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MADMAN'S THIRST (JAKE SCARNE THRILLERS Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: St. Austin's Press (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081TQLD2
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Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Marines, Lawrence De Maria became an award-winning crime and financial reporter, earning a Pulitzer nomination at The New York Times.

During his career as a journalist, De Maria met or covered some of the nation's most-notorious criminals in government, the Mob and Wall Street. He was widely credited and quoted by the international media for being one of the first to expose the multi-billion-dollar Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.

His fiction writing, grounded in real-life experience, is strongly influenced by Ian Fleming, Robert B. Parker, Ed McBain, P.D. James and John D. MacDonald.

Beginning with SOUND OF BLOOD, which introduced private investigator Jake Scarne, De Maria has created three unique series of thrillers and mysteries, which critics have praised for their grit, humor and character development. The novels often have an international flavor, and occasionally delve into high technology and science. Recurring characters and strong love stories are also hallmarks of the author's work.






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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Delamaide on June 24, 2012
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Jake Scarne is back and author Lawrence De Maria has concocted another one of his potent mixtures of mystery, murder, finance and corruption in an entertaining tale involving the brutal rape and murder of a teenage girl, a shadowy real estate magnate and an indomitable private eye with gourmet tastes.

A longtime journalist, De Maria seems to have saved his juiciest stories for his fiction, and this one once again steps behind the scenes of a big city's power brokers -- an influential financial magazine and a local newspaper on the media side against greedy business interests and the best politicians money can buy on the other side.

Scarne, who first appeared in Sound of Blood, is still recovering from the hard knocks he took in that novel but is drawn into this case when the teenager's murder rocks Staten Island and information comes to light that it may not have been a random burglary gone bad but a targeted assassination to get her newspaper editor father off an investigation into some suspect property deals in the borough.

De Maria has a real flair with bad guys. As in Elmore Leonard's gritty novels, the villains here have personalities and preoccupations of their own. They are by and large not very bright, but some even have their own twisted integrity and professional pride. The really irredeemable bad guys usually meet an appropriately grisly end, so justice does prevail. But some others -- those with the redeeming qualities -- at times can even be allies for Scarne as he picks his lonely way through big-city corruption to solve his case.

De Maria inserts a number of novel twists and turns into the plot, and comes up with an attempt on Scarne's life as innovative as any bizarre situation ever faced by James Bond.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryellen on May 15, 2012
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I really enjoyed meeting Private Eye Jake Scarne in this author's first thriller "Sound of Blood" so I was really excited to see that he wrote a second book with his main character along with a few other interestesing personalities that he brought along from his first book. This book has everything I look for in a suspense novel. A plot with lots of angles that keeps me guessing, plenty of bad guys, blood, money, sex & romance. You won't be disappointed. I am looking forward to many more adventure's with sexy PI Jake Scarne.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Les on March 7, 2013
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I have read several of the Scarne novels and I don't believe you can go wrong on giving any of them a try. They all present interesting, well written stories with a likable hero, some suspense and a little romance. I believe most people will find this story to be entertaining and worth their time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladislav Nemec on February 18, 2013
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I was not prepared for such an improvement of DeMaria's skills as a fiction writer. While I could give only 3 stars to his first Jake Scarne book, I am joining now other readers awarding him all five.

No borrowing from old James Bond movies. No boring descriptions of golf games.

A fairly credible story based partially on reported events. You will find soon enough.

Mixture of blasting and praising Bahamas resorts - I have been to Bahamas only once and spent all the time snorkeling and watching barracudas reciprocating by giving me the evil eye. In the ocean, of course, not in an aquarium.

There is some continuity with the first Jake Scarne book but it is not at all a sequel.

I can only congratulate the author for giving us a good read, with many original twists and turns and kind of politically correct in NOT depicting two gay guys as merciless murderers. The stereotype of interior designers fits much better.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudette on July 12, 2013
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Just one good read.

Jake still isn't himself after the death of Loeb.

He's been coasting along. His friends are worried about him.

He is seeing Emma Shields and she makes things a little easier for him.

She also has Ari Arachne on her mind. He's a wealthy mover and shaker ala Trump. He's married but about to divorce wife number three and chase Emma as wife number four. Of course Emma thinks of him as a friend and thats all.

A young girl, the daughter of the editor of a newpaper, is raped and killed in a burglary gone wrong. At least thats what the perps of the crime want all to believe.

One of the perps Banacek, while a contract killer, does have some things he won't do. Raping a high school kid is one of em. Killing for money yes. Raping kids. No way.

He kills the other perp. The guy who actually raped and killed the girl. Parts of him and the vehicle they used are scattered all over Staten Island in many land fills. He will never be found.

Banacek is dying of pancreatic cancer and he knows it. He confesses his crimes to a priest. He then checks himself into a VA Hospice in Florida to die. Banacek was a Viet Nam vet and was one hell of a LRRP soldier.

The priest who took his confession tells what he knows to Dudley Marks and Jake Scarne. He won't tell it to the police or anyone else.

So begins one hell of a good read. This one has hitmen, murder, attempted murder, rape and corruption up the ass.

Jake has to try to find the killers and the only lead he has is forty years old.

He does finally catch a break and go to Florida looking for Banacek. Then the story really heats up.

Jake is targeted by the mastermind of the whole thing and is nearly killed.
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