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Ashley Spencer's life is shattered when a killer enters her home one night, brutally stabs her father to death, and rapes and murders her best friend. In an attempt to help her regain some stability, her mother enrolls Ashley in the prestigious Oregon Academy. Ashley's mother seeks diversion by taking a creative writing class from former best-selling author Joshua Maxfield, who startles her by reading a chapter from a work in progress that mirrors the murder of her husband. The twists and turns of the plot keep the suspense ratcheted up to an excruciating level. Using the law and an insider's knowledge of the writer's life, Margolin has created another sure winner. His first novel, Gone but Not Forgotten, has long been one of the hallmark novels dealing with serial killers and their motivation. In this work, Margolin has brought new life to that subgenre. This is for jaded readers who believe that there is nothing new and fresh in the mystery field. For all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/04.]-Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A pulse-lowering thriller about writers who write about what they know. The prolific Margolin (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) devotes his latest to a subject he knows well: author tours. Writer Miles van Meter is out promoting Sleeping Beauty, his true-crime bestseller about convicted serial killer Joshua Maxfield. According to van Meter's account, Maxfield broke into the Portland, Oregon, home of Norman Spencer, murdering Spencer, then raping and murdering Tanya Jones, a high-school student spending the night with Spencer's daughter Ashley, who escapes harm. Also spared is Ashley's mother, Terri, away on assignment as a news reporter. To rebuild Ashley's life, Terri suggests that the girl accept a soccer scholarship that Oregon Academy has offered. Terri also signs up at the Academy for the creative writing workshop taught by Joshua Maxfield. Maxfield alarms Terri when he reads to the class a story of murder that parallels the crime committed in her home. Certain that Maxfield wrote the piece from personal experience, Terri alerts Academy dean Casey van Meter (Miles's sister). Jogging across campus one night, Ashley hears two screams. Drawing up to a shed, she discovers Maxfield holding a bloody knife and standing over the body of her mother. A comatose Casey lies nearby. Maxfield escapes, is caught, then escapes again just as he faces trial. Fearing that Maxwell will track her, Ashley flees to Europe but is persuaded to return when a lawyer reveals that Casey, not Terri, was Ashley's mother. Ashley, the lawyer implores, must come home to claim her due as Casey's daughter. She returns; Casey awakens from a five-year coma; and Maxfield, caught, tried, and convicted, becomes the subject ofSleeping Beauty. But Ashley thinks something about the case is wrong, and most readers will see early on that she's right. Flimsy plotting, thin characters, hoary cliches, grade-school prose: a "by the numbers" thriller.

Genre: Thriller
 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : Library Binding
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 1435292022 / 9781435292024
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March 2004 : Hardback
Title: Sleeping Beauty (Margolin, Phillip)
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060083263 / 9780060083267 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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9999 : Hardback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0739442333 / 9780739442333 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2008 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0061582727 / 9780061582721 (USA edition)
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January 2010 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty (Le Livre de Poche)
Author(s): Phillip M. Margolin
ISBN: 2253128724 / 9782253128724
Publisher: Livre de Poche
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June 2006 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0061137200 / 9780061137204 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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October 2006 : Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty (Collections Litterature)
Author(s): Phillip M. Margolin
ISBN: 2226173587 / 9782226173584
Publisher: Albin Michel
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February 2005 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060083271 / 9780060083274 (USA edition)
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March 2005 : Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060826193 / 9780060826192 (USA edition)
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March 2004 : Paperback
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip M. Margolin
ISBN: 0060726814 / 9780060726812 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

June 2004 : Audio Cassette
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0792732294 / 9780792732297 (USA edition)
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June 2004 : Audio CD
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0792732308 / 9780792732303 (USA edition)
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June 2004 : MP3 CD
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0792732316 / 9780792732310 (USA edition)
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March 2004 : Audio Cassette
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060727381 / 9780060727383 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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March 2004 : Audio CD
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060722991 / 9780060722999 (USA edition)
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9999 : Audio Cassette
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: 0060722975 / 9780060722975 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author(s): Phillip Margolin
ISBN: B000FC1PMA
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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