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Retribution: Psychological Thriller

Retribution: Psychological Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jilliane Hoffman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Jilliane Hoffman's first novel Retribution takes the stock material of the forensic thriller and the woman-in-jeopardy modern Gothic and combines them with an intelligent meditation on justice. When Banting is caught with an eviscerated blonde in the boot of his car, prosecutor Chloe thinks she has got bang to rights a serial killer she and her police allies have been tracking for months. When she realises that he is the man who raped her and left her for dead twelve years earlier, it only makes her more certain--and more determined to send him to his death and not stand down from a trial in which she cannot possibly be objective. Yet nothing is quite as it seems.

Hoffman is entirely on top of both the small telling details from which a convincing criminal case is built up and the combination of intense concentration and deep personal damage that Chloe brings to her work and to surviving; she makes depression and stress as much a matter of white-knuckle excitement as more obvious dangers. This is an intelligent thriller that makes no pretence at having final answers to the matters of life and death that it raises. --Roz Kaveney


Intensely readable. A tale of personal horror, thrills and vengeance (Guardian)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399151273
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Jan 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI98XI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 21 Mar 2004
I am a lover of Grisham and Cornwell have read all their books and was looking for something different. Retribution is a page turner, unputdownable. From the first page to the last I was gripped with the main character, taking in her story, feeling sad for her as well as willing her to carry on. The pace completely changes in the middle of the book, and the 'oh no' phrases are often. The way this book is written it felt as though I was the character, I lived and breathed her happiness, sadness, my heart pumped as Chole turned her life around and became somebody else - I am unable to comment further as I would give away the plot - read it, breathe it and wish for more at the last page as I did. Can't wait for Jilliane Hoffman's new book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERFUL READINGS 28 Feb 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Jilliane Hoffman's debut novel, "Retribution," explodes on the literary scene with dynamic force. Calling upon her experience as an Assistant State Attorney and as a legal advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement she has crafted a story that holds listeners from opening phrase to the last shocking words.
Martha Plimpton, she of the dramatic voice, offers pulse pounding readings on the Abridged versions. Numerous stage and television appearances have proven her to be a confident, commanding performer.
The Unabridged edition is masterfully brought to life by Kathy Mazur who delivered topnotch performances on TV's E.R., Frasier, and Judging Amy.
Compounded of equal parts psychological study and courtroom drama "Retribution" introduces a protagonist to whom we can all relate. As an undergraduate in law school Chloe Larson has her life planned - it includes a satisfying career as an attorney and marriage to her steady guy. All these promising dreams are blown away when she is brutally raped and beaten.
It takes years but with supreme effort she lives past this tragedy to become C. J. Townsend, a Miami state attorney with an enviable record for toughness and courtroom finesse. But then she is faced with a series of crimes so horrific that even she is aghast at their brutality. A serial rapist/killer walks the streets.
When a suspect is arrested she's assigned to prosecute the case. The unimaginable happens when the suspect first speaks in the courtroom.
Artfully penned and meticulously plotted "Retribution" is a suspense packed listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Debut 24 Jun 2004
After beautiful young law student Chloe Lawson is brutally raped and horribly disfigured then left for dead in her bed by a masked intruder, she drops out of her life in New York City. She begins to live in terror of a repeat attack. The opening few scenes of this gripping legal thriller are shocking in their violence but they set Chloe's victim mentality up perfectly.
We then jump forward 12 years to Miami, Florida where Chloe has reinvented herself as C.J. Townsend, an Assistant State Attorney, and a darn good one at that. She is working on a serial killer case, currently 11 victims strong, that has suddenly broken wide open with a suspect in custody. C.J. will be prosecuting and is looking forward to the challenge. When she meets the suspect in court, she realises that he's the man who raped her 12 years ago and suddenly her case and her life spins out of control once again.
It's a serial killer story, but it's more. And it's more than just a legal thriller. There is a fascinating moral and ethical dilemma that a rape victim is placed in when she is unexpectedly given her chance at revenge. The question is, will she take it? This book was satisfying on many levels, but mainly because it forced me to think while I was being entertained. This is a wonderful debut by Jilliane Hoffman.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer psychological thriller 9 Nov 2006
In this critically acclaimed bestselling first novel by Jilliane Hoffman, Miami State Attorney Chloe "C.J." Townsend helps track down the sadistic serial murderer of at least nine women. But the case turns personal, and Chloe soon finds that she must face her own frightening past to catch a killer - and make a choice between justice and retribution. It's a story based on the nightmare experiences of a young woman previously living in New York and on the verge of becoming a lawyer - she has a boyfriend who is already rich and successful whom she expects to marry. After a night out she returns to her apartment and is brutally raped. Not unexpectedly this has a profound effect on her life and her relationships, particularly as her rapist makes himself known to her some time afterwards. This triggers a reaction and she moves away from New York.

The pace of the novel is impressive resulting in a very readable thriller set against a court background. Some of the acronyms and the American system of justice may cause English readers some confusion but this is inevitable and should not detract from the power of the story. It is well written, particularly in respect of dialogue, court procedure and investigative methods. It graphically portrays the trauma of rape and its consequences and your sympathies are with Chloe/CJ. The court scenes and the investigation are described particularly well.

The plot is ingenious - the rape victim who after 12 years gets the opportunity for revenge. A whodunit with a twist at the end with clues placed strategically along the way. Women identify easily with a rape victim, but men will find this just as enjoyable a read as it is a relatively gender-neutral writing style.
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couldn't put it down - a great read. I read this out of sequence but could still follow the storeyline easily. One of her best I think. I am an avid fan of Jilliane Hoffman books
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