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Show of Evil Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996
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--Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But once into it, I found it disappointing, not up to the high standards set by Primal Fear.
The story here seems to get lost, as if Diehl can't decide whether to write a straight sequel about Aaron Stampler (now "cured" of his mental illness), or a new mystery for Martin Vail to solve, with just hints of Stampler. The book gets better towards the end, when Diehl gets off the sidetracks and brings us Stampler in all his evil genius, and Vail's attempts to bring him down.
Another thing I questioned in the book is the dramatic change in some of the characters after Primal Fear. Vail, the great defense attorney, is now the DA? Venable and Vail, once sworn courtroom enemies, now sliding between the sheets together? I know 10 years is a long time, but some of the transformations seemed to stretch credulity.
And the close of the book, seeming to leave the door open for yet another sequel? Please, Mr. Diehl, move on to a new evil genius.
This isn't a bad read, and in parts is quite good. But it isn't "Primal Fear."
Perhaps the only reason book is readable is because of the characterization of Aaron Stampler . If he was an innocent boy charged with murder in "Primal Fear", he is evil personified in this one.
I hope the sequel to this one is much better .
Along with these plots, it's nice to see some romance develop for Martin Vain and Jane Venable and also Shana Parva and Flaherty. A well done book, with exciting sequences and some truly chilling ones, too. Will make all UPS drivers think twice about rural deliveries!
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I had read book #1 in the series and found #3 at a book sale, so I read it also. Then I HAD to order book #2 because I wanted the middle of the story. It did not disappoint me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Doggie Grandma
Great read, can't wait to start next one in series, but really evil!!!!Published 11 months ago by Jerry dallman
I didn't. Like repeat of primal fear and to much discription of houses that's all I have to say I liked bookPublished on August 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Costello
Hmmm this was a doozy... Unlike primal fear but just as good, the same people are not in this one but more are brought in!!! Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Ashes
I read this book immediately after reading the superb "Primal Fear"...and maybe that was my mistake. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Jeff
i was looking for it for a long ttime finally jumped into Amazon and here You go I enjoy reading and now listening to W DiehlPublished on January 23, 2013 by mmt
I generally wouldn't write a review without completely reading a book unless it was so bad I couldn't finish. That said, I didn't really even start this one. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Ginridge