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Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures
Author: David Morrell
Burned-out and grief-stricken after the death of his son, journalist Matthew Pittman is sitting in his bathtub with a loaded revolver pointed at the roof of his mouth when the telephone rings. His suicide interrupted, Matthew is assigned to write an obituary for the dying Jonathan Millgate, an 80-year-old member of a prestigious group that advis...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446602396
ISBN-10: 0446602396
Publication Date: 7/1/1995
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Good thriller with an undertone of dark humor -- our protagonist is in the tub, gun in mouth, about to commit suicide, when the phone rings. Not wanting to leave any details unattended, he answers it...

Soon this retired obituary writer finds himself accused of murder and on the run with (natch) a beautiful woman... does he trust her, should he trust her...

The fact that the romance comes about a little too quickly IMO, it is but a minor flaw in a rip-roaring adventure...
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Helpful Score: 2
Darkly funny, intrigue, mystery. Well worth the read
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"Nobody delivers suspense fiction with more sheer emotional power than Morrell." I gave it four stars, and search for more novels by Mr Morrell.
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The two heroes from Morrell's The Fraternity of the Stone and The Brotherhood of the Rose come together again in another exciting adventure.
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This story begins as Matt Pittman, a once famous journalist whose life has fallen apart because of overwhelming personal tragedy, prepares his own suicide. Suddenly, what was to have been the final act of Matt's ruined life is interrupted by a phone call. Matt's editor has an assignment for him: write an obituary of a man who is not dead yet.
Plucked from the edge of oblivion, plunged into the unexpected, Matt finds himself accused of killing the very man whose premature death notice he was to write.

As he races to untangle the most dangerous story of his career, Matt seeks redemption in a deepening love for Jill Warren, who becomes his accomplice in survival. He finds himself thrust into the heart of a conspiracy of aging power brokers whose lethal influence in America and throughout the world remains terrifyingly unsurpassed. And he stumbles across a devastating secret forged in the birth of the Cold War--and decades before that, in the intimate and treacherous rites of passage among the nation's youthful, golden elite.