By the acclaimed author of the remarkable debut novel, Knife Music, The Big Exit is a suspenseful crime novel that keeps the surprises coming right up to the end. Richie Forman is freshly out of prison. By night, he makes a living impersonating Frank Sinatra in San Francisco’s lounges and corporate parties. But then his ex-best friend—the man who stole his fiancée while he was in prison—is found hacked to death in his garage, and Richie is the prime suspect. In a murder mystery with the twists and turns of a microchip, Carnoy weaves his characters like a master. He has written an authentic, unputdownable thriller that is sure to chill and delight.
My Review :Let me tell you, NOTHING is as it seems in this mystery suspense novel. This was a fast paced story that circled around very well written characters, although they all seemed to be making fast and sure assumptions as to who was guilty of the murder of Mark MacGregor in the attached garage of his home with an ax-like tomahawk instrument. Ritchie Forman was an ex felon, had served his time and additional time for injuring an inmate during an unprovoked assault. Beth Hill MacGregor was Ritchie's ex fiancee' who ended up married to Mark when Ritchie was sent away for a crime Mark Committed rather than Ritchie. Carolyn DuPuy was the perfectly groomed and brilliant defense attorney hired by Beth Hill Macgregor and Marty Lowenstein was Ritchie's attorney, both smart and shifty!! Hank Madden was the point detective on this case and he was certain he had his man in
Ritchie Forman. Of course Ritchie had a few friends no one else had heard of, Ashley, his co-worker and her boyfriend! There were contradictions in just about everything they learned in this case and it caused a lot of niggling frustrations to surface and be reconsidered. I obviously watch too much television for these characters came to life from crime shows I have watched on t.v. I'm certain I have watched a Marty Lowenstein on Law & Order and that's who I pictured.
I read chapters from Carolyn's point of view and that of Beth and Ritchie too. Detective Madden spoke to me in his own chapters and I felt like I knew these characters intimately, but I did not have a clue until it was pointed out specifically what was behind it all; I'm usually better than that, but the author wrapped up all the loose ends and it all made sense in the end. It was an excellent read, ,mysterious and suspenseful, some rekindling of old feelings and very well developed friendships for Ritchie, the Sinatra Songster! One of the best mysteries of this year! Read it for yourself and enjoy!
Author Bio:While David Carnoy lives in New York City with his wife and children, his novels take place in Silicon Valley, where he grew up and went to high school (Palo Alto). His debut novel, Knife Music (2010), was a Top-10 bestseller on the Kindle and also a bestseller on the Nook. More medical thriller than high-tech thriller, to research the novel Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors, visiting trauma centers, and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California to help create the book's protagonist, Dr. Ted Cogan.
The Big Exit (2012) isn't a sequel to Knife Music per se. However, a few of the characters from Knife Music figure prominently in the story. His second novel has more of a high-tech slant and reflects Carnoy's experiences as an executive editor at CNET.com, where he currently works and is trying resolve his obsession with consumer electronics products. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
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