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Eye of the beholder, David Ellis

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Eye of the beholder
Title
Eye of the beholder
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David Ellis
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Language
eng
Summary
Having built a successful career based on his famous prosecution of a serial killer fifteen years earlier, attorney Paul Riley realizes that his past case has eerie ties to a new series of murders and that the killer has an agenda aimed specifically at Paul himself
Review
  • The author's fifth novel (his previous titles include the Edgar-winning Line of Vision, 2001, and the popular In the Company of Liars, 2005) cements his reputation as a top-notch thriller writer. Fifteen years ago, prosecutor Paul Riley made his mark by putting away Terry Burgos, who was inspired by song lyrics to kill six young women in the most gruesome of fashions. Now, a new series of killings bears a frightening similarity to the Burgos murders, and as the victim list keeps growing, Riley realizes the killer seems to be sending a personal message to him. In order to solve the new crimes, Riley, realizing that the connection to the Burgos case is very real, must confront his own past and the terrifying possibility that, 15 years ago, he might have made a terrible mistake. The novel is tightly plotted and sparklingly written, a surefire winner and a fine read-alike for legal thrillers by Philip Margolin and Perri O'Shaughnessy. -- David Pitt (Reviewed 04-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 15, p30)
  • /* Starred Review */ Nothing is as it seems in this stunning tale of illicit sex, murder and betrayal from Edgar-winner Ellis (Line of Vision ). The brutal murders of six young women by Terry Burgos, a Mansbury College janitor, in June 1989 seems self-evident. After all, Burgos confessed, and then–assistant county attorney Paul Riley found enough evidence, including the song lyrics that inspired the murders, to get Burgos the death penalty. In June 2005, Riley's in private practice working for the father of one of the six victims, Cassie Bentley, when someone begins duplicating those murders. Odd notes come to Riley in the mail from a disturbed man who may be a copycat killer. To complicate matters, Riley had, under pressure from Cassie's prominent family, not charged Burgos with her murder in 1989. This fact comes back to haunt him when detectives find links between Cassie and the current murders. Juggling multiple viewpoints, Ellis keeps perfect control of his labyrinthine plot as it builds to a satisfying twist ending. Author tour. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 21, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 21, p33)
  • From a shark prosecutor's easy win, incalculable losses derive.A slam dunk if ever there was one—that's how the case looks to newly appointed First Assistant County Attorney Paul Riley. The case: six young women brutally murdered on premises belonging to a certain Terry Burgos. Forensic evidence: overwhelming. Alibi: nonexistent. When, in addition, Burgos more or less confesses, the defense is down to the frail hope of an insanity plea. Without working up much of a sweat, Riley disposes of that, and in the process, earns the gratitude of tycoon Harland Bentley, whose personal wealth is estimated at a billion and a half, and whose beloved daughter was one of the six victims. Convicted, Burgos is sentenced to die in the gas chamber and does, and Riley is a witness. There is, to be sure, a moment of unforeseen drama. Before dying, Burgos mouths to Riley: "I'm not the only one." Unsettling, yes, but not for long. The question of legality aside, Burgos was, after all, manifestly crazy. Flash forward 16 years. Riley is now in private practice, head of a substantial firm bulwarked by Harland Bentley's multinational legal business. He is, in short, a player. Suddenly, a new murderous cycle has the city's media buzzing. And there are the notes that begin arriving at Riley's office—creepy, cryptic. Despite himself, Riley investigates—and learns how chimerical truth can be. And how disastrous.Another top-flight legal thriller from Edgar-winner Ellis (In the Company of Liars, 2004, etc.), brimming with quality prose and layered characterizations. And if the plot twists gratuitously a time or two, well, settle. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2007)
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166530
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DLC
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1967-
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Ellis, David
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Serial murder investigation
  • Songs
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Judicial error
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Eye of the beholder, David Ellis
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
639619
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
394 pages
Isbn
9780399154331
Lccn
2007000536
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399154331
  • (OCoLC)79001592
Label
Eye of the beholder, David Ellis
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
639619
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
394 pages
Isbn
9780399154331
Lccn
2007000536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399154331
  • (OCoLC)79001592

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