Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

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by Debbi Mack
     
 

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A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae's client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft that has her running from the Mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with an

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A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae's client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft that has her running from the Mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with an offbeat private investigator to discover the truth about Melanie and her ex-boyfriend. With her career and life on the line, Sam's search takes her from the blue-collar Baltimore suburbs to the mansions of Gibson Island. Along the way, she learns that false identities can hide dark secrets, and those secrets can destroy lives.

TESTIMONIALS:

"Debbi Mack has created a first-rate heroine in Sam McRae. Sam is tough, resilient, sassy and unstoppable. Good thing, too, as IDENTITY CRISIS moves at a slam-bam pace."

-- Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

"If you enjoy realistic legal thrillers-and dread the thought of 'identity theft' striking home-IDENTITY CRISIS will be a genuine treat. Debbi Mack has used her own experience as an attorney to craft a twisty yet completely credible plot. And her protagonist, Stephanie Ann 'Sam' McRae, is a perfect example of what every client should hope for in an advocate: a professional who's willing to take risks both inside AND outside the courtroom."

-- Jeremiah Healy, Author of RESCUE, TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER

"IDENTITY CRISIS is a well-written and well-plotted mystery which introduces lawyer-sleuth Sam McRae. She's an exciting new protagonist mystery readers will want to get to know."

-- Louise Titchener, Author of MALPRACTICE, BURNED IN BALTIMORE and BURIED IN BALTIMORE

REVIEWS:

"Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, 'There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.' Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, 'Sam' McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. Add to that the FBI, the Mob, identity theft, and a vulnerable main character involved with a married prosecutor and you have a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue."

-- Aimee Zuccarini, The Maryland Women's Journal, Oct./Nov. 2009.

"Identity Crisis" establishes Sam McRae, hard-boiled lawyer turned investigator, as a spunky sleuth who tackles her own identity crisis while investigating murder and identity thefts linked to client Melanie Hayes. High-speed chases, break-ins at a seedy strip club, and violent Mafia-linked connections keep this well-crafted novel on an adrenaline roller-coaster ride through some of the more interesting Baltimore neighborhoods and suburbs. An unusual surprise ending had me checking previous pages to see where I missed the clue. Debbi Mack did an awesome job on developing the characters as well as the dialogue. I totally enjoyed "Identity Crisis" and breathlessly await Sam McRae's next intriguing, and paying, mysterious client with a past.

-- Deborah A. Liptak

FROM THE AUTHOR:

I've always been a huge fan of the private eye novel. When I wrote IDENTITY CRISIS, I had decided to distinguish my PI protagonist from all the others by making her a lawyer. The idea of basing the plot on false, mistaken and stolen identities was inspired in great part by the old hardboiled masters of the genre, including Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet and, particularly, Ross Macdonald.

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Editorial Reviews

Dawn Dowdle
"I highly recommend you read this book. I can't wait for the next Sam McRae mystery."
Shirley Johnson
"In this quick moving novel we meet Sam McRae, an attorney who is about to have her life shifted in ways she never imagined when her domestic case turns into a murder investigation and somehow she is smack in the middle of it. Attorney turns investigator in this swift moving adventurous read with curving twists and winding mystery that literally leave you scratching your head and wondering just who is the villain. ...

"Great book, recommended."
Aimee Zuccarini
"Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, 'There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.' Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, 'Sam' McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. ... a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942266150
Publisher:
SceneBooks Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Meet the Author

Debbi Mack is the author of the Sam McRae mysteries, which include the New York Times ebook bestseller IDENTITY CRISIS and the Kindle bestseller LEAST WANTED. She's published several short stories, one of which was nominated for a Derringer Award in 2010. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies, including one of her own work titled FIVE UNEASY PIECES. The third Sam McRae mystery, ALIEN SHORES, will be released by early 2012. Among her many interests, she enjoys baseball, travel, taking walks, reading, movies, bicycling, cats and chocolate (not necessarily in that order).

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Identity Crisis 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Benjamin_Sobieck More than 1 year ago
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.
brender More than 1 year ago
This book kept me thinking through the whole thing. There were so many twists I never saw it coming. Great book.
okie_oma More than 1 year ago
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!
PTPA62 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Reminded me of a John Grisham book, written with more of a feminine perspective.
looney59 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read...not deep or dark or disturbing. Fun characters with a few twists and turns. Main character was very believable. Not heavy, just enjoyable.
steverider More than 1 year ago
Great new writer with an enjoyable mystery that doesn't follow the formulas of the past. Well done.
ScottNicholson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this introduction to Sam McRae and have had the pleasure of getting an advance read of the second in the series, LEAST WANTED. Mack writes with taut precision and toughness, but with a lot of heart to back it up. If you're looking for a brash new voice in mystery fiction, this is the one for you. Scott Nicholson Author of Disintegration
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SarahLauren More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but found it to be forgettable. Throughout the story, you will follow lawyer Sam McRae chasing her client, running away from the mob, having an affair with a married man, all the while solving a murder mystery with a private investigator. It was a worthwhile, quick read to read in between other books on my list.
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