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Criminal Seduction
Daranna Gidel
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Criminal Seduction

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Author Owen Byrne has finally gotten his big break, one that gets him out of the Midwest for the first time in his life and onto the diamond-hard streets of New York. Byrne is to write a book about the murder of the decade - the slaying of Bram Serian, an internationally known artist. Serian's beautiful Asian wife, the mysterious, reclusive woman the press has dubbed the B ...more
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Dutton Books (first published 1993)
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Lubna Samara
I gave it 4 stars for the 500 and so pages, I would have definitely given it 5 stars if it was 300 pages.
You can easily imagine this book as a movie or a tv series. Very interesting and full of events. I would really like to read more for this author.
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This is another one I picked because it was fat. I'd never heard of this author and after having read it, I know my pick-by-girth system is a good one. This is a great book - fascinating plot, fabulous characters and beautifully told. Owen Byrne is a cattle farmer in Kansas. He's working hard to make his family farm work with his father and two sisters and he needs cash. Plus, he's always liked to write. Nearly by accident he gets a chance to write a true crime book on a murder trial being held ...more
This is one of those easy to read books. The basic premise is a cowboy who wants to be an author gets a chance with a true crime story. He starts attending the trial of a woman being dubbed as a 'Black Widow' who is accused of killing her artistic husband in a fire in his studio. The dialog flowed smoothly. Some of the character development was a bit rough and there were quite a few things that were rather predictable. The author did try to throw some fun twists throughout.
Terrie Purkey
Another good mystery. This one is part court room drama, part love story, part murder mystery and part twisted drama. Is the accused woman playing games with the naive man falling in love with her or is she really an abused, damaged person? Is the talented artist a helping, generous person or a manipulative monster? Fast paced and intricately detailed, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery.
A writer becomes obsessed with a beautiful Oriental woman accused of murdering her famous artist husband, leading him into a nightmare of seduction and mystery that threatens his life.

Very different from his other books. Very psychological, involved plot. Slower paced than most legal thrillers.
The book was a little uneven and overlong (500+ pages). And I'm not sure the author actually knows any women. Still, it kept my interest, and had an unusual take on narration: the lead character is tasked w/writing a book about a murder trial, and that's how the action begins.
In spite of the generic title, this is a far above average mystery/thriller. So good that I was convinced that Darien North is a nom de plume of another, more renowned, author. His other titles don't measure up but this is worth the time.
Veronica Lindsey
Good courtroom drama. Lots of secrets and twists and turns.
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