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Editorial Reviews

A former Portland, Oregon District Attorney and the daughter of crime novelist James Lee Burke, Alafair Burke's second novel established her as an exciting voice on the thriller scene. Missing Justice is the second Samantha Kincaid mystery, and given Burke’s background, it’s not surprising that it seems true to life. This time Kincaid has just returned to work after an attempt on her life, only to become embroiled in another major drama when a local judge goes missing. Kincaid's investigation turns up evidence of adultery, foul play, corruption, and other dark secrets that someone in Portland was definitely determined to keep buried. Performer Betty Bobbitt narrates the suspenseful, action-packed story in suitably cool tones.
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Publisher's Summary

From the daughter of James Lee Burke and former Portland prosecutor comes the second enthralling Samantha Kincaid mystery. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid is back at work after an attempt on her life and a promotion into the Major Crimes Unit. When the husband of a Portland city judge reports his wife missing, Samantha is assigned the case. She assumes her only job is to make the district attorney look good until the judge turns up. When the police discover evidence of foul play, Samantha finds herself unearthing secrets that were meant to stay hidden. Missing Justice confirms Alafair Burke's place among the genre's most talented and exciting newcomers.
©2004 Alafair Burke (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"The author's background as a former deputy district attorney in Portland lends gritty ambience to this modern parable of greed and ambition." (Booklist) "Witty and concise dialogue." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Joe on 11-13-13

Book never grabed my attention.

What would have made Missing Justice better?

It was very slow starting. I listened to the first two chapters and I found my mind wondering. reader is a slow talker in my opinion. I have listened to books read by her in the past. I just speed them up a bit but didn;t help this time.

What could Alafair Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More interesting subjects at the beginning, to help grab the listeners attention.

How could the performance have been better?

Read a little faster?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missing Justice?

The book would probably turn into a good listen, but I was just not interested.

Any additional comments?

I would like a credit back for this book. There are other books that I would rather listen to that don't require waiting for some thing to happen. I listen to be entertained and to enjoy. I was just not enjoying this product. I ended up putting on a book I had already listened to in order to complete my drive home.

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By S. Harvey on 12-10-06


This one wasn't for me. The author failed to create a credible environment in which to stage her characters. To my mind these too lacked sufficient form or depth to be convincing or draw an empathetic response from this reader. The plot was complex but the denouement disappointing with a long explanation of the ins and outs from one of the characters. The woman narrator also didn't quite cut the mustard. Her downunder accent did not help to centre the characters in North America and her voice was a little harsh. For some reason women narrators seem to face more pitfalls than men especially, maybe, in this genre.

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By R on 09-28-08


This is a good listen,and the narrators new world accent sort of threw me,I would have prefered a good old southern USA accent.
Also it was a bit of a documentry on the DAs office and going ons!
The story was good,but not anything like Miss Lee Burkes father,which I highly recommend.
Overall it was a fair listen with a good plot.

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