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Trial and Terror [Kindle Edition]

Adam L. Penenberg
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The good news is that public defender Summer Neuwirth just won her first case, which involved a brutal rape and kidnapping. 

The bad news? Her client was guilty.

What's more, he knows all about Summer's past.

As Summer pursues her next case, this time to keep an innocent woman off death row, elements of that past--a mysterious case of childhood amnesia, her police officer father's involvement with a serial killer, a terrifying attack she survived just months earlier--entwine with her present legal work, her missing mother, and her rocky relationship with a private investigator, all of which culminate in a thrilling trial... and terror.


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About the Author

Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast CompanyForbes, the New York Times, the Washington PostWiredSlatePlayboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).

Penenberg has published several books that have been optioned for film and serialized in the New York Times MagazineWired UK, and the Financial Times, and won a Deadline Club Award for feature reporting for his Fast Company story "Revenge of the Nerds," which looked at the future of movie-making. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show as well as on CNN and all the major news networks, and has been quoted about media and technology in the Washington Post, the Christian Science MonitorUSA TodayWired NewsAd AgeMarketwatchPolitico, and many others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wayzgoose Press (July 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2MFRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 12, 2012
By Reader
Format:Kindle Edition
I've recently discovered Adam Peneberg's fiction. For those that don't know, he's the reporter that broke the big Stephen Glass case. Stephen Glass was another reporter who fabricated stories for several years until Adam dug into the details and exposed the scam. He is a serious and well-respected journalist.

But the guy can write fiction too! Trial and Terror is a great thriller/mystery, taking a hundred twists and turns through the life of Summer Neuwirth. Summer is a Public Defender with issues. Lots of issues. Starting with getting her defendant off. Then finding out that maybe that wasn't the best thing to do. Her mother is missing, the prosecutor's been killed... but yet, there's more. Nothing is what it seems, even the hunky investigator assigned to work with her has secrets. You'll have to read to see how they all play out, but trust me - they do all come together, in ways you never expected.

All in all, a very good read. I liked his other fiction book, Virtually True, even better, but this is great if you want a nice solid mystery/thriller to keep you guessing throughout.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller to the end August 28, 2012
By star2be
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are many things I love about this book, but I think my favorite was the juxtaposition of her most recent win where Summer got her client acquired, who was guilty. And now she is defending someone who is truly innocent and struggling to prove it. That dichotomy created a lot of internal struggles and plot twists that kept me enthralled the entire time. Then the ending ... well I guess you'll just have to read it your self. Bottom line, I was entertained, I felt like I was in there with her and I was at the edge of my seat not being able to put it down. It really delivered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An ok read but ends abruptly December 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I began this book I was immediately sucked into the legal drama, the character of Summer and it was a page-turner. Then about halfway through it seemed to lose its' continuity between chapters. A chapter would end, I'd turn the page and wonder if I somehow skipped a few pages. All of a sudden the book ends and I think...what? The book builds up the courtroom drama, the relationship between Summer and an investigator, a stalker, an accused murderer, a mothers' death in like 5 pages! If the book had been longer and allowed the story to come to a proper ending I would give this 4-5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story until you get to the end November 20, 2012
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I was pulled into the story...liked the character and the plot line. However, it almost seemed like the author just got tired of writing. The end was not just a surprise, it came out of left field and left me wondering why I had invested so much time iin getting to it. In fact, the entire, suddenly added, romance at the end had that effect. It just didn't fit and rendered an otherwise good story a disappointment..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rough around the edges... October 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There seems to be a high number of misogynistic and sexist males featured in this book. Indeed finding a male character, who didn't try to rape, pillage or cop a feel isn't very easy.
The main character is subjected to an extraordinarily high amount of abuse and insults.
At times it felt as if this wasn't a finished product. The flow was not only inconsistent, it was also jumpy between chapter changes. On a more personal level I think it is totally unrealistic to assume Summer would go along with the demands of her stalker, especially after her personal experiences. However the end of the book redeemed that issue for me and although a little rushed it made complete
sense.
I also didn't feel as if the secrets of the main characters past had been delved into enough to give the reader a clear picture of what happened. That of course might be the subject of a second book.
All in all it wasn't a bad liitle story, it just seemed to shout tall and walk small.
I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun August 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A nice light read with a variety of characters and with an surprise twist at the end. Lots of action,and no grueling emotional wallowing. Perfect vacation book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller is a must read September 3, 2012
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This is a fabulous book you'll want to devour in one sitting. The book starts to the tune of Frank Sinatra with the murder of Harold Gundy, a top defender with a less than respectable reputation. Enter Summer Neuwirth, a gifted young defense attorney who doesn't get to cherrypick cases. First she finds herself defending the wrong man, next she's tasked with defending a stubborn client who doesn't trust her- in fact, she calls Summer "a Barbie doll bureaucrat trying her first murder case." The excitement rises with the body count- a string of murders hits frighteningly close to Summer's home, as a seemingly unbeatable villain pushes every button. But Summer is not as sunny as she seems. The darker side to her story- involving a troubling event from her past, her father's work, and her bright future- bring exciting twists and turns to a smartly written and thoroughly entertaining story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading March 1, 2013
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This book was well worth reading. The characters were strong and both the main plot and the subplot were well worth reading. Part of what was going on were easy to figure out and other parts were not. However, the ending is well worth waiting for. Hint big twist!! Enjoy, Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the read
Surprise ending, good plot,interesting characters, and trial lawyers. No love interest
Even though you think there will be the author
Wouldn't , let her be involved
Published 24 days ago by don't have one
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and terror
I really enjoyed this book, it was very hard to put down.unfortunately I did stay up late reading every nite.
Published 10 months ago by Janet1234
3.0 out of 5 stars twisting story-lines keep you guessing until the very last page
What is the only bad thing that can come about a public defender winning their first case? The knowledge that their client is guilty. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Krystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short read
Good short read, didn't expect twist at end. Did not see it coming. Truth be told was blind sided with end result.
Published 13 months ago by Jay Perez
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was hoping that this story was going to really be a good read, but I felt like it was kind of jumping all over the place and I had trouble staying interested. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mystery Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I enjoyed reading this book and would read more by this author. it was very addicting I would reccommed it
Published 15 months ago by nancy c mckinsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and Terror
This book was amazing. I haven't read many books on legal thrillers, but if this is an inclination of how they are, I plan on reading more. This story was very good. Well written. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Denise Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Had me sitting on the edge of my seat
While I didn't care for the names of the characters in the book, I didn't think they fit them, I did enjoy the book as a whole. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Blue-Eyed_Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
It was Very unexpected.... the end could had been better. Wish it could have had me wondering more. Two stars
Published 16 months ago by Janeida Valentin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist.
I read a lot of mysteries and this one was OK. The characters were interesting and developed well. The end was a twist and a never saw it coming.
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
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Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast Company, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, Slate, Playboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).

Penenberg has published several books that have been optioned for film and serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Wired UK, and the Financial Times, and won a Deadline Club Award for feature reporting for his Fast Company story "Revenge of the Nerds," which looked at the future of movie-making. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show as well as on CNN and all the major news networks, and has been quoted about media and technology in the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Wired News, Ad Age, Marketwatch, Politico, and many others.

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