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Breach of Promise

Breach of Promise [Kindle Edition]

Perri O'Shaughnessy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Nina Reilly series won't be disappointed by Perri O'Shaughnessy's latest, Breach of Promise. The creator of Invasion of Privacy and Obstruction of Justice has crafted a tale of love and murder gone awry in the material age.

Palimony--birds do it, bees do it, Liberace's heirs do it, and so do Mike and Lindy Markov. When Mike falls for Rachel, a young and beautiful vice president at Markov Enterprises, he tells Lindy (his companion and business partner of many years) that their relationship is over, leaving her, in effect, to go soak her head in one of the Markov Super Spas they've invented and sold to countless arthritics. Desperate to retain her fair share of their $250 million fortune, Lindy hires Nina to pursue a palimony suit against Mike, tempting her with an enormous percentage if they win their case.

O'Shaughnessy thus leads into the deceptively simple, deeply disturbing philosophical conundrum around which she weaves her tale of intrigue: What would you--what would anyone--do for money? As Nina pursues her case, O'Shaughnessy tests the boundaries of traditional courtroom-drama fiction by playing with the conventions of narrative form, but she remains true to the genre's ethic of devious surprises and fast-paced action.

Granted, Nina is a lawyer rather than a private investigator, and her smooth style bears little resemblance to, say, the sardonic goofiness of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, but she may strike a chord with fans of Sara Paretsky's Chicago sleuth, V.I. Warshawski. Both Nina and V.I. cling stubbornly to their independence and sense of fairness as they wage battle against institutionalized forces of greed; and both O'Shaughnessy and Paretsky use engaging characters, tight plotting, and clever dialogue to lure their readers into wrestling with legal and moral dilemmas. --Kelly Flynn

From Publishers Weekly

Nina O'Reilly, the solo Tahoe lawyer with an attitude, is back. So are her loyal but surly assistant, Sandy, and her oddly detached lover, ex-homicide dick Paul. This time the legal issue is palimony. Wealthy, aggressive Mike Markov tells his wife, Lindy, that he's leaving her to marry a young employee of the business Mike and Lindy have built together. Lindy, a maverick not averse to keeping secrets from her own attorney, hires O'Reilly to bring suit against Mike for half the businessAreckoned in millions. Mike hires a shark, Jeffrey Riesner, who makes O'Reilly feel so outclassed that she hires smooth co-counsel Winston ReynoldsAwho turns out to be an addicted gambler. The case is much bigger than any O'Reilly has tried before, and it plunges her into a tangle of reversals, deceits and snarly legal traps that the authorAactually two sisters writing under the pseudonym O'Shaughnessy (Obstruction of Justice)Ahandles adroitly, snapping out plenty of twists on the legal and moral sides of a midlife crisis. Although the jury deliberations drag and the action-adventure climax in boats on Lake Tahoe is unbelievable, O'Shaughnessy's courtroom strategies and her characters' idiosyncrasies keep ringing true. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1923 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044022473X
  • Publisher: Dell (Jan. 7 2000)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1H1Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong, wrong, wrong Feb. 20 2003
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This book is wrong in almost everything it says, for example:
In the trial of Mike and Lindy the jury SUPPOSE that Lindy lie when she said that she wanted to marry with Mike, but Nina proof that mike made perjury in middle of the process, and all the jury were against Lindy because she is a liar.
The jury waste three days to take a decision, and then happened a "little" problem and when the judge make another jury they have their decision in three hours.
The worst of all the book, Paul, the boyfriend of Nina, he attacks her on the judgment, when the judgment ends, Paul investigates what happened with that "little" problem in the jury and he knows that if he does that Nina will lose everything she has, why he did that?
At the end of the book, what happened to Mike and Lindy is pathetic, but that Nina still loves Paul even if he left her is more than pathetic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever in the series. Aug. 14 2002
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This was my favorite book by Oshaughnessy. A great story. Loved the climax. A wonderfully well executed story. Don't miss your chance to read this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! May 1 2002
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I just finished "Breach of Promise," and I am literally breathless. What a ride!
The story begins fairly routinely, as Nina Reilly is hired to represent an incredibly wealthy woman, Lindy Markov, in a palimony suit. Knowing that such suits are notorious losers, but intrigued by the circumstances of the case--and by the money--Nina agrees to defend Lindy, and immediately finds herself in over her head.
In order to compete in such a visible, high-stakes trial, Nina is forced to compromise some of her deeply held values, and to hire a fancy LA jury consultant, the obnoxiously confident Genevieve Suchat. She also hires an equally fancy co-counsel, high-profile LA lawyer Winston Reynolds. When (or if) they win their case, all three stand to become multimillionaires. But in the meanwhile, small-town lawyer Nina is footing the bill and running close to bankruptcy.
The pretrial proceedings proceed apace, except that Nina is not in control, and not happy with everything her glossy compatriots are doing. She knows she needs Winston and Genevieve both--but she's not happy about it. Once the trial starts, Nina struggles to keep her sense of balance while trying to keep up not only with her new coworkers--but with Lindy Markov herself, who seems to be prone to lies and subterfuge, all of which emerge as scandalous surprises in court.
Nina is in too far to back down, especially as her opposing counsel is the feociously obnoxious and self-satisfied Jeff Reisner, who delights in any humiliation he can throw her way. Even Nina's lover and confidante Paul is becoming difficult, as he sees what he considers to be an erosion of Nina's usual values. It looks like Nina is about to lose the trial, her reputation, her lover, and all her money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best Dec 22 2001
By A Customer
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I am a big Nina Reilly fan and I have faithfully read the first three in order so I could watch the characters grow and develop. However, this was the most disappointing story thus far. I had pretty much figured out who did it and the resolution of events at the end was very drawn out. But, since I like her characters so much I'm going to keep going in the series. If you didn't like this one my advice is to read another in the series and give it one more try.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A complete mess and not worth the while.. May 29 2001
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This is my first (and last) book in the series. The start is very promissing, but suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a theater-play-like situation and the end is a completely awfull hunt for the "bad girl", on a lake. Its an unsuccesfull mixture of three different styles. Skip it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 sisters and a great fictional character. May 7 2001
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A Great fictuional character is what this and hte other books have. It is a female attorney. She will do just about anything to win every case she gets involved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plot Twists As The Money Grows April 13 2001
By Dana
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In Perry O'Shaughnessy's next novel, Breach of Promise, Nina Reilly takes on Lindy Markov. Lindy is a extremely wealthy woman who has built a multi-million dollar company with her husband, Mike. Mike dumps Lindy for a younger woman, and leaves Lindy with nothing. Lindy hires Nina to help her win half of their assets although legally, Mike does not have to give Lindy a dime, because all assets are in Mike's name alone, and because they actually never married, Lindy hardly stands a chance. Nina has to prove to a jury that Lindy is entitled to half of the $200 million, since Lindy and Mike built the company together and lived their lives as a married couple for years. Nina soon realizes that when that much money is at stake, people will go to extremes, even to kill if that's what it takes. With a combination of secrets, murder, and money, Breach of Promise delivers another suspensful thriller from the O'Shaughnessy's. Can't wait for the next one!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns abound Sept. 3 2000
By A Customer
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These two sisters know how to write. I was impressed with the fast pace and intricacies of the plot. As a reader you're led in one direction and immediately the story twists and turns. Definitely a book to read if you like legal thrillers.
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