Monday, February 4, 2013

The Big Exit Review by David Carnoy

Today I am hosting a tour stop for The Big Exit by David Carnoy via Partners in Crime Tours. I have a review and giveaway for readers today. 

Title: The Big Exit
Author: David Carnoy
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publish Date: October 2012
Personal Rating: 3 Stars

About the Book:
Carnoy follows his 2010 debut, Knife Music, with a thriller set in California’s Silicon Valley that has it all: a convoluted but convincing plot, a likable protagonist facing terrible odds, and a meaty supporting cast working for and against him.

While Richie Foreman served seven years in prison for vehicular manslaughter, the friend he claims was actually behind the wheel, Mark McGregor, not only achieved success as “a hotshot Internet entrepreneur” but also married Richie’s former fiancée, Beth Hill.

When Beth finds Mark’s bloody body on the floor of the garage of their pricey Menlo Park home, she and Richie become natural suspects in Mark’s murder. Evidence suggests that Richie was at least involved in the killing. While troubled lawyer Carolyn Dupuy represents Beth, and charismatic Marty Lowenstein (aka “the DNA Dude”) defends Richie, local legend Det. Sgt. Hank Madden seeks definitive proof of Richie’s guilt.

This exceptionally satisfying murder puzzle should whet readers’ appetites for more.

My Review:
This book got off to a really good start. I was immediately engaged and the pages kept turning for me. However, it seemed that after the “action” happened in the beginning, there was just a lot of detail and more detail until the end. I was interested enough to know what happened and kept reading, but the entertainment value dropped.

I enjoyed the triangle twist of the story which evolved from the accident that had happened prior to this story. I did enjoy the characters for the most part, but I’m not sure I connected with any one character in particular.

Not a bad book at all. It just didn’t keep me as engaged as the initial anticipation had set up. This was my first read of this author and I would definitely consider reading a second book. I recommend this book for readers of mystery and thrillers.

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Author Bio:

While David Carnoy lives in New York City with his wife and children, his novels take place in Silicon Valley, where he grew up and went to high school (Palo Alto). His debut novel, Knife Music (2010), was a Top-10 bestseller on the Kindle and also a bestseller on the Nook. More medical thriller than high-tech thriller, to research the novel Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors, visiting trauma centers, and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California to help create the book's protagonist, Dr. Ted Cogan.
The Big Exit (2012) isn't a sequel to Knife Music per se. However, a few of the characters from Knife Music figure prominently in the story. His second novel has more of a high-tech slant and reflects Carnoy's experiences as an executive editor at, where he currently works and is trying resolve his obsession with consumer electronics products. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.


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  1. Thank you for your honest review. Nice post!!!

  2. I enjoyed your thoughts. I agree that that it wasn't as action-packed as some thrill seekers enjoy but I thought it was great & such a solid mystery.