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Hardcover The Alibi Man Book

ISBN: 0553802011

ISBN13: 9780553802016

The Alibi Man

(Book #2 in the Elena Estes Series)

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The Rqueen of the crime thrillerS (New York Post) brings back Elena Estes, heroine of the New York Times bestselling Dark Horse.

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Elena Estes should def. have a series!

One of the best books I've read in a long time. I received this book Friday and was finished by Sunday night. I could not put this book down, except for my Saturday night fun... Excellent Tami Hoag thriller.

My first Tami Hoag novel

This was my first Tami Hoag novel, but won't be my last. After starting many other books, only to be bored and quit, I quite enjoyed this one from the beginning. I also enjoyed Ms. Hoag's style of writing, with both first and third person. Kept the story moving along and interesting.

"There's always someone willing to lie for a rich man."

Tami Hoag's "The Alibi Man" is a sordid but engrossing tale about the lifestyles of hedonistic rich people in Palm Beach, Florida. Elena Estes is a bitter and cynical woman, with good reason. Two years earlier, Elena became a pariah among her former colleagues in the police department after she blew a drug bust that cost a fellow cop his life and left her severely injured. She despises her father, an amoral but highly skilled criminal defense attorney, who betrayed her when she needed him most. Her former boyfriend, Bennett Walker, is a sleaze who continues to use his wealth and power to attract young and beautiful women. Elena has found peace taking care of horses for her close friend, Sean Avadon. She lives in Sean's guest cottage and enjoys spending time with animals who "are honest, straightforward creatures without guile or ulterior motive." She feels that "you always know where you stand with a horse," which, unfortunately, cannot be said for most people. Elena is upset after arguing with her boyfriend, James Landry, a homicide detective. However, her romantic problems fade into the background when Elena stumbles across the murdered and mutilated body of her fellow groom, Irina Markova. Irina spent her off hours trying to snag a rich husband, but instead, she ended up floating in a South Florida canal. Elena takes Irina's murder personally; she launches her own unofficial and unauthorized investigation, which brings her into contact with Detective Landry, a gorgeous polo player named Juan Barbaro, and some fabulously rich and dissolute men (including Bennett Walker), known as the Alibi Club, because of their habit of covering up for one another's misdeeds. Although she is no longer a detective, Elena's skills are still sharp and she soon joins forces with Landry to find Irina's killer. Naturally, this puts Elena at risk, especially when she confronts a violent and irrational Russian mob figure, Alexi Kulak, who was in love with Irina and wants revenge. "The Alibi Man" is fast-paced, gory, and thoroughly engrossing, and Elena is a delightfully sarcastic first-person narrator. Logic is not Hoag's strong suit: It is unlikely that Landry would allow Elena anywhere near his case. However, most readers will willingly suspend their disbelief regarding Elena's unorthodox activities because Hoag knows how to hook her readers and keep them interested. The characters are strong and well-delineated, the South Florida setting is depicted in exquisite detail, and the plot is suspenseful and engrossing. "The Alibi Man" is a guilty pleasure that will appeal to fans of CSI Miami and to anyone else who enjoys hard-boiled thrillers with a touch of noir.

Riviting Story

Tami Hoag has revisited one of my favorite characters, Elena Estes, from DARK HORSE. I liked her gutsy in your face style, and her total committment to justice. Her integrety and solid true blue personality are and were captivating to me. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while. Elena Estes lives in the guest house of one of her friends who owns a stable and horses in Palm Springs. She lives on disability from the Sheriff's Dept because she was dragged under a pick-up truck while on a bust. She had jumped the gun and one of her friends and co-workers was killed. The bust had gone terribly wrong. If you read DARK HORSE you already know this. Elena has lost much, her job, her friends and her peace of mind. She has slowly healed her body but her guilt never leaves her mind. Elena is exercising one of the horses belonging to her friend when she discovers the body of the other groom from her stable. Irina has been missing for two days and her body is found floating in a canal; as Elena and Detective Landrey watch an alligator attacks the corpse. Landrey has allowed himself to fall in love with Elena and with her cynical outlook she has pushed him away. As he works on the case he finds she is a very valuable silent partner. The story is graphic, with grab you by the throat action and dialogue. A group of wealthy men are the last to see Irina alive. They believe they are entitled to anything they want and no one has a right to question them. They are all wealthy socalite men from the highest ranks of the polo playing crowd. If one needs an alibi they need only call. The tension is tight and when the steel of justice meets the injustice of patronage and favoritisim Palm Springs will take notice. This was a stunner and I had no clue who did it until the end of the book. Which clearly showed the importance of wealth and station compared to an everyday average person. Do not miss it. It could have been torn from the headlines today.

This is NOT another dull mystery!

Wow! Who is this Tami Hoag, and are all of her books this good? The Alibi Man is an exciting mystery story. Elena Estes is working at a Palm Beach upscale stable, and Irina, a coworker of hers, is murdered. She takes it personally, given that she liked the woman and... Elena used to be a homicide investigator, a good one, until she was grievously injured in the line of duty. Given her background, she stays one step ahead of the police in the investigation, tough as nails and fragile as a straw at the same time, with the fragility hidden whenever necessary. This mystery is rich with interesting characters: the ultra-rich, the polo and horse communities, residents in upscale Palm Beach, and the Russian Mafia. Now here's what I really liked. Hoag writes in a very descriptive style. Read just the first two very short chapters, and you'll know what I mean. In fact, if those first few pages don't grab you, put the book down and look for your recreational reading elsewhere. Ninety-five percent of you will keep on reading. Oh, and the butler didn't do it.
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