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Fortunes of the Dead [Hardcover]

Lynn S Hightower

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1 Sep 2003
In this sequel to the Shamus Award-winning Satan's Lambs, the circumstances surrounding a new case are poised to pull P.I. Lena Padget and her lover, homicide detective Joel Mendez, apart. As Joel becomes more sympathetic to a suspect's version of events, Lena finds herself feeling increasingly skeptical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have Lena back 22 Sep 2003
By Avid Mystery Reader - Published on
Hightower's writing, to me, is best described as "unflinching." She doesn't sugar coat things, she doesn't "make nice" with her characters or her books. I really like that about her books. From the dysfunctional family in High Water (one of my favorite books of 2002) to the malfunctioning Lena Padgett and her relationships in Fortunes of the Dead, Hightower never insults my intelligence. She doesn't blink in the face of domestic violence and its reality. She doesn't spare me details of someone's sick behavior -- but she doesn't lovingly linger over any of it either. Hightower is one of my top authors, and Fortunes of the Dead is one of her best books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Kentucky Writer 10 Feb 2005
By don - Published on
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I have been reading Lynn Hightower since 1993. Being from Lexington, Kentucky, and living in the Chevy Chase area, I identify very easily with her stories. Her early novels with the sci-fi mystery genre were fun to read. Lynn has grown quite a bit as a writer since then. As she states in "Fortunes of the Dead", "...I admit I saw things in black and white, with good guys and bad guys and no shades of gray.", no "shades of gray" in this novel. She has always paid great attention to detail in her stories, with a woman's eye for color and texture. Scenes are not so much written for the reader as painted in accurate 3D perspective. Now, she is really applying this quality to her characters. She is breathing life into them.

Always the story teller, Lynn easily draws her readers into her novels. I have really enjoyed her work over the years and enthusiastically encourage others to also enjoy her talent. Kentucky should be proud.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it 5 Jan 2005
By R. L. Clark - Published on
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I read Ms Hightower's earlier books in this series a few years ago and enjoyed them moderately - not enough to collect the first editions, but enough to keep coming back. So I picked this one up after not seeing her work for a couple years with a certain anticipation. Unfortunately, it's terrible. The mystery isn't very interesting, but Lena and her relationsihp are what really get in the way. She is so incredibly narcissistic and self-involved that the book loses focus on the case and becomes a sort of adolescent exploration of Lena and her relationship.

Skip this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortunes of the dead 6 April 2008
By Angela J. Wackler - Published on
I haven't found a book written by this author that I haven't fallen in love with. Her characters are real and very relatable to reallife. From the first page to the last you never loose intrest and the author leaves you wanting more.
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF LYNN HIGHTOWER'S BEST 20 Dec 2004
By M. Hughes - Published on
Three things I look for in a mystery. 1. Good writing, 2. unique plot, 3. interesting characters. This has all three. This was a stay up late to finish book. Looking forward to her next.
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