down leads to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice. In this first episode Kane is called to an abandoned factory where three drug dealers are found shot to death alongside are two middle-aged women bound, gagged and executed…what happened here? Kane will find out…and the fun begins or should. To love this type of story you really need to be a fan of over the top, questionable action and a shaky conclusion. Forget literature, the writing is not awful but very verbose and uses a lot of acronyms, yes, guess what they mean, of course if you read a lot of this type of book you may figure out the signification…good luck. The premise in this story is different. It is about a bunch of crooks that murder each other and are always a step ahead of the authority. By the end one of them confesses…just like that….hum. Boy do we have information: details of every place and what every person wore, how tall they were, how much they weighed, you get my drift, things gets boring after a while. Yes, like many police story Kane is at odds with his boss…not really news here…not much more to say… The story has its moment, so don’t get me wrong, I did like it enough to read it to the end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Beginning with, "The First Shot", Author E.H. Reinhard has written a series of books that are prequels to his original series featuring Tampa Homicide Detective Carl Kane. (And trusty partner Hank Rawlings). The first of these prequels still has Carl partnered with Hank Rawlings, both still working for the crafty Captain Bostock.. (Hank gets his own series by joining FBI later on). also Carl has not yet interacted with Callie the super hot bar maid working for "Lefty's Bar". Being a big fan of R Beginning with, "The First Shot", Author E.H. Reinhard has written a series of books that are prequels to his original series featuring Tampa Homicide Detective Carl Kane. (And trusty partner Hank Rawlings). The first of these prequels still has Carl partnered with Hank Rawlings, both still working for the crafty Captain Bostock.. (Hank gets his own series by joining FBI later on). also Carl has not yet interacted with Callie the super hot bar maid working for "Lefty's Bar". Being a big fan of Reinhard's Carl Kane series this seems like an excellent idea. Carl and Hank are called out to an abandoned cigar factory after reports of several dead bodies. The detectives first come across two women that were bound, gagged, and brutally executed outside the factory. However inside, the detectives find local gangsters Charles Treadwell, Michael Woodward, and LaMarcus Taylor all shot to death. With a lot of forensics that don't help with the case left on the scene Carl and Hank have a lot of digging to do. Before the detectives make headway with this unusual case another multi shooting victims case lands on their desk. At a local Gentleman's club, "Emerald Palace", five bodies are left after a robbery overnight. Blood and clues also reveal a sixth man also died but body has disappeared. With a plot that moves at breakneck speed this one is packed with action. Carl and Hank must survive several shoot outs, car chases, and with killers who murder at the drop of a hat. Just over 220 pages this one is over pretty much as fast as the first chapter blazes by. Carl and Hank don't have any time for conversations into the off the job lives. The supporting characters from Carl's team don't really get any depth at all. Luckily I remembered a lot of these support characters from the first set of series books. That's a shame. Author E.H. Reinhard should have slowed it up a bit and given the plot space to breathe. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story. Blowing through it in just over three hours was a bummer. It appears the second book in this new "Death" series goes about the same way. A solid three stars out of a possible five stars for, "The First Shot". (3.25 stars better sums up it's rating)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. I have read all the "Cases Of Lieutenant Kane" series and one of the "Agent Hank Rawlings" books and I must say, if I were to be honest, that this first of the "Dedicated To Death" series falls far short of the author's previous exemplary work. While the plot was good and the ending romped home to a stunning conclusion, I found the author struggling to get into the rhythm of the story from the beginning until about a third of the way through the book. I'll agree with previ This is a 3.5 star read. I have read all the "Cases Of Lieutenant Kane" series and one of the "Agent Hank Rawlings" books and I must say, if I were to be honest, that this first of the "Dedicated To Death" series falls far short of the author's previous exemplary work. While the plot was good and the ending romped home to a stunning conclusion, I found the author struggling to get into the rhythm of the story from the beginning until about a third of the way through the book. I'll agree with previous reviews to say that the constant overuse of descriptions regarding height, weight and features of people was considerably distracting. The sentences were also invariably short so that it read in a staccato fashion and didn't ensure a smooth flow of the prose. I'm not going to write (haha) the series off based on this one book though; I do have the second in the series which I'll read before I pass final judgement.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ivana

    Don't really know what to say about this book. It's just too much bodies pilling up, person out of control and killing anybody that crosses his way, and the police trying to catch something. The start was good, but it ended up there. Don't really know what to say about this book. It's just too much bodies pilling up, person out of control and killing anybody that crosses his way, and the police trying to catch something. The start was good, but it ended up there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Gritty thriller" What we've come to expect from this writer. A well-constructed police procedural that's high on action, doesn't pull any punches and tells it like it is. If true grit is your thing and to heck with getting in touch with your feelings, then this will be right up your street. "Gritty thriller" What we've come to expect from this writer. A well-constructed police procedural that's high on action, doesn't pull any punches and tells it like it is. If true grit is your thing and to heck with getting in touch with your feelings, then this will be right up your street.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bill S.

    Almost completely lacking in plot. No build up of suspense. Stilted dialogue. I truly believe a high school sophomore could have written a better book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    Talk about a stone cold remorseless killer! This was a terrible book even though the police ultimately prevailed. I will probably never feel safe again. I think I need a gentle romance next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    wow, kinda reminds me of Sandra Brown's style of villain, horrific. I gave it for starts because it did pull me in and cause all kinds of emotions. wow, kinda reminds me of Sandra Brown's style of villain, horrific. I gave it for starts because it did pull me in and cause all kinds of emotions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ramona

    Great book I didn't even realize I was almost at the end of the book! Easy engulfing read. Kane is driven and thorough. Great book I didn't even realize I was almost at the end of the book! Easy engulfing read. Kane is driven and thorough.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Herman

    I'm in no rush to read book two! I'm in no rush to read book two!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    Best book I've read so far this year. I will be reading other books by this author. Best book I've read so far this year. I will be reading other books by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine King

    Just read first shot I've now read a few E H Reinhard novels and enjoyed every one of 'em !! Gritty and real stories and characters - what's not to like yeah ?! Keep 'em coming EH !!! Just read first shot I've now read a few E H Reinhard novels and enjoyed every one of 'em !! Gritty and real stories and characters - what's not to like yeah ?! Keep 'em coming EH !!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Walch

    First Shot begins in the Reinhard fashion with the point of view switching between third person and first person—first person when Lt. Kane is the narrator and third person when the chief antagonist is the narrator. Also, true all the other Reinhard books that I have read there are no real page numbers, just position numbers and percentage read numbers. Reinhard is a master of handling first and third persons POVs so don’t let that discourage you from getting this book. I can guarantee you that First Shot begins in the Reinhard fashion with the point of view switching between third person and first person—first person when Lt. Kane is the narrator and third person when the chief antagonist is the narrator. Also, true all the other Reinhard books that I have read there are no real page numbers, just position numbers and percentage read numbers. Reinhard is a master of handling first and third persons POVs so don’t let that discourage you from getting this book. I can guarantee you that you will be in for a ride on a rocket sled. Reinhard really has his shit together when it comes to writing police procedurals and all his books fall into that category to one degree or another. He has a real good grip on what happens during crime scene investigations and at crime labs and the ME’s office. Reinhard reminds me of many earlier writers who have their protagonists describe every move they are making in great detail—I opened the door and walked over behind my desk, pulling out the chair which squeaked in protest as I settled my full weight down on the leather seat. One way of looking at this kind of detailed description is that it’s a way of stretching the length of the book, of adding to the page count even when real page numbers aren’t used as with this book. This story has an explosive ending that will knock your socks off. This book is an absolute read if you are really into blood and guts thriller. This story is not for the squeamish and weak stomached. I will be reading this book over and over again as time passes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sean Flanagan

    I'm giving Reinhard's book a high rating despite some weak characters and sketchy behavior; numerous implausible scenarios; and unlikely timelines.  I'm sure that the demanding reader won't object when Reinhard's excellent prose, imaginative scenarios, fairly good adherence to police procedures, and excellent weaving of procedural and personal activities are seen. Sadly, there are some embarrassingly rookie errors, such as blood-spatter evidence at the end of chapter 15 that magically appears on I'm giving Reinhard's book a high rating despite some weak characters and sketchy behavior; numerous implausible scenarios; and unlikely timelines.  I'm sure that the demanding reader won't object when Reinhard's excellent prose, imaginative scenarios, fairly good adherence to police procedures, and excellent weaving of procedural and personal activities are seen. Sadly, there are some embarrassingly rookie errors, such as blood-spatter evidence at the end of chapter 15 that magically appears on a wall.  Another is a victim's snatching the bad guy's mask off but no description of checking fingernails for DNA evidence.  Despite such potholes, it's a page-turner, almost at the level of can't-put-down. Read it!  (If you really don't like it, send me some hate-mail; my Trash is woefully empty.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    This book is an introduction to Homicide Detective Kane and the dedicated to death series. The story of Kane and his crew as they pursue a criminal of pure evil provides much more than a police procedural. Kane and his Tampa-based crew investigate a string of robberies and murders that become enmeshed as the story proceeds. There are many characters, and they are all developed in depth through their action and interactions. Environmental description is at a minimum as the action and violence is This book is an introduction to Homicide Detective Kane and the dedicated to death series. The story of Kane and his crew as they pursue a criminal of pure evil provides much more than a police procedural. Kane and his Tampa-based crew investigate a string of robberies and murders that become enmeshed as the story proceeds. There are many characters, and they are all developed in depth through their action and interactions. Environmental description is at a minimum as the action and violence is unrelenting. The ending becomes a little anti-climactic as the bad guy revels in his murders to Kane’s wonderment. You will want to continue this series just to see if Kane’s partner succeeds in setting Kane up with his wife’s friend. I hope every book in this series is as good as this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pam K.

    Homicide Detective Carl Kane is on the hunt for a killer, starting with the murder of 3 gang member/drug dealers and 2 of their mothers. This feels like it was made for young readers. The dialog is simple and repetitive. Such as the author writes dialog to a phone conversation, then he has Kane repeat the conversation to his partner, and then again the entire conversation is repeated for the squad captain. He could have just said " I told the captain about my phone call with the M.E." It made me f Homicide Detective Carl Kane is on the hunt for a killer, starting with the murder of 3 gang member/drug dealers and 2 of their mothers. This feels like it was made for young readers. The dialog is simple and repetitive. Such as the author writes dialog to a phone conversation, then he has Kane repeat the conversation to his partner, and then again the entire conversation is repeated for the squad captain. He could have just said " I told the captain about my phone call with the M.E." It made me feel as if the author thinks his readers are too dumb to remember what was said a few pages ago. Also he uses acronyms too often. (DB, GSW, etc.) The story line was pretty good. I like who dunnit mysteries, this one let you know in the first chapter who was responsible.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    The First Shot is the appropriately titled first book in the Carl Kane detective/police series from EH Reinhard. It's a good, fast-paced read in which we are introduced to Kane and his cohorts at the Tampa Police Department. The story is told from both the point of view of the criminals and of the police, which works most of the time but sometimes lifts some of the suspense from the story. But, I've also read the second book in this series and this problem does not recur in book #2. The author h The First Shot is the appropriately titled first book in the Carl Kane detective/police series from EH Reinhard. It's a good, fast-paced read in which we are introduced to Kane and his cohorts at the Tampa Police Department. The story is told from both the point of view of the criminals and of the police, which works most of the time but sometimes lifts some of the suspense from the story. But, I've also read the second book in this series and this problem does not recur in book #2. The author here has created an interesting character with a back-story that we get only a small peek into in this first installment. The action is well written and it's a book you will not want to put down. An excellent beginning to this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This book is a lot of talk about the police procedurals during homicide investigations. In some ways I liked the extra detail of all the cops conversations and the steps they had to take during an investigation but it was also pretty unnecessary and got old after a while. It was an easy read and I didn’t find it boring perse but I also expected the plot to have more to it. When it ended I was just like oh that’s it? There are no twists and turns and the whole case is straightforward the whole ti This book is a lot of talk about the police procedurals during homicide investigations. In some ways I liked the extra detail of all the cops conversations and the steps they had to take during an investigation but it was also pretty unnecessary and got old after a while. It was an easy read and I didn’t find it boring perse but I also expected the plot to have more to it. When it ended I was just like oh that’s it? There are no twists and turns and the whole case is straightforward the whole time. I still finished the book in a few days as it was an interesting read but there was no mystery to it and the story was very basic.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim Bean

    Death throughout I actually selected two stars but three stars lit up...oh well three is okay. I thought the police characters and their investigation skills were great, an extremely professional pathway. However, the killer psycho David character was way over the top. The whole story was bloody killings after bloody killings. Just nonstop killing. I lost count. The bright spot was the police trail. I almost quit reading because of all the death but I managed to finish the narrative, but I won't Death throughout I actually selected two stars but three stars lit up...oh well three is okay. I thought the police characters and their investigation skills were great, an extremely professional pathway. However, the killer psycho David character was way over the top. The whole story was bloody killings after bloody killings. Just nonstop killing. I lost count. The bright spot was the police trail. I almost quit reading because of all the death but I managed to finish the narrative, but I won't be reading another of this series. If you like to read death books than go for it. Also, you might want to check out why you are a fan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I wanted to like this book, I love books in the Tampa area or other Florida towns. I read a lot of detective novels and law enforcement fiction. I am always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into. Unfortunately for me, I could not get into the lead character. I read the whole book and I know one event in his life. I know no other facts about his life. I was hoping as a first book in a series I would get some background. It was like he comes to work and tries to solve the crime. It was li I wanted to like this book, I love books in the Tampa area or other Florida towns. I read a lot of detective novels and law enforcement fiction. I am always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into. Unfortunately for me, I could not get into the lead character. I read the whole book and I know one event in his life. I know no other facts about his life. I was hoping as a first book in a series I would get some background. It was like he comes to work and tries to solve the crime. It was like reading a newspaper article. I do not want to discourage you, as I am sure there are a lot of people that might get into this. So please read with an open mind. As for me, I want a little more character in my character.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    As a homicide detective, Tampa Detective Carl Kane is accustomed to death. But his latest case, three dead drug dealers and two middle-aged women killed execution style at the same scene, has him stumped. When he gets another multiple homicide with the same M.O., he knows he has a problem on his hands, but even he’s unprepared for the madman he’s now chasing. The First Shot by E. H. Reinhard is pretty tense noir mystery, with vivid descriptions of some pretty gruesome action (a warning for the be As a homicide detective, Tampa Detective Carl Kane is accustomed to death. But his latest case, three dead drug dealers and two middle-aged women killed execution style at the same scene, has him stumped. When he gets another multiple homicide with the same M.O., he knows he has a problem on his hands, but even he’s unprepared for the madman he’s now chasing. The First Shot by E. H. Reinhard is pretty tense noir mystery, with vivid descriptions of some pretty gruesome action (a warning for the benefit of the squeamish), and brief glimpses into the minds of the characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    A police procedural that is probably more lifelike than most, in so far as the tedium of pace toward solving the crime. The writing was slow and often superfluous As one example: when entering a detention facility the wall descriptions, hallway turns and number of doors is described ad nauseam- but the ARMED officers were not required to surrender their weapons. The characters had little depth and seemed like cut outs. The story was strong enough that I finished it, but that may have simply been A police procedural that is probably more lifelike than most, in so far as the tedium of pace toward solving the crime. The writing was slow and often superfluous As one example: when entering a detention facility the wall descriptions, hallway turns and number of doors is described ad nauseam- but the ARMED officers were not required to surrender their weapons. The characters had little depth and seemed like cut outs. The story was strong enough that I finished it, but that may have simply been my determination to not give up on a book-hoping it will improve.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Two stars instead of one because the book is written with some language skill. I finished the first chapter and thought I'd abandon it right there because of the excessive violence in that initial chapter and the fact that the large number of characters was confusing. Charles, Chris, Tim, Brad, David and Michael - all similar names and all introduced in the first couple of pages. I decided I should give it a little longer and continued to read through Chapter 8; but I just couldn't summon up any Two stars instead of one because the book is written with some language skill. I finished the first chapter and thought I'd abandon it right there because of the excessive violence in that initial chapter and the fact that the large number of characters was confusing. Charles, Chris, Tim, Brad, David and Michael - all similar names and all introduced in the first couple of pages. I decided I should give it a little longer and continued to read through Chapter 8; but I just couldn't summon up any interest, so I abandoned the book at that point.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I enjoyed yet another Lieutenant Kane book, The First Shot by E.H. Reinhard. The partnership and relationship between Hank, his partner, and Kane make me laugh out loud. The story is interesting and has me turning the pages well into the night. The scenes and characters are realistic and interesting. The shootouts always get my heart racing and I feel like I am there in the middle of the action. I have read all of the E.H. Reinhard books and love all of them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    A most interesting procedural! Lt.. Kane is head of homicide in Tampa. This novel follows Kane and his team as they process a series of murders of marginal people in the Tampa Bay Area. It also allows the reader to follow some of the activities of the culprits. The protagonists have enough complexity to make them interesting. The antagonist is one of the coldest sociopaths I've read of in recent years. All in all, a good read for a rainy weekend A most interesting procedural! Lt.. Kane is head of homicide in Tampa. This novel follows Kane and his team as they process a series of murders of marginal people in the Tampa Bay Area. It also allows the reader to follow some of the activities of the culprits. The protagonists have enough complexity to make them interesting. The antagonist is one of the coldest sociopaths I've read of in recent years. All in all, a good read for a rainy weekend

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mike Mackey

    Lieutenant Carl Kane. The only life he has is his job. He is a Homicide Detective. This book is a pretty good Read! He is on the trail of a group of kidnappers. Lots of murders and blood. Just as the first case starts getting organized, another one pops up. Lieutenant Kane and his partner are Scrambling to solve these cases. The Story moves very smoothly , it just seems to rush a little at the end. If you like mystery stories you will want to read this one. Good Read, Santa Mike.

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