The Killing of Mindi Quintana

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A killer with a book... A lawyer pushed too far... Freddy Builder kills Mindi Quintana and is writing the book about their relationship everybody wants—it's a lying rewrite of her life and of their miserably thin involvement. Excerpts appearing to acclaim, a televised trial is in the offing, and a new celebrity killer takes the stage—the iconic poet-murderer, a jailhouse literary sensation. Freddy's straight arrow lawyer plays his sworn role as advocate; but as Freddy builds his fame with the bones of his victim,...

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Overview

A killer with a book... A lawyer pushed too far... Freddy Builder kills Mindi Quintana and is writing the book about their relationship everybody wants—it's a lying rewrite of her life and of their miserably thin involvement. Excerpts appearing to acclaim, a televised trial is in the offing, and a new celebrity killer takes the stage—the iconic poet-murderer, a jailhouse literary sensation. Freddy's straight arrow lawyer plays his sworn role as advocate; but as Freddy builds his fame with the bones of his victim, he finds himself dreaming of justice. And of comeuppance. For a killer with a book. For fame through the backdoor of murder.

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Editorial Reviews

Kim Cantrell
...It's a lot like watching an episode of NBC's The Office, except it's in reading form...I found the book's plot to be engrossing; if a bit scary, considering the parallel to many real life "celebrity killers" today.
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NoirCon
...Cohen's one of the freshest, brashest voices to come out of the Philly legal machine in a long time. Every dime-a-dozen lawyer in Philly seems to be a formulaic writer of some degree, he's set a new bar for writing in the city of brotherly love!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566499583
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Cohen is a writer, trial attorney and technology entrepreneur residing in Philadelphia. He has written on legal issues, including short stories and articles such as "The Black-White Disconnect: A Conversation with Author David Bradley," on the O.J. Simpson trial, and "Eight Days a Week," on legal ethics.

Until April 2008, he served as CEO of Teleperformance Interactive, the automated technologies company he sold to Teleperformance in 2004. Teleperformance is the world's leading customer relations management company with more than 80,000 employees.

A 1988 graduate of the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cohen specialized in appellate, class action and mass tort litigation before entering the business world. He has sold four of his companies to publicly traded entities since 1996 and now writes full time. He is currently at work on his second novel, A Plea for Leniency.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Fast Paced and Original

    A truly great first effort. This novel is fast paced and defies convention in that you know (from reading the title!) that a murder will occur. It evolves into a complex character study, both of the subjects of the novel and the modern media world in which we all work and live.

    Would make a terrific book club selection as there are so many facets to the story that are available for interpretation and/or discussion. This is not just a crime novel, it is a commentary on our society and those with the power and courage to make a difference.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    Outstanding, Riveting Novel

    I don't often read Crime Thrillers, but when I received a copy of this new novel by Jeffrey A Cohen, The Killing of Mindi Quintana, it fascinated me. I scanned the first few pages then found I could not put it down. Throughout the next two evenings I feverishly read each page of this riveting novel. It is a brilliant look at a sick mind, it delves into the glamorizing of brutal killers, such as a Scott Peterson or Jack Henry Abbott. Cohen's writing is seamless as he keeps the reader mesmerized. The writing is fresh and crisp. As I completed this first novel of Mr. Cohen, I was thinking of this as a movie and looking forward to more novels by this talented author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    This is a wonderful read!!!

    What I look for in good fiction is a storyteller who brings to light something that is happening all around us yet at the same time something that we have not yet fully examined or pondered. Jeffrey Cohen has met my requirements and then some! In his uniquely and beautifully written first novel, The Killing of Mindi Quintana, Jeffrey A Cohen examines close up our society's obsession with celebrity and how this obsession has evolved to include just about any kind of celebrity- good or evil.

    The Killing of Mindi Quintana goes behind so many of our recent headlines to show us how it is that evil can become misrepresented as and confused with genius. Is it the press eager to feed us a perpetrator who is sympathetic? Is it the public, eager to believe that even a killer can be redeemed and redeemable? Cohen's book is set in a Philadelphia that is gritty, moodily atmospheric and genuine. I recommend this book highly both for its outstanding writing and for its page-turning excitement! I didn't want it to finish.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    An Inconvenient Verdict

    The Killing of Mindi Quintana provides a very unique and original twist to a very conventional event. Crimes of passion are daily headlines that vary only by different names and locations. This story dramatizes how a seemingly invisible character is catapulted to media notoriety. Our society's fascination with celebrities, even those newly created by the press, puts the entire question of guilt or innocence into a judicial quandry.
    In this original premise, we see all the normal characters that one would expect in any crime novel. The random element is the antagonist. Freddy Builder is willingly utilized by the media for his commercial value. Yet,it is our fixation on celebrity, real or imagined, that feeds the killer's ego and fosters a new perspective of right or wrong.
    Jeffrey Cohen has cleverly created a story that is commonplace regarding urban crime, but quite uncommon in its ultimate deliberation of justice in our modern society.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    A Star is Born

    I found The Killing of Mindi Quintana to be a fantastic read. I finished it in one marathon sitting despite having to work early the next day. The book seamlessly takes you through the murderer's evolution from a sympathetic, love struck (wannabe) artist, to a conniving, fame seeking murderer. Jeffery Cohen keeps the story flowing by combining humor, romance and murder under the umbrella of a criminal's quest for fame and the public's fascination with rogue celebrities (think OJ). One of the highlights of the book is the author's creative writing style. It is not often that a new writer combines a great story with great prose, but in this case, Jeff Cohen excels at both. He is clearly a writer to keep an eye on in the future. Anyone interested in a timely, well written and most importantly, highly entertaining book should read The Killing of Mindi Quintana.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    A Powerful First Book!

    THE KILLING OF MINDI QUINTANA is a wonderful first book from Jeffrey A. Cohen. I was swept up from the very start by the characters, the setting and the dialogue. From Freddy Builder, the China Manager at Chanet's Department Store in downtown Philadelphia to the beautiful victim, Mindi Quintana to the wonderful confrontation in Judge Gunther W. Willison's chambers, you have a one way trip on an out-of-control roller-coaster ride that will leaving you white knuckled and wanting more from this first time author. The characters grow on you and you cannot help but be swept up into this unorthodox thriller that is part legal, part corporate and unequivocally all original excitement.

    Jeff Cohen delivers. And delivers big. You will not be disappointed by this read. My only complaint is that now I have to wait and I hope not for long for the next Jeff Cohen tale! Bravo!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Great novel about fame achieved through murder

    As a former journalist, practicing litigator, government official and now a Member of Philadelphia's Tourism Marketing Board, I am glad to offer my review of the highly anticipated release of the legal thriller, "The Killing of Mindi Quintana" by Jeffrey A. Cohen. The main character in Mr. Cohen's debut novel is Freddy Builder, the China Manager of a prominent Philadelphia department store who has a miserable existence and realizes that the one honor he achieves as "Manager of the Month" and perhaps" Manager of the Year" will be a lasting testament to his anguished career and pathetic achievements. The one thing he does truly take pride in is his desolate existence are his writings. Cohen nicely develops Builder into a truly pathetic and tormented character and creates a villain that we come to truly despise well before he commits his heinous crime.
    Mindi Quintana, is portrayed as a sweet and attractive woman, who finds it difficult to get over the embarrassment as her father had become involved in a scandal that ultimately led to his imprisonment and disgrace in the community. Living in West Philadelphia, Quintana works at a small literary magazine in Philadelphia. She had briefly dated Builder years before and has the fateful misfortune of re-connecting with him when she visits the China Department where he works and he gives her a financial break on a piece she cannot afford but wants to purchase for her parents Anniversary. He then has pipe dreams about being with her romantically and creates a vision and desire that is all in his mind.
    In a depressing twist, he tries to impress her with his subpar writings and the last thing Builder wants to hear is a real critique and especially from the person with whom he has an unrealistic romantic fascination. After he commits the brutal crime that Cohen graphically describes, we see an even worse scoundrel emerge as he tries to gain notoriety, fame and fortune from making his non-existent romantic relationship with Mindi into a cause célèbre with the media to gain the celebrity that he craves. Ultimately, his own public defender tries to have the last say in a stirring plot twist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    The Killing of Mindi Quintana

    Freddy Builder wants more than being sales clerk in a department store. We want to be a famous author. But while working at the story, Mindi Qunitana comes in to purchase a replacement for a vase she had broken. Freddy and Mindi knew each other in college and even dated for awhile. It's been years since they seen each other and Mindi is interested in reading some of Freddy's writing. Freddy is afraid to let her read his stuff although he is still interested in her. They began some sort of relationship and then Mindi is murdered. Was it Freddy and why was she killed. THE KILLING OF MINDI QUINTANA by Jeffrey A. Cohen is a look at the behavior of one who wants more than what he is and the reader gets inside the mind of a killer and want makes him so filled with rage that he can murder someone. It is also a look how society is obsessed with fame.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

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    Interesting Character Study that Loses Steam About Halfway Through

    This book's writing style reminded me of Max Barry's (Syrup, Jennifer Government) novels. At times it uses a stream on conciousness approach but at other times it can be very descriptive.

    Freddi is a china department manager in Chanet, a department store in Philadelphia. People are constantly talking about the displays that he builds in his department. Management notices Freddi too and name him manager of the month twice. Freddi for the most part couldn't care less and just works there because he needs a job and builds the displays to kill time.

    One day the upper managers approach him and ask him to lunch. Freddi couldn't care less about the lunch and his biggest fear is that during lunch they will tell him he is being named manager of the year. To him this accolade would be a source of ultimate embarassment because his picture would be everywhere and it would cement his failure at doing anything else. The main thing Freddi wants is to be a published writer and the ridiculous award would make him like a circus clown.

    At the lunch, the managers tell him that the real reason for the lunch is that they want him to be more like one of them and his first task will be to fire the chocolate department manager in a creative way. They will hire actors to stage the event to lead up to the manager's firing.

    While Freddi is at work, Mindi Quintana happens to walk into his department. Freddi had met Mindi in college and talked to her about his dreams of being a writer. Mindi had always wanted to read some of his work but Freddi was reluctant.
    The two had dated for a few months and then not seen each other for years until Mindi needed to replace a prized dish that her mother had broken.

    Freddi is attracted to Mindi again and manages to get her phone number. Mindi has had a difficult life with a father who is a semi-mobster and recently released from prison. Mindi works for a magazine and Freddi hopes that maybe she will publish one of his stories.

    Mindi will ultimately be murdered and there will be a courtroom battle Michael, a DA with political ambitions who is married to the mayor's daughter and Philip as Freddi's public defender.

    The book tries to show how the mind of a killer works where sheer rage is brought about by a number of smaller incidents(that really only occur in the killer's mind) that later get set off by something that upsets the killer.

    I tried to rate this book higher than three stars but found that it dragged after Mindi's death. Most books tend to pick up steam as they go along but this book appeared to be the exact opposite.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 24, 2010

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