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on 2 May 2016
Mr Margolin does not disappoint, I have been hooked on his work since gone but not forgotten and he has just got better and better. It would be great to be able to get his earlier books on kindle. A must read you will not regret this purchase
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on 25 September 2001
There is one thing certain about this book - you will solve the mystery of the plot quite early in the plot. Then you will solve it again. And again. And again.
The book is built in a suspenseful way that is designed to bring the reader along an exciting path of deception, involvement, attachment and empathy with the books central characters.
When you reach the end and see the knitting of the story, you will appreciate the craft of the book, and of Margolins storytelling. A brilliant read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, if this book has one fault it is this: perhaps reality is stretched.
But then, this is fiction at its best.
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on 18 December 2000
Given the fact that Margolin has a pretty decent legal thriller bibliography, I couldn't resist getting this pretty book - especially when the book jacket promised a heady mix of legal procedural, grisly serial murder and organised crime. I wasn't disappointed, despite a slightly bland central character. The twists and turns that Amanda Jaffe takes on her first forays in criminal defence, though compelling, promise a complexity and subtlety in plot that Margolin doesn't quite deliver. Yes, there's the standard desire to prove herself to her father and fellow attorney, some naive skepticism and a fairly shallow emotional life, but her characterisation just seemed a bit thin, even puppet-like, especially when contrasted with the vivacity of some of the book's ancillary characters. Anyway, that's probably not why you bought a book like this, which occupies quite snugly the space where Michael Crichton, Scott Turow and Patricia Cornwell overlap. Authoratative detail, some deft explanation of some of the inadequacies of the US legal system and a plot that grips like an octopus make a satisfying broth that you will surely finish within a few days, even if you have a fairly good idea where it's going to head, and who the real killer is. It's probably the best value thriller in hardback that I've bought so far and though I've given this four stars - with a little more imagination (on Margolin's part, not mine) I would have given it five.
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on 31 January 2009
Could not put this down, a real treat for non complicated murder mystry readers. I sussed out 3/4 way through who did it but still had to read on to find if I was right.Twists and Turns but in the old fashioned non tech way
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on 8 August 2008
A fast paced thriller that you will want to finish quickly to get to the bottom of things. Not one chapter (almost all short in the James Patterson style) passes without something exciting occurs. However i felt that the author here has gone a bit too far. I mean i am perfectly aware that this is pure fiction, but there s a limit to everything in what the reader is supposed to swallow down. Also, i felt that this novel was done in a hurry and lacked the careful detail that Margolin s earlier novels are so rich of (such as Heartstone for instance which i still rate as his absolute best). The characters do not seem real, dialogue is real hasty and the plot is utterly unbelievable and confusing(probably cause Margolin wasnt so clear headed himself) beginning with harvesting of organs in the black market and ending in a completely different direction. Hope that Margolin isnt making the same decline as so many authors sadly do after they become famous and think they can get away with anything cause i think he is a great author as his most early works clearly show.
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on 19 January 2005
It is a rather light thriller and easy to solve.
It is interesting and easy to read though, but you instantly forget about it the moment you have finished it.
I read it during Christmas and it was ideal for train and bus trips.
But not much more...
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