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Hypocrisy [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Annechino
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Book Description

Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence?
Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford’s death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one, the detectives carefully examine each suspect and piece together a puzzle with unimaginable implications. As the investigation gets more intense, and the detectives get closer to solving the murder mystery, someone threatens Dupree’s life. The detectives now realize that Dr. Crawford’s murder was much more than a homicide. And if they don’t arrest the murderer soon, Dupree might be the next victim.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for D.M. Annechino's books:
"Annechino has clearly taken the time to immerse himself in the ways of the modern day serial killer and in his debut novel, They Never Die Quietly, he adds his own bizarre twists. The vivid imagery is not for the faint of heart and with a gritty plotline and well-developed characters; I look forward to the sequel." 
-- Shannon Raab, Suspense Magazine 
"Annechino delivers the required chills and thrills in a skillful manner. Resuscitation is lifted above the ordinary by his insightful probing into the mind of the serial killer, in search of the root causes behind the madness. He does so in a manner both instructive and entertaining, pitting a psychopathic surgeon against a relentless police detective."
--San Diego Union Tribune 

"In his political thriller, I Do Solemnly Swear, Annechino's strong point is clarity. His narrative is anything but sterile, featuring wonderful similes and metaphors. There are also phrases of genuine eloquence and elegance which aerate the basic realism of the story. And when it comes to dealing with gore, the author successfully negotiates the line between pungency and vulgarity."
 --Gordon Osmond: Producer, award-winning playwright, and author

About the Author

Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012). Hypocrisy, is Annechino's fourth novel.

A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Create Space (March 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J0BU3IY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! April 4, 2014
By tperez
I have read all of DM Annechino's books and this one was amazing!! I can only say how great it was in one word; WOW!!!!!! I started reading it yesterday and could not put it down. The story line was so real and it made me think of situations in real life that mirrored the book. Annechino has the ability to become one of the best writers of our time. I rate his works equal to or better than a lot of the very famous writers out there today. The only problem I have is this; When does the next book come out?


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue to the nth degree March 18, 2014
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Not my usual genre. This book was recommended by a friend. I couldn't put it down. I'm eagerly anticipating a sequel. I want to read everything Mr. Annechino has written. Can't say enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypocrisy! June 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A scientist is murdered and no one can figure out why this prominent researcher is dead. She was working on a cancer cure when her life was cut short. At first it was thought to be random but as detectives Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown start investigating all who knew or worked with Dr.Lauren Crawford, they find that it is not as simple as a random killing. The story is suspenseful, intriguing and full of good guys and bad guys. This is a tale of how some entities can stop or prohibit a cure for a most devasting illness, all for money.I loved how, once I started to read the book, I could not put it down. I love a good detective story and one that keeps the readers interest until the end is a good one in my book. I highly recommend it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted Twists and Turns December 11, 2014
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Amaris Dupree, the first homicide detective to arrive at the murder scene, was tough, resilient, and still bore scars from dealing with gruesome bodies, and ruined days. The victim's vehicle was embellished with MD, I-HEAL, vanity plates. The victim had been shot execution style. Most cops bore an apathetic attitude toward murder, even toward unimaginable cruelty toward brutalized children. Dupree's current queasiness testified that she had not fully developed this casual immunity.

T.J. Brown, Dupree's Africa-American partner had sensitivity and intelligence. Valuable traits. Together, they suffered onslaught pranks from the "white-boys club," mentality of fellow police officers. Dr. Lauren Crawford from Brooklyn was their newest investigative case. Jonathan Lentz, Lauren's estranged lover had slid from Wall Street, down to homeless beggar. Now, he had two jobs and he was trying to rebuild his life.

Dr. Crawford had recently discovered revolutionary treatment, and possible cure for cancer. Drug companies would lose billions if Lauren's cure worked. She was ready to bring it out into the open. The world would benefit. But, other avenues would need to replace this lucrative income field. Was the murder an effort to suppress new, radical, innovative, and beneficial treatments? Or, was there another, more mundane reason for her murder?

This compelling thriller has interesting characters, interactions , and a gritty plot-line. Sinister forces do hover near-by. They surround everyone. They certainly make news. Read and judge for yourself. I read this book via kindle unlimited. I hardily recommend this fast paced novel to anyone who enjoys an up-to-date thriller. Annechino is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His words mesmerize.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great murder mystery! October 22, 2014
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Hypocrisy by D.M. Annechino is a murder mystery and a great way to spend a few hours curled up in your favorite chair with. I felt like I was watching one of my favorite shows Law & Order but in book form.

Research scientist Dr. Lauren Crawford has discovered a breakthrough treatment for cancer enabling patients to live longer and sometimes even becoming cancer free. On the evening before she is to attend a press conference announcing this treatment to the world she ends up dead. Was it just a random killing or something much more sinister?

Detectives Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown are on the job and it becomes clear early on that there are many suspects in this case. There was Dr. Crawford’s on and off again boyfriend who didn’t seem to have much going for him but he adamantly denies any involvement. There is also Maggie, an employee who had been employed by Dr. Crawford and also fired – unjustly according to Maggie. No surprise that she denies any involvement as well. Amaris and T.J. find both of them suspicious and even more so when it seems the two have decided to move in together. Then there is the big question – who stands to lose the most if this treatment is successful? The drug companies of course. Cancer drugs are a multi-billion dollar business and if there is a cure for cancer quite obviously they are going to suffer big time. As Amaris and T.J. sift through the clues and begin uncovering more layers Amaris begins to receive threats. Soon enough it becomes a race to solve this mystery before Amaris herself ends up a victim!

Sometimes I find with books like this that I don’t form any connection with the characters but that wasn’t so with this one and it’s because the author took the time to give a back story on both Amaris and T.J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Start Fizzled September 16, 2014
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Hypocrisy started with a bang - literally - as we experience Dr. Lauren Crawford's final moments before her life is snuffed out by a killer. We quickly see how devastating her loss is, not only to her mother but to millions worldwide who had the potential for a cure from cancer. Once her own mother was diagnosed with the disease a few years before, Dr. Crawford stopped at nothing in her attempts to prolong her mother's life and find a cure. Mere days away from finalizing the FDA's requirements, forward momentum and funding for research ceases with her death. But is Lauren's death a random mugging gone wrong or is something more sinister at play?

Enter Detectives Amaris Dupree and TJ Brown, homicide partners throughout the last six months who continue to struggle to understand one another. TJ is continually late or absent when Amaris needs him on this case because Dr. Crawford's death brings back memories and regrets that have haunted her for years. Somewhere in the midst of the investigation, the two have to come to terms with their own demons if they're ever going to mesh as a team.

I'm still a little torn on Hypocrisy. The story started off quite well, giving the reader hints along the way at each players' tragic pasts. I found Amaris to be a relatable character, though TJ didn't get fleshed out as well as I'd like to have seen. He felt more like an unloyal-turned-loyal pet on a leash instead of a character with his own merits and abilities. Now Brenda, the support analyst at the precinct, was a lot of fun and I'd have enjoyed seeing more of her interactions with the partners. Then the dynamic between Amaris and TJ fluctuated so much it felt as if they were merely players on a stage directed with a heavy hand as they toggled back and forth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light murder mystery
This book was an easy read. It kept me interested but not riveted to the story. I would recommend it to everyone who like to read murder mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Holeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book and the chacters. Kept you interested.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
I have read a few of his books & I have liked all of them!
Published 2 months ago by Rose Sirois
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Hypocrisy was an easy read, just not as page turning as some of D.M's prior offerings.
Published 2 months ago by Eydie - Cali Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This is a middle of the road murder mystery whose characters just didn't get me excited. The original victim, to whom we are introduced at the start of the book when she is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by vegasbill
5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful book! very engaging with a thoughtful plot-line
what a wonderful book! very engaging with a thoughtful plot-line...very relevant topic and having a health-care background, i enjoyed reading this having both the perspective from... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michele
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I could not even get past the first chapter. There are just way too many spelling and grammatical errors for me.
Published 5 months ago by Nikki
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Published 5 months ago by MJ from HOU
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Page Turner
Another page turner from D.M. Annechino. Good character development brings you right into the storyline. Fast pace keeps you moving along. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tdevil1000
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not very fast-moving.
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Stanley
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More About the Author

It wasn't until I hit my 40's that I discovered my God-given talent for the written word. I'm not totally clear on how the first book came about. I wrote it in 1992. I think it was on a dare. I had been working as a General Manager in the retail automotive business, and a colleague suggested that someone should write an intelligent guide on how to buy a car and beat the dealer at his own game. It was a challenge that beckoned me, and for some reason the whole idea excited me. With pen in hand--I didn't own an early computer or word processor back then--I wrote the entire book longhand. I tackled this undertaking without an outline or even the most remote idea how this book would unfold. My approach was totally unorganized and unconventional. I just started writing, and the chapters poured out of my head. I could barely keep pace with my thoughts and ideas. For fear a fresh idea would fade to oblivion, I often had to stop writing long enough to scribble notes about a new idea that popped into my head.

I submitted this manuscript to a literary agent in New York. Less than two weeks later, she called me and told me that Penguin USA offered a $5,000 advance and that she wanted to represent me. In 1992, under the Signet name, Penguin printed this paperback book titled, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, and it sold about 22,000 copies nationwide. Amazing how easy this was, or so I thought. I now decided to write a novel, cash in on it, and launch my career as a successful writer. Boy, was I in for a big surprise.

I really didn't have any compelling ideas for a novel, so I started with a very basic premise: I wanted to write a novel about twin brothers--one good and one evil. Not an original idea, but it was what my creative mind conjured up. The title came to me before I'd written a word: Divided by God. I felt the title was an ingenious play on words. The twins were divided because God had divided one egg into two. And they were divided because one was good and the other evil. Brilliant, I thought.

In spite of my efforts to market, Divided by God, it never got published. Nor did my next thriller, To Climb a Mountain. To say I felt discouraged was an understatement. I now clearly understood how difficult it was for a first-time novelist to break through the impenetrable fortress built around the world of publishing. I realized that I needed to write a truly unique novel; something that would catch the eye of an acquisition editor.

I had no preconceived notions or expectations, nor did I have an idea. But the one thing I knew for certain was that my next and potentially last novel had to be extraordinary and I had to find a way to distinguish it from other thriller novels. I did some research and discovered that the serial killer genre was very strong. But I couldn't imagine writing a serial killer novel. It was totally against my nature. And what I found even more disconcerting was knowing that my serial killer had to make Hannibal Lecter seem like a choirboy if I had any hope of getting noticed in the crowded publishing marketplace.
Well, I got lucky. As I write this bio in March of 2014, to date, Amazon Publishing has published three of my novels: They Never Die Quietly, Resuscitation, and I Do Solemnly Swear. The three books combined have sold 150,000 copies worldwide. I'm not yet hanging up there with the big guns--not even close--but for a skinny kid who nearly flunked English in high school, I think I've done pretty well.

Hypocrisy, my fourth novel was released March of 2014, and A Piece of You, novel number five, should be released later this year. The moral of the story? If you have a passion for writing, don't let rejection hold you back or discourage you. Persevere and remember that rejection is a prerequisite to success. Keep those fingers poised above the keyboard and write, write, write.

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