Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

Heart of a Killer

Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It’s not that he isn’t smart. He is. It’s just that hard work, not to mention the whole legal thing, isn’t exactly his passion. Underachiever? A little. Content? Right up until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a thirty-year murder sentence for killing her husband, who she clai...

Details Heart of a Killer

TitleHeart of a Killer
Release DateFeb 14th, 2012
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Heart of a Killer

  • James Thane
    Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer at a large firm on the fast track to nowhere, at least professionally. He knows that he's never going to make partner, which is okay by him because, while he's a really smart guy and a Harvard graduate, he's not all that ambitious. He's generally marking time and flying under the radar when the firm assigns him to a pro bono case.Jamie's new client is Sheryl Harrison who confessed to the murder of her husband six ye...
  • Jim
    I liked his Andy Carpenter series, a lawyer with the Golden Retriever, Tara, & I have to give Rosenfelt a lot of credit for running a dog rescue operation while writing crime novels. This might be the best book I've listened to by him, a stand alone.The main character is a rather lazy, directionless, dissatisfied lawyer, a drone. There are two main threads; a woman who wants to donate her heart to her daughter & a computer terrorist wreaking havo...
  • Jeanette
    A guy who begins his author profile by saying "I am a novelist with 27 dogs" gets a chance to show me what he's got. For sure. The man has his priorities straight.This was pretty good. 3.5 starsWhat I found even more compelling than the heart donation dilemma was the "co-plot" reminding us of how truly vulnerable we are in this modern age where absolutely everything is run by computers.
  • Opa
    I had read all of Rosenfelt's books except this one. In this one he does not keep the same characters and dog theme as all the others. So, I kept putting it off. Now that I have finished Heart of a Killer, I remembered why I liked his style and enjoyed his work. Rosenfelt has that special sense of humor that resides just under the action and drama. He did not disappoint.
  • Richard
    You have to read any book written by a man who has 27 golden retrievers. His wife must be a saint.This is my second book by Mr. Rosenfelt, and all I have to say is give us more Jamie Wagner.The moral and ethical dilemma is a great conversation starter.
  • Marla
    Good suspense story. It was a little slow at first as it was establishing the plot but there were enough twists and guesses that it kept me riveted. Well worth the read.
  • Amanda McGill
    I was not expecting to love this novel as much as I did!I ran a Turkey Trot race in 2015 and as part of the race kit pickup you got to select a few free books! Heart of a Killer was one of those free books. I've had it on my shelf for over a year and decided that I needed to read it. I went into the novel with low exceptions and ended up finishing the novel in a few hours. There are 2 story lines to this novel that eventually come together. Jamie...
  • Cat
    Having read books from Rosenfelt's Carpenter series, I was looking forward to reading this individual novel. I was not disappointed. Rosenfelt has a unique way of telling a story, describing a scene, and introducing characters.
  • Bonnie
    I really like the way this author writes. There was a big twist to the ending, surprised me.
  • Wisteriouswoman
    The story had interesting twists and turns but definitely wasn't an edge of the seat page-turner. A couple of times I fell asleep reading it. That said, I enjoy his plodding along style.Great book for reading while on a recumbent exercise bike. I got lost a couple of times because he switches from character to character and sometimes uses different names for each. Some authors actually tell you at the beginning of a chapter whose view point the s...
  • Pamela Kramer
    In 'Heart of a Killer,' David Rosenfelt combines his many talents -- writing great dialogue, plots with great twists, and a wry sense of humor -- to end up with a book that is difficult to put down.The plot is unique. A woman convicted of murdering her husband wants to die so that she can donate her heart to her daughter, who will die without a heart transplant. Jamie Wagner is the unfortunate attorney who is handed the pro-bono (free) case by hi...
  • Leslie
    I think that his may be,in my humble opinion, Mr. Rosenfelt's best. Heck, what a page turner. Each short chapter was thrilling with a cliff hanger sentence at the end of each. Interesting plot and wonderful character development,evoking empathy,sympathy,admiration,fear and loathing. A self proclaimed underachieving Harvard lawyer..a divorced police detective that is smart on the job and loving his ex wife off the job..the imprisoned client who ma...
  • Jami
    This started out a bit slow for me and I wasn't sure about it. But it didn't take long for me to get pulled into the story. There were a few twists and surprises at the end that I didn't see coming. Very interesting plots between the heart transplant, computer crimes and the connection between the two.
  • Barbara Nutting
    Quite an intricate plot - a little too feasible what with the Russians hacking the 2016 Presidential election!! I guess anything is possible. I read this in dribs and drabs so at the end I wasn't sure of where the bad guy entered the story!! I'd read another by this author even though the book was a little slow moving.
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Stand alone but I love his characters. They are always humorous, self effacing and the new lawyer in this one is very likable. The plot is a very different type of case and it moves along swiftly. Strange to read a Rosenfelt book minus Golden Retrievers but I enjoyed this book.
  • Jeannette
    A little hard to follow in the beginning but well worth the pursuit.
  • Janet
    Actually, this review is 4 1/2 stars. The only reason it’s not a five is that I just don’t feel like I’m in the book. If I feel like I’m practically right there in the situation...now there is a five! Pretty tough to get a five. I really like that Jamie‘s parents grew nice, big hearts. And boy, did they ever! His dad turned out to be amazing. I’m one of those people that doesn’t want to have “somebody that I love to hate.” I’l...
  • Nancy
    David Rosenfelt is one of my go to authors when I want an enjoyable read. Though I wouldn't rank these as highly as the books in his Andy Carpenter series, I would still recommend it. The mystery in Heart of a Killer involves a pro bono case sloughed off on a young lawyer named Jamie, who going nowhere in his current law firm career. His client, Sheryl, is in jail for murdering her husband, a crime to which she confessed. Faced with a dying daugh...
  • Dan Downing
    While I've read a few in Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series, I've never jumped up and down for joy afterward. And I did not do so here, but I came close. The flavor and voice here resemble Carpenter's; the name is different, but the wisecracks are the same. What makes this effort superior is the clever thesis and the subtle clues strewn throughout. The close reader should figure things out and be satisfied with the experience. Of the several fores...
  • Beth
    Riveting ThrillerI picked up the book and could not put it down until the last word. I, certainly, hope this will lead to a series. The characters were excellently fleshed out and so heart breaking real. I became so involved in the story with all its twists and turns, that I finished at a rapid pace. I was surprised at the conclusion because I had no idea of the final twist it took. For a hugely entertaining page turner, grab your copy today, it ...
  • Dana Reynolds
    I would have given it five stars, except for some of the predictable, formulaic outcomes. Yet, there were many unpredictable twists and turns to make it an engaging mystery. Starting and ending dates: I got it as an e-book way back in March, then got involved in another book and other life busyness. The e-book expired, so I had to start over.
  • Robert S Understein
    Another Rosenfelt Winner, Just Different CharacterMost enjoyable book with a lot of suspense, intrigue and an awakening of the potential power of the computer in the wrong hands.One of those books that you “can’t put down” and doesn’t disappoint.
  • Kathy jenkins
    Typical story by this author. Self- deprecating lawyer defends the accused innocent person and foils a vicious plot led by unconscionable bad guys. Works closely with police. Some twists and turns. Quick, easy reading
  • Dianna Shimizu
    What an awesome book! I was hoping for another in his series, but this is a stand alone book. But like his series hero, this main character is a wise-cracking sarcastic man, which I really liked. Great story that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen.
  • Beverly Doss
    Thrilling, Who Dun It Mystery with a Tinge of RomanceI love the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt and wanted to try some thing else he wrote. This novel was every bit as good as the Andy Carpenter mysteries with one exception; there were no dogs!
  • Jon T Oliver
    Who would have though?This story defies second guessing the story line and ending. A sequel should be a consideration for the true romantic reader.
  • Judy
    I always like his books, there is a lot of detail about the law and all that it takes to get a person aquitted.
  • Jmrathbone
    The best thing I can say is that I borrowed this book from the library so I may have wasted time reading this convoluted fable, but I didn’t spend money for it.
  • Carol Hunsicker
    I think this is the first novel I have read by David Rosenfelt. It read really fast and held my interest. All in all a good suspense thriller.
  • Robin
    pretty unbelievable ok read