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The Last Witness #2 (Last Witness series) [Kindle Edition]

John Matthews
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Book Description

The Last Witness #2 completes events in the two-book set which starts with The Last Witness #1. Book #1 is approx 88,000 words and Book #2 103,000 words.


Elena Waldren has a secret that she's built fences around for the last twenty-nine years and kept from everyone. Through her work with an aid agency, her fears about the plight of a young girl placed with a nearby family finally set her on a quest to uncover the past that she's pushed away for so long. A quest that leads her into the dangerous heart of Montreal's leading crime family, the Lacailles.

The Lacaille brothers are at odds over their business aims for the future. Caught in the middle is the money-man holding the key to legitimizing their enterprises, Georges Donatien. But as much as Donatien could be their saviour, he is also the last witness to a murder that could bring their empire crashing down.

Distinctively written… all the forceful energy of the best thrillers.
- Kirkus Reviews.

Gripping, pulse-racing. A police departments determination to bring down a leading crime family merged with one woman’s quest to uncover a secret past.... Brilliant!
- Evening Herald.

If you think in terms of the sort of ‘woman in jeopardy’ mysteries that Nicci French writes so well, blended with a harder-edged ‘Sopranos’-style thriller, then you’ll have nailed the heart of this story. Strongly sketched characters and emotions make this one stand out from the pack.
- Murder One.

... a novelist of real accomplishment.

This is the complete edition of The Last Witness offered in one volume.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 12 languages with total sales of 1.2 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

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... a novelist of real accomplishment. --

About the Author

As well as being a novelist, John Matthews is an experienced journalist, editor and publishing consultant. He lives in Surrey with his wife and son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2531 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E-Media books (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TKS170
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As any Hollywood executive will tell you, there are three main acts in a film - and I suppose it could be said that my writing career has followed the same path.

The first act was two novels written in my twenties, Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Published by Hutchinson/Arrow Books in London, both did well, selling 100,000 plus. But I became distracted with other publishing ventures and didn't return to writing novels for some while.

That return (Act Two, if you will), was with one of my strongest books to date, Past Imperfect. A crime thriller with a difference - think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King, but with an atmospheric 1960s French setting - Past Imperfect went on to sell over 500,000 copies in 8 countries. The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day followed in similar crime-thriller style. This in turn led to me penning a film treatment for Past Imperfect and also a fresh film script, 'Blind School' (Act Three).

Part of this has also involved a book in a different style, crossing the mythology-political thriller genre, which has been particularly succesful with foreign rights sales, adding Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and Bulgaria to my existing list of teritories. Putting my back-list on Kindle - which has seen the three titles so far listed all in the top-ten legal thrillers list on Amazon (again!). And finally penning a new novel in collaboration with TV producer Richard Belfield (for which we've become J.R. Mattfeld) to kick-start a crime-detective series set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper (yes, you heard right!). More on that later...

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the year 15 Jan. 2002
I picked this up recently as a Book of the Month at an airport bookshop. More like Book of the year. This was the best thriller I've read in a long while. A mother's search for her long-lost son combined with one of the most chilling and intriguing crime family plots since the Corleones. I particularly liked the three way cat and mouse game between Jean-Paul and Roman Lacaille and Chenouda, the police Inspector. It was refreshing too to read a mob story that was set somewhere different like Montreal. This somehow gave it a more exotic, exciting edge over now more familiar and standard urban American settings. Fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but confused about #2 2 Jan. 2014
By scblues
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This is the first John Matthew's book that I have read. It was titled The Last Witness #2 but it seemed to be #1 and #2 together. It was very long but it was also an excellent read. The two intertwined stories were well crafted and the author is skilled in descriptive writing although, at times, this appears to be overdone and found myself urging him to get on with the plot. This was particularly true in the beginning of the book and, at times, I scan-read sections so that I could get back to the action. This did not stop me from being involved with the characters and with the action and the story gathers momentum towards the end to reach an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

I am now looking to read some more of John Matthews but much of his stuff seems to be written in two parts (#1 and #2) so I am not sure where to start - very confusing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 5 Jan. 2006
I actually read this book first then read Past Imperfect afterwards and I would have to strongly disagree with the last reviewer: I would put both books on a par. This is a fantastic book by any measure. Yes, I found myself more absorbed early on in the mafia story than Elena's story - but given Elena's plight, you'd have to be fairly cold and heartless to describe it as slow or uninteresting. And as the two married together, that made it all the more exciting - the fact that this woman that has been through so much is suddenly in the jaws of a vicious, ruthless crime family. Fantastic read. Fantastic plot. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and emotional 15 Dec. 2012
By Kareem
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Read a couple of titles by this author now and what sets him apart from so many others is the way he gets you involved in the emotions of his characters. I really got into what was driving Elena. Why she was so obsessed with all these children she was placing? What was driving her? And what the connection might be to this mafia family?

When the two converge, it hits you what a dazzling plot this is. The best I've come across in a long while. Thought the pacing matched the moods too: steadier and menacing for the Dorset scenes and Ryall's dark secrets. Harder-hitting and more brutal for the mafia scenes. Just as you'd expect each to be in fact. Would strongly recommend to all those who like their thrillers with a bit of emotional heart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long 2 Sept. 2013
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I must have been reading something different from everyone else. Although I enjoyed this book, it took me ages to get through. It could have been a lot shorter and lost none of the plot. There are two parallel stories and they take ages to converge, only doing so in the last few chapters so that for the rest of the time I'm wondering when or even it will happen and what is the point?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too far fetched 11 Dec. 2014
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The hypnotized of the two girls have already been done in another book ft like I knew everything already was this idea stolen ! Didn't for one minute believe a person in witness protection would get a visit from someone he'd never met regardless of who she was,as if too many stupid parts in the book . A happy ending surprise surprise won't. E reading any more by this author
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Crime 15 Jan. 2012
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I quite enjoyed this though it almost seems like it would have been best if this had been written as two separate books.

The Elena storyline could be quite slow going at times and some of the scenes and internal monologue did get quite repetitive. It was quite well done and it did have some emotional impact though It also took me away from the other storyline.

I preferred the Canadian crime elements. It was pretty well written with some interesting characters.

The book picks up a lot towards the end and it was a tense and well worked finish.
The writing is generally competent and effective.

I would probably give this 3.5 stars if I could. I did quite enjoy it, though it was flawed in some respects and could easily have been quite a lot shorter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last witness 12 May 2013
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Good read turning around from country to country. Interesting turns.
Involving many different aspects in feuds. Ending with the innocent winning
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3.0 out of 5 stars Volume 1 dragged a bit but was necessary for scene ...
Volume 1 dragged a bit but was necessary for scene setting. Volume 2 was pacey and quite exciting with the tension mounting towards the end.
Published 1 month ago by Yozie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very intense book, full of intrigues and suspense. One which you have to keep picking up to read.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Margaret Woodward
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable
I bought this book to take with me on holiday. It kept me occupied and I was not disappointed with the content
Published 16 months ago by Charles. S
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I thought the last part of the book was gripping and ended how I was hoping it would. Good read
Published 16 months ago by Jane Crouter
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit ...
I just love reading John Matthews' books. I find them fascinating and hard to put down. I can thoroughly recommend them.
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really enjoy this author, his books are great reads and have you gripped from start to finish !. Great Buy
Published on 22 Jun. 2013 by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars A SUSPENSEFUL TALE
I found this book a "good read". The author was new to me and I look forward to reading more of his work. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Julia Cranston
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot merging!
This book has two distinct threads, one following a Montreal mafia family and the other an aid worker in England placing Romanian kids with suitable adoption family. Read more
Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Wesley Larkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Muddled
There are two plots running side by side in this book: a Godfather style crime story of a Canadian-based crime family looking to legitimise their activities and the story of an... Read more
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