Jul 28

Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)

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In her work for the Ventura County Probation Department, Carolyn Sullivan interviews the most dangerous, depraved criminals – and Raphael Moreno is at the top of the list. The hardened street thug has been convicted in a series of gruesome and baffling murders, including the decapitation of his own mother. For the first time, Carolyn is face-to-face with a criminal who truly frightens her. But things are about to get much hotter – and much deadlier for Carolyn. A phone call from her brother, Ne…

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  • E. Bukowsky says:

    Review by E. Bukowsky for Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)
    Carolyn Sullivan rarely comes up for air in “Sullivan’s Justice,” Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s latest novel. Sullivan is a Ventura County, California, probation officer, and she has her hands full. First of all, she is assigned to extract information from a feared serial killer named Raphael Moreno, who has been convicted of seven gruesome homicides. Carolyn typically goes into a room with hardened criminals and uses her wiles and knowledge of psychology to get these miscreants to open up to her. Even a tough and experienced professional would be terrified when confronting someone as ruthless as Moreno.

    To make matters worse, Carolyn’s brother, Neil, is in trouble. His girlfriend, Laurel, has been found dead in his swimming pool and he is a prime suspect. Neil has also been having an affair with the beautiful Melody Asher, an unstable, fabulously wealthy, and pathologically jealous woman. Melody is Neil’s alibi, but her desire to retaliate against her faithless lover may be stronger than her affection for him. As the story unfolds, Carolyn finds out that there is a bizarre connection between Raphael Moreno and her brother, Neil.

    “Sullivan’s Justice” is filled with explicit sex scenes, violence, stilted dialogue, high-octane action sequences, and more twists and turns than a pretzel. The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is outlandish, and the ending is way over the top. Carolyn Sullivan is your typical good-looking, brainy, spunky, and reckless heroine who puts herself in dangerous situations time and time again. There is little suspense, and the constant adrenaline rush quickly grows tiresome. As I have said many times, thrillers with fleshed out characters and at least quasi-realistic plot lines are far more satisfying than action-packed novels that make little sense. “Sullivan’s Justice” is a clinker.

  • dj_deborah_k says:

    Review by dj_deborah_k for Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)
    Awful, awful, awful. Poor writing, an absurd plot, and too many imbecilic characters populate this poor excuse for a thriller. Again and again the characters do things that are unbelievable. Here’s an example: After receiving a video of her boyfriend having sex with Melody and learning that Melody (who isn’t really “Melody” but a sociopathic liar named Jessica whose story is as stupid as the rest of the book) might be the killer, Carolyn, our intelligence-challenged heroine, goes rushing over to confront Melody. After an inane conversation Carolyn sees that Melody is wearing the same watch that she (Carolyn) received for Christmas from said boyfriend. This helps Carolyn decide that Melody is not a threat. The finale is absolutely ludicrous. Don’t waste your time on this.

  • Bobby W. Miller says:

    Review by Bobby W. Miller for Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)
    Carolyn Sullivan is a probation officer for Ventura County. Her artist brother, Neil, is suspected in the murder of his girlfriend and another woman. Neil was with Melody Asher, a spoiled heiress who has perfected the art of lying, when his girlfriend was murdered, but Melody won’t provide his alibi.

    Work wise, Carolyn is trying to crack Raphael Moreno, a truly gruesome killer. As the story unfolds it turns out Raphael and the new killings are connected all because of a Ferrari.

    There are so many subplots – Carolyn’s love life; a revelation about Carolyn’s father’s death; the plutonium; Melody’s dad and their relationship; etc. etc. – that it’s all just a little much…even for fiction.

  • L. Forrest says:

    Review by L. Forrest for Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)
    I checked the audio CD version of this book out of the library. The Brilliance Audio unabridged version was well done. However, the story is overly long and overwrought. I wished I had gotten an abridged version. The characters were not very likeable, even the supposed heroine. This was compounded by the unrealistic and contradictory behavior of most of the main characters. The really distressing part, though, was the lack of research and subsequent mistakes on facts which could have been easily determined. A doctor who operates on hearts is not a cardiologist, but a cardiac surgeon. And someone who has been forced to surrender their medical license would not have to go back to medical school, rather, they would most likely be required to complete another residency. As a Roman Catholic, I was insulted that Ms. Rosenberg created her characters to be Catholic but obviously doesn’t know the first thing about Christian, much less Catholic, beliefs. I won’t be reading another book of hers.

  • mrliteral says:

    Review by mrliteral for Sullivan’s Justice (Carolyn Sullivan)
    Sullivan’s Justice is Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s second novel featuring probation officer Carolyn

    Sullivan, and it is on a par with its predecessor: it is neither good nor bad but just average. The happy medium may have been okay for Goldilocks and the porridge, but in writing, it is a bit of a letdown.

    In this story, Sullivan is assigned to do a sentencing recommendation for Raphael Moreno, who has been convicted of multiple murders including his own mother and sister. Moreno is a nasty character who seemingly has no qualms about using excessive violence. Meanwhile, Carolyn’s brother Neil is accused of murdering his girlfriend; his alibi, however, is that he was with another woman, the sociopathic Melody. While some very incriminating evidence does point to him, other clues points to Melody and still other ones points to a serial killer.

    As in the previous book, woe upon woe piles upon Carolyn. Besides the issues with her brother and with Moreno, she is snowed under at work, her relationship with her lover Paul is endangered by Melody and she finds out a shocking revelation about her own father.

    Rosenberg writes well enough to keep the reader entertained, but the healthy amount of suspense is not enough to hide this books flaws, the biggest of which are reliance on coincidence. Not only is it coincidence that the crime Neil is accused of would be linked to Carolyn’s big sentencing case, it is a stretch beyond plausibility that Neil’s current girlfriend would also be an ex-lover of Paul.

    With a better writer, these sorts of problems may be overcome (then again, a better writer would probably not have these problems), but Rosenberg isn’t that gifted. Superficially, she seems okay – that is, she seems to know how to construct this sort of book – but at least this book (and its predecessor) lack any real oomph. I suppose there is virtue in reading an average, three-star sort of book, in that it makes you appreciate the good stuff even more, but I cannot really recommend Rosenberg when there are a lot of better books out there.



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