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Last Witness

(C.J. Townsend #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,717 ratings  ·  236 reviews
A new terror stalks Miami Beach. Three cops are dead - savagely mutilated while out on patrol. Assistant State Attorney CJ Townsend is worse than shaken. These cops worked on the Cupid investigation two years previously - the case of a brutal serial killer who was sent to death row.
Published by Penguin Group(CA) (first published 2005)
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jilliane Hoffman's first book was Retribution. I felt that book left the ending to reader interpretation whether it was right or wrong, like a "What would you have done" ending. This book, Last Witness, continues the story of C. J. Townsend, and I thought it was karma coming back to get her. Close, but no cigar. The ending of this book appears to blatantly reveal what to expect in the third book, The Cutting Room. I could be wrong, though, after reading the blurb.

My major complaint about Last Wi
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Really disappointed with this book - and to make matters worse there is still a third book in the series for me to (maybe) wade through.

The overwhelming problem for me with Last Witness was this:

First up the main character is C.J.Townsend. C.J. So obviously we hear, or read, her name a lot. And she's the ASA (Assistant State Attorney) Then there is also a character called LBJ. The following is a list that at least one will be read on almost every single page:

Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miami Assistant State Attorney C J Townsend gets called to the scene of a cop murdered in his patrol car. And a vicious murder it is. Within a couple of days, drugs are found in the cop's system and he's connected to gang activity. Another cop is killed and he's dirty too. CJ sees her tie-in with these cops.

I don't often complain about the writing style of authors because I'm so happy they've written books for me to read. But this was so blatant that it seriously detracted from the story. All of
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed. 'Retribution'/ 'Cupido' was thrilling, clever and had some exciting twists and turns. 'Last Witness'/ 'Morpheus' was just boring.

At first there were all those 48798 different departments, teams and positions and their corresponding abbreviations. That was really confusing for me as a non-professional and therefore pretty tiring. I mean, they are all "explained" at least once, but I couldn't care less after a while.

So I just ignored them and concentrated on the story. Story? Hm
Susannah Carleton
Intriguing characters and a good plot, with several convoluted subplots. Someone is killing Miami area police officers---all of those instrumental in getting a serial killer convicted in the previous book. Is it a coincidence, or are the cops dirty guilty of something? When the killer petitions for and receives a Huff hearing, based on an affidavit from his former attorney that she concealed evidence and did not provide him with the best defense she could have, the judge has no choice but to gra ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of this book.. read my rant on my blog: ...more
Grada (BoekenTrol)
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all thrillerfans
Recommended to Grada (BoekenTrol) by: kiki1928
After I read Cupido, I was very curious about this book. How C.J. would be doing, if Bantling really was put away etc.

At first, I had no idea that this was the second book n a row, because it started 'all over' again. Only in the course of the story one finds out how this second book is linked to the first.
That is okay, though.

I was a bit disappointed however, by this second book. I can't exactly tell you why. The thing is, that it didn't keep me reading as the first one did. I was not so very
Two-haiku review:

Someone's killing cops
They all worked Cupid killer
Will she be next death?

Continues first book
Series best read in order
Scary, violent
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
In this follow sequel to Retribution, Assistant State Attorney C J Townsend has now put away William Bantling for the torture & murder of eleven women. Bantling is fighting for a re-trial, saying he was wrongly convicted but three cops crucial to the case, & who know the truth, have been brutally slain & CJ is pretty sure she's next on the list. But with Bantling still in prison who is doing the killing?

Well it sounded right up my street but it wasn't & once again I seem to be at odds with most
Katy Askeland
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Good One

Last Witness is the second book of three in the CJ Townsend thriller series and the third book I've read by Jilliane Hoffman. I continue to wonder why she is not a more well known author, as I have found all of her books to be page turner and extremely well written.
I have just a couple criticisms of this novel. Ms. Hoffman love acronyms. I know they are common in law enforcement, but she tends to overuse them in her books. This is a small criticism, but one the reader can find a
Ashlee O'Rourke
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, really this is like a 4.6 because the amount of cop / legal jargon that had to be explained made for some very boggy reading. I read Retribution and loved it, the mind blowing end was fantastic, and I couldn’t see this ending coming a mile away but not because the author didn’t have it there but because it was buried in a lot of useless lingo. I put this book down twice to start and finish something else, the interest was just plain lost. The thing that saves this book and gives it the rat ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
I really liked this novel. It was full of action and suspense. The only thing I didn't like was that the murders were very gory and a little too realistic. C.J. and Dom are in love in this story. They are both very smart and excellent at their jobs. C.J's secrets become a problem and her character and Dom's are very well written. I will read more of this new to me author. I was given another book written by Jilliane, so that will be accomplished before long. ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t keep me on my toes as much as the first one did but it was still good. I kept trying to remember names from the first book, small appearances of people to try and guess who this Black Jacket is. I didn’t like the ending, it seemed rushed and undecided. But it does make me want to read the next book in the series because I want to know what happens to Bill Bantling.
While the first novel in the series was better, this part is still a good read. The same remarks as for the first part are true here: the characters are not all worked out well, and the style is not really great. Strangely enough there is something about these novels that keeps my attention focused and I never considered it any waste of time.
Paul Hunter
Definitely improved as it moved on - perhaps my three star rating is more because I could tell exactly where things were going. Perhaps it would have helped to have read Retribution first - not sure, just didn’t really click with me. Well written, but perhaps it’s my fault for reading out of sequence
Read this for the Magical Readathon 2020 for the prompt "read a book with a heart on the cover or in the title" for ancient runes! (the German "Weltbild"-cover has two little hearts on the cover!)

I like Jilliane Hoffman's writing style in this book but I really think that the suspense in this story could have been way better
Pam Deraney
I thought it was a good book! I look forward to reading the last one. Trying to figure out which one that is. I did not enjoy the acronym's and there were a LOT of characters to keep track of. It would have been a good idea to have less and be able to connect more with the main ones. But good enough to go on to the next one! Which one is it? :) ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Published in 2005, with a good story line. It was a bit slow for me probably the work acronyms used were a distraction for my brain. I read it as a stand alone and I am fine with that. Age recommended is probably around 16 up, the crime scenes could be disturbing. I don't remember reading this kind of book until I was 20 so who knows. ...more
Connie Hamby
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must read

I read all three of her books and I really didn't want to put them down I couldn't wait for what came next if you like like good books I recommend them you want be disappointed C.I Townsend rocks
Liked it a little better than retribution, the first book in the series. Held my interest all the way through. Fairly believable, and the author is a good writer. Looking forward to trying the next book in the series.
Patricia Hankins

One crime after another, deception lifts its ugly head for the best offence, but it's never enough. Deception is always found out, even if it's done for the best benefit . This is a killer book, fast paced, and mind boggling.
Kim Devyver
I read this not knowing it was a sequel, but it was still easy to follow. Maybe missed some information at the end. Overall well written, but the many abbreviations sometimes make it a little hard to follow what is what.
Mary Ahlgren
Not well put together IMO.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retribution was better, but this one was a good follow up.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

She's an awesome writer. Very creative, unpredictable crime series. U will not see the killer coming till it's to late, stay awake
Agnes Mcintosh
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was intriguing. However, I wish that there was some sort of explanation at the end as to the why this person was doing what he did.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story. Well written.
Karen Gregory
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than I expected and so surprised at the ending.
Danielle Pena
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next book please to the series...
Mícheál S.
Kinda boring nearly gave up
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Jilliane P. Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996 with special assignments to the Domestic Violence and the Legal Extradition Units. Originally from Long Island, she currently lives in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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C.J. Townsend (4 books)
  • Retribution (C.J. Townsend #1)
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“C.J.’s words sounded again and again in her head. She knew that she had not given her an answer, because Lourdes honestly didn’t have one. It was her embattled conscience that had driven her out of Miami, away from a successful practice, from friends and family, to hide from her sins up here in the mountains, hoping time would ease its suffering. But it simply made the condition worse. Her conscience—was that friend made or born? Or was hers skewed with the help of a mother who’d read from the bible every night before dinner, even when there was no food on the table to eat? Some people supposedly didn’t even have a conscience—failing to develop one by the age of three or four, and were sunk for life. Some had one and ignored it constantly. Others had one, but it didn’t always work right. So what made the conscience, the friend, always right, anyway? Who draws that line, Lourdes?” 0 likes
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