Heart of a Killer

Heart of a Killer

by David Rosenfelt
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Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

Heart of a Killer

David Rosenfelt


Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, not to mention the whole legal thing, isn't exactly his passion. But then he's put on a case that turns his whole world upside down.


Sheryl Harrison is serving a thirty-year murder sentence for killing her husband, who she claims was abusive. The case is settled-there shouldn't be anything for Jamie to do-except now Sheryl's fourteen-year-old daughter, Karen, is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant. Sheryl is a matching donor-and is willing to die to save her daughter. But suicide, no matter the motive, is illegal. Now Jamie is in way over his head.


With Sheryl on suicide watch, Jamie's only shot at saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl's innocence, and get her freed so that she can pursue her own plan. And time is running out...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250014207
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 341
Sales rank: 353,097
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels, most recently Leader of the Pack, and three previous stand-alone thrillers, On Borrowed Time, Don't Tell a Soul, and Down to the Wire. He and his wife live in Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they've rescued and rehabilitated over the years.

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Heart of a Killer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for everything Rosenfelt; and you should be too if you like snappy dialogue and holding on to the edge of your seat. I wasn't sure how I'd fare without Andy Carpenter, but I was more than rewarded! How often do I get lucky enough to read a thriller that really makes me think? And one that does not have a predictable ending? If you are deciding whether or not to read this book, take my advice and do! It's worth every penny and then some.
joiseygoil More than 1 year ago
Get ready to just read....I couldn't put it down at all and spent the day cuddled on my sofa reading and then, when it was over, wished it wasn't. Rarely do you get this kind of book. Certainly grabs your attention.
e-reader7 More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt is a great writer. From the first page I am always hooked, can't put the book down. His wit and impossible legal cases are a perfect combination. Can't wait for him to write another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid mystery reader and this book has an amazing twist. It is more than just detective work-it is about characters that grab your heart.
Madderly-Review More than 1 year ago
Heart of a Killer is one of those books that makes a good night's sleep impossible. It is exciting and terrifying, but more than that, it is thought provoking. Just how much would you give up for your child? Sheryl, In prison for a murder we are not sure she committed, is willing to give up her heart...literally. A prison system that doesn't mind keeping her locked up, will not let her die. She hires Jamie Wagner, an "underachieving" lawyer, to fight for her right to die and give her heart to her dying daughter. The introduction of domestic terrorists, a police detective who has doubts about Sheryl's guilt, the FBI, and the most amoral character since Hannibal Lecter, makes this a book to remember way after the last page.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt master penner of the legal thriller has come up with another gem in Heart of a Killer. This one grabs you from the start as Sheryl Harrison confesses to murder that she probably didn't commit and is sentenced to life. Six years later a junior lawyer (Jamie Wagner) working on civil actions is asked by his bosses to take a pro bono assignment in the criminal arena. Jamie is asked to represent Sheryl. It seems that her daughter is dying from a defective heart and needs a transplant as soon as possible. Sheryl tells Jamie that she wants him to "assist" her in some way to take her life so she can donate her heart to her daughter. Jamie knows this is a losing proposition because no prison system would ever kill a prisoner at their request. He is intrigued by Sheryl though and agrees to do what he can to help her. He meets with Sheryl's arresting detective (Novack). Novack was always bothered by his arrest of Sheryl because all the evidence at the scene of the crime indicated that someone other than Sheryl had done the original crime. He investigated no further because at the time he had been overloaded with casework and with Sheryls confession, her case was an easy conviction. Jamie convinces Novack to begin the investigation that he should have done six years prior. Meanwhile there are some evil computer bad guys who are performing acts of terrorism such as hacking into airplanes and crashing them. They seem to have an agenda bordering on something really big. They also seem to have their eyes on Novack and Sheryl and are worried that Novack's investigation may lead back to them. There are several tense moments throughout and Rosenfelt does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing all the way to the last page. As Jamie is relatively young, maybe he will be another character to build a series upon just like Andy Carpenter. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosenfelt's books always entertain. I never fail to laugh out loud at some point but the suspense keeps me on the edge of my seat page after page.
nancyg1NG More than 1 year ago
While I found the main character, Jamie Wagner, a bit annoying, the story it self was good.  His underachieving skills/attitude just seemed a bit much for a lawyer that manages to solve the mystery.  But, overall, I felt the book was a good one.  I do believe, however, that B&N should  list how many pages are in a book along with the brief description of the book.
WIT-writer-in-training More than 1 year ago
I finished this book too quickly; it was so well written, that the pages kept turning on their own. Good character development, well constructed story line, and thought provoking enough without being confusing. Need to go back and read the books I missed.
PAMRMW More than 1 year ago
I really didn't think I would like it since it was not an Andy Carpenter Series book, BUT it was astounding! There are so many conflicts and twists and turns that it kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. The humor was great, characters were just as interesting, and the plot was right along with today's news and current events. Highly recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed to development of the main characters and the plot. Dealing with many other different characters was a challenge at times but well worth the effort, with help from the storyline, when it all came together at the end. Also, some big surprises at how the story ended. Loved it and not expecting it. Give me more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Per his usual style Rosenfeldt combines action, humor, & a dash of romance to create good fiction. Although Andy Carpenter was absent from this plot, it still the feel of Carpenter mystery.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Setting aside his popular and irreverent New Jersey attorney, Andy Carpenter, as a protagonist, David Rosenfelt has created a standalone based on another attorney, Jamie Wagner, a Harvard graduate who is a six-year associate at a leading Newark law firm. Basically unambitious, and no less a quipster than Andy, although his area of concentration is in contract law Jamie is handed a pro bono case he is ill-equipped to handle: a woman who wants to donate her heart to save her 14-year-old daughter’s life, currently serving a 15-years-to-life sentence for the confessed murder of her husband. Other aspects of the plot involve terrorist attacks based on computer technology masterminded by the same persons who were involved in the husband’s death. The story then moves around these two themes. The author writes with a light touch, using asides and humor to make various points. [I must note, and was surprised at the fact, that a finished first-rate novel from a leading publisher contained the word “benefited” spelled with two “t”s, among other instances of what I felt to be poor proof-reading.] Nevertheless, the book is enjoyable, with an unexpected twist or two to keep the reader forging ahead, and it is recommended.
Cheryl1CF More than 1 year ago
i thoroughly enjoyed David Rosenfelt's latest novel and found the story line to be unique, interesting and in many ways, thought provoking. It definitely raises questions about moral and ethical concerns and then you factor in an interesting plot line and the end result is a novel that I read in a day and half. I loved it and I love him. He just never disappoints.
FluffyOH More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading, you won't want to leave this enthralling mystery. The only things missing is one of the Golden Retreivers dogs which wag their tail through many of the author's bookd. There are issues society hasn't addressed for those incarcerated and that is part of the mystery. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not one of his better ones i wont give up on him though.
kanga46 More than 1 year ago
Very good plot. Not as witty as some of other novels but stays interesting all the way through.
Kat110 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! David Rosenfelt has become one of my favorite authors, starting from his very first book. You will enjoy this book immensely, as well as all of his other books!
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
While I've read and enjoyed all of David Rosenfelt's books, I think this may be his best. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for his next one.
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RomeoRomeo More than 1 year ago
This effort was pathetic and made me think someone else wrote the Andy Carpenter series.
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