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Closing Arguments
Frederick Busch
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Closing Arguments

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Once he was a "Goblin", a ferocious Marine Phantom pilot and escaped P.O.W. Now Mark Brennan carries his former identity with him into his upstate New York law practice. Asked to defend a young woman accused of murdering her lover in bed, Mark becomes obsessively involved with the dangerous Estella, and pilots his life to its outermost edge. The sheer power of Closing Argu ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 21st 1991 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1988)
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Timothy Bazzett
The late Frederick Busch's books just kept getting better and better. CLOSING ARGUMENTS, his 17th book, is a darkly disturbing - and I mean REALly disTURbing - novel of murder and sexual obsession (with an unhealthy dose of S&M and bondage in the mix). Let's see, there is also a close look at post-traumatic-stress-disorder, as experienced by both victims of childhood abuse and Vietnam combat veterans. Attorney Mark Brenner and his client, Estella Pritchett, are two kinky characters you will ...more
Wow! I found this book in my bookshelf, no idea where I picked it up. But it's INTENSE! I give it 3 stars because it was jumpy and I needed to push myself to stay with it...but it improved.
Suzanne Bailey
A bit raw, but I was hooked, maybe because court room dramas are my favorites. loved the style and characters were well developed for a short book.
Read this because I went to Colgate and Fred Busch taught there. Good on 'im for writing but I didn't think that it was particularly good.
Not an easy read, but I love his writing.
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Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing’s emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his li ...more
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