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Ties That Bind (Amanda Jaffe Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

strong crime thriller

Life is not easy for New Mexico defense attorney Amanda Jaffe since she almost was killed while being used as bait in a series of murders committed by a surgeon in St. Francis Medical Center. It¿s been more than a year and she is still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Di...
Life is not easy for New Mexico defense attorney Amanda Jaffe since she almost was killed while being used as bait in a series of murders committed by a surgeon in St. Francis Medical Center. It¿s been more than a year and she is still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder complete with flashbacks, spotty sleep and intense flashbacks. The last thing she wants to do is take on a murder one case but no other lawyer in New Mexico will touch it. Jon Dupree, the owner of a high priced escort service, which is a cover for prostitution, is alleged to have killed United States Senator Harold Travis and his defense attorney in a closed door conference room at the jail. A guard witnessed the murder but Amanda isn¿t convinced because it is her client who has defense wounds and claims his attorney was trying to kill him. As Amanda gets closer to figuring out who was behind the two deaths, the co-conspirators decide that the only way to stop her is to kill her. The feisty attorney has reservoirs of strength that she is not aware of and a healthy sense of self-preservation. Phillip Margolin is one of the leading crime thrillers writers with all his books turning into New York Times bestsellers and this reviewer is certain, that TIES THAT BIND will be number eight. There is a series of interconnecting plots that seamlessly flows into the main story line. Crossing the lines is the delightful courageous Amanda leading to the reader having a lot of fun trying to discover how they connect. Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good story that goes a little far

An interseting story about drugs, murder, political corruption that involves some interseting characters but becomes increasingly complex and difficult to follow. Some characters, who appear to be people functioning in normal capacities for some time, deviate from their...
An interseting story about drugs, murder, political corruption that involves some interseting characters but becomes increasingly complex and difficult to follow. Some characters, who appear to be people functioning in normal capacities for some time, deviate from their normal personalities that defy reality. Again, the story is interesting and the action is non stop. Worth reading

posted by senated on December 9, 2010

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong crime thriller

    Life is not easy for New Mexico defense attorney Amanda Jaffe since she almost was killed while being used as bait in a series of murders committed by a surgeon in St. Francis Medical Center. It¿s been more than a year and she is still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder complete with flashbacks, spotty sleep and intense flashbacks. The last thing she wants to do is take on a murder one case but no other lawyer in New Mexico will touch it. Jon Dupree, the owner of a high priced escort service, which is a cover for prostitution, is alleged to have killed United States Senator Harold Travis and his defense attorney in a closed door conference room at the jail. A guard witnessed the murder but Amanda isn¿t convinced because it is her client who has defense wounds and claims his attorney was trying to kill him. As Amanda gets closer to figuring out who was behind the two deaths, the co-conspirators decide that the only way to stop her is to kill her. The feisty attorney has reservoirs of strength that she is not aware of and a healthy sense of self-preservation. Phillip Margolin is one of the leading crime thrillers writers with all his books turning into New York Times bestsellers and this reviewer is certain, that TIES THAT BIND will be number eight. There is a series of interconnecting plots that seamlessly flows into the main story line. Crossing the lines is the delightful courageous Amanda leading to the reader having a lot of fun trying to discover how they connect. Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Good story that goes a little far

    An interseting story about drugs, murder, political corruption that involves some interseting characters but becomes increasingly complex and difficult to follow. Some characters, who appear to be people functioning in normal capacities for some time, deviate from their normal personalities that defy reality. Again, the story is interesting and the action is non stop. Worth reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    A MULTI - LAYERED HIGHLY LISTENABLE READING

    Film stage and television actress Margaret Whitton gives a multi-layered reading of Margolin's Portland based thriller. With equal ease she inhabits the most disparate of characters from lawyer Amanda Jaffe to state's attorney Tim Harrigan to a Hispanic gang leader. When last seen the once commanding Amanda had been so traumatized that she lost not only confidence but a willingness to once again do legal battle. However, she does agree to take on a case that no one else will consider - the murder of a U.S. Senator. Jon Dupre, operator of a for-the-wealthy call girl service stands accused. Claiming innocence, Dupre says he can prove that a group of influential men have formed a secret society to promote their political agendas, and will stop at nothing - not even murder. Sounds very much like a trumped up tale by someone trying to exonerate himself, does it not? However, Amanda will soon have reason to believe otherwise. - Gail Cooke

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    Don't let this book get away...

    The suspense is great. I wanted to take my time reading this book, because I didn't want it to end, but couldn't put the book down. There are so many twists and turns, and when all evidence points to an open and shut case, beware...nothing appears as it seems.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    A difficult read

    I have read all Margolin's books and found all except Ties that Bind to be real page turners. I got lost trying to keep up with and connect the characters in this new one. I almost stopped reading after the first six highly confusing chapters. I am very disappointed and hope this book is not an indication of a new trend in style the author had adopted.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Another MUST READ from Margolin!

    Recovering from her run-in with 'The Surgeon', lawyer Amanda Jaffe still has nightmares of the traumatic experience, but she returns to work, only to defend a man accused of killing a U.S. senator. Amanda believes her client¿s innocence, and when he tells of having evidence that will link the senator to South American drug lords, she knows she must investigate. The deeper Amanda becomes involved in this case, the deeper she throws herself into danger, as she will be forced to face a world of sex, escorts, lies, murder and a political conspiracy that has involved high-ranking judges, and public officials for over thirty years. As the powerful men behind the plan close in on her, Amanda makes a shocking discovery¿one that has a direct path to the presidency. `Ties That Bind¿ is another powerful shocker from master thrill writer Phillip Margolin. Combining legal thrills with the dark underside of the political world, `Ties That Bind¿ grabs you from the first page and holds you captive with each murder, plot twist and shocking discovery. As with all Margolin novels the writing is clean, the plotting razor sharp and the pace super-fast, and of course a surprise ending. Phillip Margolin remains one of my favorite authors, one that does not stray far from what he does best; writing great thrillers. Mr. Margolin writes legal thrillers, yes, legal thrillers, and he¿s not out to prove otherwise by venturing into new genre territory and putting out mediocre novels, he continues to please his legion of fans by putting out excellent books. Each new novel is action packed and full of thrills, I have read every Phillip Margolin novel and loved every single one. If you¿re already a fan of Phillip Margolin you will love this book, and if you haven¿t read him yet, do so, and then go back and read his previous novels. Nick Gonnella

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Love these

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Exciting thriller. Couldn't put the books down!

    Exciting thriller. Couldn't put the books down!

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    Hating the Plot Spoilers only Hurts the Writer with 1 star!

    There is an actual place where you read the review where you can click on "REPORT THE REVIEW". ONE OF REASONS IS CALLED "PLOT SPOILER". Why not use that? It doesn't affect the writer, only the plot spoiler. Please try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Harriet klausner

    Here she goes again...ruining another book. Please bn, get rid of harriet klausner and her plot spoiling reviews. She totally ruins every book she so calls reviews. Please ban her and delete her plot spoiling posts.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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