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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432746146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432746148
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,373,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Brock became a well known attorney.
M. Lignor
She did a good job of moving the story along in a logical way and yet leaving the reader wondering just what really was going on.
Lea Ann Morris
And some were understandable, not the happiest of bunch is all I can say.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
Darlene Cox, Web of Deceit (Outskirts Press, 2009)

If you took an English class in junior high or high school, or if you've read my reviews for more than a couple of months, you will have heard some shrieking harridan you can't stand giving you a particular piece of advice about your writing. It is the golden rule of composition, and (unless you're writing godawful, unreadable textbooks) it is the one rule that applies to every written discipline: show, don't tell. Like most rules, it's okay to break once in a while, but like all rules, before breaking it, you should both understand why the rule exists and why you're breaking it. I can't help you with the latter. If you're having problems with the former, I direct you to Web of Deceit, the second volume from Darlene Cox.

Peter Brock is a successful lawyer in New York, but that's not enough for him. Over time, he has sucked everyone around him into the Plan, a plot that involves siphoning off money he's supposed to be laundering and storing in offshore accounts for one of New York's wealthiest diamond merchants. With a few exceptions, no person involved in the Plan knows that any other is involved. Or so Peter thinks. As is usually the case when a plot becomes overly complex, threads start to unravel, and people wind up dead. Peter keeps assuring his partners that everything is under control, but how true is that, really?

About a quarter of the book is presented in flashback. This is not a bad thing in and of itself; flashback can be very useful at times. When it's a crutch that enables an author to indulge in weak writing, however, it's a liability, and that is definitely the case here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
As you read Web of Deceit, you will know the title is perfect for this story. Darlene Cox has spun a web that any master spider would be happy to claim. Pietr Broknovich came to the United States early in life and changed his name to Peter Brock, the name he used as he worked his way through life conniving even those he seemed to love, and who certainly trusted him. His fellow workers knew Peter as a college graduate with all the necessary law degrees. Peter became one of the senior associates of Morrison and Brock, Attorney's at Law. Jack Morrison accepted him as a man that knew his profession and how to manage money in the most successful ways. Bernie was Peter's way through the office, telling him all that was news as well as the many things he needed to know from day-to-day. He couldn't exist without Bernie, or so she thought. And, in some ways he couldn't.

Peter had met Jim Campbell years earlier in Belgium and Campbell eventually had Peter handle his finances. As far as Jim was concerned, Peter was creating a good fortune for his future, or so he thought. Peter was quite the ladies man making each of his lady friends think they were his own gal. Pauli Catarra fell for Peter head over heels as did Jim Campbell's wife, Delilah Campbell, each feeling they had Peters heart. Peter had his way with both of them but had to be careful. When some deaths strangely occurred unexpectedly, the police started investigating. All became suspects but Peter was such a good partner of Jack's that he seemed above suspicion.

All the time, Peter manipulated his clients' funds to different accounts mostly abroad so he had plenty of money for his future. Some strange things occurred within the law offices as well as outside, some involving clients and some involving the clerks.
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This had a pretty good story. It took a few chapters to really get into the story, but once it took off it really went. It was a pretty faced paced story (excluding a few parts) that really did keep you guessing.

The character development was ok. I didn't really connect with any one character, but they were all believable characters. While the flashbacks do help to connect who each character is and how they are part of the story, they do seem to detract a bit from the overall story line. Some of the flashbacks were a bit long and gave a little more information than I felt was necessary.

The mystery of whodunit really was done quite well. I never expected the ending, not even a clue... Which made me have to rethink everything I was figuring. When I read the paragraph that made me realize who was responsible I had to read a few times to make sure I was reading it right. I like those endings that really throw you off. And it wasn't a crazy ending, it was just unexpected.

It was a pretty good story, but there were a few distractions. I'd say it was enjoyable to read and given the chance I'd read another of Cox's books.
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Peter Brock was the founding senior partner in a New York law firm who sought to fulfill his life goal. He met a wealthy New York diamond merchant who wanted to protect his fortune from the IRS. Peter saw his opportunity and his Plan was born. Instead of protecting Jim Campbell's diamonds, Brock diverted the bulk of the money to his own accounts with the realization that Campbell couldn't complain about his ruse without getting himself in trouble.

For his plan to succeed, Brock recruited Delilah to marry Campbell and find out what she could about his diamond busy through pillow-talk. Brock also recruited Jenny, a stewardess with a major airline. She frequently flew international flights smuggling loose diamonds into Europe.

Brocks plan begins to unravel when the gals get greedy and his partner at the law firm demands to become a part of the Plan. When two bodies surface, his partner bails leaving Brock tangled in his own web.

Darlene Cox has created a page-turner that starts strong and never slows down. She makes good use of flashbacks that provide background information and greater understanding of each character and his or her motivation.

Web of Deceit is easy to read in terms of plot and storyline. It truly is difficult to set the book down. The numerous twists and turns, especially as the book comes to its stunning conclusion, are a joy to experience. The ending is well worth the journey.

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