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Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1)

Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Debbi Mack
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft that has her running from the Mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with an offbeat private investigator to discover the truth about Melanie and her ex-boyfriend.

With her career and life on the line, Sam’s search takes her from the blue-collar Baltimore suburbs to the mansions of Gibson Island. Along the way, she learns that false identities can hide dark secrets, and those secrets can destroy lives.

"Debbi Mack has created a first-rate heroine in Sam McRae. Sam is tough, resilient, sassy and unstoppable. Good thing, too, as IDENTITY CRISIS moves at a slam-bam pace." -- Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

"If you enjoy realistic legal thrillers—and dread the thought of 'identity theft' striking home—IDENTITY CRISIS will be a genuine treat. Debbi Mack has used her own experience as an attorney to craft a twisty yet completely credible plot. And her protagonist, Stephanie Ann 'Sam' McRae, is a perfect example of what every client should hope for in an advocate: a professional who's willing to take risks both inside AND outside the courtroom." -- Jeremiah Healy, Author of RESCUE, TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER

"IDENTITY CRISIS is a well-written and well-plotted mystery which introduces lawyer-sleuth Sam McRae. She’s an exciting new protagonist mystery readers will want to get to know." -- Louise Titchener, Author of MALPRACTICE, BURNED IN BALTIMORE and BURIED IN BALTIMORE

“Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, ‘Sam’ McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. Add to that the FBI, the Mob, identity theft, and a vulnerable main character involved with a married prosecutor and you have a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue.” -- Aimee Zuccarini, The Maryland Women's Journal, Oct./Nov. 2009.

Debbi Mack is the New York Times ebook bestselling author of the Sam McRae mystery series. She’s also published FIVE UNEASY PIECES, a short story collection that includes her Derringer Award–nominated story “The Right to Remain Silent.” Her short stories have appeared in various other anthologies and publications.

Debbi is also a screenwriter and aspiring indie filmmaker. Her first screenplay made the quarterfinals cut in the 2012 Scriptapalooza contest.

A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She enjoys walking, cats, travel, movies and espresso.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2672 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557083257
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Renegade Press; 3d edition (15 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BWQ676
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. In addition, she's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies. Debbi formerly wrote book reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. She writes screenplays and is interested in filmmaking.

Debbi enjoys reading, movies, travel, baseball, walking, cats and good espresso--not necessarily in that order. You can find her online at

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam MacRae - My Kind of Character 23 Nov 2010
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition
Debbi Mack's first novel, Identity Crisis, had me hooked from the first page, and proved to me by last page that she is a mystery author to contend with. She builds a tight and compelling plot in this noir murder tale, while managing to pace the story so nicely that I never once felt bored. And there's a great twist that I just didn't see coming - and I'm usually pretty good at spotting a twist from a mile away.

Of course plot and pacing are important in any mystery, but I'm a reader who loves a good character above all else, and that's what topped it for me with Identity Crisis. Sam MacRae is smart, gritty and independent with a wry sense of humor, even about herself. But she doesn't necessarily have it all together - she has her issues like we all do. She's human. And she's very likeable.

I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, simple and sweet 14 Nov 2010
This is not a challenging novel, but an entertaining one nonetheless. Sam, a female lawyer, plays detective as she seeks to protect her client in the face of possible murder charges. A related story thread is that Sam falls victim to an identity-theft scam.

The book is pretty well-written and has a few good lines and a likeable protagonist. The pages flow nicely, without any nonsense, as Sam goes about her investigations. And there's the odd twist or turn to keep it interesting. Importantly, the plot is plausible.

This is not crime-fiction at its best, but it is a short, very readable and engaging book. (Kindle)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I like Sue Grafton / Sara Paretsky books and I liked this.

The Kindle sample book gives you enough to figure out if you like the book (which often I've found they don't) so give it a try.

I finished the book feeling that the main character Sam McRae has got more to say, and more character to flesh out and I'd like to get to know her some more; so I'm hoping the next in the series gets released over here real soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars legal thriller 2 Jun 2011
By Maria
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The female lawyer in this seems like a character who will develop well in further books, but the story was more about her playing private investigator than a lawyer. Her own identity theft is slightly involved but it is mostly about getting her client off a murder charge. There were an awful lot of loose ends, though & that spoilt this for me as they seemed interesting characters. I will read the next one as I think the first of a series isn't always the best way to judge these books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable first novel 20 May 2011
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This is a really good legal thriller, and I'm sure there's a lot of mileage in the lead character for future books. I have to say that at times the story got a little complex, the interaction between many different characters got occasionally confusing and the action somewhat slow and long drawn out. This stopped me giving it the fifth star. But for a first novel, it is really excellent and certainly left me wanting to learn more about Sam McRae and her legal exploits.
At the Kindle price its an absolute steal and I can totally recommend it. I've already downloaded the follow-up, so that says it all really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder without gore 14 July 2011
By Galning
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I tend to read "grittier" novels than this - but ID Crisis zipped along nicely. I perhaps would have given it a 4.5 star for a couple of things like the scene where the mob tries to beat the answer out of Sam (would they have gone in so heavy, so quickly, on a woman?) - but that was only a couple of pages and maybe that's how it would have been.

Although it's a crime thriller she's avoided pages of gore (nice change) and there's no sickening female torture scenes, which seem to be in so many crime books now. I read it in one sitting and, tellingly, I didn't skip any pages. Often I find books go off on pages and pages of inter-character dialogue or "fleshing out characters" with flashbacks that you know are not adding anything to the plot and you end up speed reading (or maybe that's just me). Not in this case - read every word.

First novel ? 9 out of 10. Will look out for more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different. 11 Jun 2014
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A slightly different take on a detective novel, the main character not being a police officer, but a lawyer. The story drags the reader in and tends to get a bit over-complicated towards the end. It is doubtful that a lawyer would do the things she did without being in trouble with the police authorities herself, but no matter, it made a thrilling read.
The ending? Well, I still don't know exactly what happened in the end. I had to read the final three chapters again in case I had overlooked something, but I don't think I did. It seemed as if Debbi had run out of paper - or time. Shame.
Overall, a book that I had difficulty putting down, and a good start to a writing career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Identify yourself 14 Mar 2014
By kim
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Book was okish.didn't grip me like other crime books do. Easy reading. Do.t think I will read any more of this author,but that's my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Well written and an easy read. Good story line with interesting main character. Similar in many ways to other amateur detective novels but still enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Lazeniapeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was ok
Published 4 months ago by grandma alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
My husband is the one who buys the Kindle books. He downloads them to his ipad.

He never goes to the Library now because the large print books are in small supply, but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Marion F. Cozens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new character
Sam Macrae is a great new character, can't wait to read more. I like the way Mack writes people. A good book.
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Camdengirl
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Very poor, plot has more holes than that wooly jumper you've had for years and just can't bare to throw out. I wouldn't bother reading anything by this author again.
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Mr. M. J. Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Sample only - Grew more interesting as it went along
This kept popping up on Amazon whenever I looked for Kindle indie writers, so I thought I'd give the sample a whirl. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Andrew Ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
The thing I liked most about this book are the characters; they are well sketched, likeable and you easily warm to the heroine. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
It didn't have me on the edge of my seat but it was still a good solid read. Have downloaded a couple more of Debbi Mack's novellas as I do think she's a good author.
Published on 21 July 2011 by Gina
4.0 out of 5 stars At last something worth reading.
Since getting my kindle I've been disappointed in some of the cheaper books I've bought, twenty so far. Then I found a couple of writers I really liked. Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by Barry Pryke
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