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Dark Tapestry (# 1 in the Colin and Leora crime thrillers) [Kindle Edition]

Ruthie Pearlman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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First in the series of Colin and Leora detective/forensic scientist duo as they tackle their first case together; the kidnapping of 8 yr old Josh Hardman from his home in Golders Green. Unputodownable. A real page turner.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Targum Press (20 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FCEBLIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #468,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing! Finished it in one afternoon! 20 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Ruthie Pearlman has created a very believable policeman in Colin Summers. The storyline is very pacy, switching smoothly from the Orthodox community to the high-tech world of the Net, and the denoument totally unexpected and exciting. I look forward to reading the next Colin and Leora!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 15 Jan. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A novel with all the hallmarks of a great suspense thriller with an interesting twist. Cleverly combining the traditional aspect of the Orthodox Jewish community with the high tech world of the Net, the fluid writing style is guaranteed to keep the reader captivated until the dramatic conclusion. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get away from some of the run of the mill crime thrillers out there.
The next book in the series (The Movement) promises to be even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Don't have to be jewish 27 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Only a veteran writer could handle a crime story as well as Ms. Pearlman's Dark Trapestry. Up until I read this book, I was unaware of the power and style of this veteran author. She took a crime story and placed it in a Jewish neighborhood. This was a fresh mix. Now it didn't have to be in a jewish neighborhood. It could have been anywhere but in doing we get a peek into Jewish customs and traditions and see them working in the real world. Her story was a smooth read and had a very comfortable feel to it. I was under the impression that somehow she was there and experienced what she was taking us through as readers. The book starts out like a race car. The moment it is on go it seems like it will never stop until it reaches the finish line. From the first page on the intrigue, suspense and mystery grabs you. At first you think it is just a kidnapping case but before long you find out that you are in the midsts of something much bigger, much different. By time you think you have it figured out, the author is able to pull the rug from under us and hit us out of nowhere with something else. The twists and turns provided for a lot of fun reading. As a former private investigator, I thought I had figured out where things where going. In many detective stories and mysteries, I have the plot figured out way before the ending. Not in this book. I found myself on edge and thinking things thoroughly through. A very good read. I recommend you become a fan of Ms. Pearlman because I certainly am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable! 8 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot of this is very, very good. I felt we really got into Colin's head as he dealt with his estrangement from his culture and his family because he decided as a teen to not be Jewish anymore. I didn't feel like we really got to know Leora very well. She was pretty flat to me, but still as an observer of the situation from outside, she was intriguing. The mother's depth of despair and hysteria (almost to the point of insanity) was truly heart-wrenching. The dad came across as fairly cold; who really expected the parents to go straight back to work when their son was missing?

The Jewish elements were intriguing and only occasionally overwhelming when the sentence had a bit too much Hebrew in it and I didn't know what all the words were. It had the same sort of feel that many Christian inspirational romance novels have, with a secondary plot line that deals with religion on top of whatever else is going on.

I figured out who the bad guy was fairly early with my crack knowledge of what Renard means, though I didn't see the link to who he was in real life. I felt like the police failed to follow up on a lot of clues, especially when asking the parents about who might hate them. There was a bit too much repetition and the book could have benefited from some tighter editing. For example, when a character was introduced, we got their whole past and then they repeated the whole past in dialogue through out the story.

Overall, a really great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 21 Oct. 2013
By Jenny L
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a riveting read and quite fascinating because it explores themes I've not come across in other fiction. Ruthie has written a good crime thriller in it's own right but what makes it unusual is Colin's journey back into his faith and community. I did have to resort to my kindle dictionary a couple of times to get translations or explanations of some words or terms that were foreign to me but don't let that put you off. Equally the technology described is now outdated but cleverly explained and the book loses nothing for it. I loved the blend of personalities, especially once Leora arrived, the thoughtful exploration of Colin's feelings about his faith and the yearning of the stricken mother for her lost child, mirrored by the detective and his lost faith. This is one of those books you think about for a long time afterwards, and I am really looking forward to reading the next instalment of Colin and Leora's story.
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