Book Reviews of Primal Fear (Martin Vail, Bk 1)

Primal Fear (Martin Vail, Bk 1)
Primal Fear - Martin Vail, Bk 1
Author: William Diehl
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345388773
ISBN-10: 0345388771
Publication Date: 4/2/1994
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 88 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
One of the best murder mysteries in a long time. Execellent plot with a great twist.
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Helpful Score: 2
A first class psychological thrill- fast paced readablity-very cleverly plotted. The more we learn about Aaron Stample, the more the plot twisted until you don't what is real and Aaron wants to believed himself.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wow, what a bone-chilling story; couldn't put it down. The ending will freak you out! If you like this book, you'll love "Show of Evil", the sequel to this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
this book was made into a movie starring Richard Gere.The book is so much more descriptive than the movie. YOU GOTTA READ IT!!!!!!!!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Wow! WHAT AN ENDING!
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This is the very first Martin Vail mystery. It's a blockbuster--it would make one heck of a movie. Great characters, strong plotting, and some serious twisting of the tale! If you like this one, be prepared to seek out the follow-ups. 5 stars for sure.
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Great courtroom thriller! A classic!
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Psychologically suspenseful thriller. Fast-paced with surprise ending. Eerily predicts the more recent crimes committed by Catholic priests.
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This was a great book. It is #1 in a series of 3.
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One of the most suspenseful and chilling novels I've ever read. And the movie with Richard Gere as Martin Vail and Edward Norton as Aaron Stampler was a first class psychological thriller. Their performances in the movie were superb. I had never read anything by William Diehl before, but I am anxious to read more of his books.
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In Chicago, a sainted archbishop is murdered, mutilated, and dismembered in his rectory. Aaron Stampler, an angelic-looking young man, is found crouched in a confessional, covered with blood, cluthing a butcher's knife, swearing he is innocent.

Martin Vail is the brilliant "bad-boy" lawyer every prosecutor and politician loves to hate. It is up to him to defend STampler, the young human monster. But first he must uncover the horrifying truth behind the archbishop's slaughter.

This book has so many twists and turns, you'll be thinking you're reading while being driven on a road course. It's a great read and one that keeps you riveted. Don't take your eyes off because the killer might just slip away. Excellent!
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Older story but excellent reading.
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much more intense than the movie that is based on it. a good read.
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A page turner
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I really enjoyed the book. Was different than the movie. Excellent
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Better than the movie.
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Great book! Movie starring Richard Gere. set in Chicago, an archbishop is murdered and a young man is found covered in his blood, but professing his innocence.
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Attorney Martin Vail must defend a young man found in a church with a slain bishop. He maintains his innocence even though he was holding a butcher knife and covered with blood.

So begins a court battle worhty of "Presumed Innocent" and a nightmare of terror every bit as horrifying as "Silence of the Lambs." Brilliant suspense, memorable characters, and superb plotting makes "Primal Fear" a great thriller. (from the cover)

Please be aware that this is the bookcassette edition and requires a tape player with full balance control (or headphone adapter).
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real good!
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"Now a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures starring Richard Gere. Shocking...As much psychological thriller as legal drama...Taut dialogue and unnerving suspense...Diehl delivers!"
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In Chicago, a sainted archbishop is murdered, mutilated, and dismembered in his rectory. Aaron Stampler, an angelic-looking young man, is found crouched in a confessional, covered with blood, clutching a butcher knife, swearing he is innocent.
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They made a movie starring Richard Gere on this novel.

In Chicago, a sainted archbishop is murdered, mutilated, and dismembered in his rectory. Aaron Stampler, an angelic-looking young man, is found crouched in a confessional, covered with blood, clutching a butcher's knife, swearing he is innocent. Martin Vail is the brilliant "bad boy" lawyer every prosecutor and politician loves to hate. It is up to him to defend Stampler, the young human monster. But first he must uncover the horrifying truth behind the arhcbishop's slaughter...
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"In chicago, a sainted archbisoph is murdered, mutilated, and dismembered in his recotry. Aaron Stamper, an angelic-looking young man, is found crouched in a confessional, coverd with blood, clutching a butcher's knife, swearing he is innocent"
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spellging book. very interesting