A Glitch in the System

Fiction - Thriller - General
268 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2016
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

When Angela Gianni finds herself involved in a nationally mediated murder case, she knows in her heart that it isn’t personal; but she also knows she is absolutely not guilty of any such crime. What she doesn’t know is how she came to this end. Certainly her line of work is often frowned upon, but she viewed being a dominatrix as a necessary service and not one that required elimination. There are, of course, extreme cautions to observe, but Angela never once believed that anyone on her select client list is dangerous. When her friend is murdered after coming clean with her boyfriend about her chosen profession, Angela is the prime suspect, mainly due to the fact that the body is found in Angela’s house, in her private room of “torture.” And Angela’s fingerprints are everywhere. Finding herself on death row, Angela refuses to give up, even when she is forced to endure torture far more cruel than any client had ever requested.

A Glitch in the System is a remarkably complex tale of international espionage like none told before. I particularly like the way author Adam Aust repeats the same chapter titles throughout the novel, creating an interesting travel through time that draws the reader into a fast paced story not easy to leave. The short chapters (of which this reviewer is a fan) and tight dialogue provide an easily read story that is difficult to put down. I loved this story! My one question is: Will there be a sequel?

Susan Sewell

A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust is a suspenseful thriller. Angela is in an unusual business; she is a dominatrix. Her best friend, Samara, is also in an unconventional profession; she is a high-end escort. When Samara's lawyer boyfriend discovers what Samara does for a living, he kicks her out. Samara goes to stay with Angela, but something goes very wrong. Samara disappears on her way to pick up the last of her belongings from her boyfriend's apartment. Angela frantically hunts for Samara, but is unable to locate her. Then her lover disappears and, before she can comprehend what is happening, one of her clients is found murdered in her home. She is brought before the court on three counts of murder and has no way to prove her innocence. There is one witness that could help, but he has vanished also. She was set up and with no one to help her, she is facing the death sentence. Who did this to her and why?

A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust is an outstanding thriller. Get ready for a ride! This is an exciting novel about the life of a dominatrix. Angela may be a Domme, but she has a typical life outside of her profession. Angela's character is an average woman who is likable and is a bit of a clean freak. She keeps her professional life quiet to save herself from condemnation, but that comes undone when she is arrested for murder. Now Angela is a front page sensation and all over the national news. The story line has a stimulating plot that steadily increases to a stunning finale with an unexpected twist. This is a riveting novel that will delight suspense and thriller fans. However, due to the sexual content, I only recommend it to adult readers.

Jack Magnus

A Glitch in the System is a legal thriller written by Adam Aust. Angela was having an enchanted evening with her client, and perhaps love interest, Mark Newsome. He had taken her to the town's most exclusive French restaurant, Tete-a-Tete, and she felt pampered and as if she belonged as she waited for Mark's Mercedes to pick her up outside the restaurant. The two flirted as they drove to her house in Hermosa Beach, and Angela's mind was busy with her plans for their evening. Any plans were dismissed as they approached the house and noticed the distraught woman waiting there, eyes reddened from crying, with suitcases by her side at Angela's front door. Angela was somewhat surprised to see Samara. Ever since she had been dating Preston Knighton, a prominent attorney, Samara had steered clear of her best friend since college. Angela reluctantly bade Mark good night, and went to calm her friend. And, indeed, Preston had finally found out that Samara was a paid escort, and the two had fought bitterly over her deception. Angela agreed to let her friend stay for a while until she figured out her next move. First, Samara would go back to Preston's apartment to gather up the rest of her belongings. She was sure Preston would be at work, and all would be well, but Samara never did return from that errand. Her car was found parked near Preston's place, but he swore he had never seen her. When Angela finally contacted the police to report her friend missing, the situation took a bizarre turn, ending up with her being charged with multiple counts of murder.

Adam Aust's legal thriller, A Glitch in the System, is a taut and well-written courtroom drama about a dominatrix who suddenly finds herself in a fight for her life. I loved watching how her attorney, George Maynard Wallace, GM for short, a Stanford Professor and ardent opponent of capital punishment, takes on the prosecutor, a brilliant and unscrupulous Harvard Law trained prosecutor whose record of winning death penalty cases was alarmingly high. Angela is a complicated, yet engaging character whom it's hard not to see in a sympathetic light, no matter what one might think of her somewhat unusual avocation. One can't help but root for this unwitting defendant who could be just about anyone given the right or wrong circumstances. A Glitch in the System is enthralling, fast-paced and impossible to put down, and it's most highly recommended.