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Face Value

(Rachel Gold Mysteries #9)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  11 reviews
As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. Some turn to drugs, some quit the profession, and occasionally one quits altogether. According to the medical examiner, Sari Bashir quit for good on leaving work one Thursday night when she fell to her death from the eighth floor of the downtown ga ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Steve Gross
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Almost all of this book is recycled material from other books, with the great exception of Stanley and FACS. Might be time to pack in the series.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: legal-thriller
A young attorney has fallen from the eighth floor of a parking garage next to her law firm. It appears to be a suicide, but a friend who has Asperger’s but is a genius in the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) insists Sari has been murdered. St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold becomes involved in the case and agrees to investigate the possible murder.

The plot of this mystery is unique. A mail room employee who works at the victim’s law firm is positive Sari’s death is not a suicide. Stanley Plotkin i
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"Face Value" is part of the "Rachel Gold Mystery" series. I haven't read any of the other books in the series yet, but I definitely would.

I enjoyed several things about this novel. First of all, I enjoyed that it was set in St. Louis. It seems that most novels are set in New York or Chicago or LA; it's nice to read something that talks about another American city. I also enjoyed the actual mystery-a young lawyer was found on the sidewalk after an
This was a serviceable, sturdy mystery.

A young lawyer commits what appears at first glance to be suicide, but turns out to be murder. Lawyer, Rachel Gold, decides to investigate based on the word of one of her quirky friends who has Asberger's.

She enlists the help of her other quirky friends, and together they figure out who did it, and, you, as the reader, will probably figure it out about 100 pages before they do.

It's not terrible. It's got a couple of good laughs, and the characters are all p
Kathy S
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The author, Michael Kahn, is a St Louis lawyer and is on the faculty of Washington University School of Law. When he is not practicing law or teaching it, he writes the Rachel Gold mysteries.

I like reading the Rachel Gold series by Michael Kahn because they feature the main character living in St Louis. These are not heavy reading and can be perused in a few days, but they are fun beach reads.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-missouri
(This is only listed as an e-book, but I read it in print.)
Stanley Plotkin is the only one who suspects that Sari Bashir's death was not a suicide. But Stanley is eccentric; his Asperger's syndrome makes it hard for him to talk to people. He asks Rachel Gold, lawyer daughter of his mother's best friend, to investigate. Rachel hopes only to put Stanley's mind at rest, but soon finds suspicious circumstances that convince her that he may be right. Marvelous characters and setting.
Amy Sheldon
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
kind of miss the Jewish aspect.
Lynda Birch
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers and those who like light mysteries
Shelves: cozy-mystery, mystery
Overall I found this a fun, interesting and worthwhile read - just not a nail biter.

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Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! This book expands the list of ongoing characters to support a unique plot and a fascinating forensic use of reading faces.
Beth Schneider
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good murder mystery with an interesting, if eccentric cast of characters. Looking forward to the next Rachel Gold book.
Bob T
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun read for St. Louisans because of the references to local places.
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Pseudonym for Michael Baron.

Michael Kahn is a trial lawyer by day and an author at night. He wrote his first novel, GRAVE DESIGNS, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up." So he sh

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Rachel Gold Mysteries (10 books)
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  • Death Benefits  (Rachel Gold Mysteries #2)
  • Firm Ambitions  (Rachel Gold Mysteries #3)
  • Sheer Gall  (Rachel Gold Mysteries #4)
  • Due Diligence (Rachel Gold Mysteries #5)
  • Bearing Witness (Rachel Gold Mysteries #6)
  • Trophy Widow  (Rachel Gold Mysteries #7)
  • The Flinch Factor  (Rachel Gold Mysteries #8)
  • The Dead Hand