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Poison Pill
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
If you have an eReader buy the $2.99 download of Poison Pill - what a bargain!! (If you prefer hard copy it is still a bargain...)

I love suspense reading. I willing to endure some mindless violence and illogical plots if the suspense keeps me turning the pages. Poison Pill does not force the reader to accept such tradeoffs.

Poison Pill was a delight as it kept me turning the pages but also had believable characters and raised interesting issues. Olga is a complex realistic heroine, who hates her job (as have the majority of lawyers that I have met). I enjoyed sharing her struggle with her career and with the central mystery of the novel.

I find it hard to believe that this is a FIRST NOVEL. I eagerly await Ms. Granovsky's next effort. In the meantime I would strongly recommend this book to suspense fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
Full disclosure--I purchased this book because a) the author is the friend of a friend (we've never met) and because the $2.99 Kindle price was too cheap to pass up.

But this is a truly excellent thriller with believable, well-developed characters, coupled with a plot that educates in expert detail without dragging. I learned a lot about patent law and experimental drug testing--and was entertained while doing so.

Strongly recommended holiday/vacation reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
Page-turner defined. Not only did I nearly miss my subway stop because of this book, I found ways to prolong my subway rides so that I could keep reading. Characters are imperfectly perfect, the daily grind described all too realistically, the banter thoroughly engaging. This book knows what it is and doesn't try to be something it isn't, which makes it completely satisfying. Read it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
This author's words flow transparent: I almost forgot I was reading and felt I was among the characters plotting and grappling with adversaries, hoping for victory. May these characters live on in a continuing story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author, and purchased Poison Pill because I know her.

Fuller disclosure: I would not give this book five stars unless I really meant it. I was absolutely sucked in by the writing, the characters, and the pacing. Granovsky draws heavily from her experience in both science and law to spin a tale that is exhilarating yet never implausible. The book almost unfolds in reverse, with a prologue setting the stage for a story that reveals the the protagonists' objectives and the reasoning behind their tactics bit by bit, with the full picture only coming into focus at the end. I was compelled to stay up to read just one more chapter, again and again, until it was well past my bedtime and I had resigned myself to sleepwalking through the next day at work, realizing sleep would be impossible without knowing how it all played out. In this regard, there are echoes of Dan Brown and John Grisham, though Granovsky's writing (and particularly, her ear for dialogue) is far stronger than Brown's and noses out Grisham's.

Poison Pill also offers strong (but implicit, and never preachy) critiques of the patent/for-profit science field and the scorched earth tactics that typify high-stakes litigation. I am sure that every law firm associate who reads this book will fantasize about finding him/herself in the shoes of the main character and escaping the office tower in pursuit of adventure and fortune, especially if that fortune comes at the expense of the clients and partners who conspire (it seems) to make us miserable.

But more than anything, Poison Pill is just a fantastic read. I commend the author on a job extraordinarily well done, and eagerly await her next novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
Maria Granovsky's Poison Pill writes a legal caper that entices readers on every page. I could not put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
Poison Pill was a delightful surprise. The characters were believable and engaging, the subject matter was intriguing, and the plot was exciting. I love legal thrillers and this one did not disappoint. I can't wait for the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
This book will keep you on the end of your seat, a page turner for sure. Is the poison pill a murder story? Will anyone here ever live a normal life, as in what is normal?
We travel to different parts of the world, and a chance meeting at the airport in NY starts this captivating story. Olga Muller is a high tech lawyer, working at a company that really does not appreciate her talents. She is headed to Turkey, and she bumps into Benedict Vicker who is employed as an antiquities expert. He is actually a man of many talents.
The author has done a wonderful job of developing these characters. We travel, with the feeling that we are actually there. There are some funny episodes, but there are more scary things going on. With millions of dollars on the line, you will see where all of this takes you.
If you enjoy mystery and suspense, which this book is full of, this is one fantastic read. The book is highly researched in both science and law. Don't miss this one!

I received this book Orangeberry Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
If this is a first novel, then I can't wait for the next ones! I so enjoyed this enthralling book - extremely well-written, a well-crafted plot by a writer who so obviously knows what she is talking about, believable if sometimes eccentric characters, fast-moving, unputdownable (almost missing my stop on bus to and from work). One additional point of vital importance for me as reader, Ms Granovsky had so evidently checked, rechecked and checked her work again - blissfully correct grammar, spelling and word-use and apostrophes in the right place! Reader heaven. Just read it for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
A suspenseful novel that maneuvers skillfully developed characters throughout the captivating story with ease. Immediately I was vested in the characters, the execution of their plot, their new found palate of restitution and revenge. Granovsky does a superb job in relaying a clash between medical and legal industries without relying on technical details that typically lose a reader. The story is intriguing from beginning to end, perfectly paced and leaves you with hope for another Olga venture.
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