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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250024765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250024763
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Second Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Judge Daniel Brennan is just days away from appointment when he is found murdered in his driveway. The feds move in, but New Jersey detective Luke Somers lands a hot tip that druggie Steven Gallagher may be the killer. Gallagher is armed, and in the heat of the moment, Somers kills him and becomes a national hero. Gallagher’s brother Chris, home on leave from his elite Marine Force Recon unit, is outraged and determined to prove his brother’s innocence. He kidnaps Somers’ brother and threatens to kill him unless Somers finds the real killer within seven days. Somers starts digging and uncovers plenty of conflicting information, but will it be enough to save his brother? The tension is palpable, and the pages fly by in this riveting stand-alone thriller from the author of the Andy Carpenter mystery series. The voice here is every bit as engaging as in the Carpenter novels, with enough humor to lighten the story without diminishing the suspense. And the ending is a real shocker. Sure to appeal to fans of Harlan Coben and Robert Crais. --Stacy Alesi

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Prasie for David Rosenfelt

"The tension is palpable, and the pages fly by in this riveting stand-alone thriller from the author of the Andy Carpenter mystery series. The voice here is every bit as engaging as in the Carpenter novels, with enough humor to lighten the story without diminishing the suspense. And the ending is a real shocker. Sure to appeal to fans of Harlan Coben and Robert Crais."—Booklist (starred review) on Airtight

“Rosenfelt still weaves a compelling narrative that will stump even the expert Perry Mason fan.” —The Associated Press on Leader of the Pack

“A gripping plot careens around myriad twists and turns, avoiding clichés but keeping the surprises coming. . .Rosenfelt keeps a firm hand on his plot as he escalates the story from a legal thriller to the kind of action adventure that would star Bruce Willis. Despite the infusion of ramped-up action, Heart of a Killer remains a believable, often chilling story with appealing, realistic characters. Rosenfelt also balances this with his trademark dry humor.” —Oline Cogdill, Kansas City Star on Heart of a Killer

“Rosenfelt has crafted another terrific thriller that will keep the reader up late at night.” —Huffington Post on Heart of a Killer


More About the Author

David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs.

Customer Reviews

It kept me in suspense until the very end.
Staats
Characters are complex and full of twists, deftly blended with humor and interest.
Carey Gillespie
The plot was weak, the characters were dull and the ending was predictable.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By EWebb on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is my first book of Mr. Rosenfelts and I was very pleasantly surprised.

He does an excellent job of building and defining the characters quickly and telling the story fluidly with lots of action and without that "flat" section of a thriller/mystery where you go through 40-50 pages waiting for something to happen.

Like most thrillers this deals with a little bit of the "impossible" but his writing style makes it more believable than most writers in this genre.

The book truly does combine a mystery and thriller as well. A lot of books pretend to be both when they are actually one but this book achieves that goal.

Also, I realize that a lot of readers become disengaged when a writer goes away from their usual character or series but I would tell Rosenfelt's fans this is a really excellent stand alone book that does make me look forward to going back and reading the Andy Crawford books.

Good plot, interesting and engaging story and a really stunning and cleverly thought out ending. Good enough that I'll go back and read some of his other books.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Nyby on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the 13th book by David Rosenfelt that I've read. It was well short of the quality of his other books. The story didn't flow as smoothly and wasn't as polished as his others. There were times when I'd read a couple paragraphs and déjà vu would set in. The text was so similar that I thought I had lost my place and was re-reading parts of the book. Also, there's a corniness in his Andy Carpenter series that is enjoyable. It usually works. Most attempts at witty dialogue in this book fell flat. In brief, it felt like a lesser author wrote this book for David Rosenfelt.

I enjoyed his other books very much so he gets a free pass on this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read all the Andy Carpenter books and the five or so previous one-off books that Rosenfelt has put out and have never been disappointed having always given a four or five star rating for each. I can't say that for this book.

Judge Brennen is about to rule on an important case involving fracking (a means of getting oil) and is found dead. A tip leads detective Luke Somers to Stephen Gallagher's place. When he gets there he sees Gallagher with a gun and yells at him to put it down. When he gets no response, Luke fires three bullets, killing Gallagher. A bag of bloodied clothing is found and it appears that Gallagher was the judge's killer. Unfortunately, Gallagher's brother Chris doesn't think so. Chris is back on military leave and has a history of violence against "bad" people who had wronged his brother in the past.

Chris thinks that Luke went in to Stephen's place with the intent of murdering him. So to get even, he kidnaps Luke's brother Brian and hides him underground with a week's air supply. He then confronts Luke and tells him to re-open the investigation and find the judge's "real" killer or his brother will die when his air supply runs out.

That is the premise of the book and it may sound more interesting than it is. For me it wasn't. I struggled with this book. Firstly, Rosenfelt makes it blatantly obvious that Stephen may have been set up with his chapters on the fracking and the people that will benefit from it. I had problems with Luke. Firstly, Luke is not so likeable as most of Rosenfelt's heroes are, having wronged his brother. I found it real hard to find much to like about Luke.

I am a bit claustrophic and do not like tales about people stuck in tight spaces with no air.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By loves a mystery on March 13, 2013
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I was looking forward to Airtight after really liking Heart of a Killer. Unfortunately, there were a few too many text errors which left me scratching my head. Perhaps the author was rushed or editing was rushed. In the beginning 90 minutes became 3 hours in a short while. Toward the end someone was laying face down on their "back" getting CPR? Also there were several his/her type errors I noticed. Actually, the story could have been a lot more tense. And I'm afraid I did suspect the actual antagonist early on, but was not sure until the end of course. So, just a disappointed OK from me this time. I've not read the author's series, only these two of his independents.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Oakley on March 3, 2013
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This is definitely not one of his best. Conspicously missing is the dry wit that make his books so enjoyable. This one seems to be something he kinda rushed through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joymarie Pavarini-Jaecks on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I,also, could not put this down. I was intrigued by the plot and the plotters and plotees. Yes, I know that's not a word.
However, this was a many faceted read. A lot to keep track of, but so expertly done by Rosenfelt that for me it was a journey that kept me enthralled.
I have read all of his books and eagerly await the next one.Treat yourself and read this one.Then go back and read them all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2013
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I have been a fan of David Rosenfelt from the beginning and have read all of his books. This one was not up to his standards. The plot was weak, the characters were dull and the ending was predictable. I will still buy his next book and hope the old David will come back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on March 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Airtight is a quick and pleasant read. Throughout the reader must wonder who the real bad guy is, and the author has limited the choices enough so that it becomes too easy to figure out, and too soon. I would like to have been held in suspense for longer. As it is, the book had 100 pages left when I realized that only one person could be responsible for the nefarious going-ons in the little town of Brayton. That didn't stop me from finishing the novel, and I wouldn't let it stop you from reading it. There's a good story here.
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