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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Intelligent, Intriguing, Fun Crime Novel

With so many lawyers running extracurricular sleuthing activities already in crime fiction, it's hard to latch onto yet another attorney with seemingly too much time on her hands. This is the feeling I had going into "Identity Crisis," by Debbi Mack (Lulu, 2009).

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With so many lawyers running extracurricular sleuthing activities already in crime fiction, it's hard to latch onto yet another attorney with seemingly too much time on her hands. This is the feeling I had going into "Identity Crisis," by Debbi Mack (Lulu, 2009).

Fortunately, readers won't suffer through the 254 pages of Mack's mystery. In the protagonist, attorney Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae, they'll find something both familiar and new. They've probably been down the lawyer-detective path before, but they haven't met someone as real as McRae.

That's because McRae has a real problem: one of her clients skipped town. Not only that, but this client appears to have stolen McRae's identity.

McRae doesn't immediately jump out of her chair and start cracking skulls. No, she cautiously investigates the pieces of what's happened. She's an unwilling participant with a lot at stake. The action definitely picks up later on, but readers won't get a sense McRae is egging on the bad guys.

And that's the real difference Mack weaves into "Identity Crisis." There are no "Law & Order" archetypes. There's a sense of care placed into developing the characters, one that's reflected by how McRae acts. Careful characters make for intelligent plots. This book won't talk down to or over readers.

This notion fades a bit as the book moves toward conclusion, with McRae engaging in some TV-style detective work, such as sneaking in after hours at a strip club. But that's forgivable, since it's all in the name of a good crime novel.

Which is fitting, since this is a good crime novel. McRae has staying power, something the author feels, too. A blurb on the cover says "A Sam McRae Mystery," suggesting this is part of a series.

That said, latter parts of the novel drag. The beginning is an explosion of intrigue and drama, but that fades as the page count grows. The mystery itself keeps readers involved, but nothing packs the punch of the beginning. Maybe that's an effect of coming off of 50 excellent pages, but it's not a deal breaker.

In all, "Identity Crisis" is an intelligent, intriguing and sometimes just fun crime novel. It's novels like these that lend legitimacy to the self-publishing and POD movement within the book world.

posted by Benjamin_Sobieck on April 6, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Worth what I spent

This was a good story, with interesting characters. It was certainly worth the 99 cents it cost to download it. I felt like this was a beginner writer, but that with more practice she has the potential of being a hit. Certain areas could have been flushed out a littl...
This was a good story, with interesting characters. It was certainly worth the 99 cents it cost to download it. I felt like this was a beginner writer, but that with more practice she has the potential of being a hit. Certain areas could have been flushed out a little more. The long string of characters got a little confusing at times. But her story was sound and showed a lot of creativity. I'm glad I spent the time and 99 cents to read it!

posted by okie_oma on April 9, 2011

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Lousy, even at 99 cents.i

    Too many characters, implausable, gaps and dead ends in the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    Induces narcolepsy

    Shallow characters. Even tho I had a hard time staying awake, I stuck with it to the end. It lacked any feminine sensuality making me think it must have been written by a sexually clumsy male. Glad it's over!

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Not what I was hoping for...

    This book was interesting, but a bit convoluted. Too many characters introduced in passing made for confusion as the story progressed. Had I been reading a paperback, I could have scanned back over the pages I'd already read to answer the questions I had, but I was reading on my Nook, and paging back is difficult and time-consuming. In some instances, I found the storyline very hard to follow and yet it was a simple mystery overall. It was worth the $0.99 I paid for it, but I'm glad I didn't pay more.

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