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If Thy Right Hand

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When her autistic son is accused of abusing two young boys, an impassioned prosecutor's world falls apart. She becomes caught between his claim of innocence and her lifelong dedication to putting sex offenders behind bars. Things take a deadly turn when Ilene Hart discovers that someone is killing sex offenders with a biblical sense of retribution. In her pursuit to keep h ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Dog Ear Publishing (first published April 11th 2011)
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Thrae Harris
I don't read mysteries very often, because for the most part they offer very little in the way of substance. Robin Lamont's If Thy Right Hand is an exception. Even as it kept me turning the pages, it explored the difficult subject matter of child molestation and Asperger's. I loved that it centered around relationships,and did so well-brother to brother, mother to son, father to daughter, and lovers who have to work together. Waiting for her next one! I don't read mysteries very often, because f ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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An informative, thought provoking story that includes very sensitive subjects. The main character is likable and identifiable. It stays with you!
Harley Werner
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great suspense novel...couldn't put it down
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
From a Broadway career to law enforcement and then to the literary world, Robin Lamont has definitely been on a long journey to become a novelist. After college, she worked as a Broadway actress and singer, playing lead roles in Godspell, Grease, and Working. Utilizing her acting experience she became an undercover investigator for a PI firm in New York City that specialized in investigations into counterfeiting. During that time she put herself through law school and later practiced as an Assis ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Ilene Hart is the Chief of Special Prosecutions in the DA’s office, specializing in the prosecution of pedophiles. When a teenage boy she has recently prosecuted is found shot to death, she begins to make connections with suspicious deaths of other sex offenders.
As a single mother with two sons – one an autistic nineteen year old and the other a rambunctious eleven year old, she struggles to balance the demands of family and career. Then her older son is accused of molesting two young boys at
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From its shocking opening to its intense conclusion, IF THY RIGHT HAND is one of the most enjoyable, suspenseful novels I've ever read. Robin Lamont's rich prose and vivid imagery are captivating. Furthermore, she has a genuine gift for creating real flesh & blood characters that draw the reader in. The heroine of the novel, Ilene Hart, is a single, working mom raising two sons, one of whom (Sam) has Aspergers. I was thoroughly impressed by how brilliantly Ms. Lamont captures not only the intell ...more
Felicity Barry
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If Thy Right Hand, a debut novel by Robin Lamont, is a fast paced novel of suspense that grabs the reader and does not let go. Assistant District Attorney Ilene Hart is a single mother who prosecutes child sexual abuse cases. Her oldest son Sam is a young adult trying to achieve a measure of independence while coping with Asperger’s Syndrome. Ilene’s younger son Frankie navigates the difficult territory of life with a single mom and a disabled sibling. When one of the defendants Ilene prosecuted ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely did not disappoint. When you read as much as I do, books that you have a hard time putting down start to become few and far between. This book delivered on every angle for me. I found myself wanting to stay awake just a little longer, let dinner go a few more minutes so I could get a couple more pages in. This is definitely an author I will be following from here on out for her next books!

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Oh, I don't know. I liked this book's clear and appealing description of life with a teen on the autistic spectrum, and the false accusation plot turn was okay...and it was well enough written...but the next big plot turn felt false and left me behind. It's billed as a novel of suspense but it became predictable. I think if the author had expanded on her interesting and nice insights on parenting an almost adult special needs child and left out the "suspense" turn she chose I would feel more pos ...more
Nell Nicholas
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this thriller that was both thought-provoking and sensitive to so many different modern day issues. "If Tht Right Hand" was full of suspense at every turn. Robin Lamont did a fabulous job of bringing each charachter to life in a unique and thoughtful way. Thank you Ms. Lamont for getting me into a genre of book I don't normall read. Can't wait for your next page turner!
Aug 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
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I received this book in the mail today as a Goodreads Giveaway. It sounds great from the back cover. I can't wait to get started on it! I recently had surgery, so I'm not able to read as much or as fast as I'd like. I will write a review soon.
Jeff Flotta
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I got into this book quickly. It was well-written and really kept my interest. The story is packed with details and plot, and has very little filler. I look forward to reading more of Robin Lamont's work.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great story that kept me guessing. Very sensitive subject matter that is written well.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A combination of social commentary and mystery that sets in motion both contemplation and entertainment.
Melanie Schweiger
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book reads like a Jodi Picoult or Kristin Hannah book...nice twist at the end.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, but sometimes hard to read because of the content. It did make me consider my black and white view on some issues, which I love a book that can do that.
Bruce Ferber
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I finished this book over two years ago, but never got around to writing the review. I'm not a mystery book guy, but Lamont knows her stuff. An engaging page-turner all the way through.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Captivating and intriguing. Made me think about the world of autistic children and their parents. How complicated and tough it is...
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Broadway actress - private investigator - Assistant DA - and now novelist.

Robin Lamont worked as a Broadway actress and singer, playing lead roles in Godspell, Grease, and Working. Her original cast recording of "Day by "Day" and her film version of the song have drawn fans from around the world. Utilizing her acting experience she became an undercover investigator for a PI firm in New York City

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