First of State by Robert Greer
(CJ Floyd Mystery Series)

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Robert Greer’s latest novel—a prequel to his CJ Floyd mystery series—takes readers back in time to a very young CJ Floyd. It’s 1972, and the 22-year-old decorated war vet has recently returned to Denver from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress disorder. Navigating depression, he finds a friend in World War II vet and amputee Wiley Ames, who shares his passion for rare and valuable western memorabilia.

When Ames and a mysterious Chinese man are found murdered, CJ’s already fragile world threatens to collapse. His attempts to find his friend’s killer are thwarted at every turn, and finally he joins his Uncle Ike’s business as bail bondsman and bounty hunter. Five years later one of Ames’s treasured antique license plates turns up at a Denver flea market, and CJ is once again off and running. The trail to Wiley Ames’s murderer leads CJ down a dark path strewn with backstabbing antique dealers, conniving friends and relatives of Ames’s, and a shadowy musician. Equally a white-knuckle-ride murder mystery and a tale of a traumatized young man coming to terms with his past, First of State features the kind of fresh characters, street-smart dialogue, and ingenious plot twists that have made this series a critical and commercial success.


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About Robert Greer

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Robert Greer is a professor of pathology, medicine, dermatology, and dentistry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where he specializes in head and neck pathology and cancer research. The author of nine CJ Floyd mysteries, including The Devil's Hatband, The Mongoose Deception, and First of State, as well as two medical thrillers, he reviews books for KUVO, a Denver NPR affiliate. Learn more about Robert Greer at www.robertgreerbooks.com.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by North Atlantic Books. 404 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Greer's engaging eighth mystery to feature black Denver bail bondsman CJ Floyd (after 2008's Blackbird, Farewell), a prequel, reveals much that's new about CJ's background and character.

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BellaOnline

In his latest CJ Floyd offering, author Robert Greer takes the reader and CJ back to autumn 1971 in a prequel to the popular series.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: CJ Floyd gets a first-hand chance to learn what a private investigator does when he looks into the murder of a pawn shop owner in First of State, the eighth mystery in this series by Robert Greer.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Eight seconds later both of his eyes rolled back in his head, and Wiley Ames gasped a final truncated breath.” Book Review: Review by Chuck Barksdale (OCT 24, 2010) In First of State, Robert Greer goes back in time to the early career of his main character, C.J.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Navigating depression, he finds a friend in World War II vet and amputee Wiley Ames, who shares his passion for rare and valuable western memorabilia.

When Ames and a mysterious Chinese man are found murdered, CJ’s already fragile world threatens to collapse.

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of First of State (CJ Floyd Myst...

APOOO Bookclub

But just as the fog is beginning to lift off CJ, Ames is murdered, throwing CJ back into the throes of depression.

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