Book Reviews of A Defense for the Dead

A Defense for the Dead
A Defense for the Dead
Author: Michael Fredrickson
ISBN-13: 9780812565294
ISBN-10: 0812565290
Publication Date: 3/1/2005
Pages: 336
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Forge Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
The murderer was known as "Van Gogh". Leaving a bloody trail of bodies from coast to coast, this serial killer marked his targets with a gruesome signature: He harvested the victim's right ear. After a viscious manhunt, the FBI took him out. But for Boston attorney Jimmy Morrissey, Van Gogh's death was only the beginning. Two FBI agents show him a chilling piece of evidence found in Van Gogh's apartment: the photograph of a beautiful woman, with Morrissey's name and address scrawled on the back. Who is she, and what connects her--and the serial killer--to Morrissey? To discover the truth,, Morrissey takes on a client who no longer exists and mounts a defense for the dead.

I really didn't think at the time I bought this book that it was going to be as good as it was...I was just quickly picking a book for a boring night at home. Turns out it was a lucky pick. Good thriller. Worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book; it's a little different from the typical legal-mystery-thriller. The actual mystery story isn't as well-developed or intriguing, but I enjoyed the way the main character is developed, and the fact that it kind of leaves you hanging a little bit, wondering what happened next.
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This was a very well-written murder mystery - more educated-sounding than many (perhaps because the writer is a lawyer). All in all, I thought it was pretty fun, pretty exciting, with a little bit of a twist at the end. Honestly, it was the ambiguous ending coupled with its implausibility that ruined the book a bit for me. But I think I would still read another by him.
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I truly enjoyed this book. Many unexpected twists and turns. The further you read on, the better it gets. You won't be disappointed!