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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s addition to the shelves here at Fiction Books, once again comes courtesy of the lovely Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services.

I always enjoy receiving Kelsey’s emails, as I know that she will have discovered a great new novel for promotion and matched it exactly to the genres she knows I enjoy reading.

Thanks also to NetGalley, for the complimentary download facility.

‘THE VICTIM’

In the spring of 2003 on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, Anton Mackey’s life was changed forever. A reckless decision to get behind the wheel when he was in no condition to drive spawned a moment that threatened to destroy everything the 21 year-old had spent his life working toward. In an instant, Anton made a decision to save himself. A decision that claimed the lives of two people.

Eleven years later, Anton is a rising star in the Miami criminal defense community. He is married and has an infant daughter. He is earning a good living and steadily building a name for himself as an aggressive advocate for the accused. Anton shares an office with veteran defense attorney, Jack Savarese. A mentor of sorts, Anton strives to model his practice – and career – after Jack’s. A Miami criminal defense legend, Jack’s accomplishments in the courtroom are second to none. However, Jack remains burdened by the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia, a mentally-ill client from ten years earlier found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the death of a troubled teen.

When Daniella Avery, the beautiful wife of a man accused of a heinous act of domestic violence, comes into Anton’s office seeking his services, Anton thinks he’s landed a great case with a great fee. But when he succumbs to temptation, he realizes that Daniella is a figure from his past.

Anton finds himself caught between the possibility of being exposed and the fact that his client – Daniella’s husband – may be an innocent pawn in the victim’s attempt to carry out her revenge against Anton. As Anton struggles to balance defending his client while concealing the secret he has sought to forget, he uncovers the truth behind what really happened on that highway eleven years earlier. The truth that may be connected to the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia.

ERIC MATHENY

Author Eric MathenyEric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California.

He attended college at Arizona State University and graduated with a B.A. in political science.

Upon graduating from law school at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, Eric worked as a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, handling misdemeanors, juvenile and felony cases.

After two years as a prosecutor, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney.

 Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young boys.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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12 comments
    • Hi Naida,

      It does sound as though Anton is out to climb the tree of success as quickly as possible, doesn’t it?

      Although if he is as aggrssive in his quest as the blurb would have us believe, I wonder if he always has the best interests of his clients at heart?

      Perhaps Daniella is about to teach him a lesson about ‘doing the right thing’, although it does sound as though she isn’t ging to be taking any prisoners to get her own way!

      This one definitely sounds like a fast paced page turner 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      It sounds as though Daniella certainly has a score or two to settle!

      I don’t know whether I feel more sorry for Anton, or for the poor husband, who sounds like an innocent pawn in Daniella’s game!

      This sounds like a book where I won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough and one that I won’t want to put down for too long.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s post, I appreciate your comments 🙂

  • I agree, Kelsey is wonderful and very helpful. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on this one.

    On a different subject, Thank you for the interest you showed in Little Kitty, I’ll have more details soon.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Kelsey always understands if there is a book I don’t feel particularly comfortable reading, because it is outside of my usual genre of choice. However, I am always quite open to offering a bit of promotional support and blog space and in return, Kelsey can generally persuade the author that they need to provide some guest post material to back up my words … A win win situation from my point of view 🙂

      There isn’t much I don’t enjoy reading, apart from science fiction and serious fantasy, neither of which to be honest with you, I have ever really understood … I was never even a ‘trekkie’ nor a ‘Star Wars Fan’ !

      I’ll keep a lookout for the details about ‘Little Kitty’, you must be excited about seeing your work in print and available for others to buy and read 🙂

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Thanks Vicki, I do enjoy a book that has some pace to the storyline and ‘The Victim’ certainly fits that bill by the sound of things!

      I hope that you are keeping well and enjoying the Floridian sunshine 🙂

  • Oh, this one sounds good. I wasn’t so sure when I first started reading the blurb, but the more i read about Daniella, the more I wanted to know what happened 11 years earlier! I look forward to your thoughts once you’ve read it.

    Nothing new at my house this week (for a change).

    • Hi Kelly,

      Luckily many of my new additions are Kindle books, so are virtually invisible. However that doesn’t take into account the shelves and shelves of physical books which are in every nook and cranny of the place! … Oh! and the latest Goodreads Giveaway win, which had to be delivered in person as it was too much of a chunkster to fit through the letterbox!

      ‘The Victim’ certainly sounds like a fast paced story, with constantly moving and changing circumstances, all with Anton very much at the centre of things and probably growing more and more stressed and nervous by the day, as his hidden past begins to catch up with him …. What is it they say, ‘Be sure your sins will find you out’.

      I wonder just what lengths Daniella will go to, to expose Anton, or is she just planning a personal revenge?

      Great to have you stop by and thanks for the comment 🙂

  • I have been reading a lot of suspense/thrillers lately and ‘The Victim’ sounds so good to me right now! I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to see what you think!

    • Hi Denise,

      Murder/ mystery and thriller/suspense, are probably my favourite genres, although I will read just about everything apart from fantasy and science fiction.

      I do try to mix things up a little, so that I don’t read too many books from the same genre in a row, however that isn’t always possible because of review requests.

      It does seem that most of my entries into the Goodreads Giveaways come from those two particular genres, so I am obviously more drawn to them!

      ‘The Victim’ does sound as though it has tendencies towards being a bit of a legal thriller and has distinct David Baldacci overtones, which I know I shall be conscious of when I am reading the book.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I appreciate your comment 🙂

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