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HarperCollins, March 2003, 25.95, 342 pp.
ISBN 0060083247

Life is not easy for New Mexico defense attorney Amanda Jaffe since she almost was killed while being used as bait in a series of murders committed by a surgeon in St. Francis Medical Center. It's been more than a year and she is still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder complete with flashbacks, spotty sleep and intense flashbacks. The last thing she wants to do is take on a murder one case but no other lawyer in New Mexico will touch it.
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Jon Dupree, the owner of a high priced escort service, which is a cover for prostitution, is alleged to have killed United States Senator Harold Travis and his defense attorney in a closed door conference room at the jail. A guard witnessed the murder but Amanda isn't convinced because it is her client who has defense wounds and claims his attorney was trying to kill him. As Amanda gets closer to figuring out who was behind the two deaths, the co-conspirators decide that the only way to stop her is to kill her. The feisty attorney has reservoirs of strength that she is not aware of and a healthy sense of self-preservation.

Phillip Margolin is one of the leading crime thrillers writers with all his books turning into New York Times bestsellers and this reviewer is certain, that TIES THAT BIND will be number eight. There is a series of interconnecting plots that seamlessly flows into the main story line. Crossing the lines is the delightful courageous Amanda leading to the reader having a lot of fun trying to discover how they connect.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   politicians Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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