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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; First Edition edition (Jan. 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151279
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,045,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With this graphic serial killer/courtroom thriller, debut novelist Hoffman joins the lengthening list of high-powered legal ladies whose professional expertise serves as the basis for authentic, insider crime fiction. Blond, beautiful law student Chloe Larson is looking forward to a great future with successful New York businessman Michael Decker. Her expectations are shattered forever after a madman in a clown mask rapes and tortures her until she is near death. She survives physically, but psychologically slips into an extended mental breakdown. Twelve years later she's dyed her hair mousy brown and become unassuming, hardworking C.J. Townsend, assistant chief of the Miami Dade State Attorney's office. A suspiciously lucky break nets serial killer suspect William Bantling, and C.J. takes over the prosecution as part of her normal workload. When Bantling stands up in court and speaks, C.J. realizes he's the man who raped her years ago. C.J. learns that the statute of limitations has run out on her rape and that her involvement in that case might very well cause Bantling to be freed on a technicality. Love interest Special Agent Dominick Falconetti knows there is something seriously wrong as C.J.'s mental state begins to deteriorate, but she brushes off his concern and immerses herself in her work on the case. The far-fetched resolution will throw some readers, but Hoffman compensates with a compellingly horrific villain and an undeniably exciting final confrontation.
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Hoffman comes on to the scene with a vengeance in her debut novel. It's 1988, and Chloe, fresh out of law school and cramming for the New York State bar exam, has her future shattered when she is brutally raped and maimed; she blows off the exam and her would-be fiance because she is so haunted by the crime and the indelible mark it has left on her life. Cut to 2000; there is a serial rapist on the loose who doesn't just injure his victims, he carves out their hearts and leaves them for dead in conspicuous places. On the case is compassionate officer Dominick Falconetti of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and when a suspect is found, Dominick is teamed with C. J. Townsend of the Major Crimes Unit of the state's attorney's office. Together the talented cop (male) and aggressive prosecutor (female) build the case against the creep, but there is an urgency to C. J.'s actions that makes Dominick wonder about her motivation. This is a fine first novel, with twists and turns of the highest order and an ending that is downright breathtaking. Mary Frances Wilkens
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
I admit it: I'm a fan of the show LAW AND ORDER. Can't get enough. So naturally, books such as this catch my eye. But RETRIBUTION is different. First of all, the pacing is totally different from a TV show and what the author does with character development is truly wonderful. I always know when a writer is right on the mark: I get goosebumps, and boy did I get them during the scene where the main character realizes she's looking at the guy who raped her. If you're one for great drama and excellent writing, check this book out. Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD which is NOT a legal thriller but an excellent book nevertheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4 2006
Format: Paperback
I am one fussy reader- needing a book that not only takes me away from it all, but one that completely grabs ahold of me and won't let me go!!! It's got to be written intelligently, with substance (unlike SO many thrillers out there) and of course with gripping suspense, and twists and turns that I never saw coming- and, normally, I almost always do! I couldn't stop thinking about this book when I was forced to put it down (WAY WAY past my bedtime!...lost a lot of sleep, literally, over this book!)- and even then, I was aching to get back to it the next available moment I could find. I couldn't stop thinking about what the character was going through, afraid of what would happen next, what would reveal itself. Honestly, I gasped out loud, re-read the previous page more than once in absolute disbelief as to what had just unfolded-it was THAT unexpected and mind blowing! And I literally felt a loss when I was done reading it- I missed the character and I missed the literal rush I recieved during the reading of this novel and honestly have not had that kind of amazing ride since- despite my search and reading many other thrillers from other well known authors.
Truly, an amazing psychological thriller that's get's in your head and emotions. It's intelligent, scary, suspenseful, sometimes gruesome and horrifying. It will grab you and not let you go, and is full of twists and turns like I've never experienced in a novel yet, ones that noone could predict!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Buff on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
RETRIBUTION is the biggest, most overhyped disappointment since Stephen Carter's THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK. The buzz surrounding the acquisition of this title was huge: 7-figure deal, movie rights sold, six-figure first printing, etc...then the reviews, ranging from awful to average, started coming in. The characters are two-dimensional, the story arc bloated, and the conclusion so implausible that by the final pages the book's already tenuous credibility vanishes--much like the three hours of my life that I'll never get back reading this amateurish effort. Seven figures? For this book? There's a publisher about to take a serious bath on this turkey.
Edit: I see this book is now on track to sell a whopping ONE-TENTH of its announced hardcover first printing of 250,000. I was wrong in saying the publisher was going to take a bath: Putnam is in the middle of a head-to-toe fully submerged drowning. Yet another example of the publishing "gurus" underestimating the intelligence of the reading public. A piece of crap with a $300,000 marketing budget is still a piece of crap.
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I am an avid thriller/mystery lover. Considering the other positive reviews and the fact that this book is indeed marketed as a "thriller" I had high expectations for this novel and even purchased the others in the series based on that good faith.

I am a very quick reader but have not yet finished this novel. I find the plot to be disappointingly plodding, especially for a "thriller", and the characters not particularly likeable. To me, they seem wooden and one-dimensional, and the personal introspection of the protagonist, as well as the dialogue she and her colleagues carry out among themselves, is repetitive, boring and in short, less than inspired. The author seems obsessed with minor details of which she reminds the readers time and again. These minutiae neither help to progress the plot nor succeed in sustaining the reader's interest. I find myself rooting for no one, especially as the story seems to focus just as much or more on the dithering romance between the lead detective and the protagonist prosecutor than it does on bringing the villain to justice.

Despite these gripes, I continue reading because I am still at least mildly interested in how things turn out. But I'm not holding out much hope at this point that the other books in the series will be any better.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to curl up with on the beach this summer. A real page turner! It wasn't without it's flaws, but I argue that it is much better than some of the tripe that is being pawned off as "thrillers" these days. While the characters were in large unlikeable, it is also the case with MYSTIC RIVER by Lehane, yet everyone upholds him to be a fantastic author. The plot wasn't any less surprising as DA VINCHI CODE, yet people seem to think that was the best book ever written. In other words, it's amazing that the criticism applied to this book turns a blind eye to other books that suffer the same flaws. I wouldn't pick this book up to be intellectually stimulated, but for an entertaining read on the beach, this is perfect.
That being said, I was somewhat confused by the ending. The therapist confesses to the crimes, but nothing becomes of it, and the villian's guilty verdict is upheld by appeals. So was he actually framed, or was the therapist just crazy and saying things to mess with C.J.? I can't tell. It was probably the biggest chunk of plot development, yet it was rushed at the end. C.J.'s ethical transgressions were pretty much excused in the epilogue. It would have been fascinating to see how she dealt with her wrong doings, as well as the defense attorney, who seemed to be torn apart regarding her ethics at one point. So there are ways this book could have been made better, but take it as it is - a book for the masses to enjoy. I would be happy to read Hoffman again, which is more than I can say for other authors, such as Lehane and Brown, who people have touted over Hoffman in their reviews.
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