Shamus-winner Ure's deeply compelling and original protagonist falls just short of keeping her intricate second mystery afloat. Cadence Moran, a blind auto mechanic in Tucson, Ariz., has an uncanny ability to pinpoint engine problems by sound. Her skill soon becomes a key element in solving a series of gruesome murders. The tale of how Cadence was blinded is delicately revealed in tiny pieces, satisfying curiosity without slowing development. A complex but credible plot supported by adroit pacing keeps readers guessing through the first two-thirds of the novel, but Ure reveals the killers' identities while police are still chasing dead ends, destroying the tension. The clichéd, Hollywood-style action scenes at the very end stretch believability to the breaking point. When Ure (Forcing Amaryllis) can develop conclusions that do justice to her meticulously drawn characters and settings, she'll be a force to be reckoned with. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Fault Treeby Louise Ure
"An original and gripping work, more proof—as if any was needed—that Louise Ure is an exciting new voice in the mystery field. And its nail-bitting suspense is balanced with a thoughtful, nuanced view of where blame truly begins. Cadence is an extraordinary character and Ure's ability to capture her world is nothing less than remarkable."—Laura Lippman, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
“By turns an accomplished procedural, an acute study of a fiercely independent heroine and a nail-biting suspense." —Kirkus
For one woman, the dark is a dangerous place to be, and it’s the one place she cannot escape.
Arizona auto mechanic Cadence Moran is no stranger to darkness. She was blinded in a horrific car accident eight years ago that also took the life of her three-year-old niece. She knows she was only partially to blame, but that doesn't make the loss any easier to bear. She's learned to get by, but there are still painful memories. When she is almost run down by a speeding car on the way home from work, Cadence at first thinks that she is the victim of road rage or a bad driver. But that's not the case. In fact, she is the only witness to the murder of her elderly neighbor, and now the killer believes that she's seen the getaway car. Louise Ure paints the glare of a Southwestern summer with the brush of a blind woman's darkness in this novel of jeopardy and courage…and the fine line between them—as Cadence fights to stop a killer she can't see.
Blind auto mechanic Candence Moran is the only witness to a murder but is reluctant to help the police in their investigation. She carries a lot of baggage because she feels responsible for her young niece's death in the same car accident that resulted in her blindness. Shamus Award winner Ure (Forcing Amaryllis) makes a convincing case for a woman who overcomes her overwhelming sense of inadequacy to become a heroine. Heart-stopping suspense that builds to a crescendo and well-defined characters make this a top-notch mystery. Readers looking for an author similar to the late Barbara Seranella will find this a sure bet. Highly recommended for all collections.
Jo Ann Vicarel
"...alternates first-person and third-person narratives with unusual dexterity, is by turns an accomplished procedural, an acute study of a fiercely independent heroine and a nail-biting suspenser." - Kirkus, starred review
"Louise Ure is a tremendous new talent on the mystery scene. THE FAULT TREE showcases her skills at creating a riveting plot and characters you can really care about. I literally couldn’t put it down." Marcia Muller, author of VANISHING POINT
"An original and gripping work, more proofas if any was neededthat Louise Ure is an exciting new voice in the mystery field. And its nail-bitting suspense is balanced with a thoughtful, nuanced view of where blame truly begins. Cadence is an extraordinary character and Ure's ability to capture her world is nothing less than remarkable." Laura Lippman, award-winning author of TO THE POWER OF THREE
"Louise Ure’s skillfully written second novel (after the Shamus Award-winning FORCING AMARYLLIS) is a suspenseful tour de force. It has everything a reader could want: Fascinating and brilliantly crafted characters, blistering pacing, and a story that keeps you in white-knuckle mode till the very end. THE FAULT TREE is another winner." J.D. Rhoades, author of THE DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND, GOOD DAY IN HELL, and SAFE AND SOUND
"Ure is a writer of exquisite precision and incendiary talent. FAULT TREE is a knockout on all fronts: so rich in voice and suspense that I guarantee it will blow your doors off." Cornelia Read, author of A FIELD OF DARKNESS
"Daring and powerful with a character so unique - you won't believe your eyes." Elaine Flinn, Barry Award winning author of the Molly Doyle Mysteries
"A blind, female auto mechanic? Louise Ure pulls it off. THE FAULT TREE is a suspense-laden, page-turner that is also full of humanity. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast and satisfying read." --Barbara Seranella, creator of the Munch Mancini Series
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At the end, there was so much blame to spread around that we could all have taken a few shovelfuls home and rolled around in it like pigs in stink. But that's not the way it goes with most of us. Most of us like to think that blame belongs on somebody else's doorstep. And I'm no different.
I can picture the way it was on the day everything went bad just as clearly as if I still had my sight. Of course, I probably made up most of it. You know how it goes: your mouth fills in the details your mind doesn't catch. And then later, when you're looking back over everything that happened, your memory just smoothes out some of the corners, takes away that metal taste of fear, makes you seem a little braver than you really were, and then paints in a rosy-toned sunset.
You're always the hero of your own story. Even if that's not the way it happened at all.
THE FAULT TREE. Copyright © 2007 by Louise Ure. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y 10010.
Meet the Author
Louise currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and whichever senior golden retriever rescue dog has most recently captured her heart. She is the Shamus-Award winning author of Forcing Amaryllis. This is her second novel.
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In Tucson, Arizona, Cadence Moran is a highly regarded auto mechanic in spite of her being blind. Her acute sense of hearing is so fine tuned she can hear car trouble. However although she has adapted physically, she has never forgiven herself for her part in the accident that cost her sight and killed her toddler niece. --- The blind mechanic never expected her uncanny skill with sound would involve her in a serial killer case, but it does as a speeding vehicle almost kills her. Apparently the driver was fleeing a crime scene after killing Cadence¿s elderly neighbor. Her sonar skill makes her a reliable witness to ending this horrific murder spree. --- THE FAULT TREE is for the most part an interesting police procedural starring a unique witness. Cadence is a terrific protagonist and the insertion of the tragic accident is done over the course of the story line as a series of timely look backs so it enhances the plot rather than decelerates it. The story line is excellent until the climax, which seems unlikely. Still fans will enjoy this fascinating Arizona cat and mouse thriller as Louise Ure provides a heroine who is the cheese as the cops chase after killer rodents. --- Harriet Klausner
The plot and characters are wonderful. To place yourself in the role of Candance is a thrilling and chilling ride. You can't help but admire her. I feel this is a very well written book and I'm looking forward to reading more by Ure.
Read this book...just read it. I couldn't put it down what a great story...it had me guessing until the very end. Just started the author's first book, 'Forcing Amaryllis,' and I know I won't be disappointed.
This book has a great protagonist, and very unique, an auto-mechanic who is blind AND female! As tough as they come, Cadence Moran, is a heroine you won't forget easily. She helps solve the crime and puts herself in jeopardy and her friends too! The ¿bad guys¿ are reminiscent of Bonnie & Clyde. Naïve, stupid, and keep making matters worse and worse trying to get out of trouble. This is a sure winner and will keep you reading to the very exciting end. Her first novel, Forcing Amaryllis, was a winner and her second book is even better!
'A Fault Tree analysis is touted as one of the best methods of identifying and graphically displaying the many ways something can go wrong.'--NASA 'At the end, there was so much blame to spread around that we could have taken a few shovelfuls home and rolled around in it like pigs in stink. But that's not the way it goes with most of us. Most of us like to think that blame belongs on somebody else's doorstep. And I'm no different. ...You're always the hero of your own story. Even if that's not the way it happened at all.' And so Cadence 'what an appropriate name!' Moran begins to tell us how it all went down, how it all went bad, how it all went wrong. Her story grows like a tree, branching out with suspects in a robbery-gone-bad murder she witnessed, with her 'help' to the detectives who catch the case 'one scoffs and one wants to believe her', and with her own peril as the murderers try to eliminate the sole witness. Ure draws her characters vividly, fleshing them into three dimensions, giving them their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Her friend, Juanita, enjoys pointing out the ambiguity of signs, especially traffic signs 'is 'Double Fine Zone' a really nice area, or...?', and Detective Dupree has a habit of sketching people in his notebook as he interviews them. The action is believable and everything is more than adequately prepared for, the prose is lean and tight, saying so much more with less. THE FAULT TREE moves quickly, thrillingly: 101 chapters in 352 pages that will chill you, thrill you, scare you. The story will keep you turning those pages to the end, then make you sorry you read it so quickly. It will leave you drained. THE FAULT TREE is surely going to win awards for being the best of the best of the year. Do yourself a favor: don't wait for the paperback. Treat yourself.
THE FAULT TREE is an especially good book. Louise Ure¿s use of language makes you stop and reread the last sentence or two. Often. She builds word structures which swirl about your mouth like chocolate¿-the flavours burst¿-the shock makes you feel as though you¿d been asleep. You eye the words with a new kind of respect. By the time you¿re well into the book, you¿re in love with the wordmaster. But it isn¿t just the clever words which get you there. THE FAULT TREE has a fine protagonist: acute, sympathetic and determined--and plenty of angst. Louise Ure¿s fine writing exposes the protagonist¿s history, along with current storylines, laying out the threads of each tale in long simple strands, then she weaves them into a tapestry rich with colourful motivation, patterns of behaviour, blame and resolution. THE FAULT TREE is not too cozy. A good tale is one which keeps you on the edge of your seat worrying about the safety of people you just met. You will worry about dangers to the protagonist and the people close by. THE FAULT TREE is not too dark. People do die senselessly 'after all it is crime fiction' but the story isn¿t gruesome. Most importantly, the reader doesn¿t feel ashamed to be human. THE FAULT TREE is just right. Theresa de Valence, Mystery Fiction Reviewer