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Sullivan's Law (Carolyn Sullivan #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  526 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Monday mornings are hell.

That's what Carolyn Sullivan is thinking as she arrives at her office at the Ventura County Probation Department. One of her probationers has just been arrested for rape.

Just when Carolyn should be lying low, instead she's assigned a sensitive case that's sure to have everyone breathing down her neck - supervising convicted killer and paranoid schi
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Published May 4th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 2004)
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Jun 04, 2017 L8blmr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if the problem is me or the books I've been choosing to read lately, but this one was another example of a story featuring a character I really did not like. I had every intention of reading this series featuring Carolyn Sullivan (a California probation officer), even locating and purchasing the first three books so I could go right from one to the next. However, I am not going to trouble myself with continuing past this book because it was all I could do to finish it. Between the u ...more
Tammi Looney
I struggled through this book. One minute it had my attention and then the next, I found myself floundering. The suspense factor was lacking in intensity. At several points in the book, I found myself questioning different things that were written that really had no pertinence to what was happening at the time let alone the story itself. I felt like the who-done-it part of the story just ended, dropped off like ideas for a climatic ending disappeared. This is the first book in the Sullivan serie ...more
In the first installment of the Carolyn Sullivan series by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sullivan's Law, we were introduced to Carolyn Sullivan, a take-no-charge probation officer for the Ventura Police Department. She was also a single mother of two kids with a pile of work on her desk and a mountain of debt to go through. But her day had just gotten much more worse. One of her probationers was arrested for rape and made front-page news headlines, which landed back on her desk. Not only that, instead ...more
Very suspenseful, gripping story. I was on the edge of my seat most of the way through. This is not an easy read. Carolyn Sullivan is for lack of a better term a probation officer. She is a single mother with two children, one 15, one 12 who is also going to school on the side to be a lawyer. Her clients, then, are not the kind of people most of us would want to have contact with. I am thankful that the author did not go into to too much detail regarding some of he crimes and atrocities committe ...more
Aug 24, 2007 Tory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book was unbelievable. Except maybe for the criminals, and how very creepy some people can be. But that a good book does NOT make.

The main character was a single mother of two, the conversations were stilted and unnatural. She claimed over and over again about how her children were the most important thing to her, but she worked 12 hour days and expected the 15 year old to do everything in way of taking care of the 12 year old. Then when he said anything about it, like DUD
Jill Manske
Jan 11, 2015 Jill Manske rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has got to be one of the most poorly written books I've read in a long, long time. It's amateurish, both in the plot and the actual writing. The dialog is trite and, at times, doesn't seem to fit what we know about the characters. "Sullivan's Law" seems more like a class assignment from a Creative Writing 101 class. There just isn't much of anything to like about it - unrealistic characters, flimsy and poorly constructed plot, you name it. It's hard to believe based on this one that any of ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story about a parole officer is nothing like I thought that job would be. Caroline Sullivan, a divorced mother of two, ends up having her life, and that of her son and daughter at risk of being killed more than once. She goes to a decreipt motel to meet with one of her clients who has just been released after years in prison, and they both almost get killed in an explosion. There is more than one culprit, and a very involved story behind why Daniel Metroix is a danger to the people remainin ...more
This was a great crime novel that started out with a young boy falsely accused and sent to prison for a long time.The police and prison warden and multiple other people were involved in the crimes and there were many .From murders to kidnappings to theft of some ones work on some very expensive and needed develpments for use in the medical field .A good read.First time I have read this author.Will do so again.
Sep 06, 2014 Jkwilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sullivan's Law by Nancy T Rosenberg grabs the readers interest immediately, and holds it to the end. Carolyn Sullivan is a parole officer with a heavy workload, and a knowledge of law that enables her to recognize when justice has not been served. She undertakes an unpopular and dangerous task of proving the innocence of one of her parolees, and risks death in doing so. The book on CD excellently narrated by Sandra Burr. I would recommend this book.
This is a somewhat disappointing novel. The pace is brisk and engaging, but several things were annoying: a few characters are not quite credible, a few events don't make sense (I did some eye rolling) and almost every character can be guilty, which I don't like. I have read and enjoyed other Rosenberg novels, but not this one.
Mar 30, 2014 Georgiacyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
Overall, an enjoyable read. Thick crime plot bringing together characters that are seemingly unconnected. The love interest, however, is poorly developed in that there is no development to really explain why the two characters would be drawn together, except for convenience...he ties together all the loose ends is a overly simplistic manner.
Ashley Ludwig
May 05, 2011 Ashley Ludwig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quickie Review:

I like Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. She's gritty, though, be warned. I like the way her characters think. I like the fanciful notions of her crime-solving character, Sullivan. Read it. I'd go with 3.5, but she's worth the extra half-star. More books in this series. Worth spending time with.
Gail Stewart rumsey
This was the first book I read by this author. I enjoyed it although a few times I was very annoyed because smart, trained characters were missing some very obvious clues, etc. Actually, I listened to the audio version which was ok. Many of the voices sounded the same and an electronic device made several characters sound like robots. I will read an other book in this series.
Karen Suglia
Jan 11, 2010 Karen Suglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the suspense; there are some areas that don't ring true including her attraction to the professor. I thought she got inside the mind of the "creep element" very well and understand how off the deep end a person can go.

I would recommend.
Started good, but is difficult to finish. The author makes a lot of assumptions of how the characters/plots are connected. Did not hold my interest & I was happy to be able to move on to something (hopefully) better.
Andrew Carter
I enjoyed this book, although a lot of police work seemed to be done by a non-police person....a probation officer. The story was good and the action was throughout the book.
Marianne Dickinson
good fast paced
Pat Monahan
Feb 06, 2009 Pat Monahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this whole series.
Dec 24, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read and I enjoyed Carolyn Sullivan the main character in this book
Jul 17, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So ill-writen, I stopped before the end. Inconsistent characters with inconsistent emotions. Blah.
Debbie Doshier
Apr 30, 2016 Debbie Doshier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely stop reading a book partly through, however, this was one. I found the characters annoying and rhe dialogue poorly scripted.
Patti Hollingsworth
Couldn't put it down, interesting plot. Don't really think probation officers go to such lengths but it's fiction after all. A good read. Will read #2 in the series.
I've read her three Sullivan books in reverse order, but they still hold up. Just started this one yesterday. As good as the previous two.
Mar 27, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I have read earlier books by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg but I found this book to be too graphic. I did not finish reading it.
Feb 13, 2011 Sheree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book - a few parts were rated PG-13. :)
Aug 24, 2015 Breanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I felt it did a good job of keeping you guessing, at least for a good part of the book. I also found it very fast-paced and intriguing.
It was pretty good, but certainly not a book that was hard to put down. I thought I'd try another of Rosenberg's books. Perhaps this one is enough. No more.
Aug 29, 2011 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
was not actually liked was is definitely better than ok - if some parts had been edited out (too ,much details and too much diversions) then would have been liked
Teresa rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2012
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With a BA in English and 5 years as a photographic model behind her, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg studied criminology. She served in the Dallas Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Ventura Police Department and as an Investigative Probation Officer in Court Services for the Country of Ventura where she handled major crimes. She lives in California.
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