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Diagnosis Murder #8: The Last Word Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007

4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 8 of 7 in the Diagnosis Murder Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Diagnosis Murder
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451221079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451221070
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.7 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2007
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Many of the murderers Dr. Mark Sloan has put away he has no desire to see again. Topping that list is Carter Sweeney, the man who terrorized Los Angeles with a series of bombings. Yet somehow Mark finds himself meeting with the criminal. Sweeney announces that he's up for an appeal, and he knows he'll get out this time. He's looking forward to meeting Mark for lunch as a free man. The idea repulses Mark, who decides to keep his prison meeting a secret.

Life is busy for Mark and his friends. An unfortunate accident leaves a woman the perfect candidate for organ transplants, and Dr. Jesse Travis oversees the operations. Steve is busy at work with a gun smuggler that he's caught. And the mayor's race is heating up. So why is it Mark can't get his visit with Carter Sweeney out of his mind?

With this book, Lee Goldberg brings his DIAGNOSIS: MURDER books to a close, at least for now. And he's written a fitting finale. It brings back one of his favorite villains from the series and uses him well. There's enough of a recap of the TV episodes that he appeared in, so if he doesn't sound familiar, don't fear. This book also discusses the endings of the previous books in the series, so if you are planning to read them, don't start here.

This book does start very slowly. About a quarter of the way into it, I was getting bored and wondering where it was going. Then things really took off and I was hooked for the rest of the book. And those events from the first quarter? Absolutely essential to what comes next. As always, the series characters are captured perfectly and the new characters are sharp.

Not only does this book close out the book series, but it also serves as a finale for the TV show. Yet it leaves the door open for further adventures.
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If it wasn't for Dick Van Dyke's photo on the cover, I'd have sworn I was reading bad fan fiction. 'The Last Word' lives up, or should I say down, to its name by completely destroying the lives and careers of the characters. I particularly hate the characters being subjected to the state-sponsored kidnapping also known as wrongful arrest and imprisonment; without the slightest hint of any form of redress at the end. For me this book caused tears and a nightmare. This series could have ended in style with *satisfactory* resolutions; including other, positive reasons for Mark and Steve to decide it was time to quit medicine and solving murders, respectively. And by the way, destroying the characters means that the baddies win after all. What kind of a message is that to send?
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I really enjoyed this book. Lee Goldberg has an intimate knowledge of the characters that shines through his writing. This book brought a nice sense of closure, and would have made a great last episode.
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As Goldberg has stated, The Last Word is his last Diagnosis Murder novel. At least for a while.

As the end of a trilogy, the events in The Dead Letter and The Double Life have culminated to a final showdown between Dr. Mark Sloan and a serial killer that he previously sent to prison. Through a meticulous conspiracy, Dr. Jesse Travis and his wife Susan are framed for infecting patients with the West Nile virus. Even Dr. Amanda Bentley and Mark's son, Detective Steve Sloan, find themselves framed for crimes they didn't commit. And Mark finds himself completely alone and feeling more helpless than he has ever been in his life. If he's to outwit the devious killer, Mark must change his way of thinking.

This last book in the series is much different from the rest. It's more than a simple whodunit. Mark knows who's behind the conspiracy and why. But he must discover who else is involved and gather enough evidence to free his son and friends. Mark's character goes through a lot of changes, especially in his desperation.

Goldberg offers a closing chapter for fans in this exciting story that culminates in a surprising finish.
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I was very disappointed by this book. I was frustrated, enraged, and finally let down by how the writer chose to end his final book. The characters we know and love are battered, beaten and finally defeated. Our heroes are victims and don't come out winners in the end. How great is that???? Anyone who is a fan of the series, both TV and book should stay away from this read. It will only make you wish that the book had never been written. As another reader said, if he wanted to end it all, at least have the characters have a winning end-a good reason for leaving their careers and lives we have grown to love. At least with the TV series, they made Steve go off and get engaged....
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great book great price great service best book in this series so far
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This book was so negative I could hardly read it. All the Dx Mur. books have been so wonderful, partly due to the positive interaction of all characters with SOME negative interaction that always worked out ok. They were fun and pleasurable quick reads that left me wanting more! However, this book was just dark and depressing. I must say I might have felt differently if I had gone into the reading knowing it was planned as the last book of this series so then, might have expected it to be more climactic in some sense. I wouldn't have expected this wonderful group's exit to be so pitiful however. Yech. Sorry I read it, should have left off at the one before it.
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