Tuesday, January 8, 2013

False Witness

Dorothy Uhnak
After surviving an unspeakable crime, a victim identifies a shocking attacker

Lynne Jacobi gets the call a few hours before dawn. Model-turned-television celebrity Sanderalee Dawson lies on the kitchen floor of her sumptuous Manhattan apartment, hanging on to life by a tenuous thread. The victim of a savage assault, she stuns everyone when she survives and identifies her attacker.

So begins a case that leads law enforcement down a twisting path of secrets, lies, and false leads. Lynne, bureau chief of the district attorney’s office, is fueled by ambition and her vow to bring a brutal killer to justice. But Chief Investigator Bobby Jones isn’t sure they have the right man, and he hesitates to put his legal career—and his affair with Lynne—at risk. The victim herself, as the only witness to her rape, must go up against a monster who just might get away with it.

Uhnak has been credited with paving the way for authors such as Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell, and many others who write crime novels and police procedurals with strong heroines. This novel is being rereleased. (Synopsis and cover image from Netgally)

My Thoughts

The main story was actually very good and pretty fast paced. For me, there was a level of excitement building towards the finish.

I do think this book reflects the time when it was written. The behavior of the main character would make more sense for the 1980‘s when the book was first released than 2012. I will say that how she behaved in the final chapters really pissed me off. I kept thinking of all these different endings based on a female of today (or at least how I would have behaved).

Thank you to Open Road and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rerelease date: January 1, 2012


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