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Killer Career Paperback – August 15, 2009
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Robert W. Walker, author of Dead On, City of the Absent, says, "Killer Career hits all the right keys and notes! Author Mandel has hit her stride! A great read!"
Austin S. Camacho, author of Russian Roulette, says, "The roller coaster of joy and horror, love and terror made me dizzy until the final surprise."
From the Author
Subconsciously I believe this book was inspired by my frustration at remaining at the same job of administrative assistant in a law firm for almost 40 years, which zapped my energy and time from my true love, writing.
Hence, in the fictional world I created a lawyer with the desire and means to give up her day job in favor of writing. I didn't want to make it too easy for her, so I added some dead bodies and other obstacles for her to conquer, such as her bugaboo, claustrophobia.
The setting is Chicago, where I spent many a year at my day job before the economy delivered me from my duties there in early, 2011.
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Julie McGuire is a hot Chicago attorney in a small partnership with Dade Donovan. Their talents and hard work have built a successful law firm. But Julie harbors a secret life-long dream--to be a writer, a published author. One day at a local mystery convention she meets a lusty, talented and tormented author named Tyler Jensen. He's also more than passingly handsome in a sensual sort of way. Jensen offers Julie his help in the form of workshops and other ways to break in running on the fast track of publishing. How can she resist?
Tyler's sponsorship is not without its price. Will Julie pay the price? Will she give up hard-won professional recognition to chase her other dream? Is Tyler Jensen everything he says he is--and maybe more?
And what about Julie's partner, Dade? Can she, will she abandon this life-long partner? Questions arise almost as fast and in all manner of complexity paralleling the personal feelings that swirl around, rising and falling with the fortunes of the principals in this tense novel of romantic suspense. Mysteriously,
The novel is not without its problems. Mandel is adept at steadily increasing the level of tension, but sometimes takes too much time to make her points. There are situations in which the pace should be raised with fewer words. Overall, tighter writing would benefit the reader. Conversely, there are places where I wished for fuller descriptions of place and circumstance. The emotions of the characters are all there, laid bare. A little more context might have enriched the experience.
In the end these problems are overcome by the story and the interest the author ultimately develops in readers for the central characters.
He seems just as enthralled with her and begins to pursue her in a variety of ways. As she looks to gracefully end her career in the law and her partnership with Dade, it becomes clear that Dade isn't totally supportive of her future plans. Getting strange vibes from both men, Julie isn't sure what is going on or who is behind a series of increasingly strange and dangerous events.
Despite an interesting if a bit clichéd premise (the famous mystery writer loses himself during the writing process in dreams of murder that may or not be real) the novel doesn't reach its full potential. This is primarily because the pacing off the novel is consistently off. Scenes that should move faster drag on far longer than they should. Opportunities to slow down events to further develop characters are frequently rushed. That fact, along with heavy foreshadowing with certain plot points hit so often seasoned mystery readers laugh out loud, do not invoke the rising tension the author is trying desperately to create.
Unlike many who choose to self publish, author Morgan Mandell did obtain editing services and credits those individuals in her dedication. It is telling that the editing situation also led to some of the back of the cover blurbs and the occasional review from the same individuals. With such a small core group involved, it isn't surprising that some issues were not dealt with as effectively as they could have been with more outside objective input. While the novel is classified as "romantic suspense" the suspense angle is very much lacking for seasoned mystery readers. The romance is the classic triangle where both the possible bad boy and the obvious good guy both seek the attentions of the fair damsel who may be in distress from outside forces or forces from within the triangle relationship.
At the same time, at the core, there is a very good tale here. Plenty of action, intrigue and mystery, romantic elements and a heroine that readers can identify with and care about. Through the execution of the story is flawed at times for seasoned mystery readers, there are enough good things about the novel to make the overall read worth it.
Material provided by the author in exchange for my objective review.
Kevin R. Tipple (copyright) 2009