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Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1) by [Mack, Debbi]
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A simple domestic abuse case turns deadly when the alleged abuser is killed and Stephanie Ann "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 discover the truth about Melanie and her ex-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.

"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."
-- Simon Wood, author of TERMINATED

"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."

"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, The Maryland Women's Journal, Oct./Nov. 2009.

"Identity Crisis" establishes Sam McRae, hard-boiled lawyer turned investigator, as a spunky sleuth who tackles her own identity crisis while investigating murder and identity thefts linked to client Melanie Hayes. High-speed chases, break-ins at a seedy strip club, and violent Mafia-linked connections keep this well-crafted novel on an adrenaline roller-coaster ride through some of the more interesting Baltimore neighborhoods and suburbs. An unusual surprise ending had me checking previous pages to see where I missed the clue. Debbi Mack did an awesome job on developing the characters as well as the dialogue. I totally enjoyed "Identity Crisis" and breathlessly await Sam McRae's next intriguing, and paying, mysterious client with a past.
-- Deborah A. Liptak

I've always been a huge fan of the private eye novel. When I wrote IDENTITY CRISIS, I had decided to distinguish my PI protagonist from all the others by making her a lawyer. The idea of basing the plot on false, mistaken and stolen identities was inspired in great part by the old hardboiled masters of the genre, including Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet and, particularly, Ross Macdonald.

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  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 4 edition (20 August 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01498Z4XG
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146 of 150 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel 16 July 2009
By Lynn McNamee - Published on
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The Good Stuff:

I have found that with first-time Indie authors who try their hand at crime/mystery novels, a lot of them have plot holes you could drive a semi through. That is not so with this one.

The reader follows Sam, the main character, through the investigation of a case that involves murder and identity theft. Every time Sam has an "Aha!" moment, the reader can "Aha!" right along with her. The plot is finely tuned to keep the reader enthralled throughout.

There were no editing errors that I can remember. This was definitely of publishable quality.

The Bad Stuff:

The characters, even Sam, fell a little flat. Not horribly so, as you will care about them while reading the book, but they are easily forgettable afterward.


This is a wonderful first book, and the author should be truly proud of her accomplishment. I will definitely be looking forward to future work from this author.

Length: Full Novel: 3,748 locations on the Kindle

Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual situations.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam MacRae - My Kind of Character 5 October 2010
By Karen - Published on
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Debbi Mack's first novel, Identity Crisis, had me hooked from the first page, and proved to me by last page that she is a mystery author to contend with. She builds a tight and compelling plot in this noir murder tale, while managing to pace the story so nicely that I never once felt bored. And there's a great twist that I just didn't see coming - and I'm usually pretty good at spotting a twist from a mile away.

Of course plot and pacing are important in any mystery, but I'm a reader who loves a good character above all else, and that's what topped it for me with Identity Crisis. Sam MacRae is smart, gritty and independent with a wry sense of humor, even about herself. But she doesn't necessarily have it all together - she has her issues like we all do. She's human. And she's very likeable.

I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of excitement 10 September 2015
By Vicky Carruth - Published on
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This is my first time reading a book by author Debbi Mack! To be honest, the book did start out a little slow for me BUT I am very happy that I stuck with it because by the second chapter I didn't want to put it down!!
Sam McRae is a defense attorney that usual handles things like DUI's. She has one client that she is representing in a domestic violence case that comes up missing. A friend of the client's ask Sam to help find her. But the friend isn't the only one looking for her client! It appears that the police and maybe even the mob are looking for her!! She is also dealing with the fact that somebody has stolen Sam's personal information and has tried to open a large credit card amount with her identification! Does this have anything to do with her missing client? Why are the cops looking for her client in an investigation of the murder?
So we have, a missing client, a murder investigation, identity theft, running and hiding from the mob..and lots of action in between! If you like legal thrillers, I think you will will like this! I hope Debbi Mack comes out with another Sam McRae Mystery soon!
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read murder mystery 9 September 2015
By Elizabeth Gerhardt - Published on
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This is a light read for the beach or travelling. The protagonist is a lawyer who is nice to her client, but don’t look too closely at her ethics. The supporting cast ranges from rich club owner to hires ripping off the business to mob thugs and murder victims. Others appear as the book progresses and characters’ secrets become known.

My confusion arose from the title of the book, which did not mesh with the action, which involved murders, accusal of the lawyer’s client, injuries to the lawyer by the Mob, and character name change, but where was the identity crisis? A Post Office box she didn’t open in the lawyer’s name with somebody else’s mail in it? A piece of paper with her social security number on it that mysteriously disappeared? No follow up on either item.

If either of these clues were supposed to indicate attempted identity theft, no further actions supported this. The term “identity theft” normally applies to a very serious illegal crime, but in this case “Identity Crisis” appears to be used more as an attention getter for the book than an actual case. You might enjoy this book as a murder mystery but don’t be led astray by the title.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars IDENTITY CRISIS is the real deal... 18 August 2010
By W. D. Gagliani - Published on
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When Baltimore lawyer Sam McRae accepts an apparently simple case, she's quickly catapulted into a web of intrigue that's pure Hitchcock-and-Chandler. The domestic abuse case leads to a murder investigation, and this lawyer is forced to become the sleuth. Sam makes an attractive and likable heroine but avoids the "plucky" cliches. Some great secondary characters, the mob, a strip club, and a brisk pace keep Identity Crisis moving along to its twisty ending. Mack's prose carries the first person narration -- a standard of amateur and professional sleuths alike -- with aplomb and gives us a great first look at characters we'll want to see again... in the sequel! Crafty and highly entertaining, Identity Crisis covers the bases for fans of mysteries and thrillers of all stripes. By the author of the crime/mystery collection FIVE UNEASY PIECES!

-W.D. Gagliani, author of Savage Nights

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