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Lying in State

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Taut, Exciting Thriller - Ranks with Grisham's Best

    The story starts out with a prologue in the early 1960's with a young man being entrapped by a Florida legislative committee in order to get ammunition against Jim Sullivan, the sitting governor. Rather than betray his family, the young man commits suicide. I wanted to learn more about this college student, but the book then jumps forward to modern day Miami.

    Jack Sullivan, the grown son of Governor Jim Sullivan, is an assistant State Attorney prosecuting a cop for the death of a black infant. You can feel the tension as the town is on edge, with some siding with the Cuban policeman and others championing justice for the little girl. Jack's ex-wife had just been appointed as State Attorney and is his new boss. After finishing the case, Jack leaves the prosecutor's office and joins his father's law firm.

    After Jack finishes his first day at the firm, he goes to a presidential fundraiser at his father's seaside mansion on Biscayne Bay, for Florida Senator Benjamin Westcott. Jim is killed after all of the guests and the help leave. The only one with him in the house is his beautiful young wife, Carmen.

    The police naturally suspect Carmen. Sylvia Wescott, the wife of the candidate, is determined that Carmen be prosecuted for the crime, going so far as to promise the post of Attorney General to the special state attorney handling the case. That begins a wild ride through the legal and political world of Miami, including a payoff at the end that ties the prologue neatly into the main story.

    I stayed awake to finish the book in one sitting. It was that good. This was as good as Grisham at his best and it reminds me of the both "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" in terms of pacing and plot twists. You will not be disappointed with this book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Great reading

    What a well-told tale! Political thrillers are a favorite of mine and this one is a beauty. Completely plausoble,especc

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Great read

    I got this book because it sounded interesting and was inexpensive. I am really glad i did. Some typos, but overall very good. Page turner. Highly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Mr. Cody has a winner in this book. A fast read, great character development. Great job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Fantastic read

    GREAT page turner. Very surprising ending, worth every word!
    Highly recommend

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Enjoy a mystery, thought it was a good read.

    I enjoy a good mystery, and this book held my interest from cover to cover.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for all types of readers. I would gladly read other books by this author.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Great read

    I have only finished half the book. So far, great read, interesting characters, clever movement from past to present. I will definitely read another Stephen Cody book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    A great and absorbing read

    This is a very interesting mix of politics and suspense. A well crafted and intelligent story of the inner workings of political rivalries and a wife who will stop at nothing to get to the ultimate pinnacle, first lady.
    I recommend this book to those who enjoy cleverly worked plots and suspense.

    This is the first book I have ready by Stephen Cody and I will read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Legal Thriller on Par with John Grisham!

    I have to admit I was surprised when I read this book, how quickly it reeled me in. The descriptions of Miami and South Florida are right on, as well as Tallahassee. The characters are very compelling, likable and some could almost be someone you have met at one time or another, they are that well chronicled. The whole story flows effortlessly and Cody's flair for detail, especially in the medical examiner's office, is fascinating. It is quite apparent he spent a lot of time researching everything he wrote. The action centers around a young lawyer named Jack Sullivan who finds himself defending his young stepmother who is accused of murdering his father. The real clues to who is behind ex-Florida Governor Jim Sullivan's death lie in the missing files of the now defunct Joint Legislative Committee on Investigations, a group of politicians that conducted their own brand of witch hunts in the early 1960's. All I can say is hang on tight, you are in for quite a ride!

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