The Goodbye Man by Chad Barton

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As more people filled the packed church, Jack was forced to move down the wall toward the front, until he was very near the altar. From that vantage point, he could see the young mother's face. He found himself staring at her, unable to look away. He didn't know why. Perhaps it was the terrible sadness in her face. He watched her intently as she clutched a little brown teddy bear and a picture of her daughter, who now lay only feet away in a small casket. The size of it made him wince. Jack felt the anger rise within him. At sixty years old, Jack Steele has long since retired from putting criminals especially those that hurt children in prison. Following his retirement from law enforcement, he built a successful multimillion-dollar company, allowing him financial freedom in his golden years. Following the unexpected loss of his wife, Sarah, however, he withdraws into himself. He becomes a loner whose only companion is his German shepherd, Sadie. Sick of a court system that lets monsters out of prison to torture and kill again and again, he decides there is only one way to stop them. Using his own resources, his credentials as a retired police officer, and his .380 Walther, he and his dog begin to hunt, bringing justice to those whom the system cannot control. After all, enough is enough.

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Chad Barton spent his first career in law enforcement as a crime scene investigator involving major crimes and retired as a detective sergeant. He was involved in countless death investigations in south and central Florida. He currently resides in Florida, where he owns several successful businesses. He is pictured here with his dog, Sadie.
Published July 7, 2011 by Authorhouse. 223 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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When it comes to sexual predators preying on children, they rarely elicit a sense of mercy, so when Barton’s protagonist—Jack Steele, a former policeman, now a wealthy vigilante—snuffs out pederasts actively pursuing their wretched desires, it’s hard to quibble with Steele’s extrajudicial resolut...

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