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Cold Truth (Lou Mason Thrillers Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Goldman
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"A legal thriller written the way criminal law should be practiced: from the gut...One of the premier crime novels of the year."

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If you like the suspense, thrills and excitement of James Patterson, you'll love Joel Goldman's Cold Truth!
"Joel Goldman is the real deal. In Cold Truth, Lou Mason goes his namesake Perry one better and ought to make Kansas City a must-stop on the lawyer/thriller map."
John Lescroart, bestelling author of The First Law
"Wanted for good writing: Joel Goldman strikes again with Cold Truth."
The Kansas City Star
When a troubled young woman turns herself in for murder, Lou Mason takes the case - yet something about her story doesn't add up. To catch a killer, Lou dives into a sordid world of money, drugs and a devastating black market where the price for the truth is paid in blood. A riveting, page-turning romp in the tradition of James Patterson!
"Joel Goldman's Cold Truth offers us a fast-paced legal thriller...This one makes good beach reading."
The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C.
"It's a suspenseful, gritty story that keeps the reader engrossed until the very end."
The Facts, Brazosport, TX
James Patterson fans will heat up with Joel Goldman's Cold Truth!
And don't miss the other books in the Lou Mason series, Motion to Kill, The Last Witness, Deadlocked and Final Judgment!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joel Goldman; 1 edition (Aug. 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ISEWGW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid legal thriller Feb. 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Kansas City, TV news reporters catch nationally syndicated popular psychiatrist Dr. Gina Davenport falling from her eighth floor office to her death. Her local radio station manager Arthur Hackett and his wife Carol hire lawyer Lou Mason to defend their troubled twenty-one year old daughter Jordan, who confesses that she pushed the doctor out the window.
Lou has doubts as some discrepancies exist in Jordan's account of the event and her actions leading to the murder. Instead he wonders whether former felon, the Svengali-like Centurion Johnson, head of Sanctuary, a place for troubled youth that includes Jordan who is living there, is influencing his client. If the answer is yes as he suspects he wonders how to prove this is so when Jordan seems uninterested in helping her own defense.
Though Lou's latest falling in love is fun, Abby Lieberman' "side confession" is a distracter from a solid legal thriller that never slows down until the final attempt on the hero's life. Lou is a delightful protagonist who tries to do the right thing by his client, but as usual ends up in deep trouble just trying to survive. The support cast, both those recurring and those unique to this plot, provide depth to either the investigation or Lou. Joel Goldman provides another fine tale.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner April 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you haven't read any of Joel Goldman's Lou Mason books, you're really missing out. The Last Witness was nominated for the Edgar Award, and now we are treated with Cold Truth. I won't bother with a synopsis. You can get that elsewhere. Just know that Goldman keeps to form, providing an entertaining read with that great lawyer Lou Mason. Mason makes the stories special. Don't miss this one, or any of the others. Well worth your time.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  118 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid legal thriller Feb. 1 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Kansas City, TV news reporters catch nationally syndicated popular psychiatrist Dr. Gina Davenport falling from her eighth floor office to her death. Her local radio station manager Arthur Hackett and his wife Carol hire lawyer Lou Mason to defend their troubled twenty-one year old daughter Jordan, who confesses that she pushed the doctor out the window.
Lou has doubts as some discrepancies exist in Jordan's account of the event and her actions leading to the murder. Instead he wonders whether former felon, the Svengali-like Centurion Johnson, head of Sanctuary, a place for troubled youth that includes Jordan who is living there, is influencing his client. If the answer is yes as he suspects he wonders how to prove this is so when Jordan seems uninterested in helping her own defense.
Though Lou's latest falling in love is fun, Abby Lieberman' "side confession" is a distracter from a solid legal thriller that never slows down until the final attempt on the hero's life. Lou is a delightful protagonist who tries to do the right thing by his client, but as usual ends up in deep trouble just trying to survive. The support cast, both those recurring and those unique to this plot, provide depth to either the investigation or Lou. Joel Goldman provides another fine tale.
Harriet Klausner
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Try Oct. 23 2011
By skhoov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. Attorney Lou Mason is caught in a tangle of deception as he attempts to defend a troubled young woman (Jordan Hackett) accused of double murder. Multiple suspects are found and none fit just right except Jordan. I agree with what another reviewer said about this book, "I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight as Goldman introduced them at a rapid-fire pace, resulting in many character sketches but few fully realized personalities." The main story was interesting enough but the ending was a surprise. Not usually my type of book, but worth the read.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting mystery Sept. 5 2011
By SimonSnickers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
(Note: I received a free Kindle copy of this book in exchange for my review.)

In Cold Truth, attorney Lou Mason is caught in a tangle of deceit and multiple suspects as he attempts to defend a troubled girl accused of double murder.

I had a hard time keeping all the characters straight as Goldman introduced them at a rapid-fire pace, resulting in many character sketches but few fully realized personalities. The mystery itself was interesting enough, and I didn't suspect the ending.

Overall, I didn't much care about any of the characters, and a romance kindled between Lou and another character seemed abrupt and not very believable - more of a plot device than a real interest between the characters.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ending Nov. 26 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
COLD TRUTH by Joel Goldman is worth the read. Mr. Goldman is a very skilled wordsmith as well as complex storyteller. The ending was unexpected, which makes for a satisfying read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Ride July 9 2013
By Walter Danley. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Joel Goldman has written fourteen novels, with Cold Truth being third in the Lou Mason series. I came late to Goldman's party, not a crasher, but invited when I listened to Joel interviewed by fellow crime-mystery writer, Paul Levine. My interest in the interview was to learn how Goldman became one of Amazon's bestselling authors. Goldman's responses to Levine's questions intensified my writer's curiosity about this highly successful author. So I bought Cold Truth to find out.

Lou Mason is hired to represent twenty-one year old Jordan by her adopted parents, Arthur and Carol Hackett. Jordan is the only person suspected by police when her psychotherapist dies when thrown out of her eighth floor office window. Will this be a typical courtroom drama? Not on your Martindale-Hubbell. Goldman's trial lawyer mind complicates the case by introducing several other characters (too many characters to keep track of, in my view) with competing motives and more complex plot twist. But Goldman makes it all work to the delight of the reader.

The prose are joyfully absent of lawyerly legalese. Unlike another lawyer-turned-author, Goldman writes for his audience, like me, not legal eagles. The pace and rhythm of Goldman's writing benefits from his choice of phrases. My only other criticism for this well done work is Goldman's portrayal of Lou Mason's love interest, Abby Lieberman. Mason falls deeply in love - way to quickly - without bringing the reader into the romance. It left this reader flat. I wondered if Abby would turn out to be the real killer. I understand that Cold Truth is a murder mystery, not a romance novel, but the love affair between Mason and Lieberman is a motivating factor in several scenes central to the story. I just did not buy Mason's dissipated devotion to the aloof Abby.

My criticism obviously was not shared by the many readers who enjoyed Cold Truth, as did I. This evidence is represented by the many five-star and four-star rating reviews. A brilliant story, extremely well told and paced to entertain and enthrall the reader, I happily share my five-star rating in this review of a great read from a talented writer.
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