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The Fifth Angel Paperback – May 20, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Like Green's previous thriller, The Fourth Perimeter, this book opens with an engaging premise that becomes less credible as the novel unfolds. Jack Ruskin, a senior partner in a prominent New York law firm, is beside himself with rage; his 15-year-old daughter is semicatatonic after being raped by a repeat sex offender, and the criminal has gotten off with a minimal sentence. Jack decides to take the law into his own hands. He hunts down and kills a randomly selected sex offender in upstate New York. Driven by bloodlust, Jack then embarks on a series of similar vigilante executions as he travels around the country on business for the firm. He falls in love with Beth, an empathetic young counselor at his daughter's hospital, but there's a close call when Beth nearly catches him surfing the Web for likely victims. He offs another criminal while the he and Beth are on an idyllic getaway in the Adirondacks. As the bodies pile up, FBI agent Amanda Lee is assigned to track down Jack. Amanda has her own interest in the case-her partner was recently killed by a child abuser resisting arrest. The briskly paced thriller culminates in a revealing showdown when Amanda traps Jack on Long Island. The action is engaging, but between the lurid goings-on and the lurid prose ("His little girl was a shell with scars on her body and holes punched in her veins to feed her drugs"), the story verges on bad pulp. Fans of Green's earlier novels will be satisfied with this one, but some may wish he had brought a bit more craft and restraint to his compelling premise.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is an avenging angel: when an ex-con with a history of sexual offenses attacks his daughter, temperate lawyer Jack Ruskin gets mad enough to take the law into his own hands.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446696579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Though the proof is overwhelming that repeat sex offender Eugene Tupp raped the fifteen year old teen, the New York Judge rules key evidence was illegally obtained by the police and not admissible. Apparently, the search warrant was for Tupp's house and not his garage. Former prosecutor and highly regarded attorney Jack Ruskin is irate that while his daughter lies semi-comatose this animal will receive a slight slap of the wrist instead of locking him away forever.
Jack needs vengeance and he finds it by killing an Upstate sex offender. Tasting blood and not feeling fully satiated, Jack is obsesses with wanting to exterminate the vermin. He uses the net to find his prey, but soon the FBI realizes that a serial killer is murdering sex offenders. Special Agent Amanda Lee begins searching for a culprit, who she sympathizes with as she has a child and her partner was recently killed by a child abuser.
Though the premise has been used before (Bronson), THE FIFTH ANGEL starts off as if the reader will receive an action packed yet philosophical look at defining justice. However, once Jack turns into a typical serial killer, the story line intensifies the action at the expense of moving the audience into the gray definitions of justice. Tim Green provides a strong thriller that many fans will say could have been brilliant.
Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
Revenge, according to the Chinese proverb, is a lunch best eaten cold. It can take many forms. A well-known attorney in San Francisco, after the particularly acrimonious dissolution of his law partnership, trained his dog to leave a daily deposit each morning on the steps of his former partner's office. The other end of the spectrum is documented in Max Alan Collins's THE ROAD TO PERDITION. Tim Green's latest novel, THE FIFTH ANGEL, definitely runs toward the Perdition end of the spectrum.
The title refers to the fifth angel of the apocalypse, the angel who will bring the vial of pain and death to the throne of Satan and who will pour the contents on Satan's tongue. Jack Ruskin is the fifth angel and his self-appointed mission is to bring an end to child molesters who have gotten less than their just deserts. Ruskin, a respected partner of a prestigious law firm, is a somewhat unlikely candidate for the position. He is, however, uniquely if unfortunately qualified: his daughter is slowly recovering from an abduction and abuse by a molester, whose sentence amounts to a relative wrist slap. Ruskin snaps and begins to plan his revenge. He is a former prosecutor and, as a result of his background, knows exactly what forensics is capable --- and incapable --- of doing in detecting and proving guilt or innocence.
Ruskin embarks on a program to do the job that the courts could not do and rid the world of criminals like the one who so irrevocably damaged his daughter. He carefully researches each of his victims and brutally dispatches them, seemingly leaving no clues. Part of the brilliance of Ruskin's plan is that he has absolutely no connection to his victim; he simply identifies them through public records and enacts his plan in different parts of the country.
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Format: Hardcover
A mans life has fallen apart. His wife has left him, his daughter is in a mental hospital- unable to speak or function anywhere close to a normal level. Life is passing him by, and he is still confronted with daily reminders of the tragedy that took everything from him. He feels responsible. The legal system doesnt work, so he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Tim Green has crafted a novel that will make the reader ask some serious questions. What would you do if your child were abducted, molested and then left catatonic in a mental hospital? What would you do if you knew that the man responsible was getting out of prison early? What would you do if you has the means and the knowledge to stop some of the twisted preadators that stalk the streets looking for children to torture and destroy?
Jack Ruskin, the main charachter in this new novel, has decided upon a course of action in order to atone for his failings (he feels) as a father and his inability to prevent the abduction and molestation if his own daughter. He is a high priced attorney who deals with criminals everyday. He knows the mistakes that they make when a crime is committed. He knows how the police conduct an investigation, what they look for, how they find it and who is called in.
Is it murder? Is he an avenging angel of death come to deal out destruction to those that would prey upon the innocent? Is he a saint? or a sinner? Sane, or is he just as unstable and guilty as those that he punishes? Thats for the readed to decide.
Either way, this book will make to look into the helplessness of a father and the galvanizing power of guilt. Vengance is a funny concept, really. At what point does murder become justified?
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thank GOD that I checked this out at the local library, rather than bought it...
The characters are cardboard cutouts, the suspense was nonexistent, there is NO moral dilemma, the main character seems to exist in a relationship vacuum (no parents, no siblings, no significant relationships other than the unseen ex-wife and new - albeit generic - girlfriend?). The "hook" - that he decides to kill molesters - is interesting, but the plot execution (sorry) is patently absurd. These predatory people are cunning survivors, not just the hulking stereotypical monsters portrayed here. The relative ease with which he - a lawyer apparently untrained in firearms - dispatches these scum is painfully comical.
In short, reading this book was a waste of time.
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