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The Quickie Paperback – Jul 2007


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books (NY) (July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581745
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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he best-laid plans of Homicide Detective Lauren Stillwell go awry when she plans a surprise lunch date with her husband and discovers he's about to have a nooner with someone else. Not only does Lauren get mad, she gets even by having an indiscretion of her own. Only Lauren's quickie is anything but brief. It takes on a life of its own that could destroy both her personal and professional lives. Mary Stuart Masterson performs this psychological suspense with a voice that has just the right understated "everywoman's" quality. Masterson takes her audience along for the various cliff-hangers and plot twists and helps listeners empathize with the main character. Music cues throughout the production heighten the tension. G.E.O. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]

"I don't want to give too much of the plot line away as the shocking twists and turns in this book are most of the funof listening to it. The rest is made up of listening to Mary Stuart Masterson's evocative voice as she brings to live the varied characters in this thrilling book. Masterson is a seasoned asctress who has appeared in more than 25 films, as well as in umerous plays and musicals."...LargePrint Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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James Patterson has written numerous internationally bestselling No. 1 bestsellers including the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. He lives in Florida.

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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter had highly recommended this book, and I confess that I had reservations, since so many of Patterson's recent literary ventures had been disappointing. Still, I gave it a whirl and could not put it down. It was a wild, thrilling, fast paced action book with a myriad of twist and turns that literally take the reader's breath away. I was riveted from the get-go.

That being said, the characters are one dimensional and many are downright unlikable. The reader has to suspend some disbelief, but it is worth it, as the plot is so diabolically clever. It is a totally plot driven book and fiendishly imaginative. It is also a quick, easy read.

When Lauren Stillman sees her beloved husband, Paul, with another woman, she draws a conclusion that would set her on a path from which there would be no return. She sets out to have an affair of her own, a quickie, only to have it all go awry, when she witnesses an unbelievable and deadly act. From that moment on, Lauren's life will never be the same.

This book, with all its wild twist and turns, will keep the reader riveted to its pages. Truly suspenseful, it is a thriller that pulls out all the stops and provides a wild, crazy, rollercoaster of a ride. I read this book in one sitting, as I could not stop reading it, compulsively turning the pages until the very end. The book is a thriller in every sense of the word.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a longtime fan of Patterson and have enjoyed all of the books in the Alex Cross series as well as the Women's Murder Club series but this book is not only not in the same realm as those books, it's hard to believe that Patterson had any input into it at all.

To sell this novella as a hardcover novel is deceptive to say the least. Although there are 274 pages, few of them are full pages. The authors have used a ridiculous chapter formula to cut the actual writing in half. There are 117 chapters! Each chapter begins 1/3 of the way down the page so that alone eats up a lot of pages but most of the chapters end 1/4 of the way into a page leaving an incredible amount of blank spaces.

If the lack of actual content was the only problem with this short story, I would still have given it a high rating but sadly, the lack of substence is not only evident in the pages but in the written word. This story is lacking any redeeming features. The characters are unlikeable and the plot is so choppy that it's almost unreadable.

This book was such a disappointment that it will be difficult to commit either time or money to another Patterson effort.
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By Maclean on July 21 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although I usually like books by Patterson, the Quickie wasn't as good as his other novels. I found it rather flat and underdeveloped, as if the author had to make a deadline and did not have time to devote more to the story and its characters. I did finish reading it but I do not recommend it as a good reading. What I do recommend instead is Burden of Proof which I read recently. Turow's novel is just the opposite to Quickie - it is actually 'too well' developed and I would cut 100 pages of it if I could, but it is otherwise very good reading.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
What I liked:
It moved very quickly, it was suspenseful, twisted and turned albeit a little predictably.
What I wasn't crazy about: it felt too short and segmented in parts as though it needed more information, but then that's what kept me reading!
4 out of 5 for being a fun nighttime-before-bed read, not a great work of literature.
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Format: Hardcover
I used to really enjoy James Patterson novels but they are all starting to run together now. The short chapters are starting to get boring, the pacing bland. This one I kind of felt I was watching a bad made for TV movie.
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By linda on Oct. 3 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A twisted tail of love, lies and assumptions. A loving structuring to save her husband from his mistakes. A different tale of love.
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By jntame on Aug. 24 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Pretty fasted paced, interesting but hard to believe the sequence of events. She certainly had all the luck going for her.
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