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Identity Crisis Paperback – June, 2004
"IDENTITY CRISIS grips you from the first page. Sam is a likeable heroine--smart, feisty and determined." -- Roundtable Reviews, September 2005.
"This is a story with plenty of action, a well-drawn plot and a set of interesting characters. . . . a fun read." -- New Mystery Reader, September 2005.
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I have found that with first-time Indie authors who try their hand at crime/mystery novels, a lot of them have plot holes you could drive a semi through. That is not so with this one.
The reader follows Sam, the main character, through the investigation of a case that involves murder and identity theft. Every time Sam has an "Aha!" moment, the reader can "Aha!" right along with her. The plot is finely tuned to keep the reader enthralled throughout.
There were no editing errors that I can remember. This was definitely of publishable quality.
The Bad Stuff:
The characters, even Sam, fell a little flat. Not horribly so, as you will care about them while reading the book, but they are easily forgettable afterward.
This is a wonderful first book, and the author should be truly proud of her accomplishment. I will definitely be looking forward to future work from this author.
Length: Full Novel: 3,748 locations on the Kindle
Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual situations.
Of course plot and pacing are important in any mystery, but I'm a reader who loves a good character above all else, and that's what topped it for me with Identity Crisis. Sam MacRae is smart, gritty and independent with a wry sense of humor, even about herself. But she doesn't necessarily have it all together - she has her issues like we all do. She's human. And she's very likeable.
I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!
Sam McRae is a defense attorney that usual handles things like DUI's. She has one client that she is representing in a domestic violence case that comes up missing. A friend of the client's ask Sam to help find her. But the friend isn't the only one looking for her client! It appears that the police and maybe even the mob are looking for her!! She is also dealing with the fact that somebody has stolen Sam's personal information and has tried to open a large credit card amount with her identification! Does this have anything to do with her missing client? Why are the cops looking for her client in an investigation of the murder?
So we have, a missing client, a murder investigation, identity theft, running and hiding from the mob..and lots of action in between! If you like legal thrillers, I think you will will like this! I hope Debbi Mack comes out with another Sam McRae Mystery soon!
My confusion arose from the title of the book, which did not mesh with the action, which involved murders, accusal of the lawyer’s client, injuries to the lawyer by the Mob, and character name change, but where was the identity crisis? A Post Office box she didn’t open in the lawyer’s name with somebody else’s mail in it? A piece of paper with her social security number on it that mysteriously disappeared? No follow up on either item.
If either of these clues were supposed to indicate attempted identity theft, no further actions supported this. The term “identity theft” normally applies to a very serious illegal crime, but in this case “Identity Crisis” appears to be used more as an attention getter for the book than an actual case. You might enjoy this book as a murder mystery but don’t be led astray by the title.
I received a Kindle copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
-W.D. Gagliani, author of Savage Nights