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Trial and Terror by [Penenberg, Adam L.]
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About the Author

Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast CompanyForbes, the New York Times, the Washington PostWiredSlatePlayboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).

Penenberg has published several books that have been optioned for film and serialized in the New York Times MagazineWired UK, and the Financial Times, and won a Deadline Club Award for feature reporting for his Fast Company story "Revenge of the Nerds," which looked at the future of movie-making. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show as well as on CNN and all the major news networks, and has been quoted about media and technology in the Washington Post, the Christian Science MonitorUSA TodayWired NewsAd AgeMarketwatchPolitico, and many others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wayzgoose Press (July 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2MFRM
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I've recently discovered Adam Peneberg's fiction. For those that don't know, he's the reporter that broke the big Stephen Glass case. Stephen Glass was another reporter who fabricated stories for several years until Adam dug into the details and exposed the scam. He is a serious and well-respected journalist.

But the guy can write fiction too! Trial and Terror is a great thriller/mystery, taking a hundred twists and turns through the life of Summer Neuwirth. Summer is a Public Defender with issues. Lots of issues. Starting with getting her defendant off. Then finding out that maybe that wasn't the best thing to do. Her mother is missing, the prosecutor's been killed... but yet, there's more. Nothing is what it seems, even the hunky investigator assigned to work with her has secrets. You'll have to read to see how they all play out, but trust me - they do all come together, in ways you never expected.

All in all, a very good read. I liked his other fiction book, Virtually True, even better, but this is great if you want a nice solid mystery/thriller to keep you guessing throughout.
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There are many things I love about this book, but I think my favorite was the juxtaposition of her most recent win where Summer got her client acquired, who was guilty. And now she is defending someone who is truly innocent and struggling to prove it. That dichotomy created a lot of internal struggles and plot twists that kept me enthralled the entire time. Then the ending ... well I guess you'll just have to read it your self. Bottom line, I was entertained, I felt like I was in there with her and I was at the edge of my seat not being able to put it down. It really delivered.
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When I began this book I was immediately sucked into the legal drama, the character of Summer and it was a page-turner. Then about halfway through it seemed to lose its' continuity between chapters. A chapter would end, I'd turn the page and wonder if I somehow skipped a few pages. All of a sudden the book ends and I think...what? The book builds up the courtroom drama, the relationship between Summer and an investigator, a stalker, an accused murderer, a mothers' death in like 5 pages! If the book had been longer and allowed the story to come to a proper ending I would give this 4-5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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I was pulled into the story...liked the character and the plot line. However, it almost seemed like the author just got tired of writing. The end was not just a surprise, it came out of left field and left me wondering why I had invested so much time iin getting to it. In fact, the entire, suddenly added, romance at the end had that effect. It just didn't fit and rendered an otherwise good story a disappointment..
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This is a fabulous book you'll want to devour in one sitting. The book starts to the tune of Frank Sinatra with the murder of Harold Gundy, a top defender with a less than respectable reputation. Enter Summer Neuwirth, a gifted young defense attorney who doesn't get to cherrypick cases. First she finds herself defending the wrong man, next she's tasked with defending a stubborn client who doesn't trust her- in fact, she calls Summer "a Barbie doll bureaucrat trying her first murder case." The excitement rises with the body count- a string of murders hits frighteningly close to Summer's home, as a seemingly unbeatable villain pushes every button. But Summer is not as sunny as she seems. The darker side to her story- involving a troubling event from her past, her father's work, and her bright future- bring exciting twists and turns to a smartly written and thoroughly entertaining story.
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There seems to be a high number of misogynistic and sexist males featured in this book. Indeed finding a male character, who didn't try to rape, pillage or cop a feel isn't very easy.
The main character is subjected to an extraordinarily high amount of abuse and insults.
At times it felt as if this wasn't a finished product. The flow was not only inconsistent, it was also jumpy between chapter changes. On a more personal level I think it is totally unrealistic to assume Summer would go along with the demands of her stalker, especially after her personal experiences. However the end of the book redeemed that issue for me and although a little rushed it made complete
sense.
I also didn't feel as if the secrets of the main characters past had been delved into enough to give the reader a clear picture of what happened. That of course might be the subject of a second book.
All in all it wasn't a bad liitle story, it just seemed to shout tall and walk small.
I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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Public Defender Summer Neuwirth has good news ... she won her first case! She also has bad news ... her client is probably guilty.
And the client, once free, begins to stalk Summer .... tempting her with hints that he knows something very important about her past.

Her next case is to defend a woman she knows is innocent ...and if Summer fails, her client will go to death row.

There is so much that goes on ... Summer's mother is missing .... Her police office father, now deceased, was involved with a serial killer who may or may not be dead .... Summer's assault and rape .... and a somewhat relationship with her investigator.

There are so many characters to try to keep track of ... and most of them have no back story. They are just.. there.

The book had a lot of potential, but it didn't seem to come together in a cohesive manner. The ending had a twist, but it was like the author got tired of writing and just ended the story. The book lacked logic and was hard to overlook,

I was really hoping to like it more than I did. 3 Stars.

My thanks to the author / Wayzgoose Press / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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