Acts of Malice Hardcover – Jul 13 1999
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Nobody in the exploding field of legal thrillers catches the day-to-day life of a working lawyer better than the O'Shaughnessy sisters--lawyer Pamela and writer Mary, who collaborate under the joint byline of Perri. This is the fifth in their series about lawyer Nina Reilly. O'Shaughnessy expertly balances Reilly's life between the working half and the private half (raising her 16-year-old son as a single mother and finding the time and place for romance). The fact that both parts take place in the heavenly venue of Lake Tahoe only adds to the reading pleasure.
Acts of Malice begins with a jolt: the manager of one of the area's largest ski resorts is charged with the murder of his brother, and hires Nina to defend him. But this will not be an easy case for Nina since the prosecutor, Collier Hallowell, is the man who shook up her life so violently by walking out on her a year before. Also, Nina and her immediate circle find themselves in danger from the very client that they are defending.
From Publishers Weekly
Attorney and single mother Nina Reilly makes her fifth appearance in the bestselling author O'Shaughnessy sisters' (Breach of Promise; Obstruction of Justice) new legal thriller, this one set on the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe. Reilly's client in this case is Jim Strong, a local ski bum whose family owns the swanky Paradise resort. Jim stands accused of killing his younger brother Alex, who was stomped to death by someone wearing ski boots whose imprints on Alex's chest match the soles of Jim's footgear. But the suspect claims he's being framed by his adulterous wife, Heidi, who gave a statement to police and has gone into hiding. The case gives Reilly the willies, as disturbing events ensue that cast doubt on her client. Philip Strong, father of the dead youth and the suspect, is behaving strangely, and the victim's wife, a libidinous ski bunny made wealthy through inheritance, seems to have more feelings for Jim than for her dead husband. And the prosecutor, the passionate Collier Hallowell, warns Reilly off the case, hinting that Jim is a psychopath who killed animals as a kid and will seek vengeance on her if her defense doesn't get him off the hook. Reilly almost takes the latter advice, because she and Hallowell are in love and talking about having kids together. Their romance strains credibility and verges on syrupy: "He kissed her like he was searching for something, looking for her, only her." The central question of whether Jim is a murderer or a sap has an answer as predictable as the love scenes are corny. Sisters Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy (writing under their vaguely disguised pen name) do well to surround Reilly with a well-drawn cast of characters who provide a pleasant diversion even after the suspense has fizzled. $300,000 marketing campaign; author tour. (July)
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The Nina Reilly Series introduces the reader to Nina Reilly, the new kid on the block just trying to survive, not only in her chosen profession of the law, but in her family life as well. Throughout the novel Nina's experiences are believable, complicated and life altering. I totally enjoy all the characters in the book lending support to Nina and one in particular, Nina's -- more than just a secretary - Sandy - who somehow seems to help Nina keep afloat.
Additionally, the series shows compassionate writing with a closeness for family and friends.
Repeat characters are a favorite read for me and when I pick up one of the Nina Reilly series, it's like have old friends in the house, a little older and a little wiser with each book and each situation but the same dedication and loyalty. The authors have a a true knack for realistic story telling and realistic conclusions.
I thank the authors.
Tahoe lawyer Nina Reilly takes on a case that makes her uneasy from the first, but she doesn't know why. She agrees to defend Jim Strong, a young and handsome champion skier accused of the brutal murder of his equally young and handsome brother, Alex. The brother supposedly died in a skiing accident, but the coroner uncovers what he thinks are signs of horrifically foul play. And the District Attorney's office believes him.
Nina is soon pitted against the man she was interested in a while back, but who had left Tahoe to mend from a personal tragedy. Assistant DA Collier Hallowell has returned, healed, happy--and eager to renew his budding interest in Nina. As a beautiful and meaningful romance develops between the two, they must somehow keep their personal lives out of their professional milieu, and it isn't easy. Collier is convinced that Jim Strong is a particularly violent and vicious murderer. Nina is ethically bent on defending Strong--but for the first time in her career, she has nagging, secret doubts about her client. And so does the reader.
Did Jim Strong really stomp his injured brother to death? Is he an evil psychopath, as the prosecution, including Nina's own boyfriend, believes? And if he is, is Nina in danger? Can she ethically drop a client, and even if she could, will she do so?
As she struggles with these doubts and fears, Nina's feelings for Collier deepen and blossom, so that the reader, like the principals themselves, bounces back and forth between the beauty of human love and the horror of human violence.Read more ›
This book is about a defence aturny, Nina Reilly, taking in a case which the client was acused of killing his own brother. Jim had came up with a story of ALex Strong, his brother's death was caused by an accident, which had convinced Nina in the begining As time passes, Nina realized she disliked and even was a bit afraid of Jim strong, her own client. As Jim's lawyer, she was to do her best to defence Jim on trial, but Nida thinks he's lying to her and even his family members had turned against him.
What should she do? And what would she find out?
The Act of Malice is a great mystery book. It is one of those books that make you think a lot. And right when you think you know what's going on, you'll realize you're wrong. The book is full of surprises as well as fear, because you never know who the killer is until you get to the end of the book. And even after that, there is still more to it.
The coroner says the death of Alex Strong was no accident. Jim is the number one suspect.
The defendant hires Nina Reilly. In her heart, she believes Jim is innocent, but is puzzled by the Strong family's reaction. They want nothing to do with him.
"Acts of Malice" follows Nina Reilly as she tries to get to the bottom of the case. She complicates matters herself by renewing a past romance with Collier Hallowell--the prosecutor in the Jim Strong case.
Nina is a dedicated lawyer with a good heart. She believes her client is innocent. Unfortunately, when she discovers the truth about Alex's death, such devotion might cost Nina her life. Will the case be solved? Are Nina and her family in danger? The stunning facts are revealed in "Acts of Malice."
When it was released, this sixth installment in the Nina Reilly series was a Main Selection of the Mystery Guild and rightfully so. Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy, writing under the pen name Perri O'Shaughnessy combine their talents to provide readers with a great story set in the snowy Lake Tahoe area.
Nina Reilly is a refreshingly normal character. She's smart, pretty and kind, but not so perfect that she's fake. The romance scenes blend nicely into the story and have a sense of purpose rather than being added just for the sake of sex.
Suspense abounds from the beginning of the novel to the end. Fight the urge to read the last page first. Let the conclusion stun you.
As mentioned, there is a series of books featuring Nina Reilly.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I admit: this is a fast reading novel, exciting and full of suspense. And I enjoyed reading it. But there is a major flaw: its psychology. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Peter Werner
It is hard to believe anyone would publish such poorly written works. The characters are one-dimensional cliches, the plot thin and predictable. A total waste of money.Published on Dec 30 2003
This is the first book I've read in this series. It grabbed me good at the beginning with the crime/legal story line, but became so contrived and simplistic with the... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2002
Well written, a quick read. The court drama and mystery of her client keeps you, but what is truly unforgettable is the story with Nina & Colin, a must read.Published on Aug. 18 2002
Easy to follow, good whodunnit book - the romance is a little over the edge but great paperback for the beach!Published on July 7 2002
This book was fantastic--I could not put it down--Great authors--They really keep you on your toes. Best book I have read in years. Now I want to get thier other books. Read morePublished on March 6 2002
In Acts Of Malice, the fifth novel by Perri O'Shaughnessy, Nina Reilly takes on Jim Strong's case. Jim and his brother Alex were skiing when Alex had an accident that left him... Read morePublished on April 29 2001 by Dana
The O'Shaughnessy twins are famous for their surprise endings, but to say that this book was full of surprises would be a gross understatement. Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by B. Query