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Diagnosis Murder 04 Waking Nightmare [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Goldberg

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Feb. 1 2005 Dignosis Murder (Book 4)
A new mystery featuring Dr. Mark Sloan.

Dr. Mark Sloan saves a would-be suicide victim, but her jump from a building ledge has left her in a coma. Obsessed with learning why she attempted suicide, Sloan stumbles into a manhunt for a cop-killer-who may turn his attention to nosy physicians next.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM); First Edition 1st Printing edition (Feb. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214867
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hershey bars of mystery lit Feb. 28 2005
By Author Bill Peschel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lee Goldberg's "Diagnosis Murder" series are the Hershey bars of the mystery genre. They're fast-paced, traditional mysteries that are meant solely to entertain and keep alive the memory of the TV series starring Dick Van Dyke as the crime-solving Dr. Mark Sloan.

Suicides haunt the fourth novel in the series. Dr. Sloan has as patients an actress who has beaten cancer several times but who refuses to quit smoking, and a woman who he saw jumping from a fifth-floor window but survived. Both resist Mark's efforts to help them, and he wants to know why. In addition, his son is investigating the death of a publisher of an extreme-sports magazine, who died from a knife in the chest during a parachute jump.

Goldberg was a producer on the series, so he has a thorough knowledge of the characters. Like their TV counterparts, they banter, argue and sass each other, sometimes sidetracking serious conversations into something that sounds like, well, a TV show. There's Steve the detective, caging bear claws from a baker visiting the injured jumper, or a conversation stopping dead because someone says "hinky" ("I watched a lot of seventies cop shows" / "That explains your hair.").

Those who like their mysteries earnest will crab about realism. I find these quirks human. Maybe its because I like bear claws.

"Waking Nightmare" is a tightly plotted mystery that contains several plot twists and series of false solutions in the Agatha Christie tradition. Goldberg effortlessly carries over the flavor of the series to the written word, so if you liked the show, you'd probably like the books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highlight April 17 2005
By Ute Albrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
He did it again! Mr. Goldberg again topped his earlier Diagnosis Murder books, though I didn't believe this could be possible. The Waking Nightmare fascinated me to the utmost from the first to the last page.

In this book we get to know Dr. Mark Sloan in a way we never saw him before. And I like what I get to see. Mark is a human being!

The story will not allow you to put the book aside. It keeps your attention, even when you are asleep, though you should be prepared not to sleep until you finished the book. Expect the unexpected! You will not be disappointed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Dream April 6 2005
By Butterscotch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another satisfying mystery in the Diagnosis Murder series. I have enjoyed them all so far, but this was definitely the weakest mystery of the bunch. There are 3 mysteries going on simultaneously, but the `thread' between them all is easy to identify. The reason this book was lacking, in my opinion, is because 2 of the people Mark was helping this time were actually alive; the books work better with a murder where Mark is actively solving something. Still, it was a light and quick read and parallels the show nicely.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book Aug. 20 2013
By ronald d troutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good story good book I liked it read it as did my wife who also read it. Have the whole series now.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Nightmare to Read March 18 2005
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark Sloan looks out the window to see a woman jump out of the window across the street. Fortunately, she hit a tree branch on the way down and is still alive, albeit in a coma. Unfortunately, this event is haunting Mark. Every time he tries to sleep, he sees the same events playing out again and again. He must figure out why she jumped so that he can keep her from doing it again and get some sleep.

Meanwhile, Steve has a baffling case of his own and actually calls on his dad for help. Winston Brant, the publisher behind "Thrill Seeker" magazine has just been murdered. By a knife in the chest while parachuting. Obviously, this is a case that will take Mark's incredible powers of deduction.

These two cases flow well together in the book. Both were intriguing, and I found myself constantly trying to read "just a little bit more." As with the others in the series, the characters are spot on. Some of their interaction in the first part was laugh out loud funny, especially for fans of the series. There are a few character arcs taking place in these books, and I'm intrigued to see where they will go. My problem came in the last quarter. It really felt dragged out, like there was one plot twist too many. Maybe that's because I guessed much of those pages early myself.

Like the previous books, this was a fun, fast read. If you're a mystery lover, you'll enjoy it. If you'll a Diagnosis: Murder fan, you'll love it.

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