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3.24  ·  Rating details ·  74 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Howard Fast has written over 40 novels, everything from April Morning, a historical novel about the Revolutionary War, to An Independent Woman, the last book in his series about an immigrant family in California. In Redemption, the author dabbles in the world of suspense fiction.

Ike Goldman, the smart and gentle 78-year-old retired law professor who is the heart of the n

240 pages
Published 1999 by Robert Hale
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Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Howard Fast Fans
Shelves: mystery
I picked up Redemption because I had been immersed in large, meaty reads and wanted something a bit lighter (not to mention shorter). While Redemption was indeed a very quick read, there was a bit more meat to it than I expected, and I was happy for that.

Isaac Goldman is driving home one night and sees a woman, Elizabeth, standing on a bridge. There would only be one reason for her to be there at that time of night, and he correctly guesses that reason. What stems from that one moment is a story
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read somewhere recently that if one wanted good books to read, just read something by Howard Fast. A couple of weeks later, Redemption by Fast turned up in my Little Free Library so I pulled it out and read it. It didn't do much for me. It was a murder mystery of sorts - not the kind of book I usually read. It seemed more like a Harlequin mystery - there wasn't much meat to it. It was kind of a page turner but in a sappy sense. The main woman character was way too "perfect." Some of the detail ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sorry, but I didn't care for this book at all. I found the writing fragmented and the story implausible because of it. He saves her one night and, by the next morning with relatively little conversation or interaction, he's in love with her. Slight exaggeration, but that's the type of jump that occurred frequently in the story. Then, throw in some stereotypes and I didn't need many more reasons to not care for this book. I did finish it (because I always finish books I start) and there were mome ...more
I was reviewing my shelves, and this is the only one I've labeled 'legal'. But even though I read it just a couple years ago*, I, quite honestly, can't remember a word of it. As I remember specifics of books I read in the fourth grade...that probably sums up why I gave this only two stars.

*I think. As I don't actually remember it, but didn't start using GR consistently until 2010, at least when it came to getting all the info down, and this book is at the local library.
Marion Pettis
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I ever read right through a book in one day. I was in the mood for a good story and having enjoyed reading his series on "The Immigrants" (quite a few years ago) decided to pick up this book. It was enough to entertain and keep me interested to finish it that same evening. Would recommend it as a light read.
Elizabeth Kennedy
This was a superficial book but it had some lovely moments. There wasn't depth of feeling, and the points of law were hurried over, but the romance between a 78 year old man and a 47 year old woman was very well done and made the book better. Nothing objectionable but also without detail.
Jennifer Stubbs
This book was ok. Ike saved Liz's life by stopping her from committing suicide. They ended up falling in love. Meanwhile, Liz goes on trial for the murder of her abusive ex-husband. It was kind of boring in parts but it could have gone either way and it kept me reading to find out what happened.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!Thoroughly enjoyed!
Holly Weiss
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
quick/easy read
simple writing but keeps me entertained
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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