on July 29, 2019
Genres: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Kindle, Paperback
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The Loss Prevention Officer by Jon Jordan
Have you ever been shopping and felt like somebody was following you, and observing your every move? Have you ever noticed the camera domes scattered along the ceilings of your favorite department store, and wonder who might be operating them, and whether they might be staring at you? Have you ever felt strange getting undressed in a fitting room, and wonder whether someone might be watching you? Those feelings may be telling you something. They may be telling you that you are being watched by a loss prevention officer.
THE LOSS PREVENTION OFFICER is a thriller that tells the story of Crane Jefferson, a third-year law student at the University of Miami, who takes a job in the loss prevention department at Taylor’s department store. Through the eyes of Crane, the underground loss prevention world involved in catching shoplifters is explored, a shadow world of violence and perversion that the retail establishment does not want you to know about. Crane enjoys working in his position, until things go horribly wrong when an innocent man is nearly beaten to death. His position then comes back to haunt him as a storm of vengeance develops, threatening to destroy him and everyone else in its deadly path.
The Loss Prevention Officer by Jon Jordan is an extraordinary and interesting peek into the lives of both shopping mall employees and trainee lawyers, when Crane Jefferson, third year law student, takes a job in ‘Taylor’s Store’ as a loss prevention officer. When his co-worker Colby, is murdered it opens a can of worms that hurl us into a slow-burn crime-thriller that builds into the last third of the book being tense and impossible to put down.
I pretty much guessed as I was reading that the author, Jon Jordan must have both worked in department stores and trained as a lawyer. The attention to detail is fine and reveals the author’s knowledge of both worlds. Although, these two work-worlds are as far apart as the Moon is to the Sun, they are cleverly linked together by the likable Crane Jefferson. His dislike for the world he feels he was pushed into, that takes him not only to the University of Miami but into a mountain of debt, is countered by his surprise enjoyment of working as a security officer in a department store – despite the bruises he receives along the way.
The goings-on behind store cameras is shocking, and quite honestly if anywhere near the truth, then downright outrageous. It seems at first that Jefferson isn’t too shocked by what goes on, and although he doesn’t do things himself I was surprised to read him going along with the store member’s code of not ratting on anyone. I wanted him to come forward and to put an end to it, to stand up and be the hidden hero to all female shoppers. Alas, this is more life-like than super-hero stuff. The reality that coming forward might jeopardize his promising career holds him back, until the end…
The Loss Prevention Officer is an easy-to-read book. Jon Jordan has a relaxed and comfortable writing style that I really enjoyed. The book is packed with interesting characters, albeit only a few of them are likable, that is the point, each person is unique, real and very believable. I really liked his adorable girlfriend, Jenny and the way she came across. I hope there is another book to follow soon as I am sure Crane Jefferson has an interesting life ahead of him, and I’ve a feeling there might be murder and mayhem on the road ahead. A really enjoyable, light, crime thriller. The Loss Prevention Officer by Jon Jordan is highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. ~ Book reviewed by T N Traynor for Artisan Book Reviews.