A damaged and vicious international opera diva absconds to Europe with her baby daughter in this latest legal thriller from Bunn (Drummer in the Dark). North Carolina legal eagle Marcus Glenwood, the hero of Bunn's earlier thriller The Great Divide, is surprised when high-powered CEO Dale Steadman approaches him for help on a case, since Glenwood recently dealt Steadman's company a courtroom thrashing. But the lawyer takes pity on Steadman when he learns that the CEO's ex-wife, gorgeous opera star Erin Brandt, has kidnapped the one-year-old daughter she had virtually abandoned a year earlier in order to pursue her glamorous career. Glenwood finds his initial effort to make his case stymied by a rival lawyer as well as a shield of celebrity that makes it difficult to get Brandt into court. He finally succeeds by sending his fiancee and research assistant Kirsten Stansted off to Europe to locate Brandt and the child. Stansted makes progress, but the situation deteriorates considerably when she is attacked by a mysterious stranger. Brandt soon turns up murdered in New York, and Steadman finds himself arrested after a coincidental trip to Manhattan as the crime is being committed. Bunn's depiction of family and romantic relationships is soaked in melodrama. Brandt is a particularly lurid, cartoonish figure who seems part witchy prima donna and-incongruously-part militant feminist, spouting such gems as "We are sisters, you and I. Molded by the same harsh flame." The courtroom scenes are long on loud arguments but short on tension and suspense, and the plotting is surprisingly sloppy. Bunn's fans can only hope he rebounds the next time around.
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Marcus Glenwood, the attorney who took on the nasty multinational New Horizons in The Great Divide (2000), accepts a case from the company's new CEO, Dale Steadman. It seems that Steadman's ex-wife, a young opera diva named Erin Brandt, has kidnapped their infant daughter, Celeste, and taken her to Germany. The question is why, since Erin is cold to the touch, regarded her husband as a country bumpkin, and never showed any love for Celeste. Germany, as Bunn is at pains to show, resists court attempts to win back even abducted children, because of the chauvinistic notion that anything German is by definition more peaceful and wholesome, particularly if the alternative is the violent U.S. Threading his way through the complications of international law, Marcus dispatches his assistant--and girlfriend--Kirsten to Europe to slap a subpoena on Erin. Erin, always the temptress, confronts Kirsten with her old life in the fast lane, a life not dissimilar to Erin's, and of which Marcus knows nothing. Meanwhile, back in the States, another plotline develops at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. Bunn convincingly portrays the world of opera from the Met to Dusseldorf, and though he is not a lawyer, he has a gift for courtroom dialogue. This is a novel about mature romantic love, and how we behave when we cannot find it. It is a thoughtful, moral story, although Bunn's many evangelical readers will find little in it that is overtly Christian. John Mort
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I have enjoyed every one of T. Davis Bunn's books. I've bought his books from the beginning. I continue to enjoy his books, and this one is great as usual. Read morePublished on April 13 2004
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Marcus Glenwood is back! But as much as I hate to admit it, this does not hold a candle to The Great Divide. I learned about opera a little bit... YUCK! Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Wolfe Moffat
The saddest thing in the world is a mother who neglects her child. That sort of mother shares much in common with the animal kingdom - and female animals who eat their young. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by FictionAddiction.NET
This book is well- written with very clear details- particularly about location and sensation. I appreciate the use of olfactory sense- usually so overlooked. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by J. Seymour
This is my first book that I've read. I felt Davis was just too overly descriptive and found this book too boring. Read morePublished on March 27 2003 by "smileagain"
Overall this book is a good read but compared to many of T. Davis Bunn's other books, this one came up short. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003