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Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1) by [Mack, Debbi]
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"Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, 'There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.' Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, 'Sam' McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. Add to that the FBI, the Mob, identity theft, and a vulnerable main character involved with a married prosecutor and you have a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue." -- Aimee Zuccarini, The Maryland Women's Journal, Oct./Nov. 2009. "Debbi Mack's first novel, Identity Crisis, had me hooked from the first page, and proved to me by last page that she is a mystery author to contend with. She builds a tight and compelling plot in this noir murder tale, while managing to pace the story so nicely that I never once felt bored. And there's a great twist that I just didn't see coming - and I'm usually pretty good at spotting a twist from a mile away. ... I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!" -- Karen "Identity Crisis" establishes Sam McRae, hard-boiled lawyer turned investigator, as a spunky sleuth who tackles her own identity crisis while investigating murder and identity thefts linked to client Melanie Hayes. High-speed chases, break-ins at a seedy strip club, and violent Mafia-linked connections keep this well-crafted novel on an adrenaline roller-coaster ride through some of the more interesting Baltimore neighborhoods and suburbs. An unusual surprise ending had me checking previous pages to see where I missed the clue. Debbi Mack did an awesome job on developing the characters as well as the dialogue. I totally enjoyed "Identity Crisis" and breathlessly await Sam McRae's next intriguing, and paying, mysterious client with a past. -- Deborah A. Liptak "This book was an enjoyable read because it was fast paced and action packed. Mack didn't let off the gas for a second and it was like riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Sure, when the coaster started to climb you knew there would be a drop but you didn't know how high the fall would be or where the next curve was. The book sucks you in and it's hard to put down. There were so many seemingly random events happening but by the end Mack had pulled it all together for the reader and wrapped it in a nice little bow." -- AZ Mermaide "A. Sulphin" "Just as engaging as the characters, Debbi Mack uses her settings like another character in her book. I have never been to Baltimore, but I could see the neighborhoods, the city, and even the diners as if I was there. "With an intriguing plot that seems to be one thing and ends up being another, the book is like a treasure hunt, with clues left like bread crumbs until the surprise whodunnit is revealed. This is a good read, one to keep on your shelf to read again so you can realize what you missed the first time around." -- Holli Castillo "I thought it was an easy read that filled time well. It reflects how personal things that happen early in our lives, aren't forgotten with time." -- Gary Schlunz "Sam McRae is a lawyer but seems to take on their role of private investigator for her client more than any lawyer skills. A fast moving thriller with a fair amount of twists and turns. Fun read." -- Claudette Cleveland "This was a well thought out book with lots of twists and turns. Well worth reading." -- Amazon Customer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 4 edition (20 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01498Z4XG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Debbi Mack's first novel, Identity Crisis, had me hooked from the first page, and proved to me by last page that she is a mystery author to contend with. She builds a tight and compelling plot in this noir murder tale, while managing to pace the story so nicely that I never once felt bored. And there's a great twist that I just didn't see coming - and I'm usually pretty good at spotting a twist from a mile away.

Of course plot and pacing are important in any mystery, but I'm a reader who loves a good character above all else, and that's what topped it for me with Identity Crisis. Sam MacRae is smart, gritty and independent with a wry sense of humor, even about herself. But she doesn't necessarily have it all together - she has her issues like we all do. She's human. And she's very likeable.

I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!
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This is not a challenging novel, but an entertaining one nonetheless. Sam, a female lawyer, plays detective as she seeks to protect her client in the face of possible murder charges. A related story thread is that Sam falls victim to an identity-theft scam.

The book is pretty well-written and has a few good lines and a likeable protagonist. The pages flow nicely, without any nonsense, as Sam goes about her investigations. And there's the odd twist or turn to keep it interesting. Importantly, the plot is plausible.

This is not crime-fiction at its best, but it is a short, very readable and engaging book. (Kindle)
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I like Sue Grafton / Sara Paretsky books and I liked this.

The Kindle sample book gives you enough to figure out if you like the book (which often I've found they don't) so give it a try.

I finished the book feeling that the main character Sam McRae has got more to say, and more character to flesh out and I'd like to get to know her some more; so I'm hoping the next in the series gets released over here real soon.
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The female lawyer in this seems like a character who will develop well in further books, but the story was more about her playing private investigator than a lawyer. Her own identity theft is slightly involved but it is mostly about getting her client off a murder charge. There were an awful lot of loose ends, though & that spoilt this for me as they seemed interesting characters. I will read the next one as I think the first of a series isn't always the best way to judge these books.
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This is a really good legal thriller, and I'm sure there's a lot of mileage in the lead character for future books. I have to say that at times the story got a little complex, the interaction between many different characters got occasionally confusing and the action somewhat slow and long drawn out. This stopped me giving it the fifth star. But for a first novel, it is really excellent and certainly left me wanting to learn more about Sam McRae and her legal exploits.
At the Kindle price its an absolute steal and I can totally recommend it. I've already downloaded the follow-up, so that says it all really.
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I found myself enjoying Identity Crisis in spite of its various flaws. The heroine, Sam MacRae, is just so likeable. She’s a friend, telling you what she’s been doing today; or she’s yourself, living the mystery and trying to work out from moment to moment what to do next. This success is largely down to the narration style – it conveys Sam’s thought processes in such natural, accessible language. This is confident, competent writing from someone who knows how to do it properly.

Because of this, you’ll find yourself tolerating the things that are not quite right about this novel – and there are more than a few. For a start, it’s called Identity Crisis, but I couldn’t see what crisis was involved. Yes, the plot does pose a puzzle over the identity of one of the characters, but it’s not a crisis. Perhaps worse, one of the plot lines involves identity theft (i.e. thieves posing as you to steal your money, or other people’s), yet the actual nature of identity theft is barely even touched on. It’s frequently alluded to, but always like the name on a box that no one is actually going to open. The real plot is about something else altogether.

However, if you’re going to ask me what that plot is, I’ll be floundering. I notice that one reviewer says he didn’t understand the ending, and had to re-read it to work out what happened, and I have to say I had exactly the same experience. It all seemed a bit of a muddle; and to be brutally honest, I wasn’t really that interested. Various n’ere-do-wells are finally revealed and receive their come-uppance, but by that stage I was feeling I’d had my pleasure from the ride, and wasn’t really very concerned with the outcome. It’s a strange way to enjoy a novel, but against the odds, somehow it worked for me.
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I tend to read "grittier" novels than this - but ID Crisis zipped along nicely. I perhaps would have given it a 4.5 star for a couple of things like the scene where the mob tries to beat the answer out of Sam (would they have gone in so heavy, so quickly, on a woman?) - but that was only a couple of pages and maybe that's how it would have been.

Although it's a crime thriller she's avoided pages of gore (nice change) and there's no sickening female torture scenes, which seem to be in so many crime books now. I read it in one sitting and, tellingly, I didn't skip any pages. Often I find books go off on pages and pages of inter-character dialogue or "fleshing out characters" with flashbacks that you know are not adding anything to the plot and you end up speed reading (or maybe that's just me). Not in this case - read every word.

First novel ? 9 out of 10. Will look out for more of her books.
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