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Long Knives

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,199 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
Jenna James’s life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled-up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking he ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
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Mar 04, 2014 Bryce rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
About 66 pages in, it occurs to me that I am not enjoying this book, I probably won't ever enjoy this book and I have two walls of crammed-full bookshelves, not to mention 100 books on my kindle. I used to be a completist, but I'm not any more and it is very liberating. I doubt my last words will be "I wish I spent more time with books that bored me."

First thing I disliked about this book: Rosenberg describes everything. Every little thing. And either all of it is important or none of it is, bec
Feb 09, 2014 Andi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very slow, very tedious, and a missed opportunity to utilize some interesting characters

In the description of this book, I was,told that it centered around a treasure hunt, that I would learn a few things and that it was an exciting adventure. Unfortunately, the story was none of those things. The first thing I noticed was that the author spent way too much time describing things. So much so that as I was reading, I thought that all of this detail was important for me to know to figure out somet
Apr 14, 2014 Edwin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a good first experience with the Amazon First program...

There's some promise in the premise, but it's as if the author had a choice of which version of the story he wanted to tell, and he chose the boring one

Unsympathetic main character. She's got Mary Poppins Syndrome--practically perfect in every way. She's the best lawyer, and the best teacher, and the best lock-picker (a bit random, admittedly), daddy is a US Senator, she's loaded (bemoaning leaving a mid-six-figure job in the p
Feb 18, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it
Shelves: why-did-i-bother
I'm glad I got this free as a Kindle First, otherwise I would be mad at myself for wasting my money on this one. This was particularly frustrating because I think there might have been a decent book in here trying to get out - if only there had been a real treasure hunt! - but it was beaten back by the stilted dialog and poor pacing. And so many red herrings and pointless digressions - why the need for two points of view? And why, oh why, did we need to know about every single drop of coffee tha ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Clewis53 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish. This author seems to specialize in having highly educated attorneys do things that are so stupid that most people would know NOT to do them after watching two episodes of Law and Order.
Feb 18, 2014 A rated it liked it
I read this book through the Kindle First program. It is a sequel to Death on a High Floor, which I have not read. I gave the book three stars for the entertaining and well-paced mystery. I only gave it three stars because it didn't amount to much more than that.

The story centers on Jenna James, a high-powered-attorney-turned-law-professor at UCLA. Ms. James is on the cusp of earning tenure until a student mysteriously falls ill during a meeting with her and subsequently dies. She becomes the m
Dec 28, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but gave it only three stars because there were parts of the story that I didn't find interesting at all. It wasn't the authors fault, I'm just not interested in buried treasure tales. The main character Jenna James, I did like a lot. She's smart, independent, and likes her coffee! (maybe a bit too much, as it's throughout the book often). Other characters were good, even Robert Tarza, her old business partner who seemed to be a little bitter that she had left their law firm ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
A legal thriller that was neither very legal nor very thrilling. The dialogue felt very stilted and the characters' motivations very thin. What could have been a very interesting side story between the main character and a former colleague of hers was never fleshed out and it well could have been, as the book meandered into other less interesting areas, slowing the pace of the read. While I am sure this was an attempt to create suspense and mystery, it ultimately was simply flat and contrived.
Bob Hargrove
Feb 07, 2014 Bob Hargrove rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Set in primarily in Los Angeles, it's a legal thriller about a UCLA professor involved in the death of a student. The story, told mainly from the perspective of the professor, Jenna James, moved quickly although it did drag on in a couple of areas. In particular the on again, off again relationship with her love interest. I enjoyed discovering the "burial" place of Christopher Columbus. I deducted one star because of Jenna and use of Aldous' toothbrush! Really? Peopl ...more
Suspense Magazine
This is the second book in Rosenberg’s Jenna James’ series. Ms. James is happily teaching a course in the legalities of maritime salvage in spite of not making the money she made as a lawyer for the firm of Marbury Marfan, or M&M as she calls it. In fact, she is firmly on the tenure track.
One of her students, a handsome Italian named Primo Giordano, visits her office one morning wanting advice on a treasure map, purporting to give an exact location of a Spanish galleon that sank in 1641 with
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May 26, 2014 Caitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I read a lot and I read fast. These days I have a long commute home via CalTrain and BART - a wonderful thing because it gives me a big chunk of reading time, a terrible thing because it exacerbates my perpetual problem of reading faster than I review. Practically what this means is that sometimes when it comes time to review something, I can't remember much about the book. It turns out, though, that this is a great barometer for whether or not the book was any good. I remember the good ones and ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Allison rated it liked it
(This review is copied from the review I wrote for Amazon.)
I received a copy of this as part of the Kindle First program, not realizing it was a sequel. There are references to the first book, but if you have not read it, they merely come off as character background.

The book is divided into two first person points of view -- Jenna James and her now retired attorney Robert Tarza. Tarza's POV chapters come in rather late in the book, and for the most part add very little to the overall story. It i
Feb 14, 2014 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
Long Knives
By Charles Rosenburg
Available 3/1/14
Downloaded free through Kindle First

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: 8ish nights. I keep promising a blog post with some big news, I’ll go ahead and spoil it and then more details are coming. But we are moving. A big move and it’s been a very emotional time, on top of MANY details. So I haven’t been reading AS much, but I still try and get in a chapter or two each night to take me away from reality, and try to clear my mind of the stresses, unknowns, and
Apr 14, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can look past the wooden dialog and cardboard characters in a thriller if the If the mystery part of the book is engaging and well thought out. Unfortunately the whole premise of Long Knives falls apart during the last chapter.
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Amy Beth
Feb 15, 2014 Amy Beth rated it liked it
I'm going to start out this review by telling you that I don't usually like or read legal thrillers. Also, I hate it when authors give alliterative names to characters who are not DJs. OK, now that that's out of the way, let's discuss Long Knives which is a legal thriller and the main character, a lawyer by the name of Jenna James.

Actually, the reason I rarely write reviews is because I have a difficult time discussing a book without giving away something. People are so sensitive to spoilers th
Aug 09, 2014 Niles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follow up to the novel "Death on a High Floor," Rosenberg picks up the characters lives 5 years after the conclusion of said novel. While it is not necessary to read the previous novel, as was in my case, there were several references made to prior events that would be better understood by doing so. Nonetheless, I found the plot line very interesting and the characters sufficiently introduced.

The story opens with Jenna James, former associate at the law firm of Marbury Marfan, as a law profe
Feb 24, 2014 Kaltazar rated it liked it
I went into this book thinking it wasn't really along the lines of something I would enjoy, and I came out pretty much right. I'm not going to call it a bad book because it certainly isn't, its quite well written in fact. I just had a hard time relating to the characters. First all are in the class of rich and powerful. The main character laments leaving a high six-figure income job for one only making low six figures. She talks about just barely being able to make the unplanned expenses of a ne ...more
Nicholas Yount
Feb 07, 2014 Nicholas Yount rated it really liked it
Odds are I would not have found this book and read it had it not been for the Kindle First program. My experience with legal thrillers have largely been confined to The Firm but I picked it of the four choices since it most appealed to me. What I discovered is perhaps a whole subgenre of fiction I hadn't really explored before.

The story picks up right in the first chapter and continues as the protagonist fights to justify her beliefs that someone is trying to kill her while trying to keep tenure
Feb 19, 2014 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not very good. The characters are implausible and so are their actions. The highly educated, super defense lawyer, UCLA law school prof acts like a twit half the time. She made a ton of money at her old big LA firm we are told but she skrimps to keep her LA condo by having a cousin stay and pay rent. And then she buys a $2,000 dress and rents a Ferrari. It made no sense. Also, I think good mysteries/thrillers come from skilled writing and letting the reader think he should be figuring it out if ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Long Knives -- Maybe 3.5 stars

A combination of mystery, legal issues, and ivory tower academia's tenure politics, Long Knives features Jenna James, former member of a high-powered law firm and current law professor up for tenure at UCLA.

Jenna is happy with her move from Marbury Marfan's prestigious firm to her current role as law professor at UCLA. She's a popular and successful teacher--her life is less stressful, but still busy. She has a boyfriend, but isn't sure about the depth of their rel
Jennifer Allyn
Mar 20, 2014 Jennifer Allyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written. The dialogue between the main characters were so wooden I wondered if they all were on an autism spectrum Aspergers, perhaps? Nobody needed to find a missing map...the just needed to call the company who found if by sonar and ask for the coordinates again. I kept wondering if the narrator was supposed to be unreliable and making poor choices...and later we would learn she's mentally ill or has a condition of some sort...besides the Aspergers. The descriptions of some locations re ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Hyouten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the books featured in Kindle First for February 2014, I was fairly intrigued by the synopsis even though I ended up getting something else out of the four. Fast forward a month later, I borrowed this book from the Kindle Owners Lending Library. I was excited and had high hopes (and was secretly hoping this would thrust me back into playing one of my Phoenix Wright games)…

Let me say flat-out that I did not like this book, even though I really wanted to. It had a lot of unfulfilled potenti
P.e. lolo
For me this was a difficult book to get into. I have trouble with stories that have treasure maps of old pirate ships under the sea. Though I know a few have been found. This story starts with a student in college bringing a map to his professor who used to be a lawyer and specialized in maritime law. From the meeting to the end of the story she is now running trying not to be the next person to die from this map, while still wanting to make tenure. The story does have a lot of action and for th ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might not be the best person to judge this book since I don't usually read the genre. It was mostly interesting enough to keep reading, but I really thought a "legal thriller" should be more, I don't know, thrilling? There was hardly any peril at all. Even when the protagonist thought someone was trying to kill her, it wasn't all that scary. The legal aspect was semi-interesting because it was new to me. But I think someone used to reading this genre would get extremely bored of all the legal ...more
Matt Hutka
Mar 04, 2014 Matt Hutka rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-first
I really did enjoy this book because it was something that I thought was different. I found that I was actually entertained with the whole legal aspects of this crime thriller, and that is what drew me into the story.

Jenna was a really good strong character who does not back down to no one. Sure she can be a little erratic, but I always found her quite entertaining to follow. For me her flaws made her more of a real person rather which I felt I could find at a university.

Overall I thought that t
Ken Bour
Mar 25, 2014 Ken Bour rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-free
I confess to having a low threshold for entertainment, especially by legal whodunits, which probably explains why I enjoyed "Long Knives" while many others rated it unsatisfying. I found the novel to be well-written, fast-paced, and the story line intrigued me from the beginning to the ending, which I had not predicted. It really picked up velocity in the final dozen chapters and I devoured them practically non-stop.

I agree with several reviewers that Rosenberg must have a coffee fetish because
PeggyAnn  Smith
Mar 15, 2014 PeggyAnn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cut to The Chase

Has anyone ever died from drinking too much coffee?
Was this murder done in bad taste as well as a bad
Does anyone ever get rich from sunken treasure besides the
And why would a Professor poison one of her students when
she is close to getting tenure?

To find out the answer to these questions and more...pick up this
fascinating read...see if you can't cut to the chase and solve this
crime of insanity and passion. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of
PeggyAnn Smith
Feb 22, 2014 Du rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fiction
I hadn't read the previous book to this, and wouldn't have selected this, if I had. I got this as part of the Kindle First program. It is supposed to be a legal thriller, and the only thrill was finishing it. The writing is tedious and the dialog is stilted and jr high school level. It didn't make me want to keep going it made me want to be glad it was a mindless read.

I found the main character to be too self absorbed and found the writing to be too descriptive. It left very little to the imagi
Kristin L. Pressley
A great whodunit! Kept me guessing all the way!

This book was extremely hard to put down even for someone with little knowledge of the legal profession. I was captivated from the beginning by the immediate escalation of events that so quickly spiraled into a mystery whirlwind. I never knew who to trust completely, even questioning the main character at times. Yet I loved that she was so relatable. Just when you think you've figured it out (and for me this happened many times throughout the book)
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