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3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
No one could be more surprised than Ike Goldman, a seventy-eight-year-old retired contract law professor at Columbia, when he discovers that the much younger woman whom he keeps from suicide on the George Washington Bridge opens a new world of love for him. Nor could he be more shocked than when she is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. Has Ike's love for this woma ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jun 05, 2014 Sonja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read somewhere recently that if one wanted good books to read, just read something by Howard Fast. A couple of weeks later, Redemption by Fast turned up in my Little Free Library so I pulled it out and read it. It didn't do much for me. It was a murder mystery of sorts - not the kind of book I usually read. It seemed more like a Harlequin mystery - there wasn't much meat to it. It was kind of a page turner but in a sappy sense. The main woman character was way too "perfect." Some of the detail ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Howard Fast Fans
Shelves: mystery
I picked up Redemption because I had been immersed in large, meaty reads and wanted something a bit lighter (not to mention shorter). While Redemption was indeed a very quick read, there was a bit more meat to it than I expected, and I was happy for that.

Isaac Goldman is driving home one night and sees a woman, Elizabeth, standing on a bridge. There would only be one reason for her to be there at that time of night, and he correctly guesses that reason. What stems from that one moment is a story
Mar 06, 2012 Judy rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Sorry, but I didn't care for this book at all. I found the writing fragmented and the story implausible because of it. He saves her one night and, by the next morning with relatively little conversation or interaction, he's in love with her. Slight exaggeration, but that's the type of jump that occurred frequently in the story. Then, throw in some stereotypes and I didn't need many more reasons to not care for this book. I did finish it (because I always finish books I start) and there were mome ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Noreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!Thoroughly enjoyed!
Holly Weiss
Jul 16, 2016 Holly Weiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 02, 2012 Marie rated it it was ok
I was reviewing my shelves, and this is the only one I've labeled 'legal'. But even though I read it just a couple years ago*, I, quite honestly, can't remember a word of it. As I remember specifics of books I read in the fourth grade...that probably sums up why I gave this only two stars.

*I think. As I don't actually remember it, but didn't start using GR consistently until 2010, at least when it came to getting all the info down, and this book is at the local library.
Marion Pettis
Apr 03, 2011 Marion Pettis rated it really liked it
This is the first time I ever read right through a book in one day. I was in the mood for a good story and having enjoyed reading his series on "The Immigrants" (quite a few years ago) decided to pick up this book. It was enough to entertain and keep me interested to finish it that same evening. Would recommend it as a light read.
Elizabeth Kennedy
This was a superficial book but it had some lovely moments. There wasn't depth of feeling, and the points of law were hurried over, but the romance between a 78 year old man and a 47 year old woman was very well done and made the book better. Nothing objectionable but also without detail.
Jennifer Stubbs
Jul 23, 2010 Jennifer Stubbs rated it liked it
This book was ok. Ike saved Liz's life by stopping her from committing suicide. They ended up falling in love. Meanwhile, Liz goes on trial for the murder of her abusive ex-husband. It was kind of boring in parts but it could have gone either way and it kept me reading to find out what happened.
May 29, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Huh? The ending of this was just plain weird...tacked on? Did I miss something?
Oct 30, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
quick/easy read
simple writing but keeps me entertained
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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