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By Andrew Gross

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A gripping, suspenseful, and dramatic novel

  • May 22, 2012
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This is an interesting, indeed gripping, suspenseful, and dramatic story with essentially three fascinating plots. Henry Steadman is a very successful plastic surgeon; he is kind hearted, popular, respected, and has even donated much of his time in Nicaragua helping restore faces of impoverished people. He realizes that in just 15 seconds a person's life can be changed and improved. He feels that today is such a day. But then he is pulled over by an over-enthusiastic and aggressive police officer and becomes a suspect in a series of murders. Carrie Holmes's life seems serene until the day her son has a seizure and her husband, an ex-Army hero, dies from a stroke. She works as a community coordinator for the police department, but returns from grieving to become involved with a murder suspect against explicit instructions by her superiors. Vance Hofer is an ex-police officer with a wild daughter. Under the influence of drugs, she drive erratically, kills a mother and child, and is jailed. Hofer is unable to help her, but he is determined to get revenge against the people that sold her the drugs.

Gross presents each plot clearly; we are able to see each character as well as the minor characters, such as the children of Steadman, Holmes, and Hofer, and each person who is killed. He develops his plots superbly, leaving us wondering if the three plots will intertwine and, if so, how and why. Most significantly, we are held in suspense questioning why Steadman, a good and innocent man, finds himself entwined in the kafka-ish nightmare of violence.

Andrew Gross is the author of nine crime novels, all of which I read and enjoyed. He wrote five of them with James Patterson, whose collaborative writings are of mixed quality, but all of those written with Gross are excellent. I think that readers will enjoy this easy to read new novel.
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May 22, 2012
Helping the poor has its challenges- particularly in distant places.
 
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review by . June 26, 2012
Henry Steadman is a plastic surgeon on his way to a convention to play golf and make a speech. On the way to the hotel he is pulled over by a cop for no apparent reason. The cop seems a little hostile and accusing and pretty soon more cops arrive and Henry is handcuffed.    Eventually things calm down and the first cop is letting him go when a mysterious blue sedan pulls up and a shooter kills the cop that was harrassing Henry. Henry chases the sedan to no avail and all of a …
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