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From Booklist Seven years ago, Rick Forman was convicted of vehicular manslaughter despite his insistence that the apparent passenger, his friend Mark MacGregor, was driving. Evidence seemed to contradict Rick?s story, and he served the manslaughter sentence, plus some. While Rick is away, MacGregor adds insult to injury by marrying Rick?s fianc?e, Beth. Now released, Rick is building a life around his job with the Exoneration Foundation and steady gigs as a Sinatra impersonator. But when Beth finds MacGregor horrifically murdered in their garage, she and Rick become suspects. This time, though, Team Rick includes famed attorney Marty Lowenstein, Rick?s sleuthing coworker Ashley, and a hilariously narcissistic blogger bent on breaking the case. Carnoy?s skilled backstory navigation in this follow-up to his well-received debut, Knife Music (2010), invites new readers to jump right in. Multiple narratives are somewhat unbalanced and maybe unnecessary, but the characters? round-robin of distrust will keep readers guessing, and the ever-present humor (ranging from sharp irony to snort-worthy scenes) warrants a recommendation on its own. --Christine Tran Read more Review 'Carnoy follows his 2010 debut, Knife Music, with a thriller set in California's Silicon Valley that has it all: a convoluted but convincing plot, a likable protagonist facing terrible odds, and a meaty supporting cast working for and against him...this exceptionally satisfying murder puzzle should whet readers' appetites for more.' -Publishers Weekly, starred review.'Carnoy (Knife Music) heads to high-tech Silicon Valley for his sophomore thriller, but the story is as old-fashioned as betrayal, greed and murder. Colorful characters abound in Carnoy's legal caper... Carnoy knows the territory perfectly, and with judicious use of clever phrases that never distract from the crime caper, he's spot on with his characterizations, all of which seem both archetypal and yet sparkling with individual personalities and interesting back stories. Add an intriguing semi-red herring or two, and the climax comes with a satisfying twist. A first-rate crime caper.' -Kirkus'Carnoy's skilled backstory navigation in this follow-up to his well-received debut, Knife Music (2010), invites new readers to jump right in... the characters' round-robin of distrust will keep readers guessing, and the ever-present humor (ranging from sharp irony to snort-worthy scenes) warrants a recommendation on its own.' -Booklist'David Carnoy's debut novel was a surprise hit and his follow up, The Big Exit, is a knockout that will put him firmly on the map.' -Harlan Coben'Twisty and dark, this addictive thriller showcases Carnoy's ability to surprise the reader.' -Library Journal Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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