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David Kessler
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10 Jun 2010

When TV talkshow host Elias Claymore is accused of raping a 19-year-old girl he turns to his friend Alex Sadaka to defend him.

But Alex has a fight on his hands, for Claymore – a former Black Power activist – is anything but squeaky clean and this time even the DNA evidence is stacked against him.

Forced to share the defence with a lawyer from Claymore’s insurance firm, Alex must battle his way through jury tampering, conflicts of interest and vicious hate mail to uncover the truth.

With Claymore a vulnerable target in prison and the prosecution scenting blood, Alex knows that time is running out. Could it be that this time there is No Way Out?

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847561837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561831
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Kessler is a British author of mystery novels and thrillers. Born into a Jewish family in London just before the swinging sixties, he dropped out of school at the age of 15. Shortly thereafter, he wrote a screenplay that he showed to his mother's cousin, movie director Clive Donner. Although never produced, the screenplay made Kessler realize that he wanted to become a writer.

But it wasn't until he was in his late thirties that he secured a publishing contract from Hodder Headline. He had four thrillers published by Hodder in the late nineties, but was then dropped, along with many other mid-list writers, during a slump in publishing. At the same time, he courted controversy by co-writing a book about the murder of Rachel Nickell called Who Really Killed Rachel? with Colin Stagg the man who had been falsely accused of the murder. The book (published in 1999 by a small publisher, after the major publishers turned it down) named Robert Napper as one of four credible suspects. Nine years later, Napper pleaded guilty to the crime after new DNA technology and other forensic evidence established his guilt.

Kessler made a comeback in 2009 when he signed a three book deal with the Avon division of HarperCollins UK for a series of books about a San Francisco lawyer, Alex Sedaka.

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‘This will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.’

‘No Way Out is impossible to put down.’

About the Author

David Kessler dropped out of school at the age of 15 and was self-educated from then on. He struggled for 25 years to become a published author before finally making his breakthrough with A Fool for a Client, a legal thriller set in New York. This was followed up by The Other Victim, Tarnished Heroes and Reckless Justice. He also courted controversy by co-writing Who Really Killed Rachel (about the Wimbledon Common murder) with Colin Stagg, the man who was falsely accused of the crime. The book is now out of print, but since then, the real murderer - who was named in the book - has been convicted of the crime.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, gripping read! 4 Aug 2010
`No Way Out' follows the lives of multiple characters as they come together in defence of previous convicted criminal, but born- again Christian, Elias Claymore.
When I began reading, I was immediately transported into the novel and firmly gripped by an exciting plot and believable, amiable characters - I did not want to put the book down.
The chapters are split into dates and times, while also alternating between characters, which gives the novel a very realistic feeling. The characters were also fantastic. I loved Alex Sedaka right from the beginning; he held the same charm and appeal as Kate Atkinson's leading character, Jackson Brodie; the strong-minded, caring and protective character with a real sense of justice. I also sympathised immediately with Elias Claymore. I was convinced from the beginning that he was the innocent party, and despite his cruel and reckless past, I instantly liked him. In contrast to this, Bethel Newton, the young girl accusing Claymore of raping her, was a character that I sympathised with in the beginning, but grew to dislike her throughout the course of the novel.

Conversely to this, as the reader is bought more deeply into the plot and the trial, I found myself becoming a little bored at times. This was not due to any fault in the story, but more to do with the depth in which the DNA evidence was described. While it is obvious that David Kessler has researched the topics in his novel well, I found myself skipping paragraphs at a time when explaining the more complicated aspects of the DNA evidence, simply because parts of it were out of my understanding.

However, the ending to the novel was mostly excellent; full of action, danger and plenty of plot twists to keep the reader full of suspense right until the final word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By SbrKaye
Format:Kindle Edition
I decided to read this after reading the author's earlier outing Mercy, in which the hero, Alex Sedaka, was introduced. Like its predecessor, this is an intriguing and complex legal thriller which is similarly marred to some extent by over-complexity. In this case, the problem concerned the DNA evidence, where the author appeared to be trying to give it one twist too many, and I found it quite hard to follow.

The basic plot-line of the book - the trial of a black TV talk-show host accused of rape - is an interesting one. And the events that unfold, both in and out of the courtroom, are quite gripping. Once again, Kessler raises questions that have cropped up in several of his previous works, such as the morality of private vengeance and the possibility of personal redemption. None of the characters are morally flawless. But that is not to say that they are unsympathetic. Quite the contrary. It is because they are flawed, yet in most cases, well-intentioned, that they are believable and human. The lawyer is no saint. But he has a sense of duty - as well as a sense of loyalty. The accused has demons in his closet - yet (and I hope I am not giving too much away) - he is not lacking in ideals. Other characters, both good and bad, are motivated by events in their past. The author is by no means morally neutral, but he recognizes that even villainy has its causes. This avoidance of comic book heroism and villainy is probably the book's greatest strength.

I think that if the author had retained the moral complexities but ditched - or at least played down - the scientific complexities, this would have qualified as a superlative LITERARY novel. As it is, I would rate it as a good thriller, not as fast-paced as its predecessor, but psychologically a lot deeper.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Way Out 24 Jun 2010
No Way Out

No Way Out
By David Kessler
ISBN: 9781847561831
ISBN 1-84756-183-7
Avon 2010
528 Pages
Genre: Crime--Thriller and Suspense

David Kessler has written a thriller about a black activist and convicted rapist, Elias Claymore who has been recently found guilty of raping a young white nineteen year old girl, Bethel Newton in California. Elias pleads innocent and hires his best friend and attorney, Alex Sedaka to defend him.

Having been convicted in the past for raping six women and for escaping jail, Claymore is up against all hope for the Prosecution has strong DNA evidence to prove that Elias is Bethel's rapist. Alex has a hell of a defence case to win; with DNA evidence stacked against Claymore he has a fat chance in hell to be acquitted. In hopes of winning the case, Alex hires a young attorney appointed by his insurance company named Andromeda Phoenix whose same sex partner Gene works at the Rape Crisis Centre as co-counsel. The Judge throws an injunction against Andromeda's partner not to get involved with the victim. Then Andromeda starts getting anonymous threats through her E-mails telling her to get off the case. To add a twist to this page-turning court drama, Alex's own off-again-on-again partner, Martine, a journalist, is covering this case and has already received hate mail. Is there really no way out for Elias?

The book throws reference to the infamous OJ Simpson trial and has slight racial undertones but purely to point out how prejudice people can be and how it can destroy lives.

David writes in the same style as James Patterson and John Grisham--two of my favourite suspense novelists. I enjoyed this highly suspenseful court drama which kept me on the edge of my seat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Get Me Out
A plodding and tiresome story with dull familiar characters. The book goes on and on about DNA, dedicating one entire page to one individuals DNA analysis chart. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ellkaydee
1.0 out of 5 stars Overly complicated and totally implausible plot
The book started quite well, but it lost me when the author plunged into way too much detail about DNA, Technology, statistics and points of law. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Berni
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This book is definately a page tuner. it is very skillfully wrote. I first see this book in whsmith and brought it from amazon.i highly recommend readers reading no way out.
Published 16 months ago by ireadnovels
4.0 out of 5 stars No Way Out
This is only the second book written by David Kessler I have read but it won't be the last. The story has twists and turns to keep the interest levels high and the characters are... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Iris Hunter
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.....
I persevered with this, despite my suspicions at almost halfway that it wasn't going to get better.

The plot is OK at best, with some very (and overly) technical... Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Dangerscouse
3.0 out of 5 stars A work that tries too hard.
I'm sorry, I'm going to waffle a little to begin with.
What makes a good novel? It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this must also apply to reading... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by I bite
1.0 out of 5 stars One to Avoid
Firstly the modern publisher is now the arch enemy of preserving the planet. This book contains 142 short chapters and 48 totally blank pages. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Nightman
2.0 out of 5 stars not convinced
Connolly, Crais and CJBox are my particular favourites in the crime genre so a legal thriller should have been a good choice for me. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious
This is one of those thrillers that grabs you by the throat and forces you to read it. It started off at a fairly brisk but not breakneck pace, but by the end it was tearing up... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by David Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea but......
This book just goes to show, it never hurts to think outside of the box now and then. Court based thrillers aren't usually the kind I hanker after but this one...totally brilliant! Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Hippy chick
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