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To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though Parks has never heard of Cross, he learns that the will directs him to provide the legal representation for the estate and as part of his fee he will receive the contents of a safety deposit box - a safety deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks undertakes the task. But after the body count begins to rise, the otherwise basic task of probating the...
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To attorney Noah Parks, the probate of a will should be a simple task. But the Last Will and Testament of Leonardo Xavier Cross is anything but simple. Though Parks has never heard of Cross, he learns that the will directs him to provide the legal representation for the estate and as part of his fee he will receive the contents of a safety deposit box - a safety deposit box no one knew existed. Intrigued, Parks undertakes the task. But after the body count begins to rise, the otherwise basic task of probating the will becomes more complicated as each day passes. Despite all of Parks' skills, the answers he seeks remain elusive and force him to delve deeper into the shocking and deceptive Cross' family history, which sets the stage for an explosive finale that Parks can only hope to survive. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, The Trust is the debut novel from Sean Keefer. Blending elements of traditional southern literary fiction, suspense and mystery; you won't be satisfied until the final page is turned.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781937004170
  • Publisher: Old Line Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Could have been better

    I would have enjoyed The Trust more if the narration had been better. It was too detailed! As a reader, I did not need all the minute details the narrator was letting me know.
    Nevertheless, I was considerably impressed with this debut legal thriller novel. The answers to the mysteries (yes, there is more than one mystery in this novel) are unusual.
    While this novel might not be packed with as much courtroom drama or action as I'd like to read in a thriller novel, Sean Keefer applied ingenuity to turn this story into an attention grabber.
    I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, especially Anna Beth. When first introduced, she was a mysterious character. As the story ran on, we got to know more and more about her personality and history. At the end of the book, we don't know everything about her, but we do know that she is one smart character who is able to outwit the antagonist in the story. There is a sequel to The Trust and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about Anna Beth and of course, Noah, too.
    Overall, the writing style in The Trust could have been better, but for a debut novel, it surpassed my expectations.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    8 out of 10 stars

    The Trust by Sean Keefer
    Release Date: January 21st, 2011
    Publisher: Old Line
    Page Count: 349
    Source: Directly from publisher, via Novel Publicity, for review, as part of the Sean Keefer virtual blog tour

    With interest in both law (did I mention I was once an attorney for our school's mock trial team?) and mysteries, I really enjoyed Sean Keefer's legal thriller. The first half, to tell you the truth, is frustratingly slow moving. There seems to be no point to the story, and a fear bubbled up from deep within me early on, suspecting it might have turned out to be one of those mystery novels where all the action happens in the last chapter. Fortunately, that isn't the case.

    In the second half, once the pace of the book is finally set, there are so many twists and turns -- deceit and revelation -- that are masterfully timed, that I find myself constantly surprised. Rather than the heinous crime committed or the seemingly unsolvable question about what Noah has to do with Cross's will, it's the human betrayal, and what sick, distorted lengths it can stretch to, that has me at the tip of my toes. At first, everything doesn't fit together. I sat there with the book in hand, thinking, Oh, just give us some action already!, but in the final half of the novel, everything comes together beautifully, perfectly, and it all makes sense.

    Keefer's writing style is plain. It's not simple in an elegant way, or aloofly guarded; it's just plain, nothing extraordinary. It's definitely not his writing technique that makes The Trust suspenseful. In fact, his tone is rather awkward; he doesn't particularly have a way with words. This detracts from the novel. Usually, suspense or mystery novels are carefully crafted and deceptively woven to trick the reader. With Keefer, there is no trickery going on, and his writing doesn't flow smoothly or appropriately. I can tell he is extremely observant and has creative intentions with his writing; he just has trouble penning them.

    The rigidity of the author's style does make Noah, the main character, unlikable -- his logic is forced and he doesn't seem genuine -- but it doesn't take away from the surprise factor of the mystery. The last thing The Trust is is predictable. I literally felt my spine tingle while he and his love interest (yes, there is some romance!) discovered, to uncomfortable depths, more about the Cross dilemma.

    The ending is totally unexpected; I did not see coming at all. With a riveting, complicated storyline, unanswered and recurring perplexities, and heavy, yet not unnecessary explanations of South Carolinian tradition and basic legal boundaries, The Trust is a dramatic, eye-widening read I overall am pleased with.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Live To Read

    This novel starts out with immediate action and a mystery to draw the reader into the novel. Noah Parks is not a particularly famous lawyer, he lives a typical life. In the first few chapters of the novel, he finds out that he has been named to probate the will of a wealthy Leonard Cross-a man he has never met. In exchange for his services, Noah will receive the contents of a safety deposit box. Noah isn't quite sure what to make of this new development. Events in the novel get even stranger when people around and connected to the estate mysteriously die.

    Noah is a very likable character. He is kind and easy-going, very humble. The author manages to put the plot, and not the characters or other sub-plots, at the forefront of the novel. The reader will enjoy Noah immensely and the secondary characters to an extent, but the reader will feel as if he/she is personally involved in this mystery. The author's way of writing will allow the reader to experience the unease in the atmosphere and the literal air of mystery. The novel contains action-filled scenes and is very fast-paced. The ending is satisfying and a little bit of a surprise.

    This novel is recommended for readers who enjoy mysteries and novels with plenty of action.

    5 Stars

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Great suspense, kept me turning the pages.

    Say you're a young lawyer in private practice, and one day a polite but detached older gentlemen walks into your office unannounced. He takes his own sweet time in telling you his reason for being there, bobbing and weaving his way around your repeated questions as to his purpose. Eventually, he shocks you with the news that you've been named to be legal counsel for the estate of a recently deceased man. You're also named as the recipient of the mysterious contents of a safe deposit box that is your prize in this cereal box of a situation. Oh, and you don't know the deceased man and have no association with him whatsoever. Intrigued? You ought to be. This premise is the setting for a legal thriller that starts out with what you will learn is just a minor mystery, but builds into ever-increasingly bigger, and dangerous, mysteries. Sean Keefer uses his experience as a lawyer and his knowledge and love for his adopted home town of Charleston, South Carolina to take the reader on an exciting journey from a relatively simple mystery to a life-and-death thriller. There is a cast of characters who each in his or her own way takes the story up a notch in increments that will keep you turning the pages, craving the next development. Keefer's writing style is sometimes a bit stilted, and occasionally a little wordy, but it never gets in the way of the story. In fact, my impatience at times with the wordiness was precisely because I wanted to get to the story, I was eager to learn the next move. Although this book is plot-driven more than character-driven, I quickly became attached to the characters, including the dogs and even the city of Charleston. After living in the city for fifteen years, Keefer manages to turn it into a character of its own. I feel that if I ever travel south, I can go through the city and recognize the neighborhoods, restaurants, bridges, and the Market. His portrayal of Charleston is much richer than even the best travel book. What I like best about Keefer's storytelling is how skillfully he builds suspense. I just hate it when an author teases instead of builds suspense. It's like the author holds out a wrapped, king-size chocolate bar and says "Take a look at this. Come back in a few chapters and I might let you have some." This goes on through the whole story until, bam, the author unwraps the whole thing at the end of the book and you're blind-sided by the ending. What Keefer does is unwrap the candy, take off a piece, and let you have a bite. He says, "Here, have a little piece. Then come back in a few chapters and you will get some more." He parcels out the suspense, building it ever so slowly and unwrapping it a little at a time, so by the time you get to the end of the book, all the twists and turns have led you to a conclusion that leaves you feeling excited and satisfied. He also keeps a few surprises around the corners, sort of like letting you eat the plain chocolate part of the candy bar, but not letting you know there's an almond or a raisin in it until you bite down on one. Now, that's the way to build suspense. If I tell you I was up until two in the morning, reading the book from about the one-third point until the end, would you believe that it was too suspenseful to continue reading a few chapters at a time? True story. It was that good. Pick up a copy soon and enjoy.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Nothing like a southern

    legal thriller. If you like legal thrillers like John Grisham, then you'll like this story from Sean Keefer. There is a lot of legalese, so you'll feel smarter after having read it as well. The story revolves around a rich dysfunctional family, a secret safety deposit box and an attorney, Mr. Parks, who has no idea how he got to be in the middle of it all.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Highly reccommended for lovers of good thrillers/mysteries

    Great legal thriller/mystery set in and around Charleston SC. Even my husband liked it and he almost never likes mysteries/thrillers. I can't wait for the next book by this new author. He shows great promise.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Amazing New Author!

    Keefer's first book was amazing! His development of the main character, and his voice as an author make this read exceptional. From the first chapter you are engaged with the main character Noah Parks. Throughout the book, there are twists and turns you can never anticipate, leaving the reader constantly guessing. Keefer will be a best selling author,mark my words!

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