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When No One Is Watching    by Joseph Hayes order for
When No One Is Watching
by Joseph Hayes
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Synergy, 2010 (2010)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Blair Van Howe drove Daniel Moran's Porsche late at night, careening around corners, enjoying the power of the expensive car. His friend sat in the passenger seat, passed out. Of course, there was an accident and a man was killed.

Blair put his friend in the driver's seat and fled the scene. Danny got the blame for the accident and paid with the loss of his life as he knew it. Blair was about to throw his hat into the ring as Congressman for his district in Chicago. When No One Is Watching by Joseph Hayes then chronicles both men's lives as Blair succeeds in his and Danny is stuck in gloom and doom. AA becomes a big part of Danny's existence.

It's a captivating plot. But the author never pulled me into the scenes, and the characters never came alive for me. Somehow I felt as though I were just a spectator and not part of the story. There is a slight hesitation in the writing which I have found in many first novels. But the dialogue is good and carries the story well.

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