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IDENTITY CRISIS introduces attorney Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae. A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Sam'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, ...
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Overview

IDENTITY CRISIS introduces attorney Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae. A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Sam'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.
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Editorial Reviews

Reviewer - 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."
Reviewer - Dawn Dowdle
"I highly recommend you read this book. I can't wait for the next Sam McRae mystery."
Maryland Women's Journal - 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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780557083251
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Series: Sam McRae Series , #1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. She's published several short stories in various anthologies and publications. Debbi is an aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker. 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    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).

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Hated everytime I had to put it down.

    This book kept me thinking through the whole thing. There were so many twists I never saw it coming. Great book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    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 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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Very Good Read

    I enjoyed this book very much. Reminded me of a John Grisham book, written with more of a feminine perspective.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    positive

    Great new writer with an enjoyable mystery that doesn't follow the formulas of the past. Well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Sam McRae rocks

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Good read, but forgettable

    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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  • 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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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Worth $.99

    Easy to read and at $.99, a good choice; am going to buy the next one in this series.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    just my opinion

    too much extreme language, distracts from the story. interesting main character but other characters hard to keep track of.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2011

    Entertaining

    This book is entertaining, but it did not really have me diving in for more.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Good Book - waaay too many charactors

    I found it hard to stay with this book, but in the end I was glad I did. The main charactor was interesting, funny, and believable.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Save your $.99!

    I was completely disappointed with this book. I got to page 90 and finally just had to stop. It was pathetic. The word choice in some spots was comical. It was predictable and almost like it was written by someone who has NEVER read a mystery/suspense novel.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    great drama, very quick exciting read

    strong characters, fun book, maybe not excellent literature but truly entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2011

    nice read

    I enjoyed this book. It was a nice read. Not great, but a pretty good book. I would say it is worth the price. Buy it and enjoy.

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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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    A must read!!! I can hardly wait for her next book

    I could not put this book down. Debbi Mack introduces you to a very clever, witty, atty. Sam McRae who never gives up to prove her client not guilty.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Excellent read

    When I think identity theft, I groan. I think paperwork, phone calls to banks, boring people looking up information. Absolutely NOT the case with Debbi Mack's Identity Crisis.

    Identity Crisis is not just about identity theft- it's also a murder mystery and mob story, a trifecta of entertainment. The novel follows Sam McRae, a struggling private attorney handling what should be a simple domestic abuse case. When her client, the domestic violence victim, is suspected of murdering the abuser, Sam is determined to clear her name. Not such an easy thing, with a long list of suspects.

    Sam is an engaging character, flawed but with a good heart. I would have liked to have learned even more about her, and am glad to hear there are more books in the series to come.

    Just as engaging as the characters, Debbi Mack uses her settings like another character in her book. I have never been to Baltimore, but I could see the neighborhoods, the city, and even the diners as if I was there.

    With an intriguing plot that seems to be one thing and ends up being another, the book is like a treasure hunt, with clues left like bread crumbs until the surprise whodunnit is revealed. This is a good read, one to keep on your shelf to read again so you can realize what you missed the first time around.

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