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eBook Seeds of Doubt: A Crime Novel download ISBN: 0743245571
Author: Stephanie Kane
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (November 2, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 304
ePub: 1258 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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Category: Mystery
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Stephanie Kane, born and raised in Brooklyn, has clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court and been both a partner in a top Denver law firm and a criminal defense attorney. The author of Extreme Indifference, Quiet Time, and Blind Spot, she is married to a federal judge and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Seeds of Doubt: A Crime Novel. Seeds of Doubt - Stephanie Kane. Denver defense attorney Jackie Flowers doesn't want to take the case. Thirty years ago, Rachel Boyd was just a child herself when she was found guilty of killing her little playmate, Freddie Gant. One. "You were the chief investigator at the scene of the accident?" Seated at the defense table, Jackie Flowers kept her voice low. Courtroom 12 was as tight as a shoe box and the jurors were so close they could have heard Assistant District Attorney Tom Tuttle break wind.

Stephanie Kane is a master of what writers call voice: each character in Seeds of Doubt is expertly and carefully written to be so distinct that the reader recognizes them from their speech patterns, gestures, or other quirks.

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Stephanie Kane is an award-winning crime novelist and lawyer. Stephanie Kane is a lawyer and award-winning author of four crime novels. Born in Brooklyn, she came to Colorado as a freshman at CU. studio in Boulder and is a second-degree black belt. After graduating from law school, she was a corporate partner at a top Denver law firm before becoming a criminal defense attorney. She has lectured on money laundering and white collar crime in Eastern Europe, and given workshops throughout the country on writing technique. She lives in Denver with her husband and two black cats.

Denver defense attorney Jackie Flowers doesn't want to take the case.

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Colorado Authors League Award Winner. Kane deserves to join the ranks of the big-time legal-thriller eagles. Kane’s background 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. The Baltimore Sun. Deftly written.

Denver defense attorney Jackie Flowers doesn't want to take the case. Convicted child killers are not her favorite clients. Thirty years ago, Rachel Boyd was just a child herself when she was found guilty of killing her little playmate, Freddie Gant. After three decades in reform school and adult prison, Rachel is finally free. Free to find a new life. Free to kill again? Has she, in fact, already killed another child? Shortly after settling in at the home of her brother, wealthy banker Chris Boyd, Rachel may have succumbed to temptation. Could it be just a coincidence that the gardener's child, Benjamin Sparks, is found dead in circumstances somewhat similar to the Freddie Gant murder? Against her better instincts, Jackie accepts Rachel's case. Everyone deserves a good defense. Jackie wants desperately to embrace her client's innocence and believe what Rachel tells her. Can she trust her enough to invite her into her home to stay while she prepares for trial? And what about Lily, the child next door whom Jackie loves as her own? Just kicked out of boarding school, she's facing a rocky adolescence. Rachel's influence on her may be dangerous in more ways than one. As Jackie fights to prove Rachel's innocence, she must struggle with challenges both inside and outside the courtroom: her dyslexia, which makes it tough to be a lawyer, especially when the other side throws unexpected documents in her face; her conflicted relationship with ex-lover Dennis Ross, who's now an affluent civil litigator; her paralyzing fear of heights. Will her fear cause her to fail at the most crucial moment? With its riveting insights into the legal process and its devastating observations on good and evil and the way the past can haunt the present, Seeds of Doubt confirms the literary power of one of our brightest new crime-writing talents.
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Venemarr
Thirty years ago in Vivian, Colorado, four years old Freddie Gant disappeared; his body was ultimately found by a grain elevator. The police deduce that someone shoved him off the top of it. Attention focuses on twelve years old Rachel Boyd, who eventually was arrested and found guilty by a jury. She recently was paroled and lives with her brother Chris, a wealthy banker.

When the six years old son of Chris' gardener vanishes, everyone looks towards Rachel. When his corpse is found near Denver, attention again focuses on Rachel. Besides her history, she was seen with Benjamin the day he disappeared. Chris hires dyslexic lawyer Jackie Flowers to defend his sister. Jackie goes the extra mile when she agrees to allow Rachel to stay in her home as part of the bail stipulation. Jackie, who has spent her life hiding her learning disability from even loved ones, struggles with the defense because Rachel refuses to cooperate by defending herself. Jackie knows the prosecution has circumstantial evidence, but the prosecution's strength lies with the fact that the same MO used in both child murders.

Stephanie Kane is part of the Supreme Court of legal thriller writers who readers know always provides dramatic courtroom scenes that bring electrifying realism to her tales. Her current novel, SEEDS OF DOUBT, is complex with multilayers as readers wonder if Rachel is guilty or, if not, what is she hiding and why rather than help make a viable defense. With powerful action and strong characters, the verdict beyond a shadow of a doubt is that Ms. Kane has provided another superb read.

Harriet Klausner
Dodo
Jackie Flowers, the dyslexic Denver criminal law attorney who is the protagonist of Stephanie Kane's fourth novel, Seeds of Doubt, likes challenges. In taking the case of Rachel Boyd, a women in her thirties who's been in prison since the age of fifteen for murdering a six-year-old child, she bites off a big one. Just weeks after Rachel's release from prison, another child, one left in her care, turns up dead. The similarities between the first child's death and this case are strong. Rachel is accused of murder and her brother, Christopher Boyd, hires Jackie Flowers to defend her. What ensues is a first class who-done-it.

Stephanie Kane is a master of what writers call voice: each character in Seeds of Doubt is expertly and carefully written to be so distinct that the reader recognizes them from their speech patterns, gestures, or other quirks. And a fascinating band of characters they are: Along with Jackie, Rachel, and Chris we meet Pilar Perez, Jackie's tough-as-nails investigator whom Jackie sprang on a murder charge years before; Lily, Jackie's fifteen-year-old neighbor who is a budding juvenile delinquent with whom Jackie shares a special bond; and Chris Boyd's attorney, Dennis Ross, Jackie's former lover with whom she reconnects during the course of the novel. We even meet a quirky, funny, and brilliant forensic botanist named Flavia Hart who supplies some of the funniest and most instructive aspects of the novel. Each one of these complex and surprising characters could merit a novel of their own.

The most striking feature of Seeds of Doubt, however, is how many such seeds Stephanie Kane plants in the reader's mind. At first we suspect Rachel: The similarities between the crime for which she served fifteen years in a Colorado prison and the murder of the ten-year-old son of her brother's gardener are strong. Then we suspect her extremely successful and controlling brother Chris. Enter a sleazy reporter, Lee Simms, who made a name for himself with the first murder of which Rachel was accused, and who might have committed the second one to revitalize his waning career. Then there is Trina, Rachel's childhood friend, who has grown into an extremely troubled, crafty, money grubbing looser, and who mysteriously reappears before the second child's murder. Almost every character in the novel comes under suspicion, but we are kept guessing until the final pages where we encounter a carefully crafted and well-earned ending.

Reading Seeds of Doubt makes you want to read all of Stephanie Kane's novels.
Oreavi
Jackie Flowers, the lawyer with dyslexia is back again! She is defending someone she remembers hearing about in the news when she was in grade school. Rachael Boyd was paroled from prison after 30 years. She was convicted of the thrill murder of a young playmate.

A six-year-old boy is missing from a mansion near the Denver Country Club, and Boyd is under suspicion. The boy is the son of a prominent banker who happens to be Boyd's brother. Not only does Jackie Flowers take her case, she also brings Boyd into her home as a condition of her client's release on bail.

If that isn't enough to get someone excited about reading this book that doesn't read much, like myself, there's something else Kane offers her readers that drew me into the story. For those of us who can remember the agony of grade school when asked to spell a word, there is a scene that triggers the emotions of that memory. Flowers recalls when she was a child in school and everyone was looking at her to spell a word correctly so their team could win the box of chocolate covered cherries. The teacher tells her it's an easy word and that doesn't help when she starts to spell the word "seed" with a "c" instead of an "s" and the class erupts in laughter.

Kane has the ability to relate to someone with a learning disability and yet brings out the strengths more than their weaknesses. She is a true advocate for those who struggle with literacy. All her books inspired me to read more.
The Sinners from Mitar
The storyline is sure to keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats. The narrative is peppered with diary entries, police reports, and new articles, which gives a wonderful extra perspective. Kane manages a wonderful balance of suspense, realistic dialogue, humour, and well-paced revelations.
A real strength of the novel is the three strong female characters: Jackie, her investigator Pilar who herself has an interesting past, and Rachel. Jackie's dyslexia is well written and adds an interesting element to both the character and the story.
I'd certainly recommend this book. I've already ordered the other books in this series.