From Publishers Weekly
A math genius, a tough courtroom adversary and an even tougher judge make the 11th legal thriller in the Nina Reilly series (Unlucky in Law
, etc.) the most intriguing yet. Back in Lake Tahoe, Nina gets her next case from a masseuse whose aunt was killed during a motel robbery. Unless Nina acts, the lawsuit filed against the Ace High Lodge will be dismissed, as no one has been able to locate the witnesses. Reluctant to call on ex-lover PI Paul van Wagoner for help, Nina hires her assistant's PI son, Wish, who discovers that the witnesses are MIT students with a sideline counting cards. While the old case takes on new life, people connected to it are threatened and worse. O'Shaughnessy (lawyer Pamela and editor Mary O'Shaughnessy) takes the reader inside the beautiful mind of emotionally immature, occasionally delusional, quantitatively inspired Elliott Wakefield as he solves equations, cares for his father and plays blackjack. In thrillers as in math proofs, neatness counts. Here, the Internet and national security bring Elliott's story to an almost too-neat conclusion, while Nina ingeniously solves the problem of replacing Paul in her personal life. As always, O'Shaughnessy keeps legal procedure straight, language crisp and plot consistently absorbing.
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David Hanna witnessed the murder of his wife (and her unborn fetus) outside a hotel on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Now it's two years later, and Hanna enlists the help of Nina Reilly, a formidable attorney of some local notoriety (and star of 10 previous O'Shaughnessy adventures). The plan is to hold the hotel accountable for its lack of security, which made possible the robbery that produced the stray bullet that, in turn, killed Hanna's wife. The perp was never caught, and the three robbery victims, who Nina feels are the key to the case, have been no help, purposely staying in California so that the Nevada court has no jurisdiction over them. Nina's search for the truth takes her all the way to Europe--and into the arms of her former husband. O'Shaunessy (pseudonym for a sister team) has a knack for plotting and for combining suspenseful action with a light and playful tone. Another fine addition to an appealing and popular series. Mary Frances WilkensCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved