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The Shadow Box by John R. Maxim
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The Shadow Box (1996)

by John R. Maxim

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Maxim is a new author for me, and I was pleasantly surprised with this first read. His secondary characters, especially the villains, were much better than his protagonist. I found a fair amount of humor throughout the book, primarily in the characters' dialog. The details about the counterfeit prescription drug business were very interesting. ( )
  Roycrofter | Oct 29, 2012 |
Every clichee of every thriller--well written, but pretty bad content and story line
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Maxim ... forsakes the astral plane for a suspenser whose down-and-dirty plot turns on the megabuck traffic in bogus prescription drugs. ... A slick, engrossing entertainment with plausibly motivated characters and chilling detail on an underground enterprise that's evidently as remunerative as narcotics.
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Manhattan investment banker Mike Fallon is having a bad time in the big city: First his Uncle Jake is beaten to death, next his lover is killed during a holdup, and finally Fallon himself gets fired and is almost pushed in front of a subway train by muggers. Things in Martha's Vineyard, where he flees, aren't much better -- because those events weren't random occurences at all but rather ghosts from Fallon's tangled past catching up with him. Maxim makes a smooth segue from his own past as a writer of spy stories like "Bannerman's Law" in a book that will keep you gripped and guessing.

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A novel on counterfeit drugs featuring Michael Fallon, pharmaceutical analyst for a Wall Street investment firm. Fallon uncovers an international ring selling cheap, diluted drugs to pharmacies, which pass them on to the unsuspecting consumer. The discovery makes him the target of killers.… (more)

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