Snap Judgment – a Book Review

Snap JudgmentTitle: Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

Genre: Currently #3710 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank for Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Murder

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: To be released August 29, 2017

Source: Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley

Title and Cover: Snap Judgment – Cover covers it all

If you thought a novel by an attorney would be stale, dry, and unappealing, then look again. Yes, Snap Judgment is by “that” Marcia Clark and she has a winning title in this third of the Samantha Brinkman series.

In this novel, Samantha, better known as Sam, must come to the aid of her colleague, civil litigator Graham Hutchins. His USC freshman daughter, Alicia Hutchins, has been found with her throat slashed shortly after she tried to end a disastrous affair with a college companion, Roan Sutton. When it appears Roan retaliated by posting “revenge porn,” and is found in a suspicious suicide shortly after, the law naturally looks to Alicia’s father as a person of interest.

Sam is an independent criminal defense attorney in a very small, private office, and would like nothing better than to take on the case of the well-to-do lawyer–she could really use the bucks! I really like her scenario. The staff is composed of Michy, an old childhood chum and office manager, and Alex, an ex-client but brilliant computer hacker. His services, as well as his character is well fleshed out and enormously charismatic.

Sam has been around the block; she is a complex character and not new to the game. She has tread on some pretty thin ice between legal and maybe not so much and tends to push her luck. She’s street smart and edgy, a tireless worker, but she gets what she wants; definitely knows how to play poker.

A crime boss’s knowledge of her maneuvers leads to a sub-plot intended to force her to find a murder witness in a case involving his nephew. The witness against his nephew has disappeared and assumed taken into police protection. Involved in the sub-plot is her police detective formerly estranged father, Dale Pearson, with whom she also has managed a major coup–and far reaching reputation.

Sam manages to devote serious amounts of shoe leather talking to witnesses, gleaning facts and names, alternately managing the murder of Alicia and the syndicate boss’s nephew along with her lesser cases and court appearances.

Clark‘s years in the legal system are obvious in the way her knowledge and terminology seeps into decisions and directions of either major case. Dialogue with her office assistants is down home and real, and stays on a personal and lateral level rather than attorney to personnel. She never talks “down” to them, but seems to genuinely love and appreciate her staff. She is aware she cannot put Alex at legal risk with his recent history. Really, he’s a good guy and excellent computer nerd. Michy is just trying to keep her boss afloat and keeps on her about her “billable hours,” an assignment Sam would rather avoid.

A rather lengthy investigation follows both cases, unraveling more details but only creating more questions. You won’t see the end coming until it hits hard. Talk about twists–they are all at the end!

I’m not a huge fan of the character Sam as much as the premise itself, the thriller outside the courtroom, and the character fit. (Being a lawyer is obviously NOT glamorous.) Language, language, language, hard drinking, and many, many showers. The trend to damaged female protagonists with abuse in their histories seem to be a theme in many of the books I’ve read lately. However, I definitely enjoyed this book and would be interested in reading another in the series. (Don’t stop now, Marcia, they’re getting good!) Sam hasn’t been weakened because of her past–she’s probably wickedly stronger–in spite of it.

Ms. Clark has a wicked sense of humor–and peppers her narrative with little ditties, such as “About as much as I’d like to go skinny-dipping in a swamp” or “…this time he’d been sober as a stopwatch at a swim meet…” And yes, it’s that Marcia Clark; note her twitter addy: @thatmarciaclark. (Told you she had a sense of humor.)

I received this book in exchange for a review by Ms. Clark, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley, and I really enjoyed! Recommended for anyone who enjoys an intelligent mystery, thriller.

Bullseye!Rosepoint Publishing:  4.5 of Five Stars

Marcia ClarkThe Author: Marcia Clark is a California native and the author of a number of books, including the Rachel Knight series. She joined the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in 181 and served as prosecutor for such high-profile cases as Robert Bardo and, of course, O. J. Simpson. She co-wrote a book out of that trial titled Without a Doubt. She is a frequent commentator in shows such as Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey. She is a legal correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Divorced from her second husband, Gordon Clark in 1995 with whom she bore two sons, Clark now resides in Calabasas, California. Connect with Ms. Clark on her website. ©2017 Virginia Williams I Love Likes and Comments--Please Share!

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Hoodoo Harry – a Book Review

Hoodoo Harry by Joe R LansdaleTitle: Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale

Genre: Currently #56 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in the Kindle Store, Kindle Short Reads, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Mysterious Press.com and Open Road Media LLC

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Source: Open Road and NetGalley

Title and Cover: Hoodoo Harry – The cover definitely sucked me in.

H and Leonard - a Sundance TV seriesNew to the Hap and Leonard series by Joe R. Lansdale, I went into this novella with an open mind. I’m on record for accepting mysteries and the cover looked like the book had a humorous bent to it, so I bit. Goodness! I do get myself into some very unusual books! Well, more appropriately a novella–VERY short read–and thought this would give me a break from profound emotional fiction. I had no idea when I accepted this download offering that there was a Sundance TV series of the same name.

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The Atlantis Stone – a Book Review

The Atlantis Stone by Nick ThackerTitle: The Atlantis Stone by Nick Thacker

Genre: Currently # 7 on Amazon Best Sellers Rank in Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Travel and #12 in Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Men’s Adventure

Publisher: Turtleshell Press, Third Edition

Publication Date: June 30, 2013

Source: Free offering on BookBub

Title and Cover: The Atlantis Stone Cover illustrates subject

Yike! What did I sign up for? Was this a sci-fi, action-adventure, mystery, or suspense thriller? Perhaps it was an early attempt at borrowing from one too many plots from men’s movie adventures…ah la Indiana Jones. Not that I’m against Indiana Jones, I’m not…but in this I don’t get to see Harrison Ford or that crooked smile of his when he’s really being devious or devilishly clever. Continue reading “The Atlantis Stone – a Book Review”

Mortom by Erik Therme-Review

Mortom by Erik ThermeMortom by Erik Therme

Genre: Currently #1555 on Best Seller’s Rank for Kindle eBooks, Mystery Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: April 2015

Submitted by author for review

Mortom by Erik Therme – Cover hints at suspense

Maybe it was the discovery of the odiferous rat found under the refrigerator when the protagonist, Andy Crowl and his sister Kate, tentatively set foot in the house he has just inherited, but this one grabbed me from the beginning. The rat had a key wrapped in a note shoved into his rotting jaws. His unfortunate cousin, Craig Moore, had passed and left his entire estate, consisting of this old house and an empty bank account to Andy despite the lack of recent familial connection.

What he remembers of his cousin was the puzzles in which they both shared an interest. Craig wasn’t just good with puzzles, it was the one activity where he could actually best Andy. It doesn’t take Andy long to realize, however, this puzzle is a deadly one, but one that could also reap him some major bucks if successful–and heaven knows (given his current circumstance) he needs them! Unfortunately, the puzzle comes with a timeline. Continue reading “Mortom by Erik Therme-Review”

The Old Man and the Princess-Review

The Old Man and the PrincessThe Old Man and the Princess

Genre: Currently #2555 in Best Sellers Rank for Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Paul Thomas Publishing

Publication Date: September, 2016

Submitted by author for review

The Old Man and the Princess by Sean-Paul Thomas – Cover is great and almost tells the story.

“The Old Man and the Princess,” from the mind of Sean-Paul Thomas will definitely grab you from the beginning. You may think you can second-guess where this is going, but you won’t. Yeah, I know you’ve heard that before, but Sean-Paul apparently thinks out of the box and his plot is full of intrigue and plot twists.

Pegged as a mystery, thriller, and suspense, this novel has that and more; how about tension and apprehension? I love how that dark sense of Irish humor weaves in and out of the dialogue, a patter so palpable, there are snicker-filled moments–or depending on your own sense of humor, LOL opportunities. Continue reading “The Old Man and the Princess-Review”

Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie-Review

Dead Lawyers Don't LieDead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan

Currently #1 in Books, Mystery, Thrillers, Spies & Politics, Assassinations

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Publication Date: January, 2016

Submitted by author for review

Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie – great cover, but I wish he’d have included the dog beside him (in proper “heel” formation, of course).

Tired of books that end before you have a chance to get to know the characters, the motivation, the plot? Look no further than “Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie,” by Mark Nolan. Once I really got into this book, it became a reward for the day–Jake Wolfe is the really bad-assed good guy–ex-Marine. He’s been there, seen it all. His attitude evolved with each new scar on his well honed body. He has the confidence to handle any situation and his sense of propriety leans towards the “Good Samaritan” side. His job as a photojournalist has given him access to a fine network of people, although his closest friends are those who served with him. He shares a relationship with Terrell that only men together under fire can understand and appreciate. Their conversations are good-humored and natural; dialogue as would happen between loving and respectful men.

But here’s the thing: The book you think you are getting at the beginning changes. There are twists, yes, but even more than that, these characters mature. His coincidental assignment locations have almost given him “first responder” position to two unusual homicides–lawyers murdered in creative ways by an assassin known as “the Artist.” Jake’s forensic eye offers intimate intel to his buddy, Terrell, a SFPD lieutenant and Terrell’s partner, Beth Cushman. Continue reading “Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie-Review”