The Closing

The Closing

by Ken Oder


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The Closing by Ken Oder

*Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year: 2014 Finalist*
*IPPY Awards: 2015 Bronze Medalist*

When rural Virginia prosecutor Nate Abbitt comes back from a drinking binge that ruined his life and his marriage, the only client he can get is a death-row inmate who claims he was framed. His investigation uncovers corruption and gets him accused of murder, but Nate is determined to fight for justice, redemption, and the love of his wife. Set near the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1960s, this novel is an "intelligent, atmospheric, and achingly romantic legal thriller."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939889164
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Ken Oder was born in Virginia in the coastal tidewater area near the York and James Rivers, where military installations during World Wars I and II fueled the growth of urban centers like Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. His father worked for the Navy Mine Depot in Yorktown and later as a Hudson dealer until he heard his calling to preach. When he became the minister at Mount Moriah Methodist Church in 1960, the family moved to White Hall, Virginia, a farm town of about fifty people at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains and the rural culture were a jarring contrast to the busy coastal plains, but once the shock wore off, Ken came to love it there. The mountains and hollows are spectacularly beautiful. The people are thoughtful, friendly, and quietly courageous. White Hall became his home, and his affection and respect for the area and its people have never left him.

Ken and his wife moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he practiced law and served as an executive until he retired. They still live near their children and grandchildren in California, but a piece of his heart never left White Hall, and that place and time come out in his stories.

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The Closing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely entertaining and fast read. It is obvious that Mr. Oder knows these people and this geographic area; he knows what motivates them as individuals and as members of the community in which they lived, and what causes them to act and behave the way that they do. Add to that a knack for story-telling, for creative plots and sub-plots with all sorts of unanticipated plot twists and turns that are also truly believable as the story unfolds, and an ability to write crisply and descriptively at the same time, and you have yourself one very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting storyline, well-written and totally believable. Refreshing to get a free book of this caliber. I will be reading more from Ken Oder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of a human who happens to be a lawyer and makes mistakes that have a profound impact on his personal and professional lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read, so much happens you won't want to stop reading, well written kept me reading all night, exciting, most of all i loved the ending, read this book worth it,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lead character was pitiful and the story dragged. I didn’t finish it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this crime mystery. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would've been nice to see what made Christine return to him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read! Would enjoy more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written courtroom procedural..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this to fans of Grisham! I hope this author does more legal novels. He is superb at it.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
The story is about Nate Abbit, a washed out prosecutor, turned defense attorney. His fear of aging, depression- heck, due to his mid-life crisis, he made mistakes that cost him his job and reputation. Add the constant beckoning of alcohol and you have his life in a nutshell. Later he's dropped into a murder case that has so many twists and turns, his head spins! But Nate's known for making his own rules; can he come up with a legal plan to save himself as well as a possibly innocent man? The Closing is a suspense-filled novel that will leave you guessing on every character you meet. You wonder if the mother, the ex-wife or the dirty cop had anything to do with it- but which it? There's so much dirt and reasons for people to kill that you won't know who to suspect. *For the full book review: **Audiobook provided by Ken Oder and, for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book . I plan to read more from this author .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not see the text on my iPad after ordering. It showed on my old Nook 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great - I could not stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this story. Although some aspects were predictable, others were not. Redemptive elements to the story give it a more emotional layer that makes it much more satisfying. If you like books with a Grisham flavor, this is a good choice. The main plot weakness is in the time period chosen for the setting-there are a couple of things that dont fit the historical timeline (ie breaking news on tv, etc.) I personally feel the story would have worked just as well in a modern setting. Anyway, with a little willing suspension of disbelief this is a very worthy read.