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The Key to Justice (A Marc Kadella Legal Mystery Book 1) by [Carstens, Dennis]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in A Marc Kadella Legal Mystery (6 Book Series)

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About the Author

The author is a divorced father of two and proud grandfather of five (we always seem to be more taken with grandchildren than with our own children). He lives in the Twin Cities as he has for his entire life except for a tour with the U.S. Air Force. He has a BA from the University of Minnesota and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul. He practiced law for almost twenty years as a general practitioner so he has a lot of experience at what the reality of trying to make a living as a lawyer is really like.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2860 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Carstens (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AC54HI4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am about 1/3 of the way through this and find it entertaining enough, but I am online now trying to find a list of characters (which doesn't seem to be available). It's even harder on the Kindle to keep track than in paper format. I think it would be helpful, in fact, if most books listed the characters.
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By DM on 10 Feb. 2013
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Really enjoyed this book and will look out for future books from Author.

Only issue was setting out of the book, the paragraphs did flow correctly on my iPad kindle reader, for oce would have preferred the hard copy
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 410 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, needs a good editor 13 Feb. 2013
By LawGalMic - Published on Amazon.com
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Like this author, I am an attorney and love to read fiction written by other lawyers. Like this author, I enjoy seeing the practice depicted as the soul shattering, anxiety driven, low paying job it really is for so many of us. There is a reason that the incidence of substance abuse is high amongst the bar.
The story here is truly fascinating with an unforgettable and unpredictable ending. My complaint is that it is wrought on nearly every page with errors of punctuation, spelling and/or word choice, such as bare for bear and so on. It was frequent enough to become a distraction to me, my innate sense of good grammar and legalistic perfection being what it is. Most character development was interesting and quite good, though a bit uneven with some characters being left a bit shadowy for my taste.
I hope a good revision is forthcoming and a second effort will get better blue penciling.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing on a fictitious US trial 28 Jan. 2013
By Dr. Dayle Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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As a practicing trial lawyer for some nearly 50 years I am delighted to review what I consider to be the very best of the genre about serial killings, police procedures and the very difficult task of an ordinary lawyer achieving an absolutely extraordinary result, in the teeth of an elaborate and deliberate police plot (by a single officer)to obscure the issues in a very complex series of legal cases.
I have been a fan of Gresham, Block and others who write in this genre but never have I seen such a true to life example of the frustration of defence counsel when trying to defend an almost indefensible accused.
I found myself wondering if there was any flaw in the plot, or in the imagery of the politics of the story but I could not find a single one.
If your budget only allows you to buy one Kindle novel in 2013, you will be missing out on a brilliant novel about the interface between police practice and ones own client: and to add a bit of spice to top it all off there is an ongoing very acrimonious fight between the defence counsel and the US IRS (not really much different to any national omnipotent Taxation Office
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Story Line Is OK, But ....... 22 Feb. 2013
By Chris Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I nearly stopped after 10%, then 20%, and eventually continued to the end. The court sequence is not bad, but the grammar, punctuation and use of words was the worst I have ever seen (read). And the Author is a lawyer; maybe legal standards are dropping.
Content is worth a maximum of 4 stars. Quality of writing skills hardly reached 1 star.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, strong finish 15 April 2013
By DaveM - Published on Amazon.com
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For some reason I had trouble getting into this book. It may have been the opening was a bit sloppy and poorly executed.

After that, Carstens begins to introduce his main characters and the book moves along at rapid clip.

Strong points-

Legal mumbo jumbo is authentic, as it should be.
Dialogue and narrative are mostly pretty good, and darn good in places.
Character development is strong and you quickly build an affinity with them. Even the small characters are well drawn and help to hold your interest.
Cracker-jack mystery/who-dunit with Grisham-like twists
A surprise ending that, was a surprise- to me anyway. I didnt see it coming.

This book is a steal at .99 cents. It should be $2.99. Buy it before the author comes to his senses and raises the price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Leselyst 14 Dec. 2013
By Leselyst - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this novel -- in spite of its numerous grammatical errors.
This one was real. Nothing fell out of the sky and into the lap of Marc Kadella, the lawyer who had the monumental task of proving his client innocent of the heinous crimes. I appreciated the fact that he was real, honest and diligent. His home life was in tatters but he put that aside as much as possible. He did have a love interest but he had no time to develop it.
I felt I understood the legal process of the court system. The clever cover-up of respected Detective JW seemed insurmountable in its attention to detail. The political staging of the prosecution and its connections to the presiding judge added an additional challenge. (Think Grisham at his best!)
I especially enjoyed the story within the novel itself: Kadella's fight with the IRS. The fact that he won the tax battle gave my heart a lift.
The conclusion was an eye-opener as to what reality throws our way. Somehow, I had not considered this a possibility yet it all worked. An excellent read!
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