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The Lazarus Trap (Premier Mystery Series #2) [Paperback]

By Davis Bunn (Author)
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In a jail cell with no memory of the night before, Val Haines has no idea who he really is. He soon learns the world thinks he's dead and that he has assailants on his trail. But where can he turn for help if he doesn't know who the enemy is?

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For Val Haines, dying may be the chance of a lifetime.

Awakening in a jail cell and bleeding from his head, Val Haines remembers nothing. Not even his name.

As his memory slowly begins to return, Haines discovers that the world thinks he's dead. If his nightmares ring true, it may be for the best. Around him brews a conspiracy of embezzlement and murder for hire, fueled by the rage of personal vendetta. As he searches for a safe haven, enigmatic Audrey beckons, but can she be trusted?

With nothing but a few personal belongings and a sizable amount of cash, Haines must run. With his past behind him, he'll do anything to claim a new life for himself. Or die trying.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Lazarus Trap (Premier Mystery Series #2) by Davis Bunn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 04/01/2005 page 81
  • Romantic Times - 03/01/2005 page 72
  • Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 85

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   295
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849944856  
ISBN13  9780849944857  

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More About Davis Bunn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! T. DAVIS BUNN, a native of North Carolina, has lived in Europe for thirty-five years. Davis academic background includes degrees in psychology and economics from Wake Forest University and a masters degree in finance from the City University of London. Fluent in three languages, he has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Davis enjoys a particularly strong following in the inspirational market, often ranking on the Christian Booksellers Association bestseller lists. He has collaborated with Janette Oke, one of the leading names in Christian publishing, on a series of novels. Davis is a New York Times Bestselling author and has garnered a number of industry honors, including three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction.Davis teaches in the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Oxford, where he holds an appointment as a Core Lecturer in the subject of fiction. He splits his time between Oxford and Florida with his wife Isabella.

Davis Bunn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Acts of Faith
  2. Priceless Collection

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Lazarus Trap (Premier Mystery Series #2)?

An Entertaining Read  Oct 26, 2006
The Lazarus Trap is a fast paced novel with a good deal of action and international intrigue.

It takes place in New York, Orlando, England, and Jersey Island. The story features corporate treachery, massive embezzlement, murder, and English mafioso.

Val Haines is the protagonist who wakes up with amnesia. He slowly begins to regain his memory and the action begins. Although most of the book is very well done, I think that the ending is a bit anticlimactic. Nevertheless, it is very entertaining. It is also a rarity in novels in this genre. It is not filled with gratuitous profanity and sex scenes. It is a 'clean' read and well done.

I will likely read more of Mr. Bunn's work.
fast paced, no bad language  Jul 5, 2006
Reading mystery/fiction writings sometimes gives you a book full of cursing and language not fit to read, but this book is clean and does have an excitement about it. This is a face-paced book that keeps you on the end of your chair.
I do agree with the other reviewer to say that I don't understand why this book was in 'religous fiction' when it has nothing to do with God or faith in God at all. It was a good clean book, well written and enjoyable.
fast paced excitement  Feb 26, 2006
this is the first book of Davis Bunn i have read. it was fast paced and for the most part thrilling. Val....the lazarus of the story suddenly disappears......not really. he awakens in a jail and is amnesic. in a very short time he has most of what is neeed of his memory back and is being hunted by 2 of his collegues. the mafia gets involved and of course there are dead. in the end Val is vindicated and becomes an honorable person. i was hooked by just reasing the first chapter in Sams club and had to buy it.
Good plot that fizzles out, poor characterization  Sep 7, 2005
This is my first Davis Bunn novel, and it is set in the world of corporate business, embezzlement, murder and betrayal, yet at the heart of the novel is solid characters and a wonderful story. Terrance D'Arcy and Val Haines are rivals in business and rivals in love. Val married Stephani but Terrance wanted her and soon set out to take her from Val. The story opens with Val Haines awakening in a jail cell having no memory of who he is. Soon, he is assumed to be dead because of a plot set in motion by Terrance. Val slowly regains his memory and soon remembers everything, but author Bunn chooses to reveal the plot and the Haines' past slowly, increasing the tension and suspense.

Bunn does a great job of establishng a heartbreaking situation. Val Haines is by no means a great man, but he has suffered through a painful divorce with a wife who has cheated on him. But who is right and wrong is not easy to figure out, especially when everyone's lives are being manipulated by Terrance D'Arcy. D'Arcy, as a villian, is almost over the top, with decade spanning ambitions for evil finally coming to fruition in this novel.

The above 2 paragraphs were written before I finished the novel, and the book's latter 2/3rds turn out to be a meandering mess. Bunn follows the story from Val Haines point of view and from Terrance D'Arcy. He alternates point of view every other chapter which keeps the reader from ever becoming comfortable with the story line. The hook of the book, that Val Haines has awakened without a memory and the world thinks he is dead, is resolved quickly and thus any suspense built up is gone. Author Bunn seems extremely focused on plot and therefore ignores the characters. Haines is supposedly attracted to Audrey D'Arcy, yet no past is given between them. Haines also supposedly remembers everything he forgot, and that memory should explain what he was doing in a seedy bar early in the morning at the beginning of the novel, yet that is never explained. Also, why did he lose his memory? An explanation is given but the memory loss gimick in the end just comes off as a cheap plot device.

This is supposedly a Christian novel, although there isn't any mention of God or faith anywhere. This novel doesn't have any objectionable material so can pass as an acceptable novel to discerning Christians. I final complaint has to do with the treatment of Val's ex wife. Glimpses of Paradise, a great Christian novel by James Scott Bell, has a similar problem but is strong enough to overcome it. Because of Terrance D'Arcy, Val and Stephanie split up. Terrance is an evil man who devoted his entire life to destroying Val. So although Stephanie had an affair with Val, is it entirely her fault. Also, Stephanie believes her child is Terrance's or is it or does she really beleive that. Bunn sets up Val's relationship with Stephanie to be the most tragic and the most in need of redemption. Also, Bunn isn't clear on who knows what. In my opinion, this relationship could have been saved if all the characters knew the truth. Either they did and chose not to act, or didn't and Bunn was a lazy writer, but in the end because I'm not sure is reason enough to be disappointed in Bunn's writing.

I'm surprised how disappointed I was in this novel because it starts out great. However, the premise of a man thought to be dead and waking without a memory is dealt with quickly and all we are left with is a cat and mouse chase and business thriller and characterization is pushed to the back burner leaving the reader wanting more depth to the characters.
Once again, Bunn comes out all right.  Jun 26, 2005
THIS WAS MEAN! But it was good. This is the credit I give to Mr. Bunn. It is a book that probably won't be for everyone, but for some it will be just what they need for a little inspiration.

You could almost mark this as a fictional "Catch Me if You Can", if anyone's read the book or seen the movie. Valentine Haines is EVERYWHERE in this cat and mouse type thriller! In a way, it sometimes gets just a little far fetched, but it still kept the pages turning for me. Bunn Makes a fist, and makes us deal with some very raw emotion. Take a little hatred, along with some vengeance motivated, add memory loss to fuel the fire a bit, and you've got "Lazarus Trap". Then just add the right gal and BOOM! You've got something worth reading here, worth the money, so to speak. Add some fisticuffs to the woodwork, just to make it interesting.

While this has good action, and while the approach is harsh throughout, Bunn somehow manages to do it with the elegance he always maintains through a Davis Bunn read. I don't know HOW he does it, but that's what has made him an author to read in the past. He also has a message, and it is worth sharing with everyone. That's what keeps me coming back for more, every time!

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