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Defensive Wounds: A Novel of Suspense (Theresa MacLean #4)

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When her daughter Rachael, working a summer job at the Ritz-Carlton, calls Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean to say a murder has just occurred at the hotel, Theresa knows she's stepping into a forensic mess. A local criminal defense attorney has been bound and beaten to death. The victim was attending a convention for criminal defense attorneys, which means the ...more
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Published September 27th 2011 by Dreamscape Media
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Oct 23, 2011 Maxine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This probably shouldn't have been the first book of the series to read, but... The mystery - who's killing defense lawyers in a hotel during a defense lawyer convention? - was interesting enough, but I had problems everywhere else in the book. Highlights of those problems? The POV changes from the main character (Theresa) to her cousin for no reason other than it's a really easy exposition shortcut. There's a half-hearted make out scene in the middle of the investigation (calling it the book's " ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of forensic stuff, lots. Sometimes more than you want. Cops, dead attorneys, daughter of the CSI lady, all at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland. Then a sealed juvenile record, grieving mother, and at least 15 connections from 47 clues, all of which (spoiler) end up having almost no bearing on the final outcome. Oh, and a bit of romance on the rise while the mystery unfolds.

Decent escape for listening while I was knitting, but I really do prefer more honest crime based complexity and if not that
Sep 28, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Defensive Wounds from Goodreads.
This book was a fast, absorbing read. I had not read any of the previous novels featuring Theresa MacLean, but quickly got to know and like the characters. The story was interesting and I loved reading the technical forensic information. Although I figured out part of the mystery, the end was a surprise! I am definitely planning to go back and read Ms. Black's previous novels.
Hannah  Messler
This author, at least as evidenced by the two novels I've read so far, has a hilarious resentment against television crime dramas. Which is a not uncommon trope in this genre--an easy way to add a little real-world zing to a population of characters generally rendered in the mid- to late-blooming stages of caricature. A cold blue eye, a hard certainty, and a cigarette clenched grimly--but get back, Marlowe, coz this damey watches CSI, and she thinks it's SILLY.
Not the worst; you read these thin
Mar 03, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theresa gets a call that a murder has happened at the Ritz-Carlton. Attorney, Marie Corrigan was murdered. No one really sheds a tear for Marie. Everyone thought she was a major "B" including Theresa. At first Marie's death seems like a sexual act gone wrong but when another attorney ends up dead, it is up to Theresa to uncover the truth before it is too late.

Another book marked off my TBR pile. Sorry I did not read this book sooner. I really like Theresa. She is smart and calls the shots in a
Cindy Meilink
What fell a little short...First, this is not a fast-paced thriller. Second, there is not a sizzling romance to add to the interest. Third, I felt the characters weren't developed sufficiently to connect to them.

What this book does offer is an onion-like approach to solving the murders of three defense attorneys killed while attending a convention at the Ritz. Layers of evidence, motive, and opportunity are peeled back at an alarmingly slow pace to ultimately reveal the murderer.

It is the job o
Debbie Oxier
Sep 13, 2016 Debbie Oxier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent suspense filled story centered around Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist. You can tell the author knows her stuff with her detailed descriptions and obvious knowledge of the subject matter. When Theresa is called to the scene of a crime at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland, she finds a well known attorney dead. Marie Corrigan, said attorney, had made many enemies over the course of her career. Known for falsifying evidence and humiliating people on the stand who had be ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery-suspense readers
Theresa MacLean is a forensic investigator. She is also an overprotective mother to a teenage daughter. She thought her daughter would be safe working for the summer at a downtown hotel until there's a murder on the premises. It doesn't help that the murder victim is a defense attorney that the local police department loved to hate. Why this hotel? Why this attorney? Why no defensive wounds? These questions are asked and answered in the latest suspense novel by Lisa Black, Defensive Wounds.

I've read others in this series, and while this one was good, it wasn't quite as good as the first one I read, which is alluded to a couple times in this plot. Here, crime scene investigator Theresa MacLean is alerted to a murder in Cleveland's Ritz-Carleton hotel by her teenage daughter, who works at the front desk. The victim turns out to be a well-known local defense lawyer, whose arms and legs are tied up so as to suggest that her death might be a result of a sexual encounter gone bad, altho ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Theresa McLean, forensic scientist
SETTING: Cleveland, Ohio
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 3.25

There’s a convention of criminal defense attorneys being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland, where Rachael McLean, daughter of forensic scientist Theresa McLean, is working for the summer. One of the attorneys, Marie Corrigan, is found murdered in the executive suite. There aren’t too many people mourning her death, as she was a lying manipulator. When two other DAs are killed in similar ci
Lee Ann
Nov 21, 2011 Lee Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare's "let's kill all the lawyers" gets a workout in this 4th entry in Black's Theresa MacLean forensic investigator series. Mama MacLean gets a chill when receiving her daughter's text of "sum 1 ded here" from the hotel at which she's working before going back to college. The "ded" happens to be a not-so-much lamented femme fatale of a defense attorney who was attending a convention for criminal defense attorneys at the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton. Detectives and forensic investigators both ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
A defense attorneys' conference has invaded the Ritz Carlton, where the daughter of forensic scientist Theresa MacLean works at check in. In the midst of the conference, a serial killer suddenly targets three of the lawyers in quick succession, leaving them naked and trussed up with their heads bashed in, each in a different part of the Ritz. The cops hate all three, for their skill in springing the very same criminals the police work so hard to put away. While collecting evidence, Theresa is ho ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
For me a quick read since I was taken with the setting in Cleveland, mostly around the Terminal Tower and its environs. Glorious views that both dazzle and terrify.

Someone is killing high profile defense attorneys at a convention and of course, the suspects are endless as are the lawyer jokes as as the charges that police won't investigate the murders because the police had defense attorneys who are just doing their job putting scumbags back on the street. (Oops did I say that?) Well, you can't
Mar 09, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Theresa McLean’s is back and this time I think she really is doing more work along her line of occupation as a forensic investigator. The bodies are piling up in the hotel and they belong to defense attorneys who are attending a conference at a high profiled hotel where Theresa’s daughter works at the front desk. With more at stake with her daughter mingling with the cliental, Theresa hopes that the only one being stalked are the attorneys and her daughter is not at risk. Defense attorneys have ...more
Russ Leavitt
Sep 12, 2016 Russ Leavitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Lisa Black book
Teresa Michael
Lisa Black is a real CSI in Florida. She does latent fingerprint examinations and was a former forensic scientist at the Cleveland coroner's office. She goes into great detail on how her character Theresa McLean gathers and processes the evidence. This is the third Theresa McLean novel I've read. In this story, Theresa's teen-age daughter, Rachel, is working at the front desk of the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton during an attorney's convention where three defense attorneys are found dead. One in the lo ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't received the book yet, just received notice I had won. 9/14/11
Received my copy last night, hope to start soon, I have my current read and 2 others in front. 9/28/11
Started Saturday 10/15/11
finished last night 10/20/11

The defense lawyer everyone hates is found murdered, during the middle of a defense lawyer convention. With so many possible suspects, Theresa tries to remain impartial and professional while trying to collect evidence to find the murderer. When another lawyer ends up dead u
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 24, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest from Lisa Black featuring forensic specialist Theresa MacLean, Defensive Wounds starts with a brutal murder and goes from there. Theresa's a good character, as is her daughter Rachael, and the supporting cast which includes her overly protective cousin Frank. The murders are intriguing, and Black doesn't flinch when it comes to killing off even characters we've grown fond of. One thing about Theresa, she does seem to have a doomed love life--which brings to mind a big question mark fo ...more
Mar 06, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
As the story opens, Theresa MacLean receives a telephone call from her daughter, Rachel, informing her of a murder just discovered. Rachel is working in a fancy hotel in downtown Cleveland. The murder victim is a well known defense attorney who was attending a convention at the hotel. The hotel is full of defense attornies. At first, it appears that the murder was the result of a lovers' quarrel. But then another defense attorney is found dead. And then a third one is found. What is the connecti ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Black. There are so many suspects that in-depth character development is impossible for the many suspects attending the Defense Lawyer's Conference at the Cleveland Ritz Carlton. being held in Cleveland--everyone seems to have a motive for killing defense lawyers. I became a bit bored with so many forensic details--unlike other similar novels.
Murders begin with the killing of the high-powered, most hated local defense lawyer, Marie Corrigan. No one is sa
Sep 24, 2013 Burt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another genre switch for me. I was looking for a break from my hardcore pursuit of geopolitical thrillers and had not been into the police/crime genre for a good long while. The thing I most appreciated here was that author, Lisa Black, does not present her CSI as a "go out and play the T.V. detective" role nor does she make her out as a super/geekish/unbelievable technology genius that is currently the mainstay of this type of story on T.V. She does provide the reader with a fair dose ...more
Kate Watson
Defensive Wounds reads like an episode of CSI-- kind of flashiy, going for an entertaining thrill, not necessarily a personal literary experience. A couple of themes that are annoying repeated throughout the novel are that defense attorneys exploit the legal system for their own fame/success and the "hot, sexy, every guy wanted her" victim. O.k., I understand those themes are central to the plot; but that message was clear after like the third repeat, yet Lisa Black keeps hitting the reader over ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Black continues her Theresa McCain book series with another winner. Theresa, a forensic scientist, and her police officer cousin Frank are once again involved in a strange murder case. During a defense attorney conference, two attorneys are killed in a strange and unique way. From the beginning, everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect. The book moves quickly, is very engaging, and it keeps the reader guessing all the way through. It is a highly entertaining forensic thriller, and I ...more
May 07, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 4th in the Theresa MacLean forensic expert series. Theresa is called to a crime scene at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland where the body of one of her nemesis has been found. A female defense attorney who is notorious for ripping apart the testimony of forensics experts. There is a huge pool of suspects since the cops investigating the crime are all quite happy to see the witch dead. To complicate things even further, Theresa's daughter works at the same hotel along with her ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Eileen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I was preparing for my sister's retreat weekend in Cleveland, I loaded this onto my iPod, thinking what could be better? A serial lawyer killer in Cleveland (my sister and I both work in the legal profession) has got to be good stuff. It was just OK, although having just visited this beautiful city, I related to the setting, the views, the lake and river and it conjured up positive thoughts of my visit with my sister. There wasn't anything remarkable about this "who done it" to set it apart f ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*First Reads Winner*

Great Book! The story is very interesting, as well as the characters. It keeps you wondering who is the killer? As you keep reading the book you imagine one person is the killer, but at the end you will be surprised to know who is the real killer and the motives. Lisa Black does a great job describing the process of analyzing the crime scenes, and has very good details about everything. This is a MUST READ book, I enjoyed reading the book and I couldn't wait to finish it to k
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and finally got around to reading it.

I'm a big fan of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series (well, at least the older ones, the newer ones aren't as good), so I thought this might be right up my alley. While the premise and plot are good, it felt like there was something missing. The character interactions seemed to be lacking somehow, not as real as I felt they should be. But, that fact aside, it was an interesting read and I'm grateful to have been give
Aug 17, 2016 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Theresa is involved in several murders of lawyers at a hotel, during a convention.

Rachel, her daughter, is involved with a young man with a sealed juvenile record. On investigation, this young man appeared to have got away with rape and murder! Theresa wants to keep them apart, frightened for Rachel's safety.

Some good investigative work and forensic work, brings an unexpected result.

Not the best I've read recently, but an okay audio book for when I'm biking and have to keep my attention divided.
May 20, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Lisa Black's books read more like Patricia Cornwell's, she does occasionally throw in a few humorous zingers.

This story is about do-good lawyers being knocked off one at a time at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Cleveland. Black has used creative license in establishing just how close it is to Terminal Tower, but overall, a very good read.

My favorite zinger in this book: "..., but this guy didn't have the brains to shuck a peanut before eating it." I have never heard / read this thou
Judy Ward
A criminal defense attorney has been found bound to a chair and beaten to death. She was at a conventions for defense attorneys. Two more bodies show up shortly after the first is found. Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist is called in. She thinks they have a serial killer. Her daughter works at the Hotel where the killings have taken place. Before the investigation is over they both find themselves in danger.

A good story. A few twists in the plot.
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Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many ot ...more
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