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The Dark of Day

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Parker introduces one of the most unforgettable female characters in suspense fiction: high-profile Miami defense attorney C.J. Dunn.C.J. is an expert at spinning her clients’ image in the media—the perfect lawyer to deflect suspicion from Rick Slater, head of security for an influential U.S. congressman. A beautiful model has vani ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Vanguard Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 05, 2016 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
The first half is fairly dull but it hooked me into the central murder mystery well enough to keep me going. It's one of those ones where everybody is connected to everybody else and revelations about everybody's pasts abound. A not overly appealing protagonist doesn't help; nor does occasional head-hopping confusion or an ending that doesn't really tie everything up properly.
Louis Lowy
Nov 09, 2015 Louis Lowy rated it really liked it
The Dark of Day is a tight murder/suspense novel that takes place in South Florida (mainly around the South Beach area). Barbara Parker, who unfortunately passed away in 2009, was a former prosecuter who lived in the area and it shows. Published in 2008, the novel does a terrific job of capturing the colorful landscape, heat and humidity, and sincereless characters who occupy Ocean Avenue.

Basically, the story revolves around the death of a wannabe young actress. The protagonist, C.J. Dunn, is hi
Jan 11, 2013 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
I'm a Barbara Parker fan, but I've mostly read her series with Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. Although I don't know Miami, these seemed to me to capture the city's denizens and issues. We lost Parker too soon; I needed more of Connor/Quintana, and PW called this the first of a new series, which would have pleased me as well. It's only 3 stars because I didn't think the narrator did it justice. I often couldn't tell which character was speaking, not just among the women but with men and women ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Kia rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable read. As I read, I kept thinking what a shame it is the Ms. Parker died as this book went into paperback. I see the potential for a series here and now I'm a bit sad that we won't enjoying more of C.J. Dunn's exploits.

I have always enjoyed Ms. Parker's books. This book follows in the tradition of her books that I've grown accustomed to. Smart woman lawyer who has to fight the odds to clear her client. Formulaic? Sure, but it works.

Mary Kennedy
Jul 02, 2010 Mary Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Barbara Parker, best-selling novelist, has released another sizzling thriller set in South Beach and Miami. In THE DARK OF DAY (Vanguard, hardback, 368 pages) her protagonist, high-profile defense attorney C.J. Dunn, mingles with society mavens, porn kings, dirty politicians, and television honchos. When a supermodel turns up dead, suspicion falls on a high-profile congressman and C.J. agrees to represent him. It’s a Faustian deal: she takes the case only because he promises her an audition to ...more
Dec 25, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sue Grafton fans
Shelves: mystery
It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a good murder mystery. Although it is a stand alone novel, this book follows the same style as Parker's Gail Connor/Anthony Quintana novels (female protagonist who is an attorney, setting takes place in Miami/South Beach, she has a Cuban boyfriend). For awhile, I kept thinking that it could have very easily been a "Suspicion of..." book. There were a few twists that did make it change direction, however. A little more than halfway through, I did figure out who ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns - the last one comes in the 2nd to last chapter!. Lots of characters so I had to work a bit to keep everyone straight.....but, I like it.
Aug 15, 2008 Bart rated it liked it
Recommended to Bart by: NPR's All Things Considered
Shelves: crime-fiction
The book was very favorably reviewed on the "Three Books . . ." series on NPR's All Things Considered. The reviewer promised a good crime novel deeply evocative of its South Beach and Miami settings. Uh, not so much. I don't feel like the author did much with the setting at all. There's nothing here to suggest the powerful sense of place you get from, say, Carl Hiasen's or James W. Hall's great South Florida-set books.

That said, the story is serviceable and kept my attention throughout, a lot m
Sep 30, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love twisted suspense novels, this is the one for you by the late Barbara Parker. C.J. (Charlotte Josephine) Dunn is a lawyer in Florida, when she finishes one high profile celebrity case. At a party, one girl goes missing. And everyone at the party is a suspect, including the people who hired her. There's a stunning attraction to Rick Slater, who's her client, while she has a steamy relationship with Billy Medina. When she ends up dead, things gets heated up and things got bad, when she ...more
Elsie Roberts
Aug 19, 2014 Elsie Roberts rated it it was amazing
Good book. First time reader of Barbara Parker and to bad she passed away. She is/was a good writer. Enjoyed the book.
Janis Jackson
Mar 19, 2015 Janis Jackson rated it liked it
This was an exciting story to the end, but why do we have to have all the bad language? It is so unnecessary!
Mar 24, 2013 Lois rated it really liked it
My rating reflects my pleasant surprise at liking this audiobook. I checked this book out from my library mostly because I wanted a voice to fill dead air while I did mind-numbing work at the office. I like mysteries. What the heck?

This book turned out to have a well-twisted plot, along with well-crafted characters and dialogue.

Big-time defense lawyer C. J. Dunn has just gotten an NFL player off on a well-deserved charge when she's approached to spin media attention away from a staff member of
Feb 23, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A perfect airport read. Engrossing and suspenseful, but not memorable in any way.
Nov 01, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Can't belive I have never read a Barbara Parker..well that will change. Now a big fan of her and intend to find other titles by her, including this new female character...C. J. Dunn, high-profile Miami, Fl. defense attorney. Love the dynamics between her and Rick Slater, hope these 2 return create a new series.
Aug 18, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it
I found C.J. Dunn a likeable protagonist. If you like those other mysteries set in Florida (the name escapes me at the moment) you'll probably like these too. I think the whole Miami scene as portrayed is a little much for me. Probably the real Miami scene would be a little much for me too.
Jul 06, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Interesting "Who dunnit" book with a likeable lead character. She's not perfect but works hard, and I like that. I think I guessed who the killer was and the lawyers's "secret" about mid way through but i didn't feel disappointed by it of feel like ti lessened the quality of the read in any way
Donna Mcnab
Jun 13, 2011 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
Defense lawyer, C. J. Dunn, is hired by a US congressman to represent his driver, who was the last person reported to seeing a missing model alive. The high life of the rich and famous in Miami creates some interest. Lots of twists and turns in the book and a rather surprise ending.
Aug 22, 2008 Joyce rated it really liked it
This was well written and the plot was more than complex enough to hold your interest. The main characters were similar in many ways to the protagonists in previous books, but there were enough twists and turns for them to become individuals in their own right.
Jun 18, 2011 Roxann rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read, but it did seem to drag on and on. The 'beach' life seems almost unreal. Reports from the news seems the book has captured the steamy part of the life down there. Lots of twist and turns.
Mar 01, 2009 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: legal-fiction
My problem with the book was that I didn't care for any of the characters. The plot was okay with some twists and turns. It's a shame it didn't have likeable characters.
Apr 03, 2009 Alice rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I don't stop in the middle of very many books, but this is one of them. I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to any of these people.
Nov 06, 2011 Georgia rated it liked it
This book was surprisingly good in my opinion. There were parts that kept me guessing right up til the end.
Rose Wesselman
Nov 30, 2013 Rose Wesselman rated it really liked it
Lots of coincidences but still a fine story with well developed characters.
Nov 06, 2008 Chandra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
had never read her books before. will definitely be reading more.
May 10, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it
Great mystery that made for many late nights!
Oct 19, 2008 Alicen rated it liked it
Great mystery. Lots about Miami.
Oct 14, 2009 Charity rated it really liked it
Keeps you guessing 'til the end
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May 30, 2010 Ludwig rated it liked it
good book
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Barbara Parker (1946 or 1947–2009) was an American mystery writer. She wrote 12 novels, the first of which, Suspicion of Innocence, was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first mystery novel by an American author. Parker was on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America and was the chair of its membership committee for two years.
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