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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446405051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446405058
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,894,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As with her last book, Angel of Death, Krich loads her mystery with a message, but this time she does a better job of lowering the polemical volume while maintaining a taut narrative. For Debra Laslow, a lawyer with a private firm, being required to defend a man accused of rape?even one as respectable as Beverly Hills internist Kenneth Avedon?makes her uneasy. With good reason: Avedon's first lawyer was shot and her tongue severed?an event that becomes even more unnerving when three more lawyers meet the same fate and Debra receives anonymous warnings to "Get out of the way of Justice." She gets little sympathy from Homicide Detective Marty Simms, who despises rapists and their attorneys. To make things worse, the woman Avedon is accused of raping is, like Debra, an Orthodox Jew whose life will be difficult indeed if Debra wins the case. Since the dead lawyers apparently knew their murderer, Debra becomes increasingly fearful of those around her. By the time it's all over, Debra's life has changed, and Krich has effectively charted her earnest heroine's struggle to find a path that satisfies both the demands of her private morality and her professional obligations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Krich quickly pulls together all the elements of a superior mystery. She establishes conflict, provides a murder victim, and then demonstrates heroine Debra Laslow's connection to the murder. Successful LA attorney Laslow is horrified after fellow attorney Madeline is mutilated. When her best friend Susan, also an attorney, meets the same fate, the tragedy hits home. Further elements contribute to Krich's solid foundation: Laslow's orthodox Jewish behavior, her involvement in a rape case, and sexual harassment at work. A well-written and entertaining addition for most collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on June 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Young criminal defense attorney Debra Laslow, observant daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, faces agonizing moral dilemmas and mortal danger in this outing.
When the beautiful, brilliant and heartless Madeleine Chase is found murdered, Debra inherits her client, a respected doctor accused of date rape. She also finds herself under scrutiny for the murder - she had quarreled publicly with Chase and had been seen coming from her building around the time of the murder. Then another attorney, a friend, is murdered and Debra finds the body. As police suspicion deepens, Debra begins to get threats from the killer.
Meanwhile, her client's victim is an Orthodox Jewish girl, a member of Debra's community, and there is strong pressure on her to drop the case. And, in fear for her life, Debra begins an investigation of her own.
Krich's approach is thoughtful, literate and absorbing. She depicts the difficulties of being an Orthodox Jew in a high-powered job, the close knit comforts of the community and the application of Jewish philosophy to moral decisions.
And she doesn't neglect suspense. Her heroine is resourceful but not foolhardy in the face of mortal danger and the solution of the mystery (in a smashing climax) is a total surprise - although the reader will be a step or two ahead of Debra in the last few pages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a legal thriller that you don't want to put down. I read the last 230 pages in a morning, and will now read her other books. In the genre of Faye Kellerman, Rochelle Krich's writing easily matches or exceeds Kellerman, which is quite an accomplishment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, Krich is the most intelligent and readable mystery novelist of the 90's. Her female heroines are always exceptional, and Debra Lazlow (of Speak No Evil) is a prime example. Krich's premise is highly believable and seems to come from today's headlines. The action moves at a rapid clip, and there are plenty of hairpin plot-twists and moral quandries to delight fans of both detective stories and legal courtroom dramas.
Also make sure to check out Fair Game, by the same author.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin & Bonnie on August 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read many of her books, and have yet to read one yet I did not enjoy. Speak No Evil is no exception. Ir is well written, and I was suprised by the ending, enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
First book I read by this author - and I now plan to order all the rest! I read this book in one day - couldn't put it down ! A really good legal courtroom suspense story which keeps you guessing right until the last few pages. Recommended
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