Undertow

Undertow

by Sydney Bauer

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Overview

Christina Haynes, daughter of one of the most powerful senators in the country, drowns during a tragic accident with friends off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. To her father, it’s no accident. He wants vengeance. Someone’s got to pay. And Boston attorney David Cavanaugh is about to take on the most critical and dangerous case of his career.
 
Charged with murder is esteemed lawyer Rayna Martin, the mother of the victim’s friend. She was there. She knows what happened. The story should have ended. But a nightmare is just beginning to unfold—as a father’s secrets emerge. As political ambition overshadows justice. And as blackmail and deception claim one more victim in a shocking trial that twists into an act of cold-blooded revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440639050
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: A David Cavanaugh Thriller
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,120,008
File size: 941 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Undertow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
yosbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tragic boating accident results in a mother charged with murder. A gripping story filled with corruption.
sunnydrk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Incredibly written, it is hard to believe that this is Sydney Bauer's first novel. This book had me from page 1. Ms. Bauer's ability to seamlessly blend the harsh realities of the modern world (corrupt politicians) with an ordinary life turned upside down (accidents do happen) is extraordinary. Her character and plot development were superb. This is a fast read that is guaranteed to make you think.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this, since I had never heard of the author before. Bauer has given us a story of hatred and bigotry gone seriously awry, but with a twist. It¿s not often you hear a story of a black person being accused of a hate crime, especially a well-respected female lawyer who¿s also a single mom. Overall, the story moves well and is mostly believable, but the climax of the trial was way way over the top. The theatrics employed would never be allowed in a real courtroom, and the judge grew very liberal about what was and wasn¿t relevant, seemingly to satisfy his own curiosity. On the plus side, I didn¿t expect the final twist, yet it fit perfectly into the story. I was able to pick up that the author is not American (she¿s Australian); a few phrases that aren¿t used here, like 'in hospital', snuck through.I do have one teensy complaint about the audio production. It is absolutely rife with stereotypically bad Boston accents. Only select characters had the accent, regardless of if they¿ve lived in Boston their whole life or not. Could¿ve been toned down a bit.
jmyers24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't finish this one; it was too formulaic--the characters did not come off as real to me. He used all the right buzz words but there was no bite.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
Undertow, a Novel Sydney Bauer © 2007 Madison Park Press, NY ISBN 978-1-58288-285-7 484 pp. Hdbk. If you possess the rare self-control to set this book aside and sleep through the night, expect the characters to inescapably invade your dreams. To celebrate her daughter, Teesha’s birthday, Rayna Martin takes Teehsa and friends Francine, Christina and another classmate for an outing off shore from Boston. The girls row a small dory beyond the sight of Rayna’s launch, consume vodka and tip the dory over. Francine panics and Christina swims for Rayna’s help. At Christina’s insistence, Rayna leaves the girl in the sea and rushes to the others. When they return for Christina, they discover her dead in the water. Christina’s father, a powerful senator, vows revenge. He plans to prove Rayna purposely left his daughter behind because she was white and the others all African Americans. Rayna is jailed first on homicide and then murder charges. David Cavanaugh and Sara Davis join their skills and concerns to defend Rayna. Meanwhile the Senator employs his usual power plays, including the illegal activities of a former CIA agent. He seems to know ‘dirt’ on every person in the city and with subtleness threatens to reveal what they want kept quiet unless they do his will. About half way through the story, events compound and hope fades for Rayna’s release. But slowly little breaks in people’s consciences and important facts surface. These small changes suggest maybe lies will not drag people into the undertow of the Senator’s and the assistant DA, Roger Katz’s deceit and supreme arrogance. The ending, naturally, as in any well written book is a huge surprise.
CoffeeKnitRead More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I saw an interview with the author on television, and she seemed like an interesting person who spoke convincingly about her main character. The book is well-written and the main characters seem believable, but the subject matter is disturbing, making it a tough story to get through. I know this sort of thing is realistic, but that doesn't make it any easier to read. So can I recommend the book? Sort of, but not enthusiastically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a really exciting read. The plot is fantastic with the twists and turns keeping you wanting more. The main protaganist is very believeable and likeable. I loved the descriptive style which made visualizing the scenes so much easier and more enjoyable. I can't wait for the next Sydney Bauer book!