In Grant's past books there has been strong plot with good characters. I would describe this book as one with strong characters with a plot thrown in to surround them. By this I mean that it's extremely driven to delve deep into Jacob and Jill's mindset, morals, fears and needs. The majority of the book is digging into their very thoughts and feelings about.......well, everything in the book. The plot definitely took a backseat to the characters themselves.
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be a police sniper, whose only job is to kill the bad guy without collateral damage.......... you will enjoy the immense detail "behind the scenes" that is in the novel.
Grant's writing style and descriptions are, as always, excellent. I will be honest in that I'm not sure how much actual writing Jan did in this novel as opposed to detailed information on snipers, but it does meld well. So many times you read a book with two authors and you can clearly tell who's writing what.
Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (January 13, 2015)
One bullet equals one kill.
For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his "kills" are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner---now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California.
Jake doesn't believe that Staley’s guilty, but when their job has taught them to kill, how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him?
On every police force in the country, there's a SWAT sniper going about his daily life, acting like an average cop, until the moment when the call comes in. Then they become a hostage’s last hope and a criminal's worst nightmare. To some, they are silent heroes---to others, silent killers. Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas's Done in One pulls back the curtain on their world.