The Fourth Perspective (CJ Floyd Series #5)

The Fourth Perspective (CJ Floyd Series #5)

by Robert Greer


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When bail bondsman and bounty hunter CJ Floyd opens an antique store, the last thing he expects is to be fingered for murder. But that’s exactly what happens after an immigrant student tries to sell him a rare book. The book contains a hidden photograph as legendary—and valuable—as the Maltese Falcon. The seller quickly turns up dead in an alley, and CJ is the main suspect. He corrals his friends—Flora Jean Benson and his band of hardscrabble urban cowboys and comrades in arms—to help him find the killer. Before he knows it, CJ finds himself on the dark side of a historical looking glass that has him following eccentric power brokers, museum curators, art dealers and collectors, and academics down a trail of greed and corruption as they all vie for a picture they’re willing to kill for. It doesn’t help that his psychopathic nemesis, ex-Olympian Celeste Deepstream, is busy plotting CJ’s demise for causing the death of her twin brother. The Fourth Perspective is a fast-moving, full-dress whodunit based on the last great American railroad construction project and its priceless photographic history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583942239
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: CJ Floyd Series , #5
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Robert Greer is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The author of The Devil’s Backbone, Resurrecting Langston Blue, and The Mongoose Deception, he edits the High Plains Literary Review and lives in Denver.

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The Fourth Perspective (CJ Floyd Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
haidadareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. The author did a wonderful job creating each character and building up to the climax of the story. I look forward to the next C.J. Floyd mystery. I hope that the next one will also be a historical fiction as well. I enjoyed learning a little about midwestern American history and the characters were believable. There is a hero/heroine, a villain, a sweetheart, a weirdo, you name it, the characters were very much in depth. The only thing that could be improved is to add a little more intimacy or a love scene to the next novel. The only reason I haven't given this book a five, is because I rarely give a perfect rating.
charlottem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
C. J. Floyd and his circle of friends are quirky enough to be interesting, but not outlandishly so. The title of the book isn¿t readily apparent. I finally tied it to the historical subject that the crime revolves around. Altogether this was a very enjoyable read.
eviltammy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
C.J. Floyd is trying to leave his years as a bail bondsman behind and to get his new life as an antique and Western collectibles dealer going. But when he's sold a stolen book, by a young man who is murdered soon after, his past skills connect with his current life, as he hunts for a killer, and the story behind a rare photograph. Good story, could have been tighter, a bit too much going on. Interesting perspective on African Americans in the Old (and current) West. Fascinating historical bits and lots of interesting insights on collectors and dealers.
saltypepper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of potential, enough to make me go to the library to see if they had the first book of the series, but I did not love it. I like that it deals with American history. I liked it that the main character was African-American and lived in the Western US, but not on the coast. Greer is not a great writer, but he can tell a good story. If I saw another book in the series at the bookstore I might pick it up. Good summer reading.
bjbookman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE FOURTH PERSPECTIVE BY ROBERT GREERI am ashamed to admit that this is the first CJ Floyd mystery I have read. I knew Robert Greer had a mystery series, but I neglected it. Maybe because there are so many mysteries set in the West is why. After reading this book, I was so off base. In the already crowded field of western mysteries, this book was a breath of fresh air. Action, mystery, unexpected twist and completely believable plot and characters, this book has it all. Even though I am new to the series I was able to pick up on what happens in the earlier books, due to Greer good writing. I do look forward to reading the earlier novels and the newest installment of bail bond/antique dealer C J Floyd.This book was an enjoyable, intelligent read. I thank library thing early review programs for helping me find this author. This is so much more than a mystery, it is a study in a man wanting to change, but his past won¿t let him. Highly recommended.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Blaming C.J. Floyd for her brother¿s death, Celeste Deepstream is determined to even the score by killing C.J. After kidnapping and beating up his girlfriend Mavis, C.J. and Celeste tangle but she escapes and now is teamed up with Russian Mafioso Alexie Borg who will help her kill the former bounty hunter and bail bondsman.----------- C.J. sold his share of the business to his partner Flora Jean and opened Ike¿s Spot: Vintage Western collectibles after the trauma both C.J and Mavis suffered, . A college student comes in the store to sell him two books which he buys. When he goes to his car, student Luis Del Mora is killed and C.J. later discovers that in the book cover of one of the books was a million dollar daguerreotype of the golden spike railroad ceremony in 1869. Luis¿s mother Theresa hires Flora Jean to find out who killed her son.------------- - Alexie has a colleague blow up C.J¿s store but most of the damage occurs to the adjoining store of his landlord. C.J. gathers his friends to help flush out Celeste who is determined now to take her nemesis out on her own Flora Jean, knowing C.J. is broke, asks for his help in tracking down Luis¿s killer. He minimizes the danger to Mavis, but realizes he is anticipating the adrenaline rush that he experiences when he is on a dangerous hunt. He wonders if he can find a way to stop Celeste and continue with his antique business and do some dangerous jobs without angering Mavis.---------- The latest C.J. mystery is filled with lots of action, intrigue, and a spot of romance. C.J. is the original tough guy but in THE FOURTH PERSPECTIVE is portrayed with more vulnerability then he usually is. This humanizes him and makes the readers root for him especially because he needs his friends to be safe and not worry about his safety before their own needs. Robert Greer has written a crime caper that is loaded with intrigue, double-crosses and dangerous games of cat and mouse.------ Harriet Klausner