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Fade the Heat [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Jay Brandon


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April 1991 Thorndike Large Print Cloak and Dagger Series
An American thriller based on the moral and personal dilemmas of a newly elected district attorney. Faced with his son's arrest for the crime of rape, dad has to deal with friends and enemies, as well as the pressures put upon him by his family.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Large type edition edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560541105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560541103
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Mark Blackwell has been district attorney of a Texas city for only a few months, but already a crisis threatens to ruin his career. His son has been framed for a vicious rape, and the prosecutor's office must decide how to proceed. The cynical district attorney must use his political connections and everything he knows about exploiting the system in order to exonerate his son--even if he is actually guilty. Brandon's fourth novel (after Predator's Waltz ) will inevitably be compared to Presumed Innocent ; in fact, the similarities are striking. But although attorney Brandon worked as a Texas prosecutor, he never quite manages to bring backstage political machinations alive, and his protagonist too often explains the legal system rather than living it. The book is bogged down by internal monologues and stiff dialogue; some of the subplots, like Blackwell's relationship with his brilliant assistant, lead nowhere. But in this genre, the plot's the thing, and here the corruption-tinged story makes up for the other faults. Surprising twists and heart-in-the-mouth trial scenes will satisfy lovers of crime and courtroom thrillers. Major ad/promo; movie rights to Amblin Entertainment.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

David Blackwell, son of the district attorney of San Antonio, Texas, stands before a jury of his peers accused of rape. He claims his accuser staged the rape; ripped off her own clothes, clawed her own flesh. It is an implausible story, one his own defense attorney doubts. While the ensuing courtroom drama is fascinating, it is secondary to Brandon's chilling exposure of all those sworn to uphold the impartiality of justice. Theirs is a corrupt facade: career advancement, politics, personal agendas, and vendettas leave David a victim of the miscarriage of justice. Brandon's skill in tearing away this second layer of the legal justice system is credible, as he is himself a practicing attorney. An unsettling view for readers of courtroom drama. Film rights have been optioned by Steven Spielberg. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/90.
- M . J . Hethcoat, San Francisco
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Difference Between Early & Later Brandon Books May 2 2006
By G. H. Giroux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've enjoyed Brandon's latest books, and found this one at the library. I didn't realize until I brought it home that it was from 1990, and the differences between the writer's early & later work: later is better.

I was disappointed by a number of factors: the lack of realistic emotions and verbal reactions to horrible situations (as in Blackwell's conversation with his son while visiting in prison); the breakaway from standard and more satisfying plot devices such as unmasking the villain before the trial concludes, rather than concluding the trial and designing (SPOILER) the horrific nightmare a framed, innocent, gentle young man finds himself in in Huntsville (brutally beaten and raped by people who hated his DA father, and placed in that position by an arrogant and hateful warden), and the moral and unappealing ambiguity of the main character and his relations with coworkers and family.

I was not impressed with this book, and was glad that it wasn't my first experience with Brandon's writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as Tripwire, but good story June 3 2014
By mysteryfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Accidentally found this author when I ordered his book Tripwire when meaning to buy same title by another author. I couldn't put it down. Wonderful mystery thriller. Now reading more books by this talented author. This book is like reading a movie from Law & Order. I enjoyed and want more.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! June 7 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
IMHO this stands with the best of Turow, RN Patterson, Martini, W. Friedman, & J. Amiel in courtroom dramas.

Combining a satisfying plot with sparkling dialog & sharply drawn characters, this book ranks as one of the best of its genre.

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