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Motion to Suppress

Motion to Suppress [Kindle Edition]

Perri O'Shaughnessy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Graced by an appealingly sordid cast of sultry barmaids, crafty ex-cops, smarmy con men and venal lawyers, this courtroom drama maintains a swift pace. Attorney Nina Reilly, her marriage shattered, leaves San Francisco with her small son for Lake Tahoe. Encouraged by a feisty secretary with strong ties to the local women's movement, Nina takes on the case of Michelle "Misty" Patterson, an admittedly promiscuous barmaid accused of bludgeoning her abusive husband to death. But Misty, who has a long history of emotional problems, has no memory of the night of the murder. Nor can she remember anything that happened before she was 10. Her psychiatric treatment dictates much of the trial procedure: Can records of her therapy be used as evidence? Shrewd Nina's legal skirmishes with psychiatrists pave the way for some explosive revelations. O'Shaughnessy barely keeps the fireworks under control; indeed, some sensational scenes in this first novel offer more dazzle than illumination. Keen detective work, smoldering romance and ongoing consciousness-raising, however, create a Roman candle of a novel that just may rocket O'Shaughnessy to pop-lit fame. Major ad/promo; author tour; British, translation, audio, electronic, performance rights: Lowenstein Associates.
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This first novel, the collaborative effort of two sisters, one a lawyer, the other a writer, is the story of hard-boiled San Francisco attorney Nina Reilly, whose failed marriage and terminal case of burnout send her seeking a slower pace of life in Lake Tahoe. But no sooner has she tossed away her briefcase and patent pumps than she gets involved in a bizarre murder case. Cocktail waitress Misty Patterson conks her abusive husband over the head after a violent quarrel, then goes off to bed, leaving an injured but still-alive hubby on the couch. When the man is found dead at the bottom of a nearby lake the next day, Misty is arrested for murder and begs Nina to take her case. Nina's determined to get Misty off the hook. And of course, Nina's got her own complicated life--son, lover, and ex-husband--to deal with, too. A good first effort from a promising new writing team. Emily Melton

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440220688
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (Dec 18 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001334J2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A cocktail waitress comes home from her job in a noisy, glittering casino to find her husband in one his occasional needy moods. Rather than again submit to her marital obligations, she refuses by emphasizing her displeasure with the idea by slugging him in the head with a decorative household item. And then she blacks out. She wakes up to find her husband missing and no memory of what happened after her defense attack. Fearing that authorities will convict her of something that may or may not have happened, she pleads with a new lawyer in town to help her with her defense. Lawyer and dear reader are never quite sure of who is guilty or what happened until the very end!
Congratulations to the sisters who did quite a spectacular job of writing an interesting story of whodunnit. Dear reader does tire of the never-ending female in distress theme, but ignores it to solve a very complicated puzzle.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Motion to Supress...Publication Dec 31 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has got to be one of the worst written books I have read in quite a while. The characters are one dimensional and paper thin to boot. The plot is so full of cliches, that I doubt it would get a passing grade in a high school creative writing class. If this is all it takes to get a publishing deal these days, I may take a crack at it myself. I couldn't hope to do any worse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The narration sucks Nov. 11 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I'm not sure about the quality of the book, because I can't get past how bad the narration of Ms. Merlington is. She rushes through her words. She rushes conversations between characters, so that you can't tell who is talking. She has no sense at all of the dramatic. When a murder attempt is made on Nina, the narration just blithly continues as if she is just walking down Main street at noon. I'd like to give O'Shaughnessy another chance, but I pray that Ms. Merlington doesn't narrate any future books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OUCH!...These gals need to do their homework... Sept. 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not trashing this. I found the book highly entertaining and fun to read. It introduces a keen female lawyer and takes us through her first murder trial. Actually, it was supposed to be a divorce case, but the husband being divorced managed to end up dead leaving his estranged wife the #1 suspect.
However, this book is full of factual errors. Other reviewers have pointed out some of these errors, but the one I spotted has to do with the church the accused wife's parents are active in and have worked for, Science Of Mind. The parents and therefore the authors have the church completely confused with Christian Science. Science Of Mind or Religious Science was founded by Ernest Holmes in Los Angeles, not Mary Baker Eddy in Boston. The church, although it, like Christian Science, has practioners does not discourage members from seeking medical treatment (many SOM ministers have their medical doctors, have been in the hospital, undergone surgery, etc.). And Science Of Mind like Christian Science does not believe in Hell and yet the wife's mother tells her daughter that she will burn in Hell because of the life she's led.
Okay, the above doesn't even have a heavy bearing on the story, but all of these errors about the church along with the geographical and other factual errors are presented as fact in the book. So how is one to trust these authors' legal knowledge? Indeed, there seem to me to be several large holes in the legalistic details of the story although I admittedly am no lawyer.
Again, the story itself is engrossing although the denouement had too many unrelated and coincidental elements to please me. So while the story itself is too good to give a one or two star rating, there's too much almost sloppy writing to give it four or five stars. If you're looking for a mystery that's fast and light reading and aren't bothered by factual errors & dubious legality, you'll likely enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea bad book May 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was intruged by the concept behind this book, and the book starts out fairly good, but the qaulity of the book drops quickly. Plot holes, bad dialoge, and bad pacing make the book virtually unreadable. Look elsewhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars promise, but sloppy Dec 12 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As others have mentioned, the plot starts ok, but peters out at the end. A courtroom confession--gimme a break. Research is weak--Temple in NY, McCarron in Reno, boats with odometers, sailing to Hawaii in a 22 footer, lack of understanding of gambling. It all takes away from the ability to believe the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginning to a promising series Sept. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having just read "Motion to Suppress", the first in a series of legal thrillers featuring main character Nina Reilly, I've got the other succeeding books already on my reading list. What I like about this book, aside from it's fast-pace and intriguing plot, is that Nina is depicted as an independent woman with smart business savy, yet one with shortcomings and insecurities. In other words, she's human.
Having just left her husband and a prestigious corporate law firm in San Francisco, Nina relocates to Lake Tahoe where she sets up a private practice. There, she takes her first criminal case, Misty Patterson, accused of murdering her abusive husband. In the meantime, Nina has her own personal issues to resolve, including a pending divorce, and warding off intimidation from a another defense attorney, drivin by male ego, who's use to having the run of the town's clientele.
Other bright and colorful characters include Nina's private investigator friend who has hinted at being more than just colleagues, a sassy and witty secretary who has friends and relatives in high places as well as referrals, and a supportive family with whom she takes temporary residence.
If "Motion to Suppress" is an indication of what's to come, I look forward to more of Perri O'Shaughnessy's books.
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