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Derailed: A Novel
Derailed: A Novel
by James Siegel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major talent!, Feb. 7 2003
This review is from: Derailed: A Novel (Hardcover)
James Siegel's novel DERAILED is a breathtaking thriller.
What starts out as a story of a simple flirtation on a commuter train between two adults, turns into a nightmare of deception, blackmail and murder. After a midmorning tryst in a seedy hotel, Charles Schine and Lucinda Harris are robbed, beaten and Lucinda is brutally raped.
What follows is a complex examination of the human condition with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end.
Cleverly crafted and very well written, James Siegel is a major talent and DERAILED is a book that should not be missed.

Perfect Arrangement A Novel
Perfect Arrangement A Novel
by Suzanne Berne
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Berne is an author to watch, Jan. 1 2003
Beautifully written, A PERFECT ARRANGEMENT is the story of Mirella and Howard Cook-Goldman, two not-so-perfect people, with two not-so-perfect children who are trying to lead the perfect family life.
In search of an au pair for their children, the Cook-Goldmans find Randi Gill, a young woman with excellent references, who is almost too perfect to be true. As Randi insinuates herself into the lives of the Cook-Goldmans, the facade of perfection Mirella and Howard have built begins to crumble around them, as their secrets threaten to ruin their marraige.
A PERFECT ARRANGEMENT examines the struggle that all parents with children face today as they try to balance their professional and personal lives, along with the remorse and repercussions that must be dealt when they are forced to leave the caretaking of their children in the hands of strangers.
Like Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult, Suzanne Berne takes ordinary life experiences and writes about them with deep insight and lovely prose that makes A PERFECT ARRANGEMENT more than just an absorbing page turner.

The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice
The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice
by Bernard B Kerik
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profile of integrity and dignity, Nov. 20 2002
In a time when we need real heroes and the term is so loosely used for so many who are undeserving, and real role models are hard to find, comes Bernard B. Kerik's story, a true, yet reluctant hero and role model.
In his easy and unassuming voice, Mr. Kerik relates his story from his rough and humble beginnings (I've discovered that Mr. Kerik and I attended the same elementary school in Paterson, P.S. 13, and that in fact, he was a classmate of my older brother)to his years as a New York City cop, Corrections Commisioner and finally New York City's 40th Police Commissioner, all while he comes to terms with the reasons for his mother's abandonment of him, and searches for the true circumstances of her death.
THE LOST SON is an engrossing and truly inspirational story of a young boy who overcame adversity to become a man of great humility and integrity, a gentleman in every sense of the word. This is a book that should not be missed.

Tell No One
Tell No One
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, Oct. 30 2002
Known for his Myron Bolitar series, Harlan Coben hits a home run with his first stand alone thriller, TELL NO ONE.
Dr. David Beck is a young pediatrician, who for the past eight years has been mourning the murder of his beloved wife, Elizabeth. After receiving an e-mail message with a phrase known only to him and his wife, Beck begins to doubt the circumstances of Elizabeth's murder.
As Beck begins to seek out the truth, he is caught in a web of deception and cover-ups that point to him as his wife's killer, and threaten to destroy him.
With non-stop action and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the last page, TELL NO ONE is the book that should deservedly bring Harlan Coben into the spotlight.

Casual Rex
Casual Rex
by Eric Garcia
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jurassic classic, Oct. 24 2002
This review is from: Casual Rex (Paperback)
In this prequel to Eric Garcia's ANONYMOUS REX, private investigator (and velociraptor) Vincent Rubio gets duped into helping his partner locate his ex-wife's brother who is part of a cult known as the Progressives.
Allow yourself to suspend your belief in the premise of a society of dinosaurs roaming the streets of L.A. disguised as humans, and you'll have a blast reading Eric Garcia's highly imaginative dino-noir classics.
CASUAL REX, like its predecessor, is witty, charming and lots of fun.

Incriminating Evidence
Incriminating Evidence
by Sheldon Siegel
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Siegel is two for two!, Oct. 18 2002
With his outstanding first novel SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, author Sheldon Siegel introduced us to Michael Daley, defense attorney, ex-priest, and ex-public defender. Now with his second book, INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE, Mike Daley is back along with his law partner and ex-wife, Rosie Fernandez, and Sheldon Siegel scores once again in a big way.
With the Michael Daley series, Siegel offers a fresh take on the legal thriller. Deftly combining suspense, wit and at times, laugh out loud humor. INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE is compulsively readable. While some legal thrillers are often dark affairs with angst-ridden characters who walk the fine line between hero and villain, Mike Daley and his extended family are likeable characters touched with humanity.
If you haven't read Mr. Siegel's books, pick one up. You won't be disappointed.

The Four Temperaments: A Novel
The Four Temperaments: A Novel
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ballet of love, marriage and fidelity, Sept. 21 2002
Written in luminous, almost poetical prose and set against the glamour of the New York City Ballet, Yona Zeldis McDonough's debut novel THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS is an exotic and alluring story that examines how modern day love, marriage and fidelity are tested.
Alternating forward and backward in time, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS is the story of the love triangle between Oscar Kornblatt, his son Gabriel and Ginny Valentine, the young, brazen dancer who changes both their lives forever.
Captivating and intensely emotional, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS is an impressive debut.

The Up and Comer
The Up and Comer
by Howard Roughan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, Sept. 12 2002
Howard Roughan is definitely an "up and comer" in the world of fiction. THE UP AND COMER wastes no time drawing you into its action and after the opening paragraph, I was completely hooked. THE UP AND COMER is one of the most entertaining and best debut novels that I've read this year. Roughan is a natural storyteller, with an uncanny ear for pitch perfect dialogue. Fast, furious, funny and hip, THE UP AND COMER was a novel I couldn't wait to finish, but hated to see end. This is a book that should definitely not be missed, and hopefully the wait for Mr. Roughan's next novel will not be a long one.

The Smoke Jumper
The Smoke Jumper
by Nicholas Evans
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!, Aug. 29 2002
After reading several of the customer reviews for THE SMOKE JUMPER, admittedly, I have to agree that yes, at times the novel was predictable, and that the Montana storyline was definitely the more interesting part of the book. With that being said, the one thing I did notice, even with all the negative comments by other readers, was that everyone who read THE SMOKE JUMPER finished it.
Nicholas Evans is a natural storyteller. With unassuming and graceful prose, convincing dialogue and fully realized characters, THE SMOKE JUMPER is an old-fashioned tear-jerker, a highly readable and captivating story about friendship, love, loyalty, guilt and honor. Despite some of the book's inevitabilities, THE SMOKE JUMPER is a lovely story and an enjoyable read.

Back Roads
Back Roads
by Tawni Odell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and lies..., Aug. 20 2002
This review is from: Back Roads (Mass Market Paperback)
With BACK ROADS, Tawni O'Dell has crafted a gritty and tremendously engrossing first novel which is reminiscent of Lisa Reardon's BILLY DEAD.
Harley Altmyer is nineteen years old, left to take care of his three younger sisters after his mother is imprisoned for shooting her husband.
As the novels opens, Harley is being held by authorities for reasons that are at first unclear. The story follows Harley, a both complex and passionate teen as he struggles to be brother, father and mother to his sisters, all while he works two jobs and battles his own personal demons. By the novel's stunning conclusion, the secrets and lies of the Altmyer become clear not only to Harley, but to the reader as well.
This is a tough and emotionally draining novel, but O'Dell's gift as a natural storyteller makes every page worth it.

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