Patchwork Man

Patchwork Man

by D B Martin


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ISBN-13: 9780992996109
Publisher: IM Books
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Patchwork Man 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mandy_W-B More than 1 year ago
An impressive, superbly written thriller. Probably at the top of my list as one of the most compelling reads I've recently discovered. A truly gripping psychological twisting tale of one man's journey to cover up his less than exemplary start in life, and what happens as all the threads so intricately woven begin to pull apart. A realistic look at society's forgotten, sidelined members, flaws and all. A fascinating look at how one man, Lawrence Juste, manoeuvred his way up, through and past, the ranks of his peers. Great collection of characters, plenty of intrigue and some startling surprises by way of some very unusual twists. As I turned the last page I had a mini panic attack as I wasn't quite ready to relinquish my hold on either the characters or their stories. Thankfully, despite this book not ending on a cliffhanger, I'll be able to continue the journey as this is the first of a trilogy. I've downloaded the next two and am all set to enjoy myself back in the intriguing world of Lawrence Juste.
Elsahoffmann More than 1 year ago
Top notch, well written thriller by an award winning author. Lawrence Juste, QC, takes the reader through the patches of his life, which definitely is not what it seems to be on the smooth surface he shows to his colleagues. Who is Juste really? And, more importantly, when people find out, will he still be Lawrence Juste? Is one's past exactly that, and if so, what happens when the past reappears in full glory in one's present - and literally could ruin a future as fragile as glass? Aren't we all just patchworks of our lives? Are people who they seem to be? Not this bloke! Enthralling and devious, cunning and innocent, Juste has to figure out where his past belongs. It's a tense, emotional thriller. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. The past just won't stay where it belongs....
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that PATCHWORK MAN by D.B. Martin is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
A successful barrister's carefully constructed life comes crashing down when the case he's working on unearths his secret past. Lawrence Juste--"Kenny" to his birth family--isn't particularly likable. He's cool, secretive, arrogant and wound as tightly as a watch spring. This top legal eagle has taken great pains to hide his hard-scrabble origins and achieve his current position, which has him poised to become a high court judge. Then his wife is run down and killed. Her death sets into motion a series of events that threaten to rain down public humiliation and professional ruin. Ironically, the only way Lawrence can save himself requires him to go out on a limb for someone else...a boy whose life parallels his own in more ways than Lawrence could ever have imagined.  Martin's plot is complex and full of twists. She gives readers a large cast of seriously flawed characters, each with his or her own agenda, and writes them in a way that makes us care for them despite their grievous shortcomings. As the  story unfolds, there's a wonderful sense of past and present knitting together... almost creating a fait accompli. Almost. It's in that narrow space between THEN and NOW that Lawrence has the opportunity to leave behind the victimized child  and become a man at least somewhat worthy of the faith and responsibility bestowed on him. But can he seize this chance when doing so threatens everything he's built for himself? More literary fiction than mystery, this novel is long and complicated. It's easy to  become lost in Lawrence's labyrinthine thought process. The author writes from a deeply psychological point-of-view and expects us to follow her protagonist's  (often unstated) logical leaps. At times, especially toward the end, I felt as if I  were running to keep up. Reading this book requires focus (to follow the tangled train of clues) and commitment (that eventually the complexities will iron  themselves out).  Personally, I found all the hard work to be worth it. PATCHWORK MAN is an incredibly human book about the power of the past to find us wherever we hide.  
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that starts out slow and builds up momentum until you can no longer stop reading it. The twists and turns are unbelievable--thankfully there are at least 2 more books in this series because the ending--well lets just say if I don't find them rather quickly I will be unhappy!! This book is filled with secrets, both past and present. I will leave it up to you to decide which should have been revealed, to discover which were and to wonder if maybe some of them should be hidden forever. When the Patch Work of life which has been cleverly woven but suddenly starts to unravel--what should you do? "Prologue Secrets. They overwhelm you when you least want them to – like memories. You tuck them safely away and think they’re lost. They’re not. They’re merely lying dormant, awaiting the miscreant – inquisitive, prodding and delving. I opened the envelope clumsily, exhausted from the effort of maintaining a dignified propriety since Margaret’s death yesterday. It was a list of names and dates and places, written in her hand. My hidden history, meticulously researched – including the parts I’d thought even I had forgotten. 1999 rolled back forty years to the first time the threads of my life unravelled, when I was nine, and a tidal wave of memories crashed over me in a suffocating arc of white water and humiliation. Then my body shook and the cold finger of fear slid down my neck and into my gut as the patchwork man felt his carefully seamed life pull apart."
Marc-J-Stern More than 1 year ago
In a brilliantly written novel, DB Martin has created a work that just pulls you and glues you to your seat. DB Martin, short for Deborah B. Martin, is a wonderfully gifted writer who has created a world where image is everything and substance is a punishable offense. For Lawrence Juste the ghosts of his past keep resurfacing with monotonous regularity and they threaten to derail his dream of obtaining a seat on the UK's High Court. Juste's contentedly structured world of a wife, home and the law firm that has catapulted him to the brink of his longed for desire is about to come crashing down around his ears. His wife of four years, Margaret, has just been killed by a supposed hit-and-run driver, leaving Lawrence without the anchor who so carefully protected and nurtured his march to the court and who provided structure to his life. For some reason, Margaret has not only built the lattice on which the strands of Lawrence's life have been lain, but she has also been busy manipulating him into taking a case that will throw his contentedly structured life into chaos and will also threaten his bid for the high court. The case dredges up the past Lawrence has carefully boxed up and put away, a past that he does not want remembered. And now, his carefully planned black-and-white world is filled with so many shades of grey and images of images that he understands but does not want invading his life. It brings him back to a childhood, he wants to forget, a huge family that resents his success, a supposed brother who now wants something and Jaggers, that evil stain on his life, suddenly also reappears but in a whole new persona. I am going to stop discussing the plot here so I won't spoil anythiing else for you. The plotting of this novel is masterful and DB Martin has woven a wonderfully layered multi-threaded tale that is full of subplots and surprises that will likely have you thinking "I never saw that coming." It is the delicate way in which she leads you wherever she wants you to go that illustrates the talent behind this story. DB Martin plays with language in a way that makes her descriptions almost lyrical. She uses flashbacks to pull you further and further into the world of Lawrence Juste. And, you allow yourself to be pulled because you can hardly wait to see where she is taking you next. The "Patchwork Man" is the first of three novels planned for this series. It also sets a high mark for the rest of the series to meet, but I suspect, the author will meet and pass it. DB Martin's talent is undeniable and I can hardly wait until she uses it on me again so I can sit back and let her take me through the next novel. I hope it is out soon.