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Eye for an Eye
     

Eye for an Eye

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by Erika Holzer
 

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Karen Newman is a savvy business executive whose sole experience with street violence is what she sees on the evening news. The savage rape and murder of her only daughter changes all that. When the authorities are unable to bring the guilty to justice, Karen becomes obsessed with vengeance.

She joins a vigilante group, whose sworn aim is to exterminate criminals

Overview

Karen Newman is a savvy business executive whose sole experience with street violence is what she sees on the evening news. The savage rape and murder of her only daughter changes all that. When the authorities are unable to bring the guilty to justice, Karen becomes obsessed with vengeance.

She joins a vigilante group, whose sworn aim is to exterminate criminals nation-wide. With her special skills in public relations and publicity, she helps them realize their goal of mobilizing ordinary people across the country to their movement. But nothing is as it seems. Instead of justice, she finds only more violence, and must finally come to examine the true cost of vengeance.

Eye for an Eye reflects our sense of outrage when we read about decent people caught in the crossfire of violent crime. A gripping story that explores the all-too-human impulse for vengeance, Eye for an Eye is a disturbing and provocative.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eye for an Eye is a passionate dramatization of the horrors of violent crime from a modern woman's perspective. Thought-provoking and intense, the novel is an intelligent look at the aftermath of violent crime, the appeal of vigilante justice, and the ultimate failure of such 'justice.
—(Leonore Fleischer)
Washington Times
Erika Holzer's gripping new thriller...dedicated to the victims of crime, dead or alive...is a brutal, bone-chilling view of the phenomenon of vigilante justice...No ordinary thriller, Eye for an Eye is thought-provoking, spelling out the dangers of vigilante justice.
—(Helle Bering-Jensen)
Liberty Magazine
Everything in Eye for an Eye propels the reader forward as relentlessly as a coiled spring proceeding inexorably toward a crashing climax. The novel is very Aristotelian...a very Randian novel.
—(John Hospers)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595192601
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.65(d)

What People are Saying About This

Nelson DeMille
Lawyer-turned-novelist Erika Holzer’s Eye for an Eye is a disturbing look at street gangs, urban violence, the criminal justice system a story of vigilantism growing out of the ongoing American obsession with law and order. Impassioned characters, sharp terse writing a sort of American Clockwork Orange. Highly recommended.
Priscilla L. Buckley
Priscilla L. Buckley, National Review
The opening of Eye for an Eye rivals in graphic horror...Hitchcock's Psycho...Mrs. Holzer, a lawyer and a experienced journalist, hurtles at breakneck pace from one scene of cunning violence to another as she explores the ethics of frontier justice transposed to the urban battleground...A page-turner with a well crafted, ingenious plot...and an O Henry twist.
Robert Cheeks
Robert Cheeks, Intellectual Conservative
Nowhere is the failure of bureaucratic law better explained than in the plot and theme of Eye for an Eye.
Ed McBain
Blistering.
—(Ed McBain, author of Downtown and The Kiss)

Meet the Author

Lawyer-turned-novelist Erika Holzer has a B.S. degree from Cornell University's New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. After specializing in labor law with the Manhattan firm Battle, Fowler, Stokes & Kheel, as well as teaching labor law at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she practiced constitutional and appellate law with her husband, Henry Mark Holzer. Author’s Blog: www.erikaholzer.blogspot.com

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Eye for an Eye 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
_Eye for an Eye_ by Erika Holzer has a fast-paced plot, rich characterizations, frequent dialogue, crisp and concise wording, and a credible and moving narration about injustice leading to vigilantism and then anarchy -- well worth reading (for Rand fans or not). When, ten years ago, I saw the movie of the same name (starring Sally Field and Keifer Sutherland), I didn't know it was based on the novel, and it was only recently that I first read it. Then, after viewing the movie again, I found that, while I liked the well-produced movie, I enjoyed the novel's more complex plot, wider scope, and its philosophical framework. The chapter titles (each beginning with 'C', the first chapter being 'Catalyst'), are revelations of the tight organization of the story and of the theme and purpose. Some phrasing that especially attracted me include: 'fearball', 'passives and actives', and 'horror file'. Seeking the same pleasure, I'm going to read Erika Holzer's other novel, _Double Crossing_, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat, definetly a page turner. I felt grief and sorrow foor the mother and i wanted justice too. Has a great ending definetly worth reading.