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Move to Strike | [Sydney Bauer]

Move to Strike

Doctor Jeffrey Logan, daytime TV's most loved psychologist, has a top-rating talk show seen around the world – and his picture-perfect life is completed by his talented lawyer wife, Stephanie Tyler, their 16-year-old daughter Chelsea, and 13-year-old J. T. But this image of domestic bliss is shattered when Stephanie is killed instantly by a bullet from a big-game rifle in the family's pristine Beacon Hill kitchen.
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Publisher's Summary

Perfect home, perfect family, perfect murder....

Doctor Jeffrey Logan, daytime TV's most loved psychologist, has a top-rating talk show seen around the world – and his picture-perfect life is completed by his talented lawyer wife, Stephanie Tyler, their 16-year-old daughter Chelsea, and 13-year-old J. T. But this image of domestic bliss is shattered when Stephanie is killed instantly by a bullet from a big-game rifle in the family's pristine Beacon Hill kitchen. The consequences of her death are catastrophic as Doctor Jeff confesses, despite all the evidence pointing decidedly towards his blood-spattered son.

Now Boston criminal defense attorney David Cavanaugh faces his most gruelling case to date, as fate steps in to see him appointed to represent the man charged with murdering his old law-school friend. Cavanaugh soon realizes that this family has a dark secret, but it may not be the one the popular Doctor Jeff insists on revealing to the world.

With the Logan children unwilling to reveal what really happened, and Doctor Jeff always one step ahead of his defense team, Cavanaugh must race to uncover the truth, before more lives, including those closest to him, are lost.

©2010 Sydney Bauer (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A perfect page-turner...Polished and suspenseful." (Australian Women's Weekly)

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    Steven Esperance, Australia 09-10-10
    Steven Esperance, Australia 09-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing - dont bother"

    The overall plot in this book is an interesting scenario. However the execution of the plot is appallingly bad. Many of us aspire to write a novel and I try to cut authors a bit of slack because they have got out there and done it - and because many of them improve along the way. What is difficult to overlook is an author who has been slack. This story has been ruined by an author who has not taken the time and effort to review the material and remove material which is wholly implausible. I regard this as a very poorly written and researched novel. The story is so implausible, relying on huge leaps of faith. I expect most readers would be disapointed and give up long before I did. Be interested to see if Sydney Bauer improves with his next effort.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Alexandria Bay, NY, United States 11-19-10
    Judy Alexandria Bay, NY, United States 11-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "not as good as I thought it would be"

    The voices for both female and male are the same. The reader tries tooooooooooooooo hard to be the other sex. It would be better if he didn't try so hard. Sounds much too forced. It's always a problem when a man tries to sound like a woman or a woman tries too hard to sound like a man. I am disappointed with this and tried to hold on to just the story but it is VERY hard to do so. Wish the reader could just be more honest in his voices as it distracts from the story line to such a degree and I had a hard time listening. This may be a good story, but the author really needs to consider with greater thought the voice who is presenting the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 07-17-10
    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 07-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My New Favourite Author"

    I've listened to all the Sydney Bauer books on Audible. Can't wait for the next one. Interesting plots - great characters!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Tulsa, Oklahoma 12-17-10
    Barbara Tulsa, Oklahoma 12-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad prose, comic-book plot, unbelievable character"

    This would qualify for the Bulwer-Lytton bad prose contest. Really, it's the worst book I've ever listened to. The narrator is terrible, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Wulguru, Australia 12-04-12
    Amazon Customer Wulguru, Australia 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another edge of my seat story"
    What did you love best about Move to Strike?

    I couldnt guess all the twists


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all good


    What about Bill Ten Eyck’s performance did you like?

    He brings the characters to life


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

    Murderer is in the eye of the beholder


    Any additional comments?

    Keep em coming

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John WARRAGUL, Australia 01-28-11
    John WARRAGUL, Australia 01-28-11 Member Since 2004
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    "This one is a dud"

    I like Sydney Bauer's work, and have enjoyed several of his titles, but this one is a big disappointment. The plot is unbelievable, and the behavior of the lead character incomprehensible. For a character which the Author thinks worthy enough to feature in several tales, it's a pity he doesn't allow him to learn from the stupid mistakes he makes, and makes again. Frequent repetition of crass stupidity becomes irritating. I hope Mr Bauer can do better with him next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Naples, FL, United States 01-19-11
    Judith Naples, FL, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Good thriller, unrealistic American phraseology"

    I really liked this thriller, despite the distracting names of some of the characters, such as Joe Mannix (old TV show character). The main distraction was that the author must have been British trying to affect American dialogue for the characters. Consequently you get Americans talking about "ringing someone" when we would say "call", "shall" was used waaay more than these people would ever use it, "mates" was used awkwarkly rather than friends, disliked theories were dismissed as "drivel" (not since the 50s here), characters described as "having none of it" when they rejected an idea, and "you see" ending too many dialogues, in that Miss Marple manner. Americans just don't use that phraseology, especially the characters in this convoluted, but very intriguing plot that just keeps twisting. Not enough character development on the "good guys", while a lot was spent on the "Ted Bundy/Dr. Phil" psychopath--or as they termed him "charasmatic psychopath". Even that didn't seem to fit, as the psychopath was never shown in any charasmatic light, only evil. The poor Sarah, had absolutely no character development, as was most often referred to as "the pregnant Sarah", the evil ADA was too evil, the hero lawyer was too shallow but heroic, the Boston cop too rough--all seemingly trying to create characters that were stereotypical of old American television series; maybe hence Joe Mannix? Even so; the twisted plot was intriguing, and it did hold my interest. It was quite a good story, frighteningly so; and would have been better with better character development and realistic American phraseology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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