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Malice (A Bentz/Montoya Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Malice is the sixth book in Lisa Jackson's New Orleans series. I'm usually a stickler for reading a series in order, but I won a copy of the book and had a time limit to read it and answer some questions. Even though I had not read any of the first five books, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. There was just enough back story for each character for me to feel like I knew them, but not so much that it interfered with the flow of the story. The characters were very well developed. The story was fantastic, fast paced, and filled with suspense. I thought I knew who the culprit was, but I ended up surprised. I always love it when I'm surprised by a suspense/thriller novel because so many of them follow the same pattern and you end up feeling like you've read it a hundred times before. I didn't feel that way with Malice. I've already picked up the first book in the series and hope to get started on it soon.
While the premise of the book is intriguing, Jackson kills any excitement the plot could generate. Jackson's characters are thinly drawn and two-dimensional. She fails to address her characters' psychological conflicts at a deep level, and chooses instead to focus on silly plot twists and exhausting detail about her characters' physical surroundings.
Jackson may want to take a note from Twain and write a book in which the "weather" is presented in an appendix, in order to focus on the critical elements of her story.
I wanted to like this author's work. Unfortunately, I don't know if I have the heart to read another one of Jackson's books regardless of her "New York Times' Bestselling Author" status.
"Malice" is filled with conspirators and mystic happenings. The bands of conspirators include powerful descendents of Celtic smugglers; the Russian Mafia; a band of liberty-loving Constitutionalists; Mole People; Chechen and Islamic terrorists; Basque separatists; a secret federal spy unit; amateur forensic experts; White Supremacists; and a corrupt collegiate athletic association. Where's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
Lucy's dreams and visions while under the influence of peyote drive the plot. A prophecy-quoting homeless guy appears on cue. Totemic owls lead to the victim.
There is enough mayhem and derring-do to stock an Austin Powers film. Attempted garroting, roof-stop struggles, a hijacked ferry-boat, ambushes, Mole People battling terrorists, speedboat interceptions, bombings and fiery death.
Yet despite the thrills, the entire clanking machinery rests on one wafer-thin premise - a minority senator's call for Congressional hearings causes a powerful secret society to fear it will be revealed.
That possibility spurs the conspirators to plan an assassination before millions of witnesses at the climax of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
It made me laugh out loud. Since when does a minority congressman's call for investigation get taken that seriously?
Talk about low stakes - it's like the false rape in "Fury" where the crook suborns perjury and allows herself to be sexually battered, all to get a Master's degree in English.
The foiling of the plot is equally thin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a very good book. Kept you trying to figure it out the whole time.Published 2 days ago by Kari Bradford
Malice is a mind boggling, suspenseful thriller that'll keep the reader guessing with all of its plot twists! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
As usual lisa jackson has managed to keep the reader interested from page one.Published 1 month ago by Rosemarie Canton