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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.
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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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