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Absolute Certainty (Marty Nickerson #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  657 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Rose Connors brings a fresh voice, a dynamic storytelling power, and a passion for the law to her compelling crime fiction debut.
Martha "Marty" Nickerson is a lawyer who truly loves her job. As an assistant D.A. for Massachusetts's Barnstable County, which includes all the small towns on Cape Cod, she speaks for the victims of crime and their families, and sees the syste
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published (first published August 6th 2002)
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Jim
Connors writes good legal & court room stuff, very believable, although she often seems to be talking down to the reader. I'm pretty much ignorant of how the actual nuts & bolts of the court system works, so I found some interesting material there. The reader was pretty good, too.

I was very disappointed in the ending. This was a 3 star book until the end & then it lost at least a star. It's a shame, but this author can NOT write action sequences at all. Also, in mysteries like this,
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Dale Harcombe
Sep 08, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The murder that sparks the court case initially was graphic and had me wondering whether I really wanted to read this book. I don’t deal well with graphic. I’m glad I did continue to read. It seems almost an open and shut case when Manuel Rodriguez is brought before the court. Assistant District Attorney Marty Nickerson is convinced he is guilty. But then when a second body murdered in a similar manner turns up, she begins to have some doubts.
The character of Marty, her relationship with her ex
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Steve Lindahl
Aug 18, 2010 Steve Lindahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We downloaded this book from my local library and burned a CD for a trip we took recently. We were ten hours in the car both ways and this story made the ride seem much shorter.

The book is about Marty Nickerson, an ADA (Assistant District Attorney) in the Cape Cod area. That struck home for me since my son is an ADA in Charlotte, NC. Of course, if he is spending his time tracking down serial murderers he hasn't let his parents know.

One of the things I liked the most about this book was the autho
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Carl Brookins

A fresh take on the criminal justice system from a true insider with a strong voice. This is an auspicious first novel by a savvy, experienced, trial attorney. Rose Connors has got it all really right: from her tough but vulnerable protagonist, Cape Cod ADA Marty Nickerson, and her completely believable relationship with an ex-husband and a teen-aged son, to a small select cast of interesting supporting characters.

We’re in Barnstable County on Cape Cod when the novel opens and Nickerson is deep
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Linda
Mar 18, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Marty Nickerson is a dedicated prosecutor for the DA’s office on Cape Cod. As this debut novel opens, she is wrapping up a murder case, with absolute certainty that the defendant is guilty. When a similar murder occurs the day after the trial ends, she’s still certain that the state has its man. But public defender Harry Madigan, an attorney whom Mary admires, is convinced the opposite is true. The reader is privy to Ms. Nickerson’s thought process as she sifts and resifts through evidence, cons ...more
Susan
Oct 18, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There were a lot of very good plot elements that could have made this book very good. And the writing was actually pretty good. Most of the characters were well developed. And then the book just simply fell apart at the end. It became contrived and absurd and stupid. I feel robbed.
Katie
Apr 20, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I borrowed the audiobook version of this book from my e-library, and did not finish this book. I might re-visit it later, but the audiobook wasn't doing anything for me.

I got about 3/4 I think (Part 4 of 6 of the audiobook). There was too much filler of descriptions of other characters, other cases, wrong suspects, etc. to keep my interest. The main character, Marty, is kind of flat, and all she seems to do is talk about how wonderful her son is, then work, work, work. She is touted as being to
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Joanne
Jul 06, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a refreshing new author...I enjoyed the book very much, and I found myself in tears quite a bit as well. Can't say exactly why I gave it a 5, but it sure seemed like a 5 after I was finished. I'm looking forward to future books by Rose Connors...this was her very first book and it was a selection of the Literary Guild, the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild.
Kathy
Feb 01, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Really more like 3.5. This is a compellingly written mystery and procedural, with details about court system processes that the prosecutor author convincingly provides. I was caught right away and the story held me right to the end. Several characters that I like, hope to meet again. Plot twists that mostly work. Some too-neat resolutions, though. I look forward to reading more.
Steph (loves water)
Apr 03, 2016 Steph (loves water) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Lame. Did we have to read every word of the closing argument in the Rodriguez trial? Surely a synopsis would have been enough? The only reason I'm giving this two stars is because of the kick ass public defender, the only character in the whole book who had any integrity. Definitely going to pass on this series.
Jovdb
Mar 22, 2016 Jovdb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
First book in a series by Rose Connors.

Marty Nickerson is an Assistant DA. She is involved in a conviction of a murderer. There is some doubt of his innocence. When another body is discovered with the same wounds, even Marty is not sure. There is some markings on the body that lead her to believe that the same person killed both victims. Her boss tells her she is mistaken and demands she keeps her thoughts to herself.

The defense attorney, Harry, is passionate about the law. He is sure that the t
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Judith
Mar 28, 2012 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story of a district attorney's life and thoughts about the legal system when confronted with a local serial killer.
Elaine
Feb 20, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this narrative, I feel like I am a tourist listening to the geographical/historical detail of Cape Cod. Everywhere Martha goes is described as though by a tour guide. Luckily it changes from there and I am no longer a tourist. Other than that, there was just enough detail about the non-vitals within to keep me from being bored.

Harry was the most likable character within but also, so were some of the other male characters.

I like to guess who the perpetrator might be and I did
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Gwen P
Jan 25, 2015 Gwen P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a pretty solid, entertaining legal-procedural mystery. I enjoyed the voice of Marty (the main character) and I enjoyed experiencing the story through her POV. At first I found it a bit jarring that the book was narrated in the present tense, but I was eventually able to get used to it, and I even found that it enhanced the suspense at some points.
Connors has a tendency to over-narrate, offering details and background information on the setting and its inhabitants that is borde
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Bridget
Sep 02, 2009 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This was a book that I saw on my last trip to the library, and it sounded like something that might be interesting. It was, and it turns out that the author is originally from Philadelphia!

The main character in the book, Martha "Marty" Nickerson, is a divorced mother of a teen-age son who works as an Assistant D.A. for Barnstable County, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As the story begins, she is finishing up the trial of Manuel Rodriguez, on trial for murdering a local college student. When Rodrigu
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Michael
Martha "Marty" Nickerson has prosecuted the case against Manuel Rodriguez for murdering Michael Scott, a college student. The setting is a close knit community in Cape Cod.

With the guilty verdict in, there is a sigh of relief within the community but before Marty can relax, another young man is found murdered. When an autopsy is performed, this body has a Roman numeral II on his chest. Marty is stunned. How could this happen if the killer was already in jail?

In close communities, sometimes the
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Kellie
-#1 of the Marty Nickerson Series-This book started out average. I love the setting, Cape Cod. I was getting quite annoyed with the main character, Marty, because she wasn’t sticking up for herself. The story line was getting a bit ho hum and then Wam Bam! Around page 250 or so, the story line picked way up. Marty took charge and the story line had much more action. It was a page-turner from then on. I couldn’t put it down. The story is about murder (of course) and the legal side of it. Barnstab ...more
judy
Dec 15, 2009 judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the first in a series of four and I'm sure I've read at least two of the others. Nice to begin at the beginning. This is a legal thriller with great characters. How can you not love the evil witch assistant DA who is determined to claw her way up? Actually the polite heroine is the least interesting--at first. Over the length of the book she begins to examine her own views and ethics and realizes that the criminal justice system doesn't always live up to what is intended. She amazes hers ...more
Stephanie
Feb 03, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the series of four novels about Martha "Marty" Nickerson, a former prosecutor turned defense lawyer. Although the second of the series is actually the best of the four books, this novel is a must-read for fans of court room drama. What I find particularly appealing about this series, compared to many other books of this genre, is that the author--who spent 18 years as a criminal defense attorney--spends a good deal of time discussing legal procedures (as opposed to laws) and ...more
Carla
Nov 07, 2008 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-library
I listened to this on audio book. I find there are so few effective narrators. This woman tried to change voices whenever she was speaking a man's part. The main character's son was 16 in the story, and whenever the narrator was supposed to be him, she sounded like Bart Simpson. No way a sixteen year old male sounds like that. Sometimes she'd forget that she was supposed to be the main woman speaking again, and she'd still be half using her Bart Simpson male voice, remember in the middle of it, ...more
Carolyn Wallis
May 24, 2015 Carolyn Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I read this book. It is filled with clean, descriptive writing. It is graphic when needed (like describing the corpse--it is after all, a crime novel) but does not add graphic or disturbing scenes for the sensation-driven reader (that are there just to stir emotion or get certain ratings without adding to the story). I must admit I was hooked the day after the opening court case.

It is a fairly easy read. The author seems to lose steam in the last portion of the book. I was not enti
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Katie Kenig
Apr 16, 2015 Katie Kenig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Listened to the audiobook version of this with my husband. Solid mystery story that kept us engaged and entertained, but neither of us were big fans of the authors style of writing.
Joi
Aug 06, 2015 Joi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I really enjoyed this book. There wasn't too much back story, not too many unnecessary side stories. I can see myself reading more books by this author.
Nicole
Jan 02, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2015-listened
I really enjoyed this book by a new to me author. The mystery was fast paced, pulling the reader in from the start. I liked the legal information that was presented. I felt a part of the story. Will definitely be looking for more books by this author.
Suzanne
Jan 23, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the audio version of this book. Marty Nickerson is a single mom raising a teenage son, working as an assistant DA in a small town in New England. She courageously fights for justice even if it may not benefit her career at the moment. I hope to read more in this series.
Freyja Vanadis
This book is better than her follow-up to this. At least I didn't give up on reading this book because I thought it was too stupid.
Peg
Jun 14, 2014 Peg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. It was well written. I would probably read the next book about Marty but the other three in the series are over $13 on Kindle and it wasn't that good!
Janet
Nov 25, 2014 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to follow and entertaining. And only one character who was just too, too perfect. I'm already on to the next one.
Sandi
Apr 06, 2015 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to read more from this author.
Dianna Kemper
Apr 27, 2014 Dianna Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good mystery, great audiobook reader.
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