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Assault with a Deadly Lie: A Nick Hoffman Novel of Suspense Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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The story moves quickly, and true to the genre, the reader is left guessing whodunnit. Raphael goes further, however, by tantalizing the reader throughout with the "why" of the crime. The reader is finally satisfied when these missing elements are revealed. Raphael is a master at skillfully telling a tale, revealing just enough on each page to keep the mystery going. In the end, the revelations are satisfying and believable.
His characters are very real. Even if this were the first novel in the series a reader might pick up, Nick Hoffman comes across as a fully drawn, personable character. None of Raphael's characters are uninteresting. They are not merely cardboard cutouts to service the plot. They, some having names reminiscent of Dickens' character names, have depth and are equally memorable. For veteran readers of the Nick Hoffman series, there is pleasure in being reacquainted with characters from previous novels, and their transformations, for better or worse, complement each other and make for a very satisfying reading experience.
Lev Raphael does not disappoint in narrating an intricate story. Told in the voice of the main character, Nick, the plot constantly moves, as do all of the Nick Hoffman novels. Likewise, this novel is peppered with Nick's interior monologues. They are not intrusive, but rather fill out Nick's character, revealing much about him and the world in which he lives. Nick is not a two-dimensional main character of a mystery novel. He is a real person who must contend with frightening events, and we find out a lot about him as he grapples with those dangers.
"Assault with a Deadly Lie" is wonderful on its own, but if the earlier novels are not already part of your library, you'll want to run out to buy and read them as well.
If you read this book and find it hard to believe then you are fortunate at the very least. If you can relate to this story, as I can first hand, then you will recognize the increasing importance of the lessons within.
I recommend you have a look.