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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clyde Phillips'debut novel packs a powerful punch!
FALL FROM GRACE plasters you to the book on the first page and never let's go. The characters are compelling, commanding, real; the plot fascinating, with more twists than Hwy 1; and the pacing is break-neck beautiful. Rarely, if ever, have I read a debut novel (or one by an old hand) that has kept my heart in my throat and me on the edge of my chair from start to...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Mai 1998 von Picky Reader

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1.0 von 5 Sternen 3 improbable things
There improbable things about this book: (1) the plot; (2) the fact that it was ever published; and (3) that I actually wasted money on it. Wouldn't have been worth a quarter in a bargain bin at the used book store.
Veröffentlicht am 6. August 1999 von Joan W. Storm


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1.0 von 5 Sternen 3 improbable things, 6. August 1999
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There improbable things about this book: (1) the plot; (2) the fact that it was ever published; and (3) that I actually wasted money on it. Wouldn't have been worth a quarter in a bargain bin at the used book store.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Shows how hype can influence people's opinions., 29. Mai 1998
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This book is barely passable as a mystery-thriller. But everything in it has been done before and better. It does show, however, what the influence of mediocre television has on the author. It also shows how even reviewers are so sated with mediocrity that they elevate the mediocre to a higher plane. I just don't get it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't waste your time, 12. September 1999
A creaky plot. An insipid heroine. Supporting characters straight out of the stereotype zone. There's nothing noir about this book except its cover. Jane Candiotti is more concerned about getting the ex-husband of the deceased in bed than finding the killer, and then she whines about how weary she is from everyone depending on her too much (when in fact it's her brother Timmy who's carrying the lion's share of responsibility for caring for ill Dad, and her male partner who's really working the murder investigation). Philips needs to spend more time around real-life detectives and less time fantasizing about a woman so needy and pliable. She's about as gritty and intriguing as a Harlequin romance.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The worst mystery book I've ever read in my life., 26. Oktober 1998
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The most unrealistic representation of police work I've ever read in a mystery book. Predictable plot twists, lame plot twists, outrageous plot twists. The dialog is wooden and stiff, as befitting one-dimensional characters. The prose is heavy-handed; at times it appears as if the author is simply trying to impress us with his knowledge of arcane words...anyone can buy a dictionary. Your system should be revised to include zero stars.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Plot Good!, 15. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fall from Grace (Taschenbuch)
Basically, the plot involved in this tale is good. However, I have to agree with another of the reviewers about the writing style: it just doesn't cut it! While Clyde may be a former screenwriter, a literary genius he's not. There are traces of "screenwriting" dialogue throughout the book. However, I give him credit for the plot and story and for the character development. As a writer myself, I was disappointed in the use of the English language. Read a P.D. James! When the English speak English, it's an art form! Clyde used words such as "scooched and hunkered," which really turn me off. I hate slang in prose. It's ok if the characters say it, but don't use it in the text of the book. Reading nowadays has led me to believe that the proper use of the English language in this country is a dying art. I would expect top editors (not only of this book, but of other best sellers or mass markets, as well) to really fine-tooth comb the manuscript for poor use of the language. Again, best wishes to Clyde for his first book -- the plot and story were very interesting. A writer!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clyde Phillips'debut novel packs a powerful punch!, 15. Mai 1998
FALL FROM GRACE plasters you to the book on the first page and never let's go. The characters are compelling, commanding, real; the plot fascinating, with more twists than Hwy 1; and the pacing is break-neck beautiful. Rarely, if ever, have I read a debut novel (or one by an old hand) that has kept my heart in my throat and me on the edge of my chair from start to finish. Phillips' book did. He has a compelling style, a gritty insight into human nature--even the sides of it we want to recoil from--and explores them without flinching. (Kudos to him on that!) Obviously, since this is his first novel, it's my first opportunity to read Clyde Phillips' work. It definitely won't be the last!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Mystery With A Heart, 28. März 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fall from Grace (Taschenbuch)
Fall From Grace has enough suspense to keep you hanging chapter after chapter -- believe me, if you're anything like me, you won't put it down until long after the sun comes up. And yet, even more compelling than the twists and turns in Phillips' plot is his heroine, Jane Candiotti, a shrewd detective with brains to spare but a heart full of longing. The combination of strength and vulnerability makes her one of the most absorbing characters you'll find in any mystery. I loved every delicious page of this clever, masterful thriller. Can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It kept me on the Edge of my seat through every page., 16. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fall from Grace (Taschenbuch)
I have never really been a "mystery" reader but it was recommened to me by a friend, and now I am extremelly pleased I read it. The plot was amazing, and I never would've guessed the ending... If you haven't read it...get it immidiatly! Definatley well written, and intriguing from the first page. I look forward to reading any other novels from Clyde Phillips!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Make this book your first beach adventure!, 1. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
If you're looking for something new and different, this is the thriller for you! You won't want to put it down once you start, and the twists and turns will keep you guessing. A terrific first novel, with visuals created by an author experienced in painting pictures with the written word. It's easy to get into, and will appeal to Hitchcock, Parker and Grisham fans equally.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read, 5. April 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fall From Grace (The Detective Jane Candiotti Series) (Kindle Edition)
Really gripping story with an unexpected ending. Recommended to all lovers of good detective stories. Cant wait to read the next ine.
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