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The Last Goodbyeby Reed Arvin
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Jack Hammond is a lawyer and an honorable man with a weakness for a pretty face — a fatal flaw that has already destroyed his reputation, his position with an elite law firm...and the life of a beautiful woman. Now barely getting by as the court-appointed attorney of petty thieves and small-time drug dealers, he struggles to keep his emotions in check — until a friend and former addict is found dead with a syringe in his arm.
Where the police see just another junkie overdose, Jack sees a murder. And his investigation is leading him into the dead man's strange obsession with spellbinding singer Michele Sonnier, one half of Atlanta's most popular power couple — a dangerous passion the attorney is soon making his own. But entering the secret world of the dazzling, deeply troubled star is pulling Jack inexorably toward another fall from grace — one that could prove more shocking, devastating, and lethal than the one before.
"Anyone with a taste for sultry, devious, adrenaline-boosting suspense stories may want to cancel a few appointments before opening this one." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[J]ust might kick [Arvin] to a whole new level, critically and commercially. He presents love, sex, money, power, and violence in an irresistibly melancholy noir package in which redemption is the motive but hell beckons at every turn." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist (Starred Review)
"It's not Grisham that Arvin should be compared to, but the incomparable John D. MacDonald. Those readers who value intelligence, fine writing and action will find it all in this outstanding novel." Publishers Weekly
"[A]s breathlessly entertaining as it is preposterous. Less original than The Will but fleeter and more ambitious in a legal-gangbusters way that genre fans will find as irresistible as a call from the grave for revenge." Kirkus Reviews
"Unlike his more original debut, The Will, Arvin's sophomore effort treads familiar ground....The plot also feels pieced together, which means the sum of the book's parts does not make a believable whole." Library Journal
"Arvin does his best to imitate the mood and style of Grishamesque Southern legal thrillers, combining an array of supporting characters who colorfully illustrate the racial and economic divide of the new Atlanta. But his hero will test your patience. (Grade: C)" Entertainment Weekly
"Arvin's writing is delightfully sardonic...you'll be hooked." People
"[A] heady legal-medical thriller...kind of a sexier and funnier version of John Grisham....Arvin has enough surprises up his sleeve to keep The Last Goodbye powering along right through its last satisfyingly diabolical shot of revenge." St. Petersburg Times
"Arvin adds emotional detail to his characters, which only draws the reader further into the story....The Last Goodbye is an intelligent novel, one that takes no shortcuts and deserves all the attention it is sure to get." Denver Post
"It is unclear whether more will be seen of Hammond in the future. What is certain, however, is that we will see more, much more, from Arvin. Highly recommended." BookReporter.com
From the hot new suspense writer critics predict will have Grisham fans switching their allegiance in midstream comes a thrilling tale of love and murder set on the mean streets and in the sleek society haunts of Atlanta...
When a down-on-his-luck attorney gets mixed up with a gorgeous singer with a secret past, it results in an absorbing tale of love, betrayal, and murder.
Investigating the mystery of a friend's death, a down-on-his-luck attorney gets mixed up with a gorgeous singer with a secret past — a dangerous involvement that pulls him into the worlds of high-tech biological research, big business, and high society.
When a down-on-his-luck attorney gets mixed up with a gorgeous singer with a secret past, it results in a volatile tale of love, betrayal and murder in the tradition of Richard North Paterson and other bestselling authors.
Jack Hammond is a man haunted by the sins of his past. Once a member of a white-shoe law firm, he lost his once-promising career because of a transgression with a beautiful female client. Now he works out of a seedy office in downtown Atlanta. The only income he can count on is as the court-appointed attorney to the dregs of the court system. When his friend-a former addict and computer whiz who'd turned his life around-is found dead in his apartment with a syringe stuck in his arm, Jack knows there's something very wrong. In his attempt to get to the bottom of Doug's murder, Jack is drawn into the spellbinding world of a gorgeous black opera singer with whom Doug had been secretly in love.
As the story deepens, Hammond gets pulled into the worlds of high-tech, biological research, big business, and high society. Arvin pulls all these threads together in riveting fashion.
Reed Arvin's new novel introduces an unforgettable hero whose flawed humanity and wry humour will keep readers rooting for him, and a fast-paced story with enough twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages.
About the Author
Reed Arvin is a successful musician and record producer turned novelist who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and Saint Petersburg, Florida. His first novel, The Will, received rave reviews, and ones filled with comparisons to Grisham. His newest novel is Blood of Angels.
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