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Lady Killer: Lisa Scottoline writes what she knows

Lady Killer - By Lisa Scottoline
$7.99. 413 pp. Fiction. Paperback.
Three out of five stars

Attorney-turned-author Lisa Scottoline brings back some of her most popular characters in “Lady Killer.”

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Third Degree: Less than the best from Greg Iles

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Third Degree - By Greg Iles
$9.99. 466 pp. Fiction. Paperback.
Two out of three stars

Greg Iles has been one of my favorite suspense authors since the release of “The Quiet Game” in 1999. I normally like his plot development and the way he crafts his characters, and I usually read his books in one sitting, turning the pages as quickly as I can.

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Book Brief: Down River

Down River
By John Hart
St. Martin’s
Paperback.
$7.99. 361 pp.
Three stars out of five

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Adam Chase, the privileged scion of a wealthy family in Salisbury, North Carolina, left home five years ago under a cloud – a big cloud.
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Author Anita Shreve relies on everyone's "Testimony" in new bestseller

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By Anita Shreve
Little, Brown & Co.
305 pp. $25.99.
Five Stars

Until “Testimony” hit the New York Times best sellers list recently, I had lost contact with author Anita Shreve.

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More "Testimony"

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altANITA SHREVE: BIOGRAPHY

Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. In the middle of her last year, she quit (something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now) to start writing. "I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never."

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