Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

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Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It’s not that he isn’t smart. He is. It’s just that hard work, not to mention the whole legal thing, isn’t exactly his passion. Underachiever? A little. Content? Right up until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a thirty-year murder sentence for killing her husband, who she claims was abusive. The case is settled---there shouldn’t be anything for Jamie to do---except Sheryl’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Karen, is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant. Her blood type is rare, making their chances of finding a matching donor remote at best. Sheryl wants to be that donor for her daughter, and Jamie is in way over his head. Suicide, no matter the motive, is illegal. So with Sheryl on suicide watch, Jamie’s only shot at helping her and saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl’s innocence, and get her freed so that she can pursue her plan on her own.

Heart of a Killer---a gripping story of an ordinary man faced with an impossible situation---is the most powerful and shocking thriller yet from David Rosenfelt, a true master of the genre.


 

About David Rosenfelt

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David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award--nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels, most recently One Dog Night, and three previous stand-alones. He and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they have rescued and rehabilitated over the years.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What this monster has to do with Sheryl’s plight, and whether Jamie will be able to fulfill her wishes and bid her farewell, are questions Rosenfelt answers with all his accustomed dexterity (On Borrowed Time, 2011, etc.).

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Edgar-finalist Rosenfelt’s fine stand-alone begins as a legal thriller that twists into a murder mystery before becoming a full-blown suspense chiller. The life of Karen Harrison, a 14-year-old girl w

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The life of Karen Harrison, a 14-year-old girl with a congenital heart defect, can only be saved by a heart transplant from a matching donor.

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Examiner

In 'Heart of a Killer,' David Rosenfelt combines his many talents -- writing great dialogue, plots with great twists, and a wry sense of humor -- to end up with a book that is difficult to put down.

Feb 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Heart of a Killer

Look At OKC

“Heart of a Killer” (Minataur Books, $24.99) by David Rosenfelt is a stand-alone thriller featuring a young lawyer named Jamie Wagner.

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Now all involved, those fighting to free Sheryl - those trying to find out what really happened to her husband, and those trying to stop what appears to be a six-year-old little girl from continuing to terrorize the country - must all work together to save not only Sheryl and her daught...

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Mysterious Reviews

Sheryl Harrison is a convicted killer, imprisoned for murdering her abusive husband.

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The Gleaner

A young attorney named Jamie Wagner gets a case dropped in his lap that he doesn't want to pursue.

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