Identity Crisis* A New York Times ebook bestseller
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Lulu.com; July 2009
Quiet Storm Publishing; Spring 2005
Chosen as the Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll as Best Mystery Novel for 2009
A domestic abuse case turns deadly, when the alleged abuser is killed and Sam McRae's client disappears. When a friend asks Sam to find Melanie Hayes, the Maryland attorney is drawn into a complex case of murder and identity theft, that has her running from the mob, breaking into a strip club and forming a shaky alliance with an offbeat private investigator to get to the truth about Melanie and her boyfriend. With her career and life on the line, Sam's search takes her from the blue-collar Baltimore suburbs to the mansions of Gibson Island. Along the way, she learns that false identities can hide dark secrets, and those secrets can destroy lives.
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What They're Saying
"Debbi Mack has created a first-rate heroine in Sam McRae. Sam is tough, resilient, sassy and unstoppable. Good thing, too, as Identity Crisis moves at a slam-bam pace."
Author of Terminated
“Of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once said, ‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’ Author Debbi Mack nails that statement in this tightly written tale about a flawed Maryland attorney, ‘Sam’ McRae, and her relentless search for a killer when the domestic abuse case she has been handling kicks itself up a notch: The accused is found dead and his wife has taken off. Not good. Add to that the FBI, the Mob, identity theft, and a vulnerable main character involved with a married prosecutor and you have a darn good page-turner. Debbi Mack crafts a taut narrative with crackling dialogue.”
--Aimee Zuccarini, reviewer
The Maryland Women's Journal
"If I were unfairly accused of a crime Sam McRae is the lawyer I'd want on my side. She's smart, spunky, ethical, and totally devoted to getting justice for her client. And as a reader, watching her work is a great ride."
-- Donna Fletcher Crow
Author of A Very Private Grave,
Book 1 of The Monastery Murders
"If you enjoy realistic legal thrillers -- and dread the thought of 'identity theft' striking home -- Identity Crisis will be a genuine treat. Debbi Mack has used her own experience as an attorney to craft a twisty yet completely credible plot. And her protagonist, Stephanie Ann 'Sam' McRae, is a perfect example of what every client should hope for in an advocate: a professional who's willing to take risks both inside AND outside the courtroom."
-- Jeremiah Healy
Author of Rescue, Turnabout
and The Only Good Lawyer
"Identity Crisis is a well-written and well-plotted mystery which introduces lawyer-sleuth Sam McRae. She's an exciting new protagonist mystery readers will want to get to know."-- Louise Titchener
Author of Malpractice, Burned in Baltimore
and Buried in Baltimore