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Quick Reads + CRM Review: Lisa Gardner’s “The 4th Man”

If you read like me, there are times you want something good to read but don’t have the time to read a full novel. Or maybe you want a little more information about something than what you get from a newspaper or magazine article, or just a non-fiction essay. But you don’t want to or don’t have time for 300+ pages.

This is why I keep a stock of Kindle Singles on my Kindle. Sometimes these get printed, but, more often, they’re only available in digital form, or as an inexpensive audio book. The beauty of them is that they’re cheap (digital versions are usually under $3) and quick.

Lately, my favorites of the Kindle Singles are written by well known mystery/thriller writers. John Grisham, Chris Bohjalian, David Baldacci, Lee Child . . . they all have good ones available. Other fiction writers, as well. Diana Gabaldon, Debbie Macomber, Jodi Picoult. They all have them waiting for you to read.

A lot of times these quick stories are “and then what happened?” stories. Sometimes they’re “what else happened?” stories. And, every once and awhile, they’re “what happened between books?” Sometimes they seem to be stories that just didn’t fit into a book. USUALLY they come out a month or two before a new novel.

And I love them. They often remind me why I like the characters or get me psyched to read something new.

So that’s why I love Kindle Singles. Let me tell you about my latest favorite: Lisa Gardner’s The 4th Man.

Combining the characters from her books, Gardner writes a compelling little story of Boston detective D.D. Warren coming together with ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, former police officer Rainie Conner. The three of them come together to solve a five year-old cold case with three viable suspects.

The case? “A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.”

Warren, Quincy, and Conner must delve into the backgrounds of all three suspects, snaking out secrets and lies to figure out if one of these three suspects is guilty of murder, or did they miss someone? Could the guilty party be an elusive 4th MAN?

I loved The 4th Man. Quick, engrossing, and fun. And a great way to get ready for Gardner’s upcoming book: Right Behind You (starring Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner).



I love to read; writing is my outlet. My blog is my way to combine the two, with a some life stories thrown in for good measure.

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