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  1 Notorious
Author: Brennan, Allison
    Series: Max Revere series, #1
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: PS3602.R
Print Run: 100000
ISBN-13: 9781250035059
LCCN: 2013032878
Imprint: Minotaur Books
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: 03/25/2014
Availability: Out of Print Confirmed
List: $24.99
Physical Description: viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm H 9.3", W 6.43", D 1.22", 1.15 lbs.
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
Brodart's TOP Adult Titles
Awards: Booklist Starred Reviews
Starred Reviews: Booklist
TIPS Subjects: Suspense/Thriller
Mystery/Detective Fiction
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
LC Subjects: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
FICTION / Suspense
FICTION / Thrillers
Murder, Investigation, Fiction
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Women journalists, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Adventure fiction
Criminal investigation, Fiction
Homicide, Fiction
Mystery fiction
Women journalists, Fiction
Reading Programs:
Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 12/01/2013
Attending her old friend, Kevin O'Neal's, funeral leaves Max with mixed feelings as she recalls the guilty friend found not guilty of strangling another friend to death. Determined to prove that Kevin's suicide was a murder in disguise becomes even tougher for Max when she agrees to investigate another murder at her old high school for an elderly couple. Max Revere novel series, 336pp., 100K, Auth res: Northern CA
Starred Reviews:
Booklist | 02/15/2014
Investigative reporter Maxine Revere takes on cold cases both in print and on her cable TV show. In this introduction to the series, Max goes home to Atherton, California, a wealthy enclave outside of San Francisco. Kevin, Lindy, and Max were best friends all through school until their senior year when Lindy was murdered, and Kevin was accused but not convicted by the hung jury. Max stood by Kevin but later found out he had lied to her. Upon her return home, a new murder is committed, and Max finds herself looking into a couple of old mysteries and a new one. She also has to deal with her large, wealthy family; her former friends; and all their egos and infighting. Working with ex-special forces turned detective Nick Santini, in charge of the homicide, Max finds that she shares a work ethic and a strong mutual attraction with the young, good-looking, and smart Nick. But Max is able to go outside the law on occasion, and Nick finds her reckless streak both maddening and endearing. Fireworks erupt on more than one occasion, and it seems like the beginning of an interesting relationship--a terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home. Alesi, Stacy. 336p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2014.
Journal Reviews
Kirkus Reviews | 02/01/2014
New York Times best-selling author Brennan (Maximum Exposure, 2014, etc.) explores murder among the rich and arrogant in an exclusive California enclave. Maxine Revere is the illegitimate daughter of one of the heirs to a great California fortune. Beloved by her great-grandmother, who left her a fortune even though her own mother abandoned her, Max doesn't have to work, but she does anyway. And, since Max is also tall, willowy and drop-dead gorgeous, it only follows that she would be an investigative journalist with her own nationally televised show and four true-crime books under her belt. When Max returns to her hometown to attend the funeral of a good friend, she stirs up a hornet's nest by digging into two apparently unrelated murders, one of which took place more than a decade prior to her friend's death; she takes it upon herself to reopen the investigation and stumbles across the second murder. Throw in a hot male detective who rings all of her bells, a gay former Special Forces assistant bodyguard, a dysfunctional but extremely good-looking and rich family and more cast members than the phone book, and the constantly smug Maxine spends the majority of the time justifying putting her own life and those of others in danger while she plays amateur sleuth--that is, when she's not flaunting her wealth, good looks or power. The first few chapters of this book will either draw readers in or send them packing: Brennan introduces more than 15 characters by name in the prologue and first two chapters alone. Brennan's infodump style and tendency to linger over the perks of being Max Revere will do little for readers who demand substance over window dressing. A story that probably won't attract any new Brennan converts but will likely find favor with her hard-core fan base. 336pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2014.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 10/21/2013
Author of the New York Times best-selling Lucy Kincaid series, Brennan breaks into hardcover with a new series starring cold-case investigative reporter Maxine Revere. Max is attending the funeral of former friend Kevin, accused of strangling another friend back in high school, when Kevin's sister buttonholes her to insist that Kevin did not kill himself. It gets more complicated when Max is asked to investigate another murder at her old school. 336p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2013.
Publishers Weekly | 01/06/2014
New York City journalist Maxine "Max" Revere, famed for her interest in cold cases and the star of this competent series debut from Brennan (Love Me to Death), is driven by the one case she never solved years before: the one that left Lindy Ames dead and Kevin O'Neal destroyed by the shadow of unproven suspicion. When Kevin commits suicide, Max returns home to Atherton, Calif., where she finds an insular community whose wealthy families--including hers--will close ranks rather than betray their own to the law. The recent shooting death of a construction worker at Atherton Prep, Max's old high school, soon engages her. Despite the opposition of the local police, Maxine forges ahead in her quest for justice for the dead, but will her resolve hold when the trail leads back to her own family? While this first entry, reminiscent in many ways of TV's Veronica Mars, lacks nuance, Brennan has set up a sound foundation for more complex future installments. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (Mar.). 336p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2014.