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Plea of Insanity Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 10, 2009
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The author's protagonist is Julia Vacanti, a 28 year-old fast-track prosecutor in the huge Miami criminal justice system who, improbably, is picked to second chair a death sentence murder trial of international notoriety. (She'd slept with the lead prosecutor once, and assumed he was now her boyfriend because, hey, she's a serious girl).
She cries all the time, bores us with the brand name of every designer shoe she wears, has the judgement of a fifth-grader, and views the seriousness of the case she's involved in through her how-does-this-affect-Julia lenses.
This is not how women act...I hope.
With this third book, Ms. Hoffman has proven she has what it takes and she's right up there with some of the big names in legal, psychological thrillers. Personally, I can wait another couple of years for another of her books. She is now an auto-buy for me.
The story surrounds young Miami prosecutor Julia Vacanti, who is trying her biggest case to date: a successful surgeon accused of brutally murdering his wife and 3 young children. Dr. David Marquette is using insanity as his defense and Julia must prove that he is really a cold-blooded killer. However, Julia's past comes back to haunt her and creates doubts as to what the correct punishment should be for the doctor.
The story itself is very entertaining and makes you want to keep reading, chapter after chapter. The characters were very believable and described very well. Hoffman takes several controversial issues such as the death penalty, insanity defenses, etc. and puts it all together in a great read.
My one and only complaint with this book is the ending. I was expecting something much more...a huge twist of sorts. What I got was a very predictable, quick end that made me think Hoffman just didn't know what to do with the rest of the story. Hence the subtraction of 1 star. However, I would still recommend this novel as it I finished all 400+ pages in about 3 days. Had the ending been less predictable I would have given this book a perfect score.
While the prosecution tries to prove Marquette knew right from wrong and is just faking a mental illness to elude the death penalty, Julia thinks of her sibling Andrew Citro, who when she was a preadolescent and he a teen was convicted of killing their parents. He remains locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane in New York. Feeling the cases are similar although the prosecutor also ponders if Marquette is a clever serial killer who committed homicides long before his mass murder of his family, Julia contacts Andrew for the first time since he killed their parents.
This excellent legal thriller focuses on the title subject, but does so with a fabulous creative twist as the heroine wonders if schizophrenia is genetic. The gripping courtroom scenes are top rate, but it is the communication between the siblings for the first time in over a decade and a half that grabs the audience. The former brings legal tension and insight into the trial process; but the latter brings greater tension and insight into the fears of Julia. Jilliane Hoffman provides an excellent character driven tale with a profound look at a PLEA OF INSANITY.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am really glad that I read this book. It sure does give a good look at mental illness. Very well writtenPublished 15 days ago by Judy Pulka
Flashes of brilliance in sometimes ho hum descriptions. I would, however, love to get to know the young protagonist more, and see how she matures and grows.Published 20 days ago by Karen L. Williams
Although allot of the story was good..the main female character was always crying and the ending just dropped you...boom to nothing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zsunayna
Great book! Couldn't put it down! I really enjoy this author. I want to read more of her books. 5 stars!Published 3 months ago by Kathy Weisser
Excellent storyline, writing, and delivery. It's clear this author spent countless hours on research for the book. I look forward to reading another by her.Published 3 months ago by Sam
I enjoyed this book very much. It was an interesting, easy read.Published 3 months ago by Mary Oetjen