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Murder: Take Three Paperback – March 24, 2013
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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Receiving a big paycheck for proving movie action hero Micah Deifenschlictor did not kill his agent, Blake and Maureen feel good about their investigation until things start looking funny about the case, and another man is arrested after clues lead to him. Now, they’re wondering if maybe the clues were planted, and they were supposed to find Micah innocent when in truth he was the killer.
Micah had served a tour in the Marines, and with a body-builder’s muscles was perfect for action parts, even if he couldn’t act. When he left the marines, he brought many of his old military buddies back with him, setting them up in his movies. But is Micah really in charge? Drugs are liquefying his brain, and he doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to plan a murder. Blake and Maureen start looking at his movie studio, where ex-marines are patrolling the grounds armed to the teeth. And when Pinnacle Studios notices their interest, Blake’s home is burned down and the suspected body of his wife is found in the ashes, sending Blake temporarily over the edge. Maureen remains on the case, however, and discovers that Blake’s wife may be alive, and the body was someone else.
Wow! This series just keeps getting better. The characters continue to grow, though the mood becomes a bit darker as Blake and Maureen are pulled deeper into the cases they investigate. There is little mystery to the stories, as the reader understands the set up from the beginning, but we get to see the main characters work out their investigation, discovering clues that will lead them to the guilty party, and this brings the reader closer to the characters involved. And it is the characters that make the series. The sleazy Hollywood setting is another plus. Highly recommended for mystery buffs who love a good yarn.
It really does behoove one to read books One and Two first, as the personal relationships are of equal value to the mystery being solved. Having the backstory on all the characters makes this so rich!
I wish book Four existed already, but it seems I'm going to have to WAIT. I don't like to be kept waiting!! ;). But "I'll be back" because these books really tickle my fancy. :)
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