Review: Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark NolanTitle: Dead Lawyers Don't Lie
Author(s): Mark Nolan
Series: Jake Wolfe #1
Also in this series: Vigilante Assassin , Killer Lawyer , San Diego Dead , Deadly Weapon , Key West Dead
Published by Self-published on January 1, 2016
Pages: 572
Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Beck Valley Book Tours
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
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Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating wealthy lawyers in San Francisco. When war veteran Jake Wolfe accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to protect your loved ones from a killer? Jake wants to leave his secret, violent past life behind him. But the reluctant, flawed hero can't ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.
This gripping thriller is full of suspense, plot twists and surprises. It features a cast of interesting characters, including several strong-willed women, two wise-cracking San Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer who shares Jake's admiration for Van Gogh paintings but still plans to kill him anyway. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level increases, adding to the growing suspense. This entertaining page-turner starts out as a murder mystery and then shifts gears into a high-speed action thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride to the riveting ending. A good read for those who enjoy mysteries, suspense, action and adventure, vigilante justice, unique characters, witty dialogue and a little romance too. On sale in over a dozen countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read it.
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WOW! This book had everything I would expect to find in a suspenseful thriller. This has been the longest book that I have read in quite some time, but it was worth every moment. It was fast paced, action packed and a page-turner. It kept me glued to the pages, as I was eager to discover how it would unfold.
This is the author’s first novel and I was impressed.  The plot was intricately woven, and it kept me captive from the first page. The story did not let up on the action and suspense until the end. Not only did it have me glued to the pages, it also kept me on the edge of my seat at every page turn.
Jake Wolfe the leading character of this intense novel was an interesting and complex character. There were many layers to him, and when peeled away, revealed new and intriguing things about him. He is a former Marine and is currently working as a photojournalist. While on an assignment, which involved trailing a dirty lawyer to gather newsworthy Intel, he unwittingly found himself in the crosshairs of a deadly assassin. What the assassin did not know was that Jake would not have been an easy target.  What followed, as a result, was an intriguing and thrilling game of cat and mouse.
The assassin intrigued me. What made him extremely dangerous was his manic state. He was nicknamed The Artist as he executed all his kills with an artistic flair. Getting into the mind of this assassin was both a scary and intriguing experience. No one was safe from him, not even the people who hired him.
The secondary characters played an important role in helping to make the story exciting. Their portrayal allowed me to establish a connection with them. My favourite was Cody, a military dog that Jake had adopted after his original owner had died. Cody was highly intelligent, courageous and loyal.
Another aspect of the story that I enjoyed was the banter between Jake and his best friend Terrell.  It was funny and engaging. I loved the bond that existed between them. Theirs was a friendship that stood the test of time. I loved that they had each other’s back no matter the situation.
The pacing was good. For me, a good thriller/mystery is on that keeps the reader guessing as to what the outcome would be. Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie did not disappoint. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the author goes and shakes things up.
Although, I enjoyed the story I had issues with a few things.  I thought that some of the information provided was unnecessary, as it added no value to the story. There were instances where I thought the author went a bit overboard with the details provided. In addition, there were instances of repetition.
This was a thrilling read and one that I would recommend to fans of the thriller/mystery genre.



Readers are saying… 

“A life and death ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I stayed up half the night so I could finish this book.” 

 “An action packed thriller from beginning to end! A cross between the action in the “Die Hard” movies, and the joking relationship between partners in the “Lethal Weapon” movies.” 

 “I wish I could have given this book 10 stars–it is that good. If you like playing detective, you will love this book.” 

 “This is the best action mystery book I have read. Mark Nolan is a hidden treasure.”


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About Mark Nolan

Mark Nolan began his writing career as a successful entrepreneur who created news stories for businesses that were featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Parade, Reader’s Digest and The Associated Press. Nolan was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He has raised two great kids and one very smart retriever dog. Right now he’s busy writing the next book about Jake Wolfe (Book 2), but he also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers.

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