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Skeleton Justice (Jake Rosen & Manny Manfreda #2)

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  217 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Forensic expert Dr. Michael Baden of the HBO series "Autopsy" and trial attorney and legal commentator Linda Kenney Baden bring us a chilling new thriller featuring their crack crime-fighting duo: Dr. Jake Rosen, world-famous pathologist, deputy chief medical examiner, and devoted scientist; and top litigator Manny Manfreda, who is as lovely (and accessorized) as she is ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published 2008)
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Sep 18, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The authors seek to present a new twist on the vampire genre in is book, though it is not what one might think on the surface. Layering some interesting medical facts and legal jargon helps propel the book away from blood-letting at towards the heart of a mysterious set of crimes that are leading to numerous dead bodies in New York. Using two main characters from vastly different backgrounds, the story is able to inch forward, adding both medical and legal angles to the plot, while also infusing ...more
May 12, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
I have read everything I can written by Michael Baden since I was a Criminal Justice major in college. I loved his books on the forensic process and his different cases. I have always enjoyed his clinical take on the tough aspects of the job of being a medical examiner. I liked his writing so much that I wanted to be a medical examiner until I bought the MCAT study guide and those dreams were set aside.

When he wrote his first novel, I was shocked to see a more human side of him. Writing with hi
Feb 05, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
As I only selected this because I recognized the author from his many appearances on a FOX news show, the story, writing and humor in this book really surprised me! From the way the book started, I expected a completely different sort of story, and since this was an audio book, it took me a bit to appreciate the ultra NY accent given to Manny, but once I did I saw this accent was just the right touch to make it work. Manny is quite funny, and of course, clever, and the story itself was good. ...more
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Feb 12, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it liked it
America may have a recent vampire obsession, bringing novel after novel on the topic to bookshop shelves, but with Skeleton Justice readers are given a fresh take on an overdone genre. Authors Dr Michael Biden and Linda Kenney Biden weave together a complicated story of a serial killer proud to be coined “The Vampire” by numerous New York City newspapers. At a time when over played media stories cloud our reality the idea of a serial killer using news agencies to his advantage is something we ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This was good. The main characters were likeable and not too foolhardy. The reason for and scope of the crimes was a bit far-fetched and dramatic, but the story was exciting and very readable. I enjoyed Manny's attitude and fashion sense.

The case begins with New York City on high alert for a most bizarre serial killer—a strange kind of thief who stalks his victims for the purpose of extracting a vial of blood, earning him the tabloid nickname the Vampire. As the attacks become more and more vici
Jul 19, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The plot of this story was actually pretty interesting -- the two different stories that ended up weaving together into one story had compelling characters and the plot device was not one used often.

That said, its disappointing that the two main characters are just so not interesting at all. They are shallow, not well developed - Manny is a lawyer who apparently, has a shopping and food addiction - in that order, and is frankly, a bit of a well, erm, fag hag. I can even say less about her boyfr
Jul 29, 2011 Nancy added it
Shelves: mystery
I was not disappointed. I read their debute novel "Remains SIlent" in which Jake Rosen and Manny Manfreda meet when there are bones discover on a development site. This time Jake is working on a case of a someone that accosts people in their homes and takes blood. The whole case is just a little weird until people die and there seems to be no connection between the cases. In the mean time Manny has been hired to defend a teenager charged with a bombing that nearly takes out a judge. Her teenage ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Kaitlin rated it it was ok
This is a strong mystery with a solid conclusion. The story is really well thought out but the characters are blah (all we know about them are superficial things - shopping addiction, flamboyant clothing, etc). Maybe folks who have read the first book in the series will feel more of a draw to the characters.

It's clear that someone with a strong understanding of forensics wrote this, and those details and well-used. However the story is not compelling; it wasn't something that I was excited to ke
Mar 25, 2016 Kellylynn rated it liked it
I guess this is the second I this series, but it didn't really matter. Overall it was a decent story. The character development was decent. I can't say I became fully connected with the characters but the were enjoyable. There are areas that I struggled with understanding why they would do what they did.

The story is sort of a vampire type; someone is knocking people out and stealing their blood. Plus there is this side of a high school prank supposedly gone wrong. The link between the cases even
Jeanne Grunert
Jun 06, 2013 Jeanne Grunert rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm not as fussy as the other reviewers, but I liked this fast paced mystery novel. The characters were fine, and I thought the plot had enough twists and turns to keep my occupied. I wasn't happy with the final revelation of the murderer; it seemed very forced and contrived, as did the "batman" like ending. Other than that, I thought this was a fine book and look forward to reading more by these authors.
Kaley Anna
Jun 20, 2015 Kaley Anna rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. I'm usually very forgiving of a book's foibles, but skeletal justice was full of inconsistencies, one dimensional characters, and stereotypes. The plot should have been captivating, but instead was heavy handed and both too predictable and completely out of the blue. Don't read it.
J. Ewbank
May 01, 2010 J. Ewbank rated it liked it
This is a good mystery book. A husband and wife team are writing about a man and woman team(?) whoc just happen to have their backgrounds (forensics and legal).

This is the second novel they have written. It is a good novel and is interesting and a good read.

Mystery readers will enjoy this book.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Carolyn Wallis
Aug 17, 2015 Carolyn Wallis rated it it was ok
Started with an interesting concept. Ending with a television quality disappointment. A good story builds and gets better. This one did just the opposite. Yep, can tell these authors write for television. Entertaining leading to absurd.
Apr 16, 2015 Lorie rated it did not like it
This book has shallow and undeveloped characters, and I figured out the perp the instant his name was introduced.
The ending was straight out of an Adam West Batman episode. This book was a big disappointment, Dr Baden should stick to nonfiction.
Feb 06, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
if you've ever thought about writing a mystery book and have not done much preparation or planning, this is what your book will turn out like. predictable, plodding, and a poor attempt to be what it clearly is not and will never be, a page turner.
Jul 01, 2009 Theresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, mystery, suspense, series
I really liked the first book in this series but maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read this one. I finished it but it just seemed really simplistic--almost like a James Patterson but maybe still a step above.

I had hopes for this one but I was disappointed.
Dec 19, 2010 Chantal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an easy read but the storyline is a bit slow, lacks investigative plots (everything investigated fits together too easily) and the ending is a little predictable and therefore disappointing.
Aug 11, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining as far as the story line goes. I enjoyed the main characters and that is why I kept reading it.
Feb 06, 2011 Helena rated it really liked it
So thrilling and exciting and beautifuly writen
Really great book
really realistic
not recomended for the squemesh :)
Oct 14, 2009 Gretchen rated it liked it
It was an entertaining mystery. The storyline wasn't quite as twisted as I prefer but still an enjoyable read.
Oct 22, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
A serial killer who draws blood from his victims to what purpose. This was a pretty good book with medical stuff which I like. The author hosts a TV show called Autopsy on HBO.
Jul 01, 2015 Annarae rated it it was ok
The "twist" at the end seemed really out there and really didn't make that much since. But, the characters were interesting. :/
Jun 01, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Well plotted, abrasive lead character, liked the couple though. Pretty clean with some gore, pro-evolution, some twists. Will think about reading next in series.
Katharine Ott
Apr 21, 2015 Katharine Ott rated it really liked it
Shelves: ocbc-read
"Skeleton Justice" - written by Michael Baden and published in 2008 by Knopf. An engaging Nick & Nora type mystery/adventure.
Oct 18, 2016 Kateyanna rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. There were so many plot twists it kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more.
Sep 02, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
What do a high school student, a terrorist attack, and a predator who steals blood from unsuspecting people blood have in common?
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Michael M. Baden is a physician and board-certified forensic pathologist known for his work investigating high-profile deaths and as a host of HBO's Autopsy. He is also the Forensic Science Contributor for Fox News Channel. ~ Wikipedia
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