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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034082090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340820902
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taylor Lockwood, jazz-playing paralegal heroine of Mistress of Justice, is one of the smart, sassy heroines in whom Jeffery Deaver specialised before he invented the austere paralysed criminalist Lincoln Rhyme. Like Rune in Manhattan is My Beat, Taylor is clever, but not quite as good at things as she thinks she is--she trusts a few too many people and lets her preconceptions get in her way; Deaver has always done a nice line in the detective who gets things wrong quite a lot of the time. Taylor is brought in by Reece, a Wall Street hot-shot, to work out who has stolen a crucial document, and where they have hidden it. Along the way, she uncovers most of the dirty little secrets of the partners of the firm and finds herself having to exercise judgement about each of them; she has refused to follow her father into the law because of her music, but she finds herself caught up in justice all the same.

This is an early book which Deaver has reworked--it has the technical slickness that is now his hallmark, but keeps the joie de vivre which it has to some extent replaced. --Roz Kaveney

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By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
these early Deaver re-issues are turning out as real gems among his back-catalogue. I can say with complete confidence that Jeffery Deaver has not once written a bad, unenjoyable book.
Deaver's writing style is concise and addictive. It's clever, quirky and enjoyable. His plots are well devised and well structured. They run smoothly and without a hitch.
This is a very good, very hig-class legal thriller, better than almost anything by John Grisham. the plot is complex and intriguing, and the lead character is very human and very likeable, with some very distinctive quirks which make her a pleasure to read about.
The book moves at great pace, and is a true page-turner. There are a couple of nice twists along the way, and, as is usual with Deaver, one final wallop right at the end.
Another very good book from Deaver...not quite his best, but i still reccomend that you read it. As i do with all his books.
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This is an early work of Jeffery Deaver's that he revised in 2001, some 13 years after its initial publication. In a foreword to this revised edition, Deaver tells us that he felt that the original novel didn't realise its full potential and was not exciting enough for the reader. It is a good book, showing Deaver's thorough knowledge of the US legal system (he was a lawyer before turning full-time writer), yet it lacks that urgency so characteristic of his later works. The trademark Deaver twists are there, but seem a little weak, and almost predictable. However, Taylor Lockwood is another great character, well described, and the reader gets a real feel for what she's thinking - much like Rune in the early trilogy. A good book - read it, but don't make it your first Deaver novel - try the Lincoln Rhyme series first.
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I am an avid fan of Jeffery Deaver but this book is very disappointing. It was very slow starting and never really took off at all. The story seems to climax in the middle of the book and it has taken you so long to get there that you really don't want to carry on reading to find out the real ending.Although once at the end there is a surprising twist, but not a book I would recommend for the first time Deaver reader, he can do much better.
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Jeffery Deaver has recently revised this book and it is available in a new edition in the UK, but I rather enjoyed this early version, which was one of Deaver's first published novels.
It's a considerably less polished work then his later efforts - the characterisation, in particular, is far less studied and convincing than in the more recent novels - but it's still good fun. Deaver's trademark twists and turns are present although I saw the main twist coming - maybe I have read too many of this guy's books to have the wool pulled over my eyes!
Still, a diverting read - not up to the standard of "A Maiden's Grave" or the Lincoln Rhyme novels, but fun nonetheless and there are some nice little touches in the writing about the legal profession...
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not his best read very slow to start
keeps going back and forth too much
did sample before i bought thinking
it would get better but i have read most
of his books and first time iam disappointed
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I almost gave up with this as I spent 2 weeks on the first 200 pages. Deaver introduced alot of characters such that it was hard to follow, and the initial story about a missing piece of paper in a lawyers office, was not really enthralling. Please note that I review the revised version where Deaver stated he 'thrilled it up' from the original. The plot got going in the last third and I managed this in two days. I would give this book a miss, unless you are a die-hard Deaver fan, or are really interested in his early pieces, some of which (Blue Nowhere, Maidens Grave) are indeed excellent.
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I read the revised version of this book. I had not previously encountered Mr Deaver's writing so was buoyed by the fact that he had a good reputation. I wish I'd read some of the reviews here first as I wouldn't have bothered. I found the story very slow and had I not started this book on a plane journey (with nothing else to read) I'd have probably given up. I tried to be positive but found Taylor an unlikely character and couldn't quite link the players to their ultimate fates. I may take other reviewers' advice and try his later offerings but this was not a good start.
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By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2007
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I enjoyed this novel and thought it made a welcome departure form Deaver's usual style of writing. I found the plot to be sound, and moved along quickly, and the characters were believable and well scripted. I was swept along by the storyline and enjoyed every minute of it. I love Jeffery Deaver's books and I was certainly not disappointed with this one. If you want to read an excellent lawyer thriller, then buy this one.
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