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Do Unto Others Paperback – May 31, 2012

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"High society meets homicide in the New Hampshire woods."

"As a debut novel, Varney's work is confident in its characterization and pace, taking time to build a world of privilege and expectation around its protagonist, who is neither as flawed nor as stealthy as he thinks."

"The most striking success is the creation of Harry Warren, a flawed man whose complicated inner life spawns the numerous personas he presents to the other characters, complicating their portrayals and enhancing their interest to the reader in the process."  - Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Woods Media Productions, Inc.; 1st edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938572571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938572572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do Unto Others by Robert C. Varney is outstanding. It is the kind of book you devour only to be saddened as you close in on the last fifty pages. Varney etches his characters with such depth that, even now, I wonder how they are doing. Set against a backdrop of rural New Hampshire, Varney deftly explores conflict - be it rich vs. poor, women vs. men, single vs. married, or lawyers vs. everyone else. His sense of humor permeates each page as he shares canny insights drawn from a lifetime of acute observation.

This book is a sleeper. I have heartily recommended it to family and friends. Take a chance on it, read it, and spread the word!
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What a page turner! Varney wields his words well. Being a local author for us, we of course wanted to read this book. But .... This book is a national best seller certainly. Lovable and strong characters, a compelling legal case, great humor and it's share of twists and turns makes this one of the top books I've read this year. Take this new author into your home----you won't be sorry, and someday you can tell your fellow readers that you read it first!
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What's your reading pleasure? A gripping murder mystery? A police procedural? A witty and closely observed courtroom drama? A series of interconnected love stories spanning generations and stained with betrayal? A wry comedy of manners with nods to Waugh, Anthony Powell, Auchincloss, and O'Hara? A penetrating character study? Do Unto Others is all these things and rewards the reader on every page with crackling dialog, surprising plot twists, arch observations about the people of small town New Hampshire and Philadelphia's Main Line, and it's an insightful character study of an achingly self-aware judge simmering in an amatory, political, social, and criminal stew.

There are laugh-out-loud set pieces, plenty of action in the New Hampshire woods and Philadelphia's bedrooms, and authorial self-awareness about the protagonist's character that is acute by any literary yardstick. Varney knows--and writes about--the mores of swamp Yankees and Main-Liners with the deft authority of someone who's been there and watched and remembered. The tinkling glasses of a museum fund-raiser are treated just as surely as the customs of deer hunting in the White Mountains. And the courtroom scenes are magisterial, as befits this judge turned author with an ear for language and a sure sense of dialog.

Harry Warren, the country judge at the center of the book, is a fascinating man. And Emma Llewellyn Warren, the gorgeous Philadelphian who's Harry's wife, will put you in mind of every cool, unattainable debutante you envied or couldn't get a date with.

The people with whom I've shared this book have all devoured it in whole chunks and thanked me profusely for the recommendation. And it cries out for a movie. You will be glad you read it and will remember it for a long time to come. Can't say better than that.
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I enjoyed this novel very much. It's a murder mystery but it's also something more. In fact, I think you will enjoy the novel more if you don't think of it as a typical murder mystery. This novel has a slower pace (though it picks up as the novel advances) and much more character development than a typical murder mystery. The novel asks you to ponder issues of class and the unhappiness that can be associated with sacrificing yourself, your identity, to "move up." It's also about ethical choices and the price one sometimes pays for making the wrong one. So, unlike the normal murder mystery that is just about page turning enjoyment while reading and then you forget about it, this novel asks you to think about class, society, happiness and ethical choices. You'll continue to think about it when you're done reading but you will also enjoy the read. So, I recommend this novel. I would give it between 4 and 5 stars. My only criticism is that while I enjoyed the deeper character development, there were a few times when I wanted the mystery to move forward and was frustrated when the author moved into flashback/backstory. Nevertheless, a good read. Pick up a copy.
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