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A masterful blend of rock-solid detective work and escalating dread. THE DEAD MAN is both a top-notch thriller, and a heart-rending story of loss, courage, and second chances. I loved it."" --Robert Crais, New York Times Best Selling author

About the Author

Joel Goldman is the Edgar and Shamus author of the Lou Mason and Jack Davis thriller series. He lives in Leawood, KS with his wife and two dogs.

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  • File Size: 1405 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
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  • Publisher: Character Flaw Press (November 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006EB76Z6
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Joel Goldman writes crime thrillers to die for. He's the Edgar and Shamus nominated author of three riveting thriller series.

Trial lawyer Lou Mason is a powerful, sexy man, more than six feet of hard muscle and once a keen rugby player. He's loyal and principled, both to a fault. His wry, sarcastic sense of humor and knack for top class banter are disarming, sometimes obscuring a recklessly brave spirit. Passionate about justice, he dives into the dark water, taking on cases others lawyers would run away from.

In Jack Davis' world only liars, drunks and guilty people shake uncontrollably. Then he joins their ranks. After 25 years as an FBI Special Agent, Jack is forced to retire because a mysterious movement disorder that makes him shake, sometimes bending him in half, sometimes strangling his speech. The cause and cure are unknown and Jack's condition colors his entire life. So much so that it ends his FBI career. In his new guise of part time private detective, he can't predict when the shakes will start... he just knows they will. Most of the time he just hopes he isn't holding a gun when it happens because crooks and killers don't give anyone a break.

Alex Stone is a Public Defender, devoted to representing people charged with a crime who can't afford a lawyer. More often than not, her clients and cases are lost causes. But the dismal odds only encourage her. Long, lean, and ropy from years of early-morning workouts, she knows only one way to live and one way to try a case: bear down and go all out.
She's determined to give her indigent clients the same measure of justice the rich and well bred receive. That's what everyone, guilty or innocent, highborn or low, deserves, and that's why she became a public defender. That higher calling matters more than whether her clients are guilty or innocent. But when the system fails to deliver justice, she makes certain justice is done.

If you like heroes you can care about, believe in and root for, you'll love Lou Mason, Jack Davis and Alex Stone. If you like crime thrillers with riveting suspense, jaw dropping twists and page-turning action, you'll love Joel Goldman's novels.

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Entertaining thriller featuring a very interesting protagonist!
Former FBI agent, disgraced Jack Davis, suffers from a neurological ailment that causes tics (involuntary spasms and muscle movements) and brain fog. Nevertheless, he is hired by billionaire Milo Harper to investigate why participants in a dream study he has funded have started to turn up dead - and have died in just the very way that they had nightmares about! The body count rises and Jack teams up with his landlady, a former cop named Lucy who was jailed for stealing diamonds from a crime scene, and the search for the killer is on.

The story is set in Kansas City, my hometown, and that added another interesting layer to the novel as I had fun identifying with the landmarks, streets, and other familiar details. The story blends past events to current circumstances in a well crafted tale but there is one main unanswered question at the end!

The characters are the best part of this mystery and I think there might be a sequel using them - at least I hope so.

Enjoy!
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This book really shouldn't be compared to Grisham or Patterson. It had a great storyline, but it was soooo predictable! I knew who the killer was within 15 minutes. After that, I felt like I was just waiting for the characters to catch up. This could have been easily avoided by omitting just a couple of scenes.
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I enjoyed reading this book mostly because of the characters. I loved the interaction between Jack and Lucy most of all. HOWEVER - the killer's identity was so obvious - almost from the beginning. Most of the time when this happens I generally give the book only one or two stars - but because the characters were so interesting and the "read" pleasurable I gave it the three stars.
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Someone is killing off people exactly how they saw it in their dreams.

Billionaire, Milo Harper opened an facility called The Harper Institute of the Mind. An old acquaintance's of Milo's recommends Jack Davis to Milo. Jack used to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jack is looking for something new to pass the time. Milo contacts Jack for a favor. He needs Jack's help to find the killer and fast. Milo is under pressure to put a stop to the killings. All of the victims were study subjects at the institute. The institute's goal was to help all of the people control their dreams. If you thought your dreams could only kill you in the movies, than think again. As there is a Dead Man walking and he is coming for you.

The Dead Man is the second book to feature former FBI agent Jack Davis. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. While I did enjoy this thriller, I had a slight issue with the fact that I was able to figure out the killer right off the bat and there was a secondary situation involving Jack that I couldn't really tell you about as I wasn't as interested in it as I was the main plot. Overall though I was slightly disappointed in this book, I would still give another Joel Goldman novel a try.
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Jack Davis is everywhere in this book. He is the good guy but no longer a cop. And the cops think he is a bad guy. But he is chasing an elusive bad guy. Davis enlists the help of a wide variety of characters to try and keep the body count down. He is human, easy to root for, and you just want him to win. I really liked this book.
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I was a bit surprised by the ending and was longing for more. Excellent writer as I often wonder how the characters are doing even today. I'd definitely recommend this book. I'm certainly looking forward to more books by this author.
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I just now realized that there are other books with this protagonist, Jack Davis. That's great, I love him! A former FBI agent with a movement disorder and a lot of tragedy in his past, he's smart, prickly, and has a great sense of humor.

All the characters of the fairly big cast of this story avoid falling into stereotypes--they're unique and believable. The case itself is extremely creepy, but the violence isn't sensationalized (which I particularly appreciated in one instance, with a female victim.) The sharp, fun dialogue and the tight plot gave the book a cinematic sensibility. I especially liked the relationship between Jack and Lucy...a friendship with some father/daughter dynamics.

It's always a nice change when a book's set in a city other than New York or L.A., and the fact that this one took place in my own town of Kansas City added to the enjoyment for me. Great, entertaining stuff--can't wait to read another one.
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I read all the Lou Mason thrillers by Joel Goldman and now have "graduated" to the Jack Davis series. I liked "Shakedown" and this one. The plot is good in both books and "The Dead Man" kept me guessing until the end. Good plot twists and well developed characters make for a book that I had a tough time putting down. I think one of the things that I like about the Jack Davis books, is that the character isn't a larger than life, get out of any situation super hero type guy. He is an average guy with physical problems and a dark past. I also like how the author intermixes tidbits about Kansas City history into the book. I highly recommend this book and all the books in both series (I'm reading the final one in the Jack Davis series now). Please don't stop Joel!
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