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Heart of a Killer | [David Rosenfelt]

Heart of a Killer

Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.
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Publisher's Summary

In David Rosenfelt's latest thriller, Jamie Wagner must free a convicted murderer so that she can save her dying daughter - by taking her own life.

Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm, doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a 30-year sentence for killing her husband, whom she claims abused her and her daughter, Karen. The case is settled. There shouldn't be anything for Jamie to do - except Karen is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant, and her rare blood type makes the chance of finding a matching donor remote. Sheryl wants to be that donor, and Jamie is in way over his head. Suicide, no matter what the motive, is illegal, and Sheryl is put on suicide watch.

Jamie's only shot at helping Sheryl and saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl's innocence, and get her freed, so that she can pursue her plan on her own.

David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs. Tadd Morgan is an actor, dancer and musician holding a bachelor of arts degree in Improvisational Performance Structures from Bennington College. He has been performing in his native Seattle for the past five years.

©2012 David Rosenfelt (P)2012 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    Battman Sacramento, CA 05-07-12
    Battman Sacramento, CA 05-07-12 Member Since 2004
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    "It's No Andy Carpenter"

    I love Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. Funny, irreverent, well-read by Grover Gardner. This book, however, which strays from the Carpenter series, is little better than a bad romance novel. The plot is sappy and unbelievable (why do authors insist that out-of-their-league lawyers can pull off the impossible?), and I couldn't wait for it to end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Woodstock, IL, United States 03-25-12
    Michael Woodstock, IL, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst Narrator on Audible"
    What didn’t you like about Tadd Morgan’s performance?

    Everything. The main character and MAYBE one other sounded normal. Was he using a voice synthesizer set to alien life forms? My Kindle could have read it better.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 04-18-12
    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 04-18-12 Member Since 2001

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    "I loved the storyline..."

    This book begins with an interesting ethical dilemma that is carried throughout the book. I loved the storyline and where Mr. Rosenfelt took it. There were enough twists and turns that it kept me guessing all the way through and I didn't predict the ending at all. My very minor complaint would be that the narrator tried a little too hard to differentiate all the character voices, and it wasn't always successful. This is a great summer read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Jackson, WY, USA 09-13-12
    William Jackson, WY, USA 09-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing narration"
    Would you ever listen to anything by David Rosenfelt again?

    I look forward to the next David Rosenfelt book of the Andy Carpenter series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In contrast to the subtlety of a narrator like Grover Gardner, this narrator caricatures the voices of different characters in a heavyhanded and annoying manner.


    Do you think Heart of a Killer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. I kept wondering what Andy Carpenter was up to while listening to the book...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilene San Marcos, CA, United States 04-16-12
    Marilene San Marcos, CA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A ++ for Rosenfelt But Narrator Not So Much"
    Where does Heart of a Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    David Rosenfelt is one of my favorite authors. His books are always good. The problem with this book wasn't the story line, it was the narrator. His normal voice was ok, but when he tried to change his voice to sound like other characters in the book, I felt like I was listening to cartoons or some kids show. None of them were believable and it bothered me at times. Kind of spoiled the story. It was like listening to a really suspenseful radio show and suddenly the detective speaks and its Sponge Bob. But I love David Rosenfelt and would still buy his books. Just hope he uses another narrator next time.


    What didn’t you like about Tadd Morgan’s performance?

    See Above


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Would you give your heart to the one you love?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 11-07-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waste your time or your money!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one that I know!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A well written suspense novel with a talented narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read it like he was reading a term paper. He demonstrated no performance talent whatsoever.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely none whatsoever. I will be returning this one to Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    The title and the first couple of chapters were pretty good. Then the story just fell apart. No character development. Absolutely bizarre story line. I gave up on it about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol maplewood, NJ, United States 01-27-13
    carol maplewood, NJ, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Usually good author misses the mark with this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was terrible--accent bad, various character voices equally bad


    Has Heart of a Killer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The Andy Carpenter reader and stories are far superior and should not be missed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Los Angeles, US, Canada 12-25-12
    Robert Los Angeles, US, Canada 12-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Convaluted but fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of a Killer to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the guy who spoke made the story come alive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of a Killer?

    Well it was contrived but the solution to Harvard's conundrum


    What does Tadd Morgan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Greatstory telling


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was fun but not overwhelming either way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 11-13-12
    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love Rosenfelt's writing"
    Would you listen to Heart of a Killer again? Why?

    I suppose so - but a lot of time has to pass.


    What other book might you compare Heart of a Killer to and why?

    at first I wasn't sure about reading a non andy carpenter book but this one held up.


    What aspect of Tadd Morgan’s performance would you have changed?

    he started a little slow - but then I guess I got more used to his style especially after listening to the andy carpenter series with grover gardner reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    just the beginning until I got used to his style.


    Any additional comments?

    David Rosenfelt writes good mysteries and doesn't rely on bad language to convey mood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 10-23-12
    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Really? So disappointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was not well spent. I was very disappointed in the narrator and the storyline. It is very unoriginal.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful imitation of females; monotone reading and just plain flat.


    Was Heart of a Killer worth the listening time?

    No, but I needed closure...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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