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PLAYING DEAD
by Allison Brennan

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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Crafty Brennan wraps up her Prison Break trilogy with the intricate tale of a nearly perfect frame-up. With so many moving parts in this drama, Brennan does an outstanding job keeping the players distinct and slowly revealing how the plot threads all intersect. It's wonderfully complex and terrifying at the same time.

Convicted killer Tom O'Brien escapes from prison during an earthquake with two thoughts in his mind -- getting to his estranged daughter and proving his innocence. Law student Oliver Maddox gave Tom hope that evidence could be found to prove his case, but Maddox has disappeared. At first P.I. Claire O'Brien doesn't believe in her father's innocence, but when she learns Maddox was murdered she starts to question why.

FBI agent Mitch Bianchi is skating on thin ice by contacting Claire in an undercover fashion. Not officially assigned to the O'Brien case, he still feels compelled to investigate. Could Tom really be innocent? If so, the conspiracy to convict him runs wide and deep. (BALLANTINE, Oct., 458 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: October 2008

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