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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Reading : Gospel by Sydney Bauer

And so I'm coming to the end of Gospel by Sydney Bauer which was released this week. It's the second book by Bauer following Undertow, her debut, and again features Boston attorney David Cavanaugh the rugby playing, icy imported beer-loving defender with the steel-trap mind.

It took me a little while to get into this one as it felt as though I cruised along with a totally predictable plot that was going to flow to a standard ending. But ha-hah, silly me...with a series of killer plot twists that sends us spinning out out control we find ourselves in the middle of the evidentiary hearing to end all hearings.
The is a legal thriller with a myriad pleasing aspects that makes it unique and fresh, personal relationships that are complex, villains that are arse-holes just begging for a good kick in the teeth and an amazing ending.

Quickie plot summary.

The Vice-President of the United States has been murdered by a power-packed gang of 4. The conspirators have taken the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and have set themselves a dual-edged goal of money and power in extreme proportions. Their meticulous planning looks as though at least 1 of them is destined to reach the most powerful position in the country. The man who has been set up to take the fall for the assassination happens to be the husband of David Cavanaugh's ex-wife and she has dropped a massive bombshell by asking him to defend her husband. Now he's got to work out whether he wants to defend the man he has hated for years and how to break it to his girlfriend.

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