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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 23, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007O34DXG
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The book tells the story of Sheryl Harrison, in prison for the brutal murder of her husband Charlie six years previously. She has a daughter with a terminal heart condition and wants to donate her heart to her daughter. Enter Jaime Wagner - a young, Harvard educated attorney toiling as an associate at a big corporate firm. The firm has been assigned the Harrison case pro bono and it is eventually assigned to Wagner.
John Novack is the detective who answered the call to the Harrison home the day of the murder. He has always questioned her guilt. Wagner asks for his help and his decision to reopen the case obviously doesn't sit well with someone.
Wagner's attempt to honor Sheryl's wish to donate her heart to her daughter plays out against a national terrorist plot. John Novack's attempt to solve the Harrison murder runs headlong into the terrorist plot.
Rosenfelt weaves the story expertly. You are torn between rooting for Harrison's right to save her daughter and the character you have come to like and admire. Novack is a gruff cop and Wagner is smart and vulnerable. As always, Rosenfelt's storytelling is superb.
Jamie Wagner has always been top of his class everywhere that he's gone, and that includes Harvard Law School. But he's achieved that status by dint of sheer brains rather than sweat and ambition. Jamie Wagner today is an unmotivated 29-year-old, an anonymous sixth-year associate languishing in a prestigious corporate law firm in Jersey. He realizes his prospects are dim. The general workroom concensus is that if you haven't yet become partner after a certain number of years with the firm, then you're encouraged to not let the door hit you on the arse on your way out. Jamie knows he'll have to look for another job soon enough.
One day he's assigned a pro-bono case or, as he'd refer to it in hindsight, the case of a lifetime. Convicted murderess Sheryl Harrison has already served four years of her thirty year sentence, having admitted to slitting her abusive husband's throat. Sheryl has a 14-year-old daughter, Karen, who is failing rapidly from a congenital heart defect. Sheryl is one of the very few who is a match for Karen's rare blood type. Sheryl has been a model prisoner, but now she's desperate to buck the system. She's looking to die so as to provide a heart for her declining daughter. And she requires an attorney to grease the wheels of the legal system, seeing as how the state of New Jersey actively frowns on the death penalty and assisted suicide. Jamie reluctantly takes her on as a client, dreading what's sure to be a hopeless battle. It gradually dawns on him that the only real chance to help Sheryl and Karen lies in reopening the murder case and disproving his client's assertion of guilt.
I'm an avid reader of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter courtroom thrillers, and HEART OF A KILLER checks all those same boxes for me. Jamie and Andy are similar sorts; both are self-deprecating dry wits who aren't exactly caught up in their lawyery lives. The only thing missing is a lovable dog. HEART OF A KILLER presents a farfetched plot. There are, in fact, two parallel story arcs that are almost too big and too much for one novel, with one arc impacting on a national scale. Thankfully, David Rosenfelt is a consummate storyteller, and he again demonstrates his deftness with developing story and pace and character. You end up buying into a narrative that, in other hands, may prove excessive and preposterous. Rosenfelt never fails to work in his trademark wry humor but, here, he balances that with an engrossing whodunit element. You think you've sussed out who the big bad is? Well, suss again. Or re-suss. I'd be surprised if you don't get emotionally invested in the core characters. Jamie Wagner is a really fun and engaging lead and, as mentioned, I hope to read more of him. And, as always, Rosenfelt makes the lawyer patter accessible. Nowadays, I don't even grouse too much when I get that jury duty summons.
A few minor editing errors but I have grown used to them in this age of editorial employment cutbacks. I have quit grousing when "none" is used as a plural noun and when "try and ..." is used instead of "try to..."
So buy the book, kick back and enjoy.
One of those books that you “can’t put down” and doesn’t disappoint.
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the story line and ending. A sequel should be a consideration for the true romantic reader.
It seems as though the ending was made up on-the spot as the last chapter was being written.Read more