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The Last McKenzie (The Chicago Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Kirk Ross
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The future…and the very survival…of one unborn child hang on the skill and courage of one young attorney in search of his own redemption…

The McKenzies are dead. All of them. And thus the fate of one of America’s largest fortunes is in limbo. Then the bank which controls the vast fortune suddenly produces a man it claims is the only surviving member of the family. Although no one had ever heard of this cousin before, his inheritance seems secure…

…until a McKenzie widow discovers she is pregnant with her dead husband’s child. Should the McKenzie fortune belong to the child…or is it already too late? Attorney Jack Mitchell will do whatever it takes to make sure his unborn client receives justice…even if it costs him everything.

In Kirk Ross’ just-completed legal thriller, the law is a battlefield, but it’s the war outside of the courtroom that will keep Jack and the last McKenzie just one step ahead of a dangerously final verdict.

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About the Author

Born in 1974, Kirk Ross grew up in rural, northern Illinois, the son of a pastor and a financial planner. An aspiring college professor, he studied Mathematics, German and History in college, including a year living in Europe. By the time he finished graduate school, he knew that academia was not the right place for him. He needed something with a little more real-world impact, so he went to law school at Northwestern University in Chicago. Kirk spent the next five years in Chicago, graduating from law school and working at one of the big, sweat-shop law firms for which big-city legal circles are justly famous. With a young family, he decided that life at the big firm was not worth the paycheck. He took his family and moved to northwest Ohio where he spent the next several years at banks and a law firm, specializing in estate planning and trust administration. He became an expert in how property is passed from one generation to the next – and the drama that can come with it. After several years in that business, Kirk picked up his pen and started writing The Last McKenzie, many parts of which are based on Kirk’s actual experiences. The Last McKenzie is Kirk’s first completed novel. But it will not be his last. Keep your eyes open for his next exciting thriller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615698492
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rössl International Press (June 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D5E61I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Last McKenzie February 24, 2013
By BigAl
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I've been a big fan of the legal thriller for what seems like forever, both those from the big names of the genre like John Grisham or those less well known: Rebecca Forster, for example. As with many genres, the legal thriller has some genre conventions or formulas. Although not as strict as the romance, it shares a few of that genre's conventions. You can anticipate a happy ending. You know there will be some tense moments and bumps along the way. The key to the story is not being able to see how the story will get from point A to point B. To use a cliché, the journey is the reward. If the journey is too predictable, it isn't a trip worth taking.

My biggest issue with The Last McKenzie was that it failed in taking the reader on an unpredictable journey. The foundation of a good story was established early, with a mystery (three siblings who had all died suspiciously within a few weeks of each other) and a legal conflict to be resolved (obtaining the rights to a trust fund for a baby conceived just before the death of the last sibling). However, just after hitting the 20% mark of the book, I knew the answer to the mystery, who committed or arranged for the three deaths, and why. I knew there was going to be at least one more murder attempted, who the intended victim would be, and why. While the details were fuzzy, the big picture couldn't have been more clear.

The characters also seemed like clichés. The lawyer, looking to redeem himself for a past mistake by acting as a white knight for the attractive heroine. The amoral (bordering on crazy) villain, willing to do anything to win. The opposing lawyer, who has no scruples and the power and resources of a big law firm backing him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read January 21, 2013
By d
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I read this all last evening. It is a good story with enough twist to keep you wondering how it ended. There also was enough explanations of the legal angles to let you understand but not numb your brain (for those of us who are not lawyers).

Good job and I will look for more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intricate and satisfying plot! August 10, 2013
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Mr. Ross has set up one lalapalooza of a legal thriller. The reader knows almost from the beginning who the bad guy is, but how the author develops his story and ties up the threads makes for a satisfying read. Well done, Mr. Ross! My only complaint was the typographical errors which seem to be so prevalent in all these books. More proofreaders needed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Last McKenzie July 5, 2013
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This book needs editing. There are numerous grammatical and spelling errors. It affects my overall view of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable April 13, 2013
By Rwj
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No surprises or twists in plot. OK effort but next time try to make the book somewhat more intellectually stimulating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 3, 2013
By Cliff
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Very real and moving story. Picked it up and couldn't put it down. Looking for the next one by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading February 26, 2013
By adie
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This was just what I needed for winter reading. Interesting characters and a fascinating plot.
It's nice to see people can write without a lot of unnecessary lewd language. Could not wait
to get to the final chapter. I'll remember the author Kirk Ross.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read! February 26, 2013
By Wendyld
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Really enjoyed this legal thriller. Had all the right elements, good characters, good suspense, good twists and turns, and a satisfying ending.
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