The Victim


Fiction - Thriller - General
424 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2015
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Author Biography

Eric Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until he went away to college at Arizona State University. At ASU he was president of Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in political science and moved to Miami, Florida, to attend law school at St. Thomas University. During his third year of law school, he interned for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where he worked as a prosecutor upon graduation. In 2009, he went into private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He is a solo practitioner representing clients in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Broward County, Florida. He has handled everything from DUI to murder.

In his free time, Eric enjoys writing crime fiction, drawing from his experience working in the legal system. He published his debut novel Home in 2004, which centers around a successful drug dealer catering to the rich in Orange County. His second novel Lockdown, published in 2005, follows a law student trying to prove that an inmate serving a life sentence in one of California’s toughest prisons might actually be innocent. Eric will be releasing his latest novel The Victim, a fast-paced legal thriller, in August 2015.

Eric lives outside of Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two young sons.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Victim by Eric Matheny begins with Anton leading a successful life as an attorney, with an enviably beautiful wife, Gina, a successful practice and a pretty baby daughter. Among the many cases he handles, one case about marital misdemeanor stands apart, especially because of the attractive woman, Daniella, who is in touch with him on that matter. His client is the one behind bars, her husband. Anton develops a close association with Daniella, spending sensual moments with her. He finds to his dismay that Daniella is connected to his past, a horrific accident he wishes to forget. He is in a quandary when she sends pictorial proof of their clandestine meetings to Gina. In a short while, he learns that the case he is busy with is a red herring, intended primarily to get him involved with things damaging to him, so that Danielle can take revenge for his role in the fatal accident which killed her dear ones.

The Victim by Eric Matheny has a fast moving pace and a skillfully conceived plot with quite a few twists and turns. Anton's past, the accident and its aftermath, once forgotten but reappearing with dramatic effect after many years, is shown convincingly, leaving no loose ends. The court scenes, the jury, and the exchanges are also presented in a professional manner with moderation and restraint, providing many a moment of mystery and intrigue. A page turner, this legal thriller has all the elements to hold reader interest from the first page to the last.