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Loving Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Leslie Glass
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Nov. 3 1997 April Woo Suspense Novels (Book 3)
In a pricey bachelor pad, a tormented man loses the battle for his soul...and dies a terrible death, apparently by his own hand....

In a huge hospital complex, an ex-nurse steals through the halls, hiding behind a phony ID...and plotting to exact a terrifying revenge....

In an elegant high-rise, a driven psychiatrist tries to manipulate the truth...and escape punishment for the sins of her past....

Deadly obsessions at a prestigious psychiatric institute, where people are dying--and killing--for love, lead NYPD Detective April Woo and eminent psychiatrist Jason Frank into the dangerous and shadowy area of sabotage and criminal responsibility--in an institution where a cold-blooded killer lurks...and where words can be the most lethal weapon of all.

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From the author of Hanging Time and Burning Time comes an intense thriller centering around the suspicious death of a former psychiatric patient, Raymond Cowles. Fourteen years before he's found dead with a plastic bag over his head, Cowles was "cured" of his homosexual fantasies by the beautiful and ambitious Clara Treadwell, then a resident at the New York Psychiatric Centre. Now Treadwell, currently director of the center, and her former mentor, Harold Dickey, face allegations of malpractice and sexual impropriety arising from Cowles's death. Detective April Woo and Sergeant Mike Sanchez of the NYPD quickly become twin thorns in Treadwell's side, and romance blossoms between them. When someone begins playing malicious gags on Treadwell (used condoms planted in her desk-drawer and daybook), she blames Dickey, whom she seduced and discarded on her way to the top. Treadwell's trouble doubles when a lethal mixture of booze and Elavil kills the embittered man who'd loved and helped her. Woo and Sanchez realize there's a connection between the deaths of Dickey and Cowles, but they must walk a long and tortuous road before getting at the truth. On the way to a predictable ending, Glass provides several surprises, characters motivated by a lively cast of inner demons and, above all, a world where much is not as it initially seems. In Glass's dark vision, the cops need policing, and the shrinks are in dire need of psychiatric help.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In her sixth book, Glass brings back NYPD Detective April Woo, her partner Mike Sanchez, and psychiatrist Jason Frank. This time, the focus is on New York's prestigious Psychiatric Centre, its director, Dr. Clara Treadwell, and the tragic suicide of Ray Cowles, one of Treadwell's former patients. Unfortunately, this is a tangled and confusing story, which lacks Glass' usual taut plotting and gripping suspense. The plot revolves around the discovery that Cowles' suicide may have been a homicide. Along with the main plot, there are assorted subplots involving Woo and her quest for advancement, Sanchez's oft-foiled attempts to win Woo's affections, and Frank's on-again-off-again marriage. Despite its lack of focus, the novel is worth buying for Glass' flashes of ingenuity and humor as she describes Woo's demanding, old-fashioned Chinese mother and the ambivalent relationship between Woo and Sanchez. Another plus: Glass' intriguing descriptions of cop-shop politics. A misstep, yes, but a series worth supporting. Emily Melton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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You know a mystery isn't very riveting when it takes 9 wks. to read it! I only stuck with it because I loved the 1st 2 April Woo books & wanted to see what would happen with the personal lives of the 3 main characters: Det. April Woo, Det. Sgt. Mike Sanchez (her potential love interest), & psychiarist Jason Frank, M.D. who is very likeable (& generally intriguing but not in this installment) but has a troubled marriage.
I kept hitting boring spots and then wouldn't read it for a week. Then I'd have to skim the last couple chapters I'd read because I'd forgettten what happened in just 1 week's time because it wasn't very memorable.
The first 2 books in the April Woo series I just flew through. I gave them 4-5 stars each. This one gets bogged down by a lack of action. New developments are too slowly revealed to hold the reader's attention. Also, unlike the 1st 2 books, the writing style is clunky. I would re-read sentences because there was more than one way to interpret them and even with re-reading them I still was unsure what Glass meant. I don't normally have this problem -- I have a Bachelor's Degree from a good university with a minor in English.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Hanging Time or Burning Time July 30 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Aside from the lame title (seems more appropriate for a sleazy romance), this book was less than appealing to me. The plot development was SLOW...not that I even cared what was going on. The characters didn't DO much, the sections focusing on April's mother and Sanchez's mother were seemingly pointless, and the "crime" was boring. Get it at the library or skip it altogether.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Hanging Time or Burning Time July 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Aside from the lame title (seems more appropriate for a sleazy romance), this book was less than appealing to me. The plot development was SLOW...not that I even cared what was going on. The characters didn't DO much, the sections focusing on April's mother and Sanchez's mother were seemingly pointless, and the "crime" was boring. Get it at the library or skip it altogether.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY Slow - Worst of the 1st 4 in the April Woo series April 9 2004
By Indiana Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You know a mystery isn't very riveting when it takes 9 wks. to read it! I only stuck with it because I loved the 1st 2 April Woo books & wanted to see what would happen with the personal lives of the 3 main characters: Det. April Woo, Det. Sgt. Mike Sanchez (her potential love interest), & psychiarist Jason Frank, M.D. who is very likeable (& generally intriguing but not in this installment) but has a troubled marriage.
I kept hitting boring spots and then wouldn't read it for a week. Then I'd have to skim the last couple chapters I'd read because I'd forgettten what happened in just 1 week's time because it wasn't very memorable.
The first 2 books in the April Woo series I just flew through. I gave them 4-5 stars each. This one gets bogged down by a lack of action. New developments are too slowly revealed to hold the reader's attention. Also, unlike the 1st 2 books, the writing style is clunky. I would re-read sentences because there was more than one way to interpret them and even with re-reading them I still was unsure what Glass meant. I don't normally have this problem -- I have a Bachelor's Degree from a good university with a minor in English.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I usually don't stay up to finish ... July 7 2014
By SANDRA J BEHR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book. I usually don't stay up to finish a book but this one I could not put down. I'm in the process of reading the series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Oct. 29 2013
By Chowtwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Loved it. Keeps your interest from beginning to end. As usual, read her book in 2 days. Enjoy learning about April Woo and her mother.
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it Oct. 10 2013
By Ang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the other two and very disappointed
The story just didn't do much for me this time and the characters
No suspense
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