Punishment (Detective Barnes, #1) by Scott J. Holliday

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Punishment (Detective Barnes, #1) Read Online Free - Do you want to know what it’s like to die, to kill, to really fear for your life? Then get hooked…

Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of the living, the dying, and the recently dead. But extracting victims’ experiences firsthand and personally reliving everything up to the final, brutal moments of their lives—the sights, the sounds, the scents, the pain—is also the punishment reserved for the criminals themselves.

Barnes has had enough. Enough of the memories that aren’t his. Enough of the horror. Enough of the voices inside his head that were never meant to take root…until a masked serial killer known as Calavera strikes a little too close to home.

Now, with Calavera on the loose, Barnes is ready to reconnect, risking his life—and his sanity. Because in the mind of this serial killer, there is one secret even Barnes has yet to see…

Title : Punishment (Detective Barnes, #1)
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ISBN : 1542047447
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Josh rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2018

Punishment introduces a cool concept into the dark world of crime fiction; a machine which enables law enforcement to temporarily transpose the dying memories of murder victims into their own corpus of memories. The criminals in the fictional (future?) world have acclimatized to this new wave of...

Emma rated it ★★★☆☆

February 18, 2018

Despite the futuristic tech, most of this story isn't anything new. World weary, Machine addicted, and psychologically damaged Detective Barnes is searching for a murderer in the siphoned memories of his victims. Plugged into a device that replays their last moments at full sensory levels, he is...

Dee rated it ★★★★☆

January 01, 2018

Author Scott J. Holliday’s “Punishment” has a lot going for it. It contains a great plot idea wrapped in a mystery/thriller story, nicely helped by talented writing. There are a few elements that bothered me about the book, but none that would cause me to encourage others to leave it on the shelf...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

Brilliant! I chose this book from this months Kindle First selection. It was a difficult choice, with real competition this month and at least 4 out of 6 of those on offer which got my interest. In the end it was this that won out, the machine..... I just had to know more. The concept of a machine...

Chandra rated it ★★★☆☆

February 03, 2018

What an absolutely unique look into how future crime may be solved. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be like to be able to see the memories of not only the living but the dead too. The absolute weight it must put on someone not only mentally but physically would be cumbersome and su...

Tara rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 10, 2018

It was an interesting story, but it lacked character depth and was a bit short on reason in some places. We've got our damaged, self-hating, weary detective (very unoriginal) who hooks himself into a machine where he relives his homicide victims' deaths to solve the crime. While we do learn about...

Patricia rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2018

Future machine extracts memory from living or dead people and can be downloaded into someone else. Used for fun ("you can be a Kardashian for a day"), detective tool, and as punishment for criminals. Murderers must relive their victims final moments as the victim. The murderer feels every fear, t...

Melon rated it ★★★★☆

December 07, 2017

3.5 stars but I'll round up. **I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review** This book took the cliché burned out detective vs serial killer trope and put an interesting and engrossing sci-fi touch on it. The world of this novel is just like ours, with one addi...

Sharon rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2018

Really interesting concepts I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the machine and it's side effects. I really thought the killer was a few different people and had not guessed the truth. The author was able to make a middle ground of details, but not being overblown about it.

Alger rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 25, 2018

You know this story: The world-weary homicide cop with deep personal damage and cheerlessly engaged in a cycle of self-destructive behavior sets out on a case that will bring him a measure of redemption. This very tired setup is given a new twist in Punishment with the introduction of The Machine...

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