SEEDS OF DOUBT was a terrific way to round off my mystery
reading experience for 2004.The
fourth book by lawyer-turned-author Stephanie Kane is
one of the outstanding mysteries of the year. It's more
than a mystery. It's a fully realized novel, full
of victims and perpetrators. It is spearheaded by one
of the best crime-fiction protagonists in a long while,
dyslexic and vertigo-challenged lawyer Jackie Flowers...
is alternately tough and soft-hearted and never stops questioning
herself -- surely the most appealing of all traits in a main
character. Her defense of Rachel causes her to revisit her
past in a most disturbing way.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
readers, adults and teens, have found Kane's other Jackie
Flowers books, BLIND SPOT and EXTREME INDIFFERENCE to
be compelling, not only because Jackie is a successful
dyslexic, but because the stories, like this one, turn
us inside out and upside down and make us see things
in a new way. Hello, dyslexia."
York Branch of
deftly creates multi-layered characters and peppers the
story with crisp and witty dialogue. The investigation prior to
trial, the courtroom scenes and the antics of counsel
are realistic and accurate as told only by someone who
has been there. It is refreshing indeed to
read a novel with a complex mystery plot containing significant
social issues that are examined with compassion and understanding. Together
with such likeable characters, a sustained and mounting
tension exploding into an unexpected conclusion, this
book is a keeper.
best thing about Kane's books is that Jackie's dyslexia
is no mere gimmick: the
condition colors her life and courtroom work and makes her
searches for truth and
justice harder and more compelling.... Insightful moments
like this mark Flowers as
more than just another shrewd criminal defense lawyer. Kane
deserves to join the
ranks of the big-time legal-thriller eagles."
Kane books are highly intelligent, deeply compassionate,
lush with descriptions of Colorado's unique natural splendors,
creepy in the best possible ways, touched with humor,
and packed with genuine adventure expanded
by the range of Jackie's fears and phobias.... Kane
brings the courtroom drama of legal procedures together with
the danger and complexity of a good murder mystery. Above
all, Stephanie Kane brings us Jackie Flowers, our
own personal heroine whose learning disabilities both threaten
her success and power her remarkable achievements,
and whose fortitude is a genuine inspiration."
storyline is sure to keep readers guessing and on the edge
of their seats. The narrative is peppered with diary entries,
police reports, and news articles, which gives a wonderful
extra perspective. Kane manages a wonderful balance of
suspense, realistic dialogue, humour, and well-placed revelations."
Love a Good Mystery
"For sheer good reading, fast pacing, mucho
action, and a plot that turns back on itself at every corner,
you can't go wrong with Seeds of Doubt. "
May Ann Smyth
is no beating lawyer-novelist Stephanie Kane (or any
compromise done) in sheer readability & nail-biting
suspense.... Stunning psycho-legal suspense that
rivals the best of James Patterson or Richard
North Patterson's legal thrillers."
Flowers is a persistent attorney with foibles of her
own, including dyslexia and a fear of heights which
may hinder her during the course of this case. It
also makes her quite likeable, easy to relate with,
and most importantly, it makes her human, a characteristic
I find quite often lacking in stories containing
lawyers.... Stephanie Kane has the legal genre
nailed down. "
prose and strong character development are hallmarks
of Kane's latest Jackie Flowers novels."
of Doubt's] greatest attribute is its ever-escalating
suspense, as clues from the old murder unearth the culprit
of the present-day crime."
fast-paced, satisfying ride that succeeds in raising
some interesting questions... The novel's climax is heart-
stopping, and its conclusion just right."
The Denver Post
makes the truth elusive and keeps the lies and liars
shifting as Jackie struggles to find her footing among
the detritus of past and present crimes. But the best
thing about Kane's story is Jackie herself -- her uncertainties
and fears ring true, her victories come dear. Kane
documents her struggle with dyslexia, all the little things
that make life -- and the practice of law -- more difficult. SEEDS
OF DOUBT should delight legal mystery buffs and anyone
who enjoys a Colorado setting.
defense lawyer Jackie Flowers returns in Stephanie
Kane's Seeds of Doubt, and it looks like this engaging
series will have the momentum to last. Kane, a former
attorney, writes with increased confidence, and her
plucky alter-ego has grown both stronger and more vulnerable
with each successive outing.... One thing that stands
out about this series is Kane's handling of Flowers'
disability. That Flowers can't read, and basically
bluffed her way through the U.S. education system,
is incorporated believably into the goings-on.
believe that a host of things can be attributed to a
bad childhood, but Kane's third novel (after last year's
Extreme Indifference) starring dyslexic defense attorney
Jackie Flowers probes deeper waters by examining whether
seemingly unforgivable mistakes can truly be overcome.
Kane's parallel life as a defense attorney informs the
legal thriller backbone of the story, but the exploration
of childhood sins, whether monstrous or incidental, gives
Seeds of Doubt its emotional heft.
stylish mystery that presents some thought-provoking
Boulder Daily Camera
well-woven tale of past haunting present, with sorrowful
and suspenseful twists in tow... Kane is able to make
her readers care about the characters and creates a silent
yet persistent desire for the victims to be vindicated.
If she keeps down this path, Kane may very well become
the next great crime novelist.
writes a sturdy, lucid prose. Her descriptions
of Denver and rural Colorado are precise and often picturesque. Her
narration is swift. Furthermore, she writes sparkling
dialogue, particularly the witty and caustic exchanges
between Jackie and her assistant, Pilar Perez. In
the end, it's the carefully drawn character of Jackie
herself that gives Kane's stories a special glow.
writes with a directness and fluidity that makes her
novel's twists and turns enjoyable to read. Her
characters are sufficiently complex that they have the
ability to continually surprise us as readers, and events
that would otherwise seem improbable become real in the
pages of her novel. Although Seeds of Doubt forces
its reader to doubt whether Rachel Boyd is guilty of
the crime of which she is accused, it leaves little doubt
that Stephanie Kane has arrived as a writer of legal
her best book yet, Kane brings us to the very end of
this mystery wondering what the heck is going to happen. Then,
it ends perfectly.
writing is strong and authentic, the picture of Denver
striking, and the story of the death of a child kidnapped
from a banker's home and the suspicion that falls upon
the banker's sister Rachel, just out of prison after
serving 30 years for the "thrill murder of a young
playmate" unnerving. Dyslexic Jackie, who struggles
for everything, does battle for Rachel and gets a major
- BOOKNEWS from
The Poisoned Pen
powerful action and strong characters, the verdict beyond
a shadow of adoubt is that Ms. Kane has provided another
masterfully yo-yos the tension between the past and the
present, between pervasive suspicion and speculative
reality. The denouement is taut, terrifying and
a true surprise."
The Agony Column
Kane has written an excellent crime novel. The
story grabs your attention from the very beginning. The
author has a way of holding you captive until you finish
this book. You are in for a surprise ending --
something you won't expect. Be sure to add this
novel to your reading list.
chilling tale by talented author Stephanie Kane guaranteed
to give you goose bumps as it did me. A story that will
have you looking at people with new eyes, wondering... Highly
recommended to keep you reading. ”
Murder & Mayhem Bookclub
is easily one of the better legal thriller series our
there today. Jackie, highly engaging, is so wonderfully
human it's difficult not to root for her. And
the brisk and perfect plotting of this latest, with its
surprising twists and turns, offers an additional reason
to read this suspenseful and intelligently drawn tale. Definitely
recommended, this is one author who just keeps getting
OF DOUBT is a very intense story, one that keeps the
suspense going. Throughout the book, Kane manages to
allow just enough of what happened in the past to leak
out and cause suspicion about the crime.
Glazer, I Love a Mystery
of crime novels who like their stories "ripped from the
headlines" will no doubt find SEEDS OF DOUBT fascinating
reading. The author's experience as a criminal
defense lawyer brings a sense of realism to the story
that readers will find compelling. I'm surprised
a Hollywood company hasn't snatched up the rights to
this series in order to make a television series out
of Jackie Flowers and her cases!
OF DOUBT is an excellent psychological murder mystery
and at times a nail-biting read.... New revelations come
like waves at the beginning of a storm, and as each problem
is resolved, we find more to come, making this a suspenseful
and enjoyable read.
Kane has beautifully created a main character who is
both inspirational and real... She has a genuine
interest in portraying the challenges of disabilities
in an accurate and authentic forum, while entertaining
the audience with a superbly written crime mystery."
of Doubt, a new mystery novel by Stephanie Kane, is refreshing
for being just that -- not a thinly- disguised screenplay.
This is a classicly constructed story with lies and secrets
revealed leading to a can't-put-it-down climax. The ending
is true to the characters. Jackie Flowers, criminal defense
attorney, is dyslexic. Her coping strategies, combined
with some phobias, give her a unique approach to her
job. Rachel, the client, paroled after serving thirty
years for the murder of another child, is accused of
repeating her crime. But of course there are loose ends
and dangling threads, logical gaps and ambiguous evidence
enough to make a great mystery begging to be solved....
This is not Agatha Christie -- Kane's people have a lot
going on inside, much of it not pretty. I can highly
recommend this book.
Flowers is a true to life representation of what people
with LD do everyday: lead successful
and and productive lives.... Seeds of Doubt not
only gives a wonderful insight into the life of some with
LD, but also gives voice to the questions that most
adults ask of themselves at some point in their life.
University of Denver
What I appreciate about Stephanie Kane's stories is her
ability to be able to relate to someone with a learning disability
and yet bring out the strengths more than their weaknesses.
I found it hard to put this book down once I started reading
The Dyslexic Reader
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