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The Big Picture
The Big Picture
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Ben Bradford is a successful attorney who seems to have it all. But all Ben ever really wanted was to be a photographer. When Ben finds out that his wife has been having an affair with their photographer-neighbor Gary Summers, it's all just too much for him, and he kills Gary in a fit of passion. By this time, Ben's wife has already left with th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780786889372
ISBN-10: 0786889373
Publication Date: 7/1998
Pages: 477
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion (Juv)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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ccwriter avatar reviewed The Big Picture on + 186 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
Imagine losing your life as you know it and having to start over under a new identify, in the blink of an eye...and NOT the witness protection program. This is what happens to Ben.
WestofMars avatar reviewed The Big Picture on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A fun, fast read that at times is implausible and at times is totally believable. For the dreamer in all of us, who've ever wished we could turn and throw it all away and still have a happy ending.. this book's for us.
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Helpful Score: 4
A fine debut novel. Our hero takes a wild if improbable ride when everything he treasures blows up in his face (figuratively). Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the twists in Kennedy's plot. The tension builds page-by-page until it's nearly unbearable. Ok, the resolution may be a bit idealistic, but this really is one of those books you can't put down until you reach the last page!
TheLankyYankee avatar reviewed The Big Picture on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this novel. I always love when characters are able to drop out of sight and live a new life. I am amazed and chilled at the same time at the ease in which new identification can be bought to begin again.

I especially like that the story is told in the first person. It makes it seem as though the tale truly happened to someone like your best friend.
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tashajean avatar reviewed The Big Picture on + 146 more book reviews
Oscar Wilde once said that the only real tragedy in life is getting what you want. Ben Bradford, the protagonist of Douglas Kennedy's new novel, The Big Picture, is living proof of that adage. At the start of Kennedy's novel, Ben Bradford would appear to have it all: a beautiful wife, a big suburban home, two kids and a partnership in a prestigious New York law firm. But Ben's heart lies neither with his family nor his career. Instead, he dreams of being a photographer, and when he discovers his wife is having an affair with the man next door--who happens to be a photographer--Ben snaps and commits an act that will commit him to a whole new way of life, forever.