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The Lazarus Trap

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For Val Haines, dying may be the chance of a lifetime.

Awakening in a jail cell and bleeding from his head, Val Haines remembers nothing. Not even his name.

As his memory slowly begins to return, Haines discovers that the world thinks he's dead. If his nightmares ring true, it may be for the best. Around him brews a conspiracy of embezzlement and murder for hire, fueled by the rage of personal vendetta. As he searches for a safe haven, enigmatic Audrey beckons, but can she be trusted?

With nothing but a few personal belongings and a sizable amount of cash, Haines must run. With his past behind him, he'll do anything to claim a new life for himself. Or die trying.

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Reading Group Guide

  1. When Val wakes up in jail, Reuben asks him, "Ain't everybody gets called back from the pit, man. Question is, what are you gonna do when you find out who you are?" Who does Val discover that he is? What does he do when he comes to that realization? Have you found out who you are yet? What was it like for you to come to that realization?
     
  2. If the world thought you were dead, would your instinct be to start completely over with a new life as Val's was? What would be the pros and cons for returning to the life you had or trying to start fresh?
     
  3. If you were to start completely over and recreate your life, who would you become? What would you change about yourself? About your surroundings? Would those changes be worth giving up all contact with the people you know and love in the life you currently have?
     
  4. Dr. Martinez tells Jeffrey, "To achieve the proper solution, first you have to know what it is you're really hunting . . . What you want to know is, how can you turn what you've been running from into something you can properly use?" Does Val figure out how to use the things he's running from at the beginning of the story? How have you turned negative things in your life, things that you'd rather run from, into things that can be "properly used" in your life?
     
  5. Terrance d'Arcy steals Val's promotion, steals his wife, and steals his child. How do you think you would react if you were in Val's position? Would you be able to forgive d'Arcy?
     
  6. When Marjorie and Val discover that Terrance has already looted the pension fund and they will not get what they deserve, they decide to do their own looting to ensure they are paid what they are owed. Discuss the ramifications of this decision. Is the decision ethical? Moral? Justifiable?
     
  7. Arthur d'Arcy is adamant that two wrongs never make a right. What wrongs in this story are multiplied because someone tries to make them "right" with another wrong? Have you ever done the same thing in your own life? What were the results?
     
  8. Audrey's knew that Val had to forgive Terrance in order to move on with his life, and Val's inability to do that initially destroys their relationship. Audrey's efforts to help him seem futile. Is it possible for someone to learn to forgive before they want to? What has to happened before Val finds the desire to forgive?
     
  9. Terrance accuses Arthur of being responsible for his current actions, saying that if Arthur had fought for the inheritance Terrance wouldn't be stealing from the company now. What is wrong with Terrance's logic? Do you think Terrance would have still been a greedy, manipulative person even if he had grown up with the luxury he thought he deserved? What should Terrance have learned from his father's actions when he was a boy?
     
  10. What role does Vince play in the storyline? Discuss your thoughts on his character. Do you think Val pays Vince the money he promised him out of fear or some other motivation?
     
  11. Discuss Loupe's character. Was Wally's decision to involve him in the search for Val a good one? In what ways is Loupe's involvement both detrimental and beneficial to Terrance?
     
  12. In the final line of the book, Val responds that his motive for helping the SEC is "penance." What do you think he means by that? What is he seeking penance for?

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The Lazarus Trap, Davis Bunn
  • The Lazarus Trap, Davis Bunn

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For Val Haines, dying may be the chance of a lifetime.

Awakening in a jail cell and bleeding from his head, Val Haines remembers nothing. Not even his name.

As his memory slowly begins to return, Haines discovers that the world thinks he's dead. If his nightmares ring true, it may be for the best. Around him brews a conspiracy of embezzlement and murder for hire, fueled by the rage of personal vendetta. As he searches for a safe haven, enigmatic Audrey beckons, but can she be trusted?

With nothing but a few personal belongings and a sizable amount of cash, Haines must run. With his past behind him, he'll do anything to claim a new life for himself. Or die trying.

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Publication Date March 14, 2005
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849944856
ISBN-13 9780849944857
Height 8.5"
Width 5.5"