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First, Kill All The Lawyers (The Cleary Case Files Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Clark
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Book Description

It’s true what Shakespeare wrote about killing lawyers being a good start. At least that’s what Sgt. Edward Pulaski secretly believes when attorneys start popping up dead all over Washington, D.C. in the thriller, First, Kill All The Lawyers. If reporters could be next on the hit list all his dreams would be fulfilled. An obscure poison, no suspects, and no forensic evidence hinder the investigation until a federal judge is the target and Pulaski’s friend, FBI agent Shawn Cleary, joins the task force.

Shawn, fresh from a shootout that may leave her partner a quadriplegic, throws herself into the investigation to assuage her guilt and stop the horrible flashbacks of the event. As the body count rises and crosses state lines, lawyers from across the country begin to panic and demand action. Patterns emerge as pieces of the puzzle begin to come together.

The breakneck pace accelerates until Sgt. Pulaski reluctantly realizes all the clues lead to Shawn Cleary as the main suspect. She does nothing to dampen his suspicions when she flees instead of turning herself in. Worlds collide when powerful people in Washington seem more interested in a shoot to kill order than capturing Shawn alive. Pulaski is torn when Shawn calls him professing her innocence.

Working both inside and outside the system, Pulaski and Shawn continue to connect all the dots until the killer’s next move becomes obvious. Aware her life hangs in the balance, Shawn tells Pulaski she is determined to save someone she loves and capture the killer before he gets away. Pulaski must choose between trusting a friend and doing what his bosses want. As Shawn races to the historic theater where the climax awaits, she prays she can make it in time while Pulaski wonders if he made the right choice.

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  • File Size: 1935 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VD1EAI
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment May 27, 2013
By rcdac
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First Kill All The Lawyers by Patricia Clark has great start but fizzles at the end. What drew me to this book was the premise of a serial killer targeting lawyers. What a promising premise, unfortunately Clark doesn't deliver on the promise.

The beginning of the story is strong as Clark pairs up a grizzled street cop and a FBI profiler. They are exact opposites so the reader is set-up for the personality conflicts that will undoubtedly arise as the duo pursues the serial killer but these conflicts never happen because Clark regulates the street cop to the background of the story soon after the beginning. The whole story takes a nose dive at this point.

As the story continues the reader has to constantly battle to suspend disbelief. For example, a brother and sister who both happen to be FBI agents stationed in the Washington D.C. area. A stretch at best but I'm willing to make it to stay in the story. However, Clark includes a famous country singer for a love interest who happens to have an uncle who is ex-CIA, who will conveniently provide all the clandestine help necessary to solve the case. This pushed suspension of disbelief to the utmost limits.

The corny characters were bearable but what wasn't bearable was the ending. Clark builds the story and prepares the reader for a great climatic battle between the serial killer and the protagonist only there is no battle, just revelation of the identity of the killer.

First Kill All The Lawyers had the makings of a great yarn then it just fizzled. I cannot recommend this work to others.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and Disappointing September 24, 2012
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As this book first appeared in 2010, critiquing this author's work in an effort to help them improve as a writer would probably be fruitless, as too much time has elapsed. Instead, I'm writing this review as a sort of `caveat emptor': beware the `wow what a page turner I couldn't put it down it hooked me from the very start' reviews that get you to spend a couple dollars on what ultimately is a maddening piece of disjointed, contradictory and manipulative fiction.

But enough of the tirade: I'll just provide concrete examples, and let the potential reader take it (or not) from there.

1) I may be crazy- especially since this was written by a female- but I couldn't help but feel there was a strain of misogyny in the book itself. All the female characters that are involved in trying to solve the crime have `male' names: Shawn Cleary, FBI agent. Marti, ER nurse (and sister-in-law to Shawn), who also first suspects the victims didn't die from natural causes, and Randi- who has stumbled onto a ring of conspiracy. The female victims and characters have less `masculine' names, such as Melissa and Cheryl.

2) Although it sounds like a crime fighting duo in the beginning, with Cleary and Pulaski as the starring pair, after the first initial scene Pulaski utterly disappears for 25% of the book- only to suddenly reappear. Moreover, his character is vaguely familiar... a la Hieronymous Bosch, only less interesting. When he does appear again, he is still a minor player- which is unfortunate, as a stronger relationship between the two may have helped.

3) Chapter 18 is probably one of the worst expository scenes I have ever read. It is forced, awkward, and seems to have been inserted after the initial first draft in order to give the characters some kind of backstory.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hang on for the surprise July 21, 2010
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held my interest but saw most of it coming...until nearly the end. good plot and interesting characters. a lot of scenic description. somewhere between a mystery and a thriller. while not quite a total rave worthy of a recommendation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get past Chapter One October 7, 2012
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I picked this up from a list of free Kindle books and decided to give it a try. However, I didn't make it very far into the book, because the author kept switching point of view. To me, this is one of the obvious signs an author needs to spend more time honing his/her craft, OR needs to invest in a highly competent editor. If the author intended to keep switching point of view, then her problem may have been a formatting issue instead (I doubt it though).

The story may be fine, and I don't have any basis for disputing more positive reviews, but not having a handle on POV is a deal-breaker for me.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, bit boring and unrealistic at times April 12, 2012
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I got this one for free, its was OK, but the bit in the middle was very boring, I skimmed thru to find out the end. although I had already worked it out in part. They are pretty dumb people in the book who never even asked the question that was blatantly obvious.

What really annoyed me was the romance with the well known rock star. She meets him when trying to find out about the case, then they have dinner, and the next thing its all "I love you, I cant live with out you". How did that happen??? Absolute B/S. The writer needs to get real about that.

The book could have been many pages shorter and it would have still been OK.

I am not sure how anyone could give this more than 2 stars
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me April 9, 2013
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This book did not grab me at any time. I was able to pick the killer at the early part of the story and found the end very unsatisfactory.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First Kill All The Lawyers September 14, 2012
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Very slow read. It is disjointed and the characters are not well defined. I probably won't finish it. I have become very disenchanted with the low-cost books available for my kindle.
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Growing up in a family of ten children, Patricia Clark acquired a sense of humor and source of fodder for her stories. Her Aunts and Uncles also had large families so her extended family included a host of interesting characters and situations. Obsessed with all things medical, she became a Registered Nurse and worked in Emergency Room, Burn, and Intensive Care units. Later, she worked files as a Nurse Case Manager for Workers' Compensation Injuries. Creative writing classes stoked an interest in a second career. All of her books involve composites of patients, workers, colleagues, and situations based on her medical experiences.

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