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  • Silent Witness on Jan. 26, 2010
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    Josie Baylor-Bates is back and this time her boyfriend, Archer is accused of killing his handicapped step-son. Besides dealing with the emotion of defending Archer, Josie has Arthur's deceased wife's ex-husband adding intrigue and tension. On the homefront, she is again confronted with mother/daughter issues because Hannah, the troubled teen from 'Hostile Witness' has been placed in her care. Rebecca Forster is masterful in creating legal thrillers that transcend the genre and deal with relationships on many different levels. Add to that the twists and turns that will surprise the most concientious reader and you've got a book you won't be able to put down. Download this one - you won't be disappointed.
  • Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller on May 20, 2010

    Hostile Witness is the first book in the 'Witness Series' that includes Silent Witness and Privileged Witness and is an impressive introduction to the key characters: Josie Baylor-Bates is the talented lawyer who takes on the impossible murder case, defending the very troubled teenager Hannah Sheraton. As the story unfolds you get caught up in the drama of the storyline as well as the underlying issues of mother/daughter relationships. The characters develop over the course of the three books. Start with this one and get them all.
  • Privileged Witness on May 20, 2010

    The third book in Rebecca Forster's 'Witness' series is the best yet. Like the other two books, the characters jump off the pages battling their personal demons in this legal thriller that will keep you reading late into the night. The character development, creative descriptions and brilliant twists will please readers who prefer their legal thrillers be laced with the depth usually reserved for 'literary fiction'. Download Hostile Witness and Silent Witness first but don't deny yourself the pleasure of this one.
  • Keeping Counsel on May 26, 2010

    If the prologue doesn’t suck you in, you shouldn’t be reading this genre. This is an incredible psychological/legal thriller that kept me anxiously turning pages late into the night. The title refers to the attorney-client privilege of secrecy and the charming, yet deadly protagonist in Keeping Counsel knows how to use it when he retains his lover’s best friend to represent him. The tense interplay between these two characters is reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs where the killer’s compelling seductiveness barely conceals his creepy, unstable behavior. Torn between protecting her friend and upholding the law, Tara Linley walks a fine line between what’s legal and what’s right. Rebecca Forster’s vivid descriptions and true-to-life characters jump off the page with incredible authenticity. This is one you do not want to miss.
  • The Mentor on May 26, 2010

    When Lauren Kingsley is assigned to prosecute a case before her mentor/benefactor Judge Wilson Caulfield, she unexpectedly tangles with legal and personal issues that not only put her life in danger but also expose previous wrong doings by people she loves and respects. Rebecca Forster is one of those marvelous authors who never tells you what a character is thinking or feeling - she makes you experience it. With The Mentor, she ingeniously takes the reader on a tour of the inner workings of the Federal District Court while exploring the complex drama inherent in mentor relationships. Download this now – you won’t regret it.
  • Expert Witness on Dec. 17, 2011

    Fans of Rebecca Forster’s Witness books are sure to be thrilled with this latest addition to the series. Defense Attorney, Josie Bates, has gone missing and Archer, her private investigator boyfriend, is frantically searching for her. While tracking down suspects from some of her past cases, he struggles with how to help Hannah, Josie’s teenage ward. Just like the other books in this series, character development is masterfully accomplished, with Archer and Hannah as prime examples. Building on the uneasy tension between them about how they both fit into Josie’s life, they are now uncomfortably linked by her absence. Intertwined with this fast-paced abduction storyline are these emotionally believable characters trying to carve out space for themselves and each other. I also liked the way the secondary characters come to life with as much drama and purpose as the primary characters. Readers new to the series should start with Hostile Witness and read the entire set.
  • Immortal L.A. on Feb. 04, 2014

    Think of Neil Giaman collaborating with Douglas Adams. If you love fantasy mixed with social satire this is a must read! Starting with what he calls "The Abridged Corrected History of Los Angeles" playwright, Eric Czuleger has crafted a novel that depicts Los Angeles as the Battlefield of Angels, the gateway to hell and a city where you sell your soul for fame and riches. I laughed out loud at his explanation for why Los Angeles has so many sunny days. Interspersed with this alternative history of Los Angeles, with its satirical take on critical historical figures and events, is a collection of linked stories chocked full of absorbing characters and compelling prose. I loved all of the stories but my favorites are "Open on Angel", "Punksnotdead" and "Wolf Skin". The characters are captivating, the scenes are convincingly visual and the emotions run the gambit of sentiments from hope and love to despair and loneliness. There are so many enthralling voices in this book that the sample just can't do it justice. Everyone who is fascinated with Los Angeles or the movie business, (and who isn't?) owes it to themselves to read this book!