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In this thrilling new series from Edgar®-nominated author Ron Corbett, the most dangerous predator in the Maine wilderness walks on two feet—and it is Danny Barrett's job to bring him down. Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that com In this thrilling new series from Edgar®-nominated author Ron Corbett, the most dangerous predator in the Maine wilderness walks on two feet—and it is Danny Barrett's job to bring him down. Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that comes from moving something other than wood across the border. The first agent the FBI sent undercover was their best man—sure to get the answers that were needed. He was dead within a month. Now, Danny Barrett is taking his place. Before he was a cop, Danny grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. He is the only chance the feds have of getting answers, but how many more will have to die first?


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In this thrilling new series from Edgar®-nominated author Ron Corbett, the most dangerous predator in the Maine wilderness walks on two feet—and it is Danny Barrett's job to bring him down. Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that com In this thrilling new series from Edgar®-nominated author Ron Corbett, the most dangerous predator in the Maine wilderness walks on two feet—and it is Danny Barrett's job to bring him down. Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that comes from moving something other than wood across the border. The first agent the FBI sent undercover was their best man—sure to get the answers that were needed. He was dead within a month. Now, Danny Barrett is taking his place. Before he was a cop, Danny grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. He is the only chance the feds have of getting answers, but how many more will have to die first?

30 review for The Sweet Goodbye

  1. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett When Danny Barrett is told what a great undercover agent he is, he's not sure he should consider it a compliment. He's good because he's good at lying, deceiving, blending with lowlife so well that he becomes one of them. He's good because he doesn't care who he arrests. He arrested his own brother and never felt a day of guilt about it. Now the FBI's best undercover man has been murdered and the FBI wants Barrett to take his place. Lee Forestry Products and the t The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett When Danny Barrett is told what a great undercover agent he is, he's not sure he should consider it a compliment. He's good because he's good at lying, deceiving, blending with lowlife so well that he becomes one of them. He's good because he doesn't care who he arrests. He arrested his own brother and never felt a day of guilt about it. Now the FBI's best undercover man has been murdered and the FBI wants Barrett to take his place. Lee Forestry Products and the two brothers who own it, Tucker and Travis, are involved in some very dirty business. Beau Lafontaine is the monster that has them under his thumb now. His sister and Travis go way back and Beau saved Lee Forestry Products from going under. Now the Lee's will owe him big time for the rest of their lives. But the FBI is on to this dirty dealing triangle and are gunning for Lafontaine and they plan to get him by going through the Lees. Barrett is all business and he knows the logging business having been taught by his grandfather so he's perfect for this undercover job. He's undercover as a tree marker but he also worms his way into a drinking friendship with Travis. The job's a little harder when he realizes that he likes Travis. But this is life and death and people have already died and Barrett doesn't let feelings get in the way of doing his job. It's a cat and lots of big mice game as the FBI is hampered in their goal of bringing the Lee's and Lafontaine down so Barrett does things his way, doesn't follow an order, meets up with folks he shouldn't be meeting up with. We get to know a few players pretty well, Travis, and Beau's cousin who is Travis's mistress. It's a tangled web of deceit and corruption that goes way back and I was caught of in a story that I didn't often understand. I look forward to Barrett's next case which will take place in Seattle. Publication: April 19, 2022 Thank you to Elisha at Berkley and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett felt like something straight out of a 40s or 50s detective show to me, and it probably helped that the main narrator of the audiobook Adam Gold had a voice that totally made it that way. The book actually has a reference to Perry Mason in it, and I was thinking about someone in my head as I read it, but now that I sat down to write my review, I can't think of who it is. I also never caught what time period this is set in, but it felt very old school to me from th The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett felt like something straight out of a 40s or 50s detective show to me, and it probably helped that the main narrator of the audiobook Adam Gold had a voice that totally made it that way. The book actually has a reference to Perry Mason in it, and I was thinking about someone in my head as I read it, but now that I sat down to write my review, I can't think of who it is. I also never caught what time period this is set in, but it felt very old school to me from the phrases used all the way to how the characters spoke. There was a slower pace overall, but the story was layered, and it turned out a way I hadn't expected it to. It was also super interesting having it set in the North Maine Woods (a brilliant setting) and all the talk about trees and what a tree marker does which is a profession I was not familiar with. As mentioned, Adam Gold is one narrator for the audiobook but there is also a smaller role which is read by Catherine Ho. The majority of the novel is told from Danny's viewpoint but every so often there will be a chapter titled "The Sweet Goodbye" which is told from the POV of Pearl, who is the mistress of one of the characters in the book. I really liked the tone the narrators set for the story, and I enjoyed Ho's parts the most, but I did find Gold's narration to be stilted and jerky sounding for lack of a better term. I wish it would have flowed better because he really did have the perfect voice for the story, but alas, I don't think I would listen to the next book if he is the one who narrates it. That being said, I am definitely still interested in reading the next book in Danny's story and I think fans of old school detective shows will find The Sweet Goodbye appealing. I did tend to get a little lost in the story, but I still enjoyed it and was able to grasp the overall concept. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    When it comes to enjoying Rob Corbett’s crime novel The Sweet Goodbye, it is helpful to first realize rather than it being a page-flipping barn-burner, the novel is instead propelled forward by character development and a slow story revelation. Corbett then tells the story while allowing his characters to breathe and grow, which does pay off in the end. In The Sweet Goodbye, Danny Barrett is an undercover FBI Special Agent. Barrett is from Detroit but has been stationed in Portland, Oregon, and i When it comes to enjoying Rob Corbett’s crime novel The Sweet Goodbye, it is helpful to first realize rather than it being a page-flipping barn-burner, the novel is instead propelled forward by character development and a slow story revelation. Corbett then tells the story while allowing his characters to breathe and grow, which does pay off in the end. In The Sweet Goodbye, Danny Barrett is an undercover FBI Special Agent. Barrett is from Detroit but has been stationed in Portland, Oregon, and is loaned to the FBI station in Maine due to his undercover skills. Not only is Barrett with an uncanny undercover ability to blend in under almost any environment and befriend the most unlikely of all people, but he is also a skilled marker of forest trees for milling, which will play a vital part in his next investigation. In Maine, the Leeds family has owned a logging company for generations. While under previous FBI scrutiny, a sudden massive capital infusion to the Leeds through an unknown source was discovered, leading to the ongoing investigation involving Barrett. For his role in the undercover operation, Barrett has been hired to work for and infiltrate the logging company where these vast financial assets were discovered and attempt to discover their origin. Barrett then endears himself to his employers to further his investigation. Barrett slowly learns this investigation is more dangerous and complex than first thought and mainly because of his unusual growing respect and affection for his main target, Travis Leeds. Barrett then enters a game of cat and mouse with not only Travis, but his wife as well. Along the way, Barrett is exposed to different layers of criminality filled with a variety of nasty criminals. In alternating chapters with a focus on different characters, the story is slowly revealed while Corbett continues to flesh out the characters in a way that leads to a satisfying ending. The Sweet Goodbye could best be described as a slow-burn crime story that gains momentum the further one reads into the novel. For this reader, because of the way the book was assembled with the alternating character chapters, it took about the mid-point before this novel started to really resonate. The Sweet Goodbye did end with a strong enough ending to create an interest to read other novels by this author and any follow-up novels involving the Danny Barrett character. The Sweet Goodbye is recommended to readers that enjoy character development with plots. This review was originally published at MysteryandSuspense.com.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    The big lumber concerns of the vast uninhabited North Maine Woods are Lee Forestry and Five Star Forestry; CEO Beau La Fontaine. In addition to lumber, Five Star CEO Beau LaFontaine is involved with smuggling and murder. Lee Forestry owners Travis and Tucker Lee struggle to stay afloat after 2008 by agreeing to launder money for Beau which attracts the attention of the FBI. Enter undercover agent Danny Barrett posing as a tree marker for Lee Forestry. Danny inadvertently saves an inebriated Trav The big lumber concerns of the vast uninhabited North Maine Woods are Lee Forestry and Five Star Forestry; CEO Beau La Fontaine. In addition to lumber, Five Star CEO Beau LaFontaine is involved with smuggling and murder. Lee Forestry owners Travis and Tucker Lee struggle to stay afloat after 2008 by agreeing to launder money for Beau which attracts the attention of the FBI. Enter undercover agent Danny Barrett posing as a tree marker for Lee Forestry. Danny inadvertently saves an inebriated Travis Lee from a beating outside his favorite watering hole and they become drinking buddies. Both are genuinely compelling characters, especially Travis Lee; the target of Danny's undercover assignment. Travis is a wealthy ex-Harvard football star, raconteur and raging alcoholic. Bored with running Lee Forestry, Travis much prefers getting hammered afternoons at the Starlight Club or surreptitiously meeting with his long time lover, the enticing Pearl LaFontaine. Danny tries to keep his professional objectivity but begins to understand Travis and considers him an honorable man in his own inimitable way. Complications quickly follow with the double murder of Beau and Tucker Lee. Danny and his FBI handlers pressure Travis to wear a wire on it's main suspect and force Danny and Tucker to the limits of their commitment to justice. I loved this book because it took me down a winding road of originality and style that I rarely read in my crime fiction journey. I'm still thinking about the brilliantly constructed characters, ingenious twist ending and exceptional writing style. Count me in on subsequent additions to the series and thank you author Ron Corbett.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    I have mixed feelings about The Sweet Goodbye, which is the first book in the new Danny Barrett series. Barrett’s character is interesting. He’s a little dark and brooding, a little edgy, a little dangerous. But he also has that inner nice guy thing going on. I enjoyed spending time with him. The setting is well done, placing us in dense Maine woods that manage to be both claustrophobic and expansive. The plot felt scattered to me, especially early on. It took me a while to settle into the story. Pa I have mixed feelings about The Sweet Goodbye, which is the first book in the new Danny Barrett series. Barrett’s character is interesting. He’s a little dark and brooding, a little edgy, a little dangerous. But he also has that inner nice guy thing going on. I enjoyed spending time with him. The setting is well done, placing us in dense Maine woods that manage to be both claustrophobic and expansive. The plot felt scattered to me, especially early on. It took me a while to settle into the story. Pacing is slow. While this is being marketed as a thriller series, it reads more like police procedural/crime fiction. Overall, The Sweet Goodbye was a good but largely forgettable read for me. *I received an eARC from Berkley Publishing, via NetGalley.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    The setting for this book is perfect, set in the dark woods of northern Maine. Danny Barrett, a determined FBI agent is an enigma as the protagonist. He wants justice no matter the cost, but he is also wounded from his past and is almost creepy in the way he goes about his assignment. His task in this first book in the series is to bring down the Lee Forestry owners, Travis and Tucker and their mob boss Beau LaFontaine. The money coming from the woods has to be more than just trees and Danny fol The setting for this book is perfect, set in the dark woods of northern Maine. Danny Barrett, a determined FBI agent is an enigma as the protagonist. He wants justice no matter the cost, but he is also wounded from his past and is almost creepy in the way he goes about his assignment. His task in this first book in the series is to bring down the Lee Forestry owners, Travis and Tucker and their mob boss Beau LaFontaine. The money coming from the woods has to be more than just trees and Danny follows the leads and finds a trail of drugs and murder. This book is not for the faint-hearted and honestly, at times, it was not for me. It is hard-boiled, rough at the edges crime fiction with few redemptive qualities. I’m not sure I can say I really enjoyed the book because the plot meandered at times and I got lost in the details. The pace was slow, even though I kept expecting it to pick up because Danny was getting close to finding out the truth, but it never really did. I would have to call the pace one that plodded on inexorably to the ending. The book is filled with an intricate web of lies and a truckload of corruption that Danny has to sift through and he brings the reader along on this trip. The book is an okay read for those who like a lot of violence and expletives, but it was really not my cup of tea. I kept picturing a hard-nosed Dick Tracy who would stop at nothing to get the bad guy. This cat and mouse game of good versus evil did not hold my attention well and I was glad to get to the end. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Berkeley via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie Burns

    I was surprised that I enjoyed this mystery because my tastes tend to skew towards procedural and away from thrillers. But while this could be classified as a thriller, it had a solid and intriguing storyline. I liked the main character, Danny, who is smart with how he pursues his targets while working undercover. This book also shows that while the rich are different and spoiled, their lives can be sad, lonely, dismal. All in all, a good read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A good crime fiction read, I thought that the characters and story were strong and that the unusual setting gave this story an added interest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charisse

    4.5… really enjoyed this! Can’t wait to follow this series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I might have found my newest favorite suspense writer; Corbett is up there with Sandford and Michael Connelly. Yes, this is crime fiction, but it’s really about what one will do for love. Highly recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    THE SWEET GOODBYE was an entertaining beginning to a new series. Danny Barrett has been an undercover agent for twelve years and successful. But his new case, which takes him to a dying town in Maine and the deep, uncharted Maine woods, is going to test him in many ways. Lee Forestry Products has too much money on its books - what accountants call "funds without provenance" - which makes the FBI think something illegal is going on. The first undercover agent they sent to investigate was found mur THE SWEET GOODBYE was an entertaining beginning to a new series. Danny Barrett has been an undercover agent for twelve years and successful. But his new case, which takes him to a dying town in Maine and the deep, uncharted Maine woods, is going to test him in many ways. Lee Forestry Products has too much money on its books - what accountants call "funds without provenance" - which makes the FBI think something illegal is going on. The first undercover agent they sent to investigate was found murdered. Now, it's Danny time to try to find out what is going on. He was a Detroit cop but grew up in the forestry business in Upper Michigan. His cover as a tree marker gives him a chance to investigate. As Danny gets to know the players - the two Lee brothers who own the business, Beau Lafontaine who has a reputation in the Maine woods, and Pearl Lafontaine who's a diner waitress, cousin of Beau, and Travis Lee's long-time lover - he gets tangled up in a twisted situation. The story is part mystery, part twisted romance, and all-around compelling read. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and sometimes in flashbacks. I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to more in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This book met my expectations and more! Set in rural Maine, I could picture every scene in my head thanks to the gritty descriptions of towns, forests, characters, and their interactions. I loved every minute of it as it unfolded and we went deeper and deeper into the story. It's one of those books that you don't want to finish because you're enjoying it so much. I absolutely loved the characters and hope to meet them again. Great writing, great plot, and real pleasure to read. This book met my expectations and more! Set in rural Maine, I could picture every scene in my head thanks to the gritty descriptions of towns, forests, characters, and their interactions. I loved every minute of it as it unfolded and we went deeper and deeper into the story. It's one of those books that you don't want to finish because you're enjoying it so much. I absolutely loved the characters and hope to meet them again. Great writing, great plot, and real pleasure to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    H. P.

    The mountains of North Carolina are my favorite country noir setting for the simple reason that they are home, and there is a rich tradition of country noir set in the Ozarks that we can probably credit to Daniel Woodrell, but it is always nice to get the chance to visit someplace new via fiction. The Sweet Goodbye is set in the North Maine Woods in the vast, empty, northernmost reaches of the contiguous states. “I tend to work in places past their best-before dates—mill towns that no longer have The mountains of North Carolina are my favorite country noir setting for the simple reason that they are home, and there is a rich tradition of country noir set in the Ozarks that we can probably credit to Daniel Woodrell, but it is always nice to get the chance to visit someplace new via fiction. The Sweet Goodbye is set in the North Maine Woods in the vast, empty, northernmost reaches of the contiguous states. “I tend to work in places past their best-before dates—mill towns that no longer have a mill; fishing ports where the fish are remembered like mythical beasts; town sand cities where the workforce is unemployed, working recall hours, or gone. People having their financial security threatened is what a lot of crime depends upon. From what I’ve seen, it might even be the straw that stirs the drink.” Danny Barrett works undercover for the FBI. He is on his current case for two reasons: he is very good at what he does, and he grew up around timber in northern Michigan. The latter is vital to passing as a tree marker. The investigation is focused on a local timber company that has way too much cash. Not much money in timber anymore. Not much money in anything legal in rural Maine anymore. The investigation immediately goes bad when a cooperating banker is murdered. It takes him into the orbit of the lush, co-owner of the timber company, Travis Lee, Lee’s girlfriend Pearl Lafontaine, and Pearl’s kin Beau, who is operating a smuggling and drug empire nestled up against the border with Canada. I saw something that billed The Sweet Goodbye as something of a romance. And it is, of a sort. Romance is one literary tool seldom used in country noir. The way the story gets set up early on reminded me a lot of The Tilted World. But Corbett goes in a different direction with the story. What he does isn’t unappreciated, but my basic gripe with the book is that the way things play out Barrett is mostly just an observer. Watching a character lacking agency watch the story happen doesn’t tend to make for compelling storytelling. (This is probably a more realistic than usual depiction of undercover work, but realism is only valuable to the extend it enhances the story.) Disclosure: I received an advance copy of The Sweet Goodbye from the publisher.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Are you an outdoorsy person? Do like hanging out deep in the forest? The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett takes place in the rugged wilderness of Northern Maine. "Danny Barrett works undercover for the FBI. He is in northern Maine because a logging company has unexplained millions in their bank accounts - and the last undercover agent was found hanged and shot." Danny Barrett is an interesting character. He's more than just a tree marker and undercover agent. He askes questions about motive and histor Are you an outdoorsy person? Do like hanging out deep in the forest? The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett takes place in the rugged wilderness of Northern Maine. "Danny Barrett works undercover for the FBI. He is in northern Maine because a logging company has unexplained millions in their bank accounts - and the last undercover agent was found hanged and shot." Danny Barrett is an interesting character. He's more than just a tree marker and undercover agent. He askes questions about motive and history. And seems to have a little morally gray to him. "I need to arrest you but I respect you" Pearl is another character that will surprise you a lot. This book is more about the characters than the crime. Corbett does a nice job with the narrative. It would have been easy to fill it full of cliches (only saw a couple) and caricatures of characters. But he writes a fast-paced story. There's a scary bad guy - one I'd really like to see with his own book. A surprise ending that Corbett leaves a little open. Things are resolved but specifics are implied. Fans of C.J. Box should enjoy this new novel from Corbett.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    I love crime dramas/thrillers, even more so when I get a series so I can get invested in the characters and their cases. It's kind of like visiting a friend every now and then. The Sweet Goodbye introduces undercover FBI agent Danny Barrett. Danny is certainly not a by the book man, but he does have a good sense of right and wrong - his idea of the line between the two may not jive with his fellow agents, and he may cross that line from time to time, but he has a sense of honor. Ron Corbett knows I love crime dramas/thrillers, even more so when I get a series so I can get invested in the characters and their cases. It's kind of like visiting a friend every now and then. The Sweet Goodbye introduces undercover FBI agent Danny Barrett. Danny is certainly not a by the book man, but he does have a good sense of right and wrong - his idea of the line between the two may not jive with his fellow agents, and he may cross that line from time to time, but he has a sense of honor. Ron Corbett knows how to paint a picture and draw you into the setting. His descriptions are vivid and detailed. That part kind of goes both ways for me. There's a line between just enough and too much, and I feel like Corbett crosses it a little too often. I found my mind wandering at times when some descriptions went on a little too long when what I wanted was more of Danny. I really enjoyed Danny's point of view. There's almost a melancholy feeling at times, and I liked him, flaws and all. This first book in Corbett's Danny Barrett series turned out to be more crime drama than thriller, but it held my interest and I look forward to seeing what's next for Danny Barrett.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Minette Lauren

    The Sweet Goodbye, is the first installment in the Danny Barrett Thriller Series, by Ron Corbett, and if this book is any indication of how the subsequent novels will read, I’m all in. I heard about this book through a mutual mystery lover, and I was intrigued by the cover. I liked the narrators voice (One of the best Narrators I’ve heard), so I decided to listen to the Audible version. The writer’s description of setting and character were poetic and engaging, and his weaving of intrigue and my The Sweet Goodbye, is the first installment in the Danny Barrett Thriller Series, by Ron Corbett, and if this book is any indication of how the subsequent novels will read, I’m all in. I heard about this book through a mutual mystery lover, and I was intrigued by the cover. I liked the narrators voice (One of the best Narrators I’ve heard), so I decided to listen to the Audible version. The writer’s description of setting and character were poetic and engaging, and his weaving of intrigue and mystery read like I was sitting in the movie theater, watching the details of the story play out. Young Barrett plays the role of an undercover agent posing as a tree marker in a small Maine town. Travis Lee has all the makings of a Southern Comfort Good Ol’ Boy. Miss Fontaine is as hot as Jessica Rabbit, but sly as a fox. Money laundering, drugs, missing persons and homicide have all the makings of a good who done it, but the page turning element for me was the why. This hardboiled thriller was methodical and highly entertaining. Readers who enjoy Jack Reacher and the Prime Series, Jack Ryan, will love Corbett’s, The Sweet Goodbye.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Are you an outdoorsy person? Do like hanging out deep in the forest? The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett takes place in the rugged wilderness of Northern Maine. "Danny Barrett works undercover for the FBI. He is in northern Maine because a logging company has unexplained millions in their bank accounts - and the last undercover agent was found hanged and shot." Danny Barrett is an interesting character. He's more than just a tree marker and undercover agent. He askes questions about motive and histor Are you an outdoorsy person? Do like hanging out deep in the forest? The Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett takes place in the rugged wilderness of Northern Maine. "Danny Barrett works undercover for the FBI. He is in northern Maine because a logging company has unexplained millions in their bank accounts - and the last undercover agent was found hanged and shot." Danny Barrett is an interesting character. He's more than just a tree marker and undercover agent. He askes questions about motive and history. And seems to have a little morally gray to him. "I need to arrest you but I respect you" Pearl is another character that will surprise you a lot. Corbett does a nice job with the narrative. It would have been easy to fill it full of cliches (only saw a couple) and caricatures of characters. But he writes a fast-paced story. There's a scary bad guy - one I'd really like to see with his own book. A surprise ending that Corbett leaves a little open. Things are resolved but specifics are implied. Fans of C.J. Box should enjoy this new novel from Corbett.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    I really enjoyed this one! I'll be honest - l was not expecting to... I was contacted by the publisher about it and asked if I was interested in running a review or spotlight on my blog. I agreed and downloaded it on a whim. While I enjoy detective stories and mysteries quite a bit, the underlying nature of this specific undercover job (involving forestry, rural Maine and a drug ring) didn't really appeal but I gave it a go anyway. I'm so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and a I really enjoyed this one! I'll be honest - l was not expecting to... I was contacted by the publisher about it and asked if I was interested in running a review or spotlight on my blog. I agreed and downloaded it on a whim. While I enjoy detective stories and mysteries quite a bit, the underlying nature of this specific undercover job (involving forestry, rural Maine and a drug ring) didn't really appeal but I gave it a go anyway. I'm so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and am already looking forward to seeing where Danny Barrett (or whomever he'll be next time around) finds himself in future installments. The teasers in the form of the casual references to Seattle caught my imagination already. The construct of an expert undercover agent who travels the country infiltrating and uncovering crime is a great one and offers Corbett a panoply of options and settings and that, paired with strong plotting skills and a compelling protagonist, suggests a recipe for success that I look forward to following. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Dressler

    It’s been a minute since I’ve read a thriller mystery, and I enjoyed this break from my typical reads! It wasn’t too thrilling that it kept me up at night, and I enjoyed trying to figure out many of the character’s connections. In the Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett, a first in the Danny Barrett series, the FBI is closing in on Beau LaFontaine, Travis and Tucker Lee- the owners of a small-town Maine lumber company. The story is told from multiple points of view, lots of cat and mouse events, as the It’s been a minute since I’ve read a thriller mystery, and I enjoyed this break from my typical reads! It wasn’t too thrilling that it kept me up at night, and I enjoyed trying to figure out many of the character’s connections. In the Sweet Goodbye by Ron Corbett, a first in the Danny Barrett series, the FBI is closing in on Beau LaFontaine, Travis and Tucker Lee- the owners of a small-town Maine lumber company. The story is told from multiple points of view, lots of cat and mouse events, as the story comes full circle and we learn more about Beau’s cousin Pearl, her background and how she connects to all three men. For much of the story I sat perplexed on why it was titled as such…it’s a thing I do (find the connection to the title in a novel), and I will admit I was frustrated it took me so long to find it/figure it out…alas, it is there. :D If you enjoy mysterious, FBI thrillers (without a lot of scary thrills!), familial connections, poor decisions, aftermath and repercussions, then grab this one and let me know what you think.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (3 1/2). I had a hard time putting this book down. I cranked out 2/3 of it last night and inhaled the remainder today. Corbett is good with words. The way he sets things up, portrays the physical beauty of Northern Maine and handles his characters. Our unusual but very interesting protagonist, Danny Barrett, is easy to travel with but the real star is one of the supporting cast, Pearl. Yes, there are a few twists and turns, a couple awfully easy to anticipate, but they don’t diminish this effort (3 1/2). I had a hard time putting this book down. I cranked out 2/3 of it last night and inhaled the remainder today. Corbett is good with words. The way he sets things up, portrays the physical beauty of Northern Maine and handles his characters. Our unusual but very interesting protagonist, Danny Barrett, is easy to travel with but the real star is one of the supporting cast, Pearl. Yes, there are a few twists and turns, a couple awfully easy to anticipate, but they don’t diminish this effort in the least. This is a rock solid read. Real good stuff.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark Diego

    This book was AWFUL! Ron dragged out a story into a 300+ page book. This story should've been between 175 and 200 pages, tops! Great characters, an awesome story, ruined by an author who wanted to describe almost everything in an unreasonable amount of detail. If you like reading books, that flow well and get to the point, while staying on point, this book is not for you. If you want a book that stretches almost everything out, when it doesn't need to be, this is going to be your next favorite b This book was AWFUL! Ron dragged out a story into a 300+ page book. This story should've been between 175 and 200 pages, tops! Great characters, an awesome story, ruined by an author who wanted to describe almost everything in an unreasonable amount of detail. If you like reading books, that flow well and get to the point, while staying on point, this book is not for you. If you want a book that stretches almost everything out, when it doesn't need to be, this is going to be your next favorite book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    New series and I appreciated many things about it that seem to differ from other detective/thriller novels. The protagonist, Danny Barret, is not a sexist, lust-driven macho man who violates ethics to solve his case. He’s kind, insightful, competent and, relatively, non-violent. The story itself was fair. Nothing gripping. I’ll try the next in the series because of the lead but I’m not counting down the days until it’s published.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I got about 26% of the way through this before I had to quit. I thought the time line was confusing. It seemed to be told in present tense but then there would be a "as I learned later" statement. I also had trouble with the amount of similes that were used. If you start to notice them, there are too many. I received a copy of this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review. I got about 26% of the way through this before I had to quit. I thought the time line was confusing. It seemed to be told in present tense but then there would be a "as I learned later" statement. I also had trouble with the amount of similes that were used. If you start to notice them, there are too many. I received a copy of this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Intriago

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment. Danny Barrett is an undercover cop that has been loaned to the FBI for an investigation in northern Maine. The action is riveting with some great characters. I could not put the book down as the dialogue was captivating and the action involving money laundering, murder, drug dealing and some romance was fast paced.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vernon Luckert

    Review is of a free copy. Good story by a talented author. I really enjoyed the main character Danny Barrett. Interesting quote from the book, "She had begun to think you spend half your life wondering what's heading your way, the other half wondering what you missed." Probably something most of us are guilty of. This novel is well worth your time. Review is of a free copy. Good story by a talented author. I really enjoyed the main character Danny Barrett. Interesting quote from the book, "She had begun to think you spend half your life wondering what's heading your way, the other half wondering what you missed." Probably something most of us are guilty of. This novel is well worth your time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Heidi

    Talk about a book that plays out like a movie in your head! I could picture just about every scene. Very much a show, not tell type of book. Great mystery about an undercover agent! Definitely won't be my last book by this author! Talk about a book that plays out like a movie in your head! I could picture just about every scene. Very much a show, not tell type of book. Great mystery about an undercover agent! Definitely won't be my last book by this author!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ned Frederick

    Decent sense of remote Northern Maine for someone from away. A few hiccups in the narrative gave me pause, but all in all it hangs together as a mystery, if you can forgive Corbett for a few loose ends.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roselyn Teukolsky

    Terrific book! The setting, pacing, and voices were particularly good. Lovely noir vibe. The ending was marvelous. I'm a writer, and reread the final fourth of this book, because it is a clinic in suspenseful pacing. Congratulations to Ron Corbett! Roselyn Teukolsky Terrific book! The setting, pacing, and voices were particularly good. Lovely noir vibe. The ending was marvelous. I'm a writer, and reread the final fourth of this book, because it is a clinic in suspenseful pacing. Congratulations to Ron Corbett! Roselyn Teukolsky

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vince Waechter

    I liked this book. This was a good story and very well written. I went through this book in a hurry. It was easy to see the end coming but the author did a great job getting there. All very believable how this could play out in real life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    N

    Well written and compelling. Hard to stop...

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