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Patchwork Man: What would you do if your past could kill you? (Patchwork People series Book 1) by [Martin, D.B.]
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Patchwork Man is as compelling as last year's psychologically taut, legal procedural "Apple Tree Yard" by Louise Doughty, and is as unrelentingly concerned with social justice for the poor as Elizabeth George's stunning "What Came Before He Shot Her" (Inspector Lynley Book 14, 2006). Like those authors, D.B. Martin is not afraid to bring her readers to unpleasant realities, distasteful characters, and to moral questions that have no simple or, perhaps, any permanent solutions... [A] thought-provoking and sometimes gut-wrenching series. 

Karen Dahood - Bookpleasures

Whew! Nothing prepares you to face a book of your life based upon all the horrors, lies, and secrets that were kept in order for you to one day walk away and go to college... Highly recommended!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: IM Books; 1 edition (July 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M37OUPY
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I found this to be a well-written (and blessedly almost typo-free) mystery. As one of my simple pleasures, I enjoyed seeing properly spelled foreign phrases for a change, e.g., trompe l'oeil and fait accompli

The storyline has been well covered by the other reviewers. Unbeknownst to me, however, this was Book One of a trilogy which was never made clear in the book's description (although just now I noted in small print "Series:Patchwork (Book 1)" on the Amazon page, so it is my oops. At the end of the book, the reader confronts a pseudo-dénouement which left several dangling situations...not my favorite scenario, and it lost the book a rating star for that reason.

I considered this to be a pretty intense story involving so many convoluted connections that I developed metaphorical whiplash regarding what one character called "twisty-twisty" relationships resulting in Lawrence getting caught up in a plan with few ways out.

The author described an interesting situational set-up with occasional levels of squirmy unpleasantness that prudish readers might find difficult to stomach. (A couple of the characters are troublingly nasty, and there is the occasional uncomfortable sexual event.)

The title nicely captures the disparate pieces that make up the whole of a person held together by some unraveling threads. Despite my wish that I had tuned into the fact that it was a trilogy; I will certainly consider downloading the next two books.
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Well written and captivating ‘Patchwork Man’ is an intriguing multi layered mystery. Author D. B. Martin creates a suspenseful mystery wherein the details, twists and turns are revealed with precision. Lawrence is an attorney with aspirations to be a High Court Judge. Initially we meet Lawrence after the untimely death of his wife Margaret. While trying to maintain his composure following his wife’s death, Lawrence discovers his wife was up to something before her passing. It starts with a list of names, dates and places from Lawrence’s past and continues with her accepting a case for Lawrence without his knowledge. Here we are taken through Flashbacks of Lawrence’s life. We learn that Lawrence came from a catholic family with 11 children and was taken from his family due to his parents not being able to properly care for their children. As we learn more about Lawrence’s past and present the mystery deepens.

Martin’s ability to frame a mystery and keep you in suspense until she is ready to make the revelations is stunning and remarkable. Her characters are fully developed and relatable, the dialogue is natural and flowing, the scenery is vivid and true to life. Martin is able to build her story around you and before you know it hours have flown by as you have been lost in her world. Lawrence is a complex and gripping character and I am excited to read what will happen next in ‘Patchwork People’. I highly recommend it!
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Patchwork Man is very intense. It is about neglected children and the problems caused by that neglect and parental abuse. It is about family and the lack of it. It is about a man who pulled himself up out of the mire or only to be knocked right back into the mess. Kenny Juss was taken from his home, put in an orphanage where he was forced to fight for his life. He manages to obtain the money to go to law school by nefarious ways. He changes his name and proceeds to forget his former life. Kenny, now Lawrence is high in the justice system when his wife is murdered.

From that point things begin to fall apart for Lawrence. He discovers he didn't really know his wife, he hasn't seen is sisters and brothers in years and by manipulation his wife forces him to defend a kid named Danny. Danny brings back memories Lawrence doesn't want to remember.

The book is a patchwork of a person and of people in general. There were so many characters, many names beginning with the same initial it was hard to keep them straight. I prefer a more straightforward book, with characters delineated and without so many brick walls for the main character. I was provided with a copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
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Kenneth Lawrence Juss has a poor start to life, being in a large family with parents that are at the bottom of the parenting scale. As a boy he is removed from his parents by Child Support and sent to a "home" with a number of other boys. There he is bullied, abused, and forced to assist with certain crimes. Nevertheless, he escapes by using what is effectively blackmail, but described as a gratuity, and with the proceeds he becomes a lawyer and changes his name to Lawrence Juste. The book runs two parallel strands: one as a boy, and one as a mature man who has just lost his wife in a road accident, the driver of which has never been found. The future looks rosy, he may be made a High Court Judge, but then his past starts to catch up with him when he is asked to defend a young boy Danny, who seems to have a problem very similar to that which he would have had as a child. The deeper he investigates this child's life, the deeper the hole he finds that he is digging for himself, aided seemingly by his dead wife.

The book is well written, the scenes very well described, most of the characters are very plausible with possibly one exception. Lawrence is supposed to be a really top lawyer, yet there are obvious things he should do to get out of this hole. Whether they would work is another matter, but instead of trying them, we get an excellent description of a man descending into a trough of depressing self-made misery. I would have expected such a senior and successful person to put up slightly more of a fight. The book is not exactly uplifting, and shows some depressing aspects to life in modern England for those on the poorer side of the economy.
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