Lost Lake (Spanish Edition)

Lost Lake (Spanish Edition)

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by Phillip Margolin
     
 

Vanessa Kohler is a tabloid reporter living and working in Washington DC. She writes fantastic stories about a vast government conspiracy to cover up a secret military unit headed by General Wingate, a popular presidential candidate. Most dismiss her as a paranoid crackpot using sensationalism to sell papers. But a few powerful men know better, and they've gone to… See more details below

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Vanessa Kohler is a tabloid reporter living and working in Washington DC. She writes fantastic stories about a vast government conspiracy to cover up a secret military unit headed by General Wingate, a popular presidential candidate. Most dismiss her as a paranoid crackpot using sensationalism to sell papers. But a few powerful men know better, and they've gone to great lengths to discredit her.

But by chance Vanessa discovers that a key player in this story - long assumed dead - may be living under a new identity. Vietnam vet Carl Rice, who was involved in a secret military operation that resulted in the murder of a congressman. Vanessa knows Rice holds the key to proving her theories - and demonstrating General Wingate may not be the man he appears to be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like the lake of its title, Margolin's latest suspense novel (a hybrid with traces of legal thriller and whodunit and a big debt to The Manchurian Candidate) is smooth on the surface with tumultuous secrets lurking beneath. In Portland, Ore., lawyer and single mom Ami Vergano is pleased to take in handsome handyman Dan Morelli as a tenant, since he provides a positive male role model for her 10-year-old son, Ryan. Meanwhile, across the country in Washington, tightly wound tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler spins elaborate paranoid fantasies (or are they?) involving personal danger and government conspiracy. These two women-and their respective plot threads-come together when Dan's volatility turns a Little League game into a crime scene, and Vanessa steps forward to support him, at considerable risk. But this is only the beginning of a labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises. Hint: Vanessa's father is an influential general and political power broker. Margolin isn't the most original writer, but what he lacks in style he makes up for in clarity. Plotting is his strong suit. The artful arrangement of the story's episodes keeps the suspense high, and the author fills in the puzzle shrewdly, with small pieces from all over the chronology. The surprises keep coming, even after the story settles mostly into a courtroom drama, with Ami defending Dan on a high-stakes charge. Agent, Jean Naggar. 5-city author tour. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Beneath a brawl at a kids' baseball game lies "the biggest scandal in the history of American politics," in this wildly implausible legal thriller from Margolin (Sleeping Beauty, 2004, etc.). Portland lawyer Ami Vergano offers carpenter Dan Morelli the apartment over her garage because she likes his looks and she can use the rent money. But when Dan is attacked by a bullying Little League father, his violent reaction horrifies her, him and the two police officers who subdue him. A preliminary investigation reveals that Dan doesn't exist; everything he's told Ami about himself is a lie, and there's no trace of his identity older than two months. He's really Carl Rice, a U.S. Army captain neck-deep in murderous intrigue. At least that's what tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler tells Ami when she flies in to demand that Ami represent him. Twenty years ago, according to Vanessa, Carl, her former lover, murdered Congressman Eric Glass on orders from her father, General Morris Wingate, the commander of a top-secret unit specializing in wet work. In the aftermath of the high-profile killing, the general had his daughter committed to an asylum, and Carl disappeared. Now the general, who may have been the second assassin on the grassy knoll (!), is running for president, and Vanessa is as determined to discredit him as he is to liquidate Carl, the key witness against him. Ami, who has no experience in criminal defense, wants off the case, but she ends up defending Carl-and eventually Vanessa, who's soon facing felony charges of her own. Who's telling the truth, the powerful, charismatic candidate or the vengeful daughter discredited by her years in that asylum? As if you had to ask. Except for theoverlong flashbacks, Margolin's tenth may be his best, with everything a thriller should have, except thrills. Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club/Mystery Guild selection; author tour
Booklist
“Delivers the goods, with plenty of action, suspense, and danger.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Frighteningly plausible...a page turner.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A powerhouse thriller...a relentless gripper ... [that] never loses its fiendish hold on the reader’s attention.”
Janet Maslin
“Lively ... the pacing is brisk, the plot cinematic.”
Janet Maslin in the New York Times
“Lively ... the pacing is brisk, the plot cinematic.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788466636797
Publisher:
Ediciones B
Publication date:
06/18/2008
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Janet Maslin
Lively ... the pacing is brisk, the plot cinematic.

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