Broken Ground (Jay Porter #4)
Perfect for readers who appreciate the novels of Dennis Lehane with deeply flawed characters struggling to walk the righteous path.
At an AA meeting, handyman and part-time investigator Jay Porter meets a recovering addict who needs his help. In the midst of another grueling northern New Hampshire winter, Amy Lupus’ younger sister, Emily, has gone missing from the Coos Co...more
Jay Porter is a good guy. He might be a bit on the rough side, a recovering alcoholic, a divorced man, and a bit resourceful in using his fists, but deep down, he is a good man. While at an AA meeting, Jay is approached by a woman Amy, who asks for his help because her sister, Emily is missing. Jay is a man who brokers house possessions (in order words cleans out houses of dead people) but also dabbles in finding people who are missing. Jay is re ...more
Jay Porter is a man beset by demons ... demons that he is doing everything in his power to dispel.
Jay is an alcoholic .. although he's been sober for months. He's lost a lot lately ... his parents, his brother, his wife and son, his job, his best friend who drank himself to death, and two women who couldn't/wouldn't handle his issues.
But he is on the right path. He's started his own business which is doing well. He attends his meetings religiously ... and that's where things get a little crazy. ...more
Broken Ground is rewarding in a way the first three novels weren't because it unravels mysteries you weren't sure were mysteries until this point: notably, what is the Lombardi brothers' endgame. It also has Shakespearean edges as Jay Porter comes to term with his fate. Gripping, mo ...more
BROKEN GROUND by Joe Clifford is the 4th book in the Jay Porter series, and picks up with Jay at an AA meeting as he gets up the courage to tell his story to the group, but his attention is distracted by a very attractive woman who seems to be eyeing him as well.
Soon after he’s finished speaking, she approaches him and talks with him as if she knows him, but also tries to b.s. him at the same time. Amy is the ...more
Joe Clifford writes with insight, compassion, and at times, acerbic humor about characters who are marginalized in society. In Broken Ground, he presents Jay Porter, a flawed protagonist, whose soul is lay bare through the telling of his story at A.A. meetings, his interactions with those close to him, and his own impulsive behaviors. Jay, however, resides in a society shrouded in a veneer of secrecy and corruption, and as such, he stands diametrically oppo ...more
Broken Ground is the 4th book in Joe Clifford's Jay Porter series and like its three predecessors, it definitely does not disappoint!
Again Jay, who never seems to learn from previous experiences, is caught up in something he shouldn't be while trying to help someone else locate a missing relative.
Clifford's descriptive writing style and in-depth characterization again take you to the book's locale and ...more
This is the fourth in Clifford’s Jay Porter series and, in each book, Jay seems to have even lower self-esteem and even more righteous rage!
Jay’s life hasn’t been easy and, based on his experience so far, he holds no hope for a better future; but he is basically a good guy trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. The trouble is that trouble follows him like a hungry and stray dog.
When we pick up Jay he has just qualified for his first AA token, having not touched beer for ...more
“Broken Ground” is the latest book in ‘The Jay Porter Series’ by Joe Clifford. Recovering addict, Amy Lupus, needs help. Her little sister Emily has gone missing from Coos County Center, an addiction treatment and recovery center owned by Jay’s nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi. Jay is averse to getting involved in anything having to do with the Lombardi brothers, but somewhat reluctantly agrees to help.
The thing is, Emily Lupus is no junkie – she’ ...more
While some readers ding Clifford’s series for featuring an unlikable protagonist who’s his own worst enemy, Broken Ground opens with a new Jay Porter. He’s still curmudgeonly and often acts against his own bes ...more
Broken Ground is Joe Clifford’s fourth book about Jay Porter in one of my favorite current series. With his former boss Tom Gable moving to Florida, Porter is now working on his own buying and selling furniture and other items mostly from estate sales. The good news for him is that he’s able to see his son more since his ex-wife and her husband have returned to the area. He’s also ...more
Read my review on the Reader Views Goodreads page and at Readerviews.com.
“Broken Ground” is part of the Jay Porter series but stands well on its own and is written in first person point of view.
Read full review in the 2018 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
By Joe Clifford
A Jay Porter novel.
Slow, dragged out plot.
A lot of time is invested in character development and rolling out the plot.
While is provides very detailed story background, it does nothing to engage the reader.
At an AA meeting, handyman and part-time investigator Jay Porter meets a recovering addict who needs his help to locate a missing girl. In the process he discovers incriminating evidence to Lombardi Construction, which links sinister secrets. The deeper Jay digs, the ...more
Broken Ground is my favorite in the Jay Porter series. It is raw and the story flows and keeps you so engrossed that you cannot stop reading it. I seriously ...more
What I like in particular about this entry is that it takes the overarching story line of the series up another level. In the way it tackles power and corruption, now it's really in the same vein as Robert Towne's "Chinatown."
Jay Porter has also come to r ...more