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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (10 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071814712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996, with special assignments to the Domestic Violence Unit and the Legal Extradition Unit. Through 2001, she was the Regional Legal Advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), advising more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime. Originally from Long Island, New York, she presently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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Writes like an angel. An outstanding debut (Independent on Sunday ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jilliane Hoffman was an Assistant State Attorney between 1992 and 1996. Until 2001 she was the regional advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement advising special agents on complex investigations including narcotics, homicide and organised crime. She lives in Florida.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2005
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Jilliane Hoffman rightly shot to fame following the publication of her first novel RETRIBUTION. The Last Witness is not only her second work, but it follows the same storyline and employs the same characters. The problem for me is that while Retribution seemed to have been written from the heart, the follow-up has been written almost entirely from the head.

We're back in Miami serial-killer territory again, only this time the victims are police officers who were involved in the arrest, trial and conviction of "Cupid" from the first book. We've moved on 3 years, which is how long Cupid has been on Death Row. Central character CJ Townsend, an Assistant State Attorney just as the author herself was, inevitably but reluctantly becomes involved in the hunt for a killer nicknamed the 'Black Jacket'. She's assisted by her (mostly) live-in lover Dominick Falconetti, a Special Agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

There is never any doubt about Ms Hoffman's knowledge of her subject matter. She is almost relentless in her descriptions of investigative methodology and cross-agency politics. She's been there herself, and it leaves me wondering how much of the story lines have been adapted from real-life experiences. Some will find this attention to detail impressive, but to me there was just too much of it and there wasn't enough passion - something that Redemption did not lack.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, my expectations were sky-high but unfortunately it turned out to be less than special, bordering on a by-the-numbers crime thriller. We already know that the writer can do better than this, let's hope she does next time round.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "1sillywabbit" on 5 May 2005
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After reading Jilliane Hoffman's 'Retribution'I thought she won't better this....
Wrong 'LAST WITNESS'is One Fantastic & exciting read.
If you want a real treat read 'Retribution' first then 'Last Witness' which I think is as good as it can get.
I can't wait for some more from Jilliane Hoffman
Both Awsome reads.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read Retribution, I strongly encourage you to do so before reading this book. You will enjoy that novel, and you will enjoy this one even more.
Seldom has a sequel taken a fine first book to such exciting heights of story-telling. Even if you haven't read Retribution, you will be able to fill yourself in on the plot because Ms. Hoffman does such a good job of filling in the back story.
C.J. Townsend survived prosecuting the Cupid killer in Retribution . . . but just barely. In Last Witness, she faces up the unpleasant consequences of that case . . . in which she railroaded an apparently guilty man, William Bantling, towards Death Row through perjured testimony to "fix" an illegal stop and search. She's haunted by the memory of having put the ends over the means . . . and the memory of Bantling's rape of her many years earlier.
Soon, she has more to worry about when bent members of the Cupid investigation who know about her illegal act begin to turn up dead . . . but only after being gruesomely murdered and mutilated by an obscure drug-cartel method. Where will the killings stop? Who's the killer? It can't be Bantling. He's on Death Row.
Before the book ends, she has to face up to her worst fears, and the love of her life, Dominick Falconetti, special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, must make a difficult decision.
Both Townsend and Falconetti are deliciously complex characters whom you will get to know much better throughout the novel. Bantling is an above-average villain, and you will enjoy thinking about the problems that someone like him presents to society.
Ms. Hoffman has a great talent for building suspense . . . and terror.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By talk.to.the.paw on 6 April 2005
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The sequel to the author's debut novel escapes all the traps that often plague second novels. This is a taut, intelligent thriller that provides the reader with a deep insight into the legal workings of the Florida judicial system. The fact that the author has worked in that field for many years is apparent on every page.
The characters are believable "real" people and stereotypes are carefully avoided. The description of both police and lawyers rings true and authentic.
A great new voice in legal thrillers!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By molko VINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2007
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Hoffman's first book Retribution was really good, one of the best books I have read. So when I found out she had a second book with the same characters from the first I couldn't wait to read it.

This book takes a while to get going, in fact, it never really goes anywhere. It isnt helped by the massive amounts of legal and police procedural information. Which I found quite hard to read and skimmed over most those parts.

The only this stopping me from giving this a lower mark is the fact that Hoffman has a real talent for building tension which is shown through-out the book, especially near the end.

This is an OK book but would be a terrible book if you have not read the 1st.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2007
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Once I got past the acronyms appearing on nearly every page this novel became a bit interesting.

Before turning to writing Hoffman was working within the subject area of the novel. It shows! She brings her obvious knowledge and expertise into the novel, which is understandable but unbearable. It isn't always relevant either.

The plot is good, you may have it worked it out quickly. I didn't which was the main reason for finishing it.
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