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Mistress of Justice by Jeffery Deaver
The Steel Kiss. The October List. The Bone Collector. I wonder, if before starting this book Mr. Deaver had had a run in with the legal profession. Because none of the lawyers in this story come out smelling of roses. They all come over as scheming, manipulative, deceitful, money hungry whores. On the upside, there's lots of characters to dislike. The heroin of the story Another stand alone thriller from the pen of Jeffery Deaver.
The heroin of the story is Taylor Lockwood, a paralegal working for the aforementioned whores. Taylor gets seconded to Mitchell Reece, a lawyer at the firm. An important piece of paper has been stolen from Mitchell's office and he wants Taylor to not only find the piece of paper but also the person who stole it. The further Taylor delves the deeper in the poo she gets. There is no one, and I mean no one, she can trust.
Things escalate to the point where Taylor's life is in danger.
There are twists, turns, dead ends and red herrings all over the place. And as for the end, it's fair to say that I was gobsmacked. The story has a lot of characters and got a bit convoluted in places but in the end it was a satisfying, entertaining read. Recommended for lovers of thrillers and all things legal. Jun 30, Fred Forbes rated it liked it. Picked this as a cheap kindle download since I am a Deaver fan but had not read this early work. As a writer, Deaver is organized and fastidious and he evidently went back and re-wrote this one, tightening it up where necessary.
Certainly admirable for an early effort and it contains the plot twists and turns he is noted for, but seems a bit overpopulated, not only in the number of characters but in the number of plot directions. A bit too staged in many places but the female protagonist is an i Picked this as a cheap kindle download since I am a Deaver fan but had not read this early work.
A bit too staged in many places but the female protagonist is an interesting and sympathetic character even though the rest seem a bit 2 dimensional.
Mistress of Justice
Still, a three star read by Deaver is better than most; helped me pass the time during my lunchtime "mental health breaks". View 1 comment. Jeffery Deaver is one of those authors I have been meaning to pick up for a very long time. I constantly see his work in bookstores. His books appear in my recommendations. People I know have enjoyed his work. Therefore, it was about time that I picked up one of his books.
I had highs and lows with it; I merely expected something more. As I said, I know many who have enjoyed his work. With this one, I found there were times when I was really interested, and then there were certain elements that really bored me. Like I said — highs and lows. Up and downs. When I was pulled into the story, I was really pulled in.
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When I was bored, well… I could put the book down and forget about it. For me, I think my big issue is that there was too much happening in this story. There were multiple elements and the story kept shifting which of the characters was being followed in that moment. In fact, I know such would have made this more enjoyable. A lot of my waxing and waning interest was based upon which character a scene involve.
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As my first Jeffery Deaver book, it was an okay read. Great mystery. Didn't really figure out who the bad guy was till the very end. Great character involvement! Mistress of Justice wasn't a bad read by any means, but it just didn't quite meet my expectations. I don't mind long courtroom scenes, or the descriptions of endless hours of research and detailed explanations of finer legal points. But here, there is a lot of telling rather than sh This was my third Jeffery Deaver book though I still have to read The Bone Collector!
But here, there is a lot of telling rather than showing. And for me it just ended up making the story move really slowly. I was expecting a lot more excitement and nail-biting suspence than I got.
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But even so, I still found it interesting enough to read , and I was curious about where it would end up. Because I was so sure that there would be a big twist at the end that I wouldn't see coming. I mean, I was starting to think it would end one way, but the big reveal would prove wrong. Turns out the unpredictable ending was actually really pretty predictable. And that is just plain disappointing. She's smart and driven, she knows what she wants and fights to get it. I loved the depth her character had, and how hard she struggled to keep fighting for her dreams.
The rest of the cast I wasn't as impressed with. Where Taylor is developed very well, all the other characters seem very one-dimensional and experience very little if any growth throughout the book. A few of them were so dull and unremarkable that I kept mixing them up even well into the book! Overall, this was an entertaining book, but hardly one that I will re-read anytime soon.
Originally published on Book for Thought. Oct 30, Alan Cook rated it it was amazing. This is one of Jeffery Deaver's earlier books, dating back to the early nineties, but I was interested to see that it followed the formula used in his later books, especially the surprise ending. The book takes place in a law office with much feuding, fussing and fighting going on.
Taylor Lockwood, the female protagonist, is a paralegal who is also a piano player. Fortunately, she's smarter than you might expect her to be or she wouldn't be alive at the end of the book. I've noticed that in stor This is one of Jeffery Deaver's earlier books, dating back to the early nineties, but I was interested to see that it followed the formula used in his later books, especially the surprise ending.
I've noticed that in stories about lawyers nobody ever actually sleeps, but if you can ignore minor details like this, there's an interesting plotline with lots of zigzags. Mar 04, Darcy rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-finish , , mystery. I find this book to be very confusing.
There are a lot of players on the scene, 2 different law firms, many paralegals, plus some back story from the past. Often people are referred to by either their first or last name and not together, so it made it hard to figure out who was in the story.
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