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Writing for the first time from a male perspective, Scottoline tackles a number of heavy issues in this story of a soldier returning from Afghanistan who is forced to deal with even more dire crises on the home front. Mike Scanlon finds his skills as a podiatric surgeon in increasing demand in Afghanistan as a result of the proliferation of IEDs and feels grateful to be able to help so many wounded soldiers. Then he learns his wife has died as the result of a freak household accident, leaving their newborn baby girl without a mother. Overwhelmed, he agrees to let his sister-in-law and her husband take over parenting duties, and re-ups for another tour. But a devastating injury sends him home once again, where he learns a shocking secret about his wife, one that presents the possibility that her death was not an accident. Although this novel feels, at times, overstuffed with issues and superficial in its treatment of PTSD, it will no doubt find a ready audience among Scottoline’s enormous fan base. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Scottoline’s hugely popular Rosato & Associates series as well as the success of her recent stand-alone titles guarantee an audience for this one. --Joanne Wilkinson

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“Lisa Scottoline is one of the very best writers at work today. Don't Go proves it once again. This is a story that is heavily muscled, emotional, and relevant. They don't come any better.” ―Michael Connelly

“This stand-alone from Scottoline effectively tugs at the emotions.” ―Publisher's Weekly

“In her first book featuring a male protagonist, Scottoline spins a compelling drama that reads like the literary lovechild of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Readers will fall in love with this war vet father who fights seemingly insurmountable odds, and his powerfully addictive story will haunt them long after the final page.” ―Library Journal on Don't Go

“Scottoline offers readers a nuanced, multi-dimensional portrait of a young man in crisis, couched in a page-turner of a story that will appeal to her many fans.” ―Book Reporter on Don't Go

“This story grabbed me from the very first chapter…This is a story about family, loss, love, dedication, conviction, addiction, betrayal, redemption and so much more. It's a bit of a: thriller, mystery, legal drama, war story and romance. It's real and human. The characters are so complete and full. These are people that I know, that you know. People that live in our neighborhood.” ―Crochet Nirvana on Don't Go

“This is a powerful story about how soldiers are changed forever and the difficulties of returning to civilian life. There is also the mystery surrounding Mike's wife's death, which is well-written, and the courtroom battle for the custody of Emily, which is heart-wrenching. Scottoline really delivers with this book.” ―Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Don't Go

Don't Go marks the biggest step forward yet by this great storyteller -- a novel about war, and the toll it takes on decent men.” ―CT News

“A compelling and suspenseful thriller. It will keep you guessing right up to the unexpected end…I just couldn't put it down!” ―Portland Book Review on Don't Go

“A deeply emotional book that explores complex family dynamics. The story powerfully conveys what it really means to be a hero.” ―Deseret News on Don't Go

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250010071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250010070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (890 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Burian-Mohr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2013
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Lisa Scottoline's most recent book -"Don't Go" - takes a trip into previously uncharted Scottoline territory. It's the story of Dr. Mike Scanlon, a foot surgeon who leaves his loving wife, thriving medical practice, and infant daughter to serve in Afghanistan. While he is there, his wife dies in a household accident and, when he looks over the post mortem results, he discovers that she was pregnant with another man's child. His sister and brother in law take in baby Emily, raising her as their own while Dr. Mike's life goes from bad to worse to even worse. The book tells of his struggles to survive, serve, deal with his return, and find his way in the world.

This has many of the earmarks of classic Scottoline. There's a legal battle and some courtroom drama. There's someone wronged going after the bad guy on their own. There's the recurring "I found a piece of evidence and I have to show this to the police right away" scene. But it doesn't have the story-telling glue that usually holds it all together.

It's really two books, and neither is in the mystery/crime genre where it is classified.

The first book is Dr. Mike's war story, with gripping detail and insights about an Afghanistan deployment - the daily threats, the feel of the countryside, the lurking dangers. It gives a compelling description of the medical team and how it works. You understand the pressures these soldiers withstand and deal with. You come to understand their fierce dedication and devotion to each other. You will come away with an even greater respect for soldiers and what they endure and surmount.

The other story is not a mystery, either. It's sort a sad love story, of Dr. Mike pining for his wife Chloe, who died in a bizarre kitchen accident.
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I am a huge fan of Lisa's and think I read almost all of her books, but I must say this is the most fantastic, exciting and surprising of all her books.

Dr. Mike Scanlon, a podiatrist, is called too active duty in Afghanistan leaving behind is wife Chloe and his newborn baby Emily. While Mike is in the operating room someone is waiting for him, he is told his wife has died and he can go on leave for a very limited time.

Upon Mike arrival, he finds some shocking surprises in his home and realizes that the cause of Chloe's death might not be what it looks like. As a doctor and
surgeon, Mike, medical background might help discover the cause of death.

While making plans for the funeral he is shocked to find his medical practice is in jeopardy and might not be they're when he gets back. As if he has not gotten enough shocking news the most upsetting and heartbreaking is that Emily his baby daughter has no idea who he is, and whenever he approaches her or picks her up she does nothing but cry.

After returning to Afghanistan Mike gets a copy of Chloe's autopsy and learns even more surprises. When he finally does return home he is a changed man and realizes that the physical problems he encountered in Afghanistan make him almost a stranger to those who no and love him.

He has to try and save himself, before he can help others but more upsetting things happen and cause Mike even more serious problems. If he does not change he will lose the things that matter most to him, but first he has to realize what they are.

You will cheer for Mike, a dedicated hero but then you will cry for all the terrible things that seem to happen to him and wonder if he will ever be able to pick himself up and make things right again.

Just make sure you have time to read as once you start this book you won't be able to put it down, I finished it in less then twenty four hours and hated when it ended.
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I love Lisa Scottoline, but I must draw a veil of shame over this novel. It begins in a gory and horrifying manner and proceeds through one depressing drama after another. It was reminiscent to me of a novel that I read to the end because I kept on hoping that something good would finally happen to Hannah. Nothing ever did.

As the protagonist goes through the death of his wife, war, killing of his friends in a bombing, amputation of his arm (he is a surgeon), drug dependence, complete betrayal by his only family, arrest, loss of his career and medical practice, I kept waiting for some small bit of humor, some irony, some complex character development. This was met with utter disappointment. In the end the author struggles to find a happy ending and reconciliation that is not believable or even justifiable. Human beings do not behave this way. They don't feel this way. This story is so depressing and I ended it feeling ashamed that I kept on reading it to the end.
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I like Lisa Scottoline's lawyer mysteries. Not great writing, but decent plotting, snappy dialogue, funny, set in Philadelphia where I grew up, and so on. Recently she's been getting away from that and writing soap-opera type novels like this. I think it's a serious mistake. Her skill at plotting mysteries goes unused - there is a mystery here, which starts about halfway through the book, but it feels tacked on, as other reviewers have observed.

The book's strength depends on its characters, and characterization has just never been Scottoline's strength. None of the characters is the book are sympathetic. The main character, Mike, makes mistake after mistake, all of which you can see coming a mile away. [SPOILERS] Yes, Mike, it was a mistake to stay in Afghanistan an extra year and leave your motherless daughter in the care of in-laws. Yes, Mike, it was a mistake to assault the guy you think may have been your wife's lover. Yes, Mike, it was a mistake to ignore your lawyer's advice. It's impossible to sympathize with a dunderhead, however nice a guy he seems. None of the other characters are much better, but the protagonist is so unsympathetic that the people you're clearly not supposed to like become likable. Heck, it's even set in some rich Philly suburb, so you lose the thrill of experiencing Philadelphia, warts and all.

Long and short of it is, if you're trying this because you like the Benny Rosato series, don't. You will be disappointed.
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