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Least Wanted (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Debbi Mack
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae's busy, but orderly life as a Maryland lawyer takes a chaotic turn when two clients are accused of murder. A poor, black girl is accused of killing her mother. A young man suspected of embezzlement is accused of murdering his boss. The cases collide in a bizarre way involving girl gangs and computer pornography.

Sam ventures into the heart of DC's suburban ghettos to find answers. A maniacal killer who'll do anything to hide them stalks her. After a nearly disastrous confrontation, Sam must do business on the run. As the body count grows, Sam races to learn the truth and clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

"LEAST WANTED is a brave, heartbreaking, and thrilling book with a complex plot that takes attorney Sam McRae on a dizzying tour of several circles of urban hell, against a backdrop of white-collar crime. I loved it, and I admire Mack for writing it without flinching or suggesting easy answers. It's a sequel that outdoes IDENTITY CRISIS and holds the promise of a great series."
-- Timothy Hallinan, author of THE QUEEN OF PATPONG and CRASHED

"In LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack serves up a solid mystery plot wired together with high octane suspense. Washington, DC attorney Sam McRae is smart, tough and dedicated, but her latest cases in LEAST WANTED push her to her limits. Defending two clients accused of murder, she finds herself dealing with girl gangs, pornography and crazed killers. For mystery and suspense, it’s Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan in Baltimore and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser in Boston, but Sam McRae is the woman to have at your back in Washington."
-- Austin S. Camacho, author of the Hannibal Jones mystery series

"Sam McRae is back and as brash as ever, with a colorful cast, a relentless plot, and enough twists to leave you breathless. Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon."
-- Scott Nicholson, author of DISINTEGRATION

"LEAST WANTED hooks you from the start and never lets go. A fascinating and absorbing mystery."
-- Simon Wood, author of LOWLIFES

"Fast-paced and brimming with dark, twisting plot turns, LEAST WANTED will keep crime and mystery buffs off balance and guessing until the very end."
-- J.T. Cummins, author of COBBLESTONES

"From its clever—and ironic—title to the carefully drawn characters ..., LEAST WANTED is a worthy sequel to Debbi Mack's first crime novel."
-- Jeremiah Healy, author of THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER and A STAIN UPON THE ROBE

"Sam McRae is not your run of the mill attorney. She is a strong, intelligent, and fiercely committed advocate, who puts her life on the line in the pursuit of justice. Author Debbi Mack brings to the hardboiled genre, a fresh voice and direct writing style that gives this richly layered mystery a feeling of authenticity I found wholly compelling. The multifaceted plot grips the reader like a falcon's talons and never lets go."
 --Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of The Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series

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 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: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Renegade Press (21 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1T7MK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,391 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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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Crafted Legal Thriller 23 Dec. 2010
By Donna
Format:Kindle Edition
Sam McRae fans will be delighted to know that after all her hair-raising adventures in IDENTITY CRISIS she's back in action. LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack's newest hard-boiled legal mystery, is a great, fast-paced read.

I'm not sure "legal mystery" is a term Debbi would use, but Sam's careful use of her legal training and loyalty to her clients and to the rules of procedure, drawn, I'm sure from Debbi's own experience as a lawyer, is a lot of what I like best about these books. Also Sam's plucky, intelligent dedication and sense of humor.

LEAST WANTED brings together two extremely disparate plot lines-- one white collar embezzelment, the other a gritty urban murder-- and riding on the outcome of the whole thing is the future of a bright but troubled teenager who should have a better chance in life. Cheering for Sam as she picks her way through the clues ever so carefully is a joy in this well-crafted book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read 1 Aug. 2011
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I have to admit Debbi Mack is a new author to me and I didn't read the first in this series, Identity Crisis.

'Least Wanted' continues tales of the exploits of the central character attorney Sam McRae. Sam is juggling a huge workload of diverse cases. The cases vary from divorce, accident compensation, embezzlement right through to murder.

While I felt the story was reasonably well written, I did find that at times I had to do a double take to recall exactly who was who in the supporting characters. Perhaps this was a lack of full concentration on my part but that is not something I usually have difficulty with, particularly once I become engrossed in a story. Maybe there were just too many plot lines being thrown into the mix and not expanded or developed sufficiently to fully impact?

Everything did tie in neatly at the end and all the story lines were drawn together.

I wouldn't describe this as a tremendously gripping or page turning read but it certainly doesn't fall into the category of 'don't bother' - a reasonable read and I'm sure as the author progresses and develops the Sam McRae character further, it could turn into an interesting series to follow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For once the sequel outdoes the prequel! 13 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great sequel to IDENTITY CRISIS, which I also enjoyed, but this is better. Sam McRae has thankfully recovered from her previous ordeals and her character is further developed as she tries to get to the bottom of another criminal case. Debbi Mack's style of writing is addictive and I felt disappointed to get to the final page and was left wanting more. If you are thinking about buying LEAST WANTED and haven't read the first in the series then I would suggest borrowing or buying that before reading this. Don't get me wrong, this is a great book but it is made even better by reading the original and getting more and more into Sam's character. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Least Wanted, better than expected! 25 Jun. 2013
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I selected this one on the basis on the recommendations system and it was a while before I got round to reading it as I'm generally not too much into books written in an American Style but I was surprised and it was better than I expected and quite a good read.

Attorney, Sam McRae gets involved with two clients both of who'm are charged with very different offences with one being as young black purse snatcher and one being a white middle class office worker. Both cases are investigated and start to merge together with a string of discoveries which can surely not all be coincidence. The heat is turned up when investigations make people nervous and start reacting violently until there is a body count and it migrates into an interesting murder enquiry with some interesting characters.

A good book with an interesting plot, I felt a bit harsh rating it as *** but guess that's the American thing, I'd certainly consider reading more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 29 Aug. 2011
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I enjoyed this book and it was a good read for how little I paid for it. It wasn't enthralling ~ I had no trouble putting it down when I needed to ~ but I enjoyed it nevertheless. The fact that the ending isn't neatly tied up made it more realistic.

The book reminded me of an episode of Law and Order, Special crimes Unit. There are murders, child pornography, gangs, violence (inc mild torture), company crime, a hit man, racism and poverty. In some places the book became over complicated and a couple of times I thought "why doesn't she just do.........". However it was an enjoyable read, that had me guessing (I correctly guessed the baddie uncovered near the end) and trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle alongside Sam. A good whodunnit. Please note that due to the language and nature of the story, it isn't suitable for the feint hearted! It made a change that it contained no romance or sex (only allusions to past relationships)!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open and Shut Case in just 2 days! 19 July 2011
By Andy
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a highly addictive thriller that compels you to read on and get to the end. Sam McRae returns in her role as the investigative lawyer trying to get to the bottom of two seemingly unconnected cases. Two of her clients are accused of murder and Sam gets dragged into a sinister world in an attempt to clear their names. The different lines of investigation become blurred as she gets closer and closer to the truth. A fast-paced crime thriller that definitely inspires me to read more from Debbi Mack. I definitely would have paid more for this book and consider it a bargain I would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
perfectly good story
Published 7 months ago by F. Currie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 10 months ago by carole
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Loved this thriller
Published 11 months ago by kathleen mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was ok
Published 12 months ago by grandma alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Least Wanted by Debbie Mack
This is a very enjoyable read. The characters seem very real as you are reading the book. It's a bit of a complex story actually of twists and turn in it but worth the effort to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carol, Blackpool
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice twists
An enjoyable legal thriller. It was a bit slow to get started, but had some interesting twists. Looking foward to reading others by this author.
Published on 10 Jun. 2013 by Del
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 on 2 May 2013 by Mrs. Marion F. Cozens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great lead character
This writer has created a great character in Sam McRae. She has guts, depth, heart and enough steel to dig her way through the worst of it when she's forced to the edge. Read more
Published on 18 Jan. 2012 by Angelo Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star
Not much more I can add, to the other reviews - but I couldn't put this one down. Will read more of Debbi's books
Published on 8 Sept. 2011 by Galning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Although, as others have noted, this story draws in many threads from apparently disparate cases for our heroine to solve, nevertheless it drags you along, slip-sliding to keep up. Read more
Published on 28 Aug. 2011 by Jeannie
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