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Move to Strike (Nina Reilly) Kindle Edition

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Defense attorney Nina Reilly has bad luck with men: one marriage ended abruptly, and another ended in tragedy. Still, her misfortunes with the opposite sex are nothing compared to the trouble she has finding a decent client. In her sixth outing, Move to Strike, Nina's defending a minor who's a major pain: Nikki Zack, a mouthy, rebellious teenager who's being tried as an adult in the murder of her uncle, a wealthy plastic surgeon. Like a lot of people in Lake Tahoe, Nikki disliked Bill Sykes, who showed both greed and snobbery to Nikki and her scatterbrained mother, Daria. He discouraged their familial overtures except when he cheated them in a land deal. Nevertheless, Nikki claims she didn't kill him, even though she was spotted sneaking around his pool on the night of the murder, and the prosecution's case against her is based on a blood sample that indicates she wielded the murder weapon. Nina is particularly struck by two strange facts: Sykes's son Chris was killed in a plane crash at almost the same time Sykes died, and Sykes's widow, Beth, is almost abnormally quick to front the money for her niece's defense, no questions asked.

Nina knows Nikki saw something or someone at Sykes's house, but she's not sure whether Nikki's protecting her sleazy, housebreaking boyfriend or Daria, whose vagueness is almost too extreme to believe. Nikki is placed under house arrest, but that's not enough to keep her--or Nina and her son Bob--safe when a stranger starts calling. When the treasure trove of unimpressive-looking rocks that Nikki took from Sykes's underwater hiding place turns out to be something completely unexpected, the ring of suspects widens and danger creeps closer. Nina teams with Paul van Wagoner, the investigator (familiar from Acts of Malice and previous Nina Reilly mysteries) she can't quite seem to disentangle herself from, to help sort the loose ends from the dead ends. And there are plenty of both.

The O'Shaughnessy sisters (Perri is a pen name for Pamela and Mary) are taking new risks and increasing the stakes with every book, and Move to Strike shows they can pull it off. The characters are deftly drawn and the plotting masterfully complex. The pacing falls a bit short of heart-stopping; the courtroom scenes serve to up the stakes for Nikki, yet don't really add much tension. But this series is still young and keeps getting better and better. Grisham and Turow, check your rear-view mirrors: there's a new writer in the fast lane. --Barrie Trinkle

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Crime knocks at lawyer Nina Reilly's door once again in this breathy legal drama, the sixth in a series, set in the resort community of Lake Tahoe, Nev. This time it is single mother Reilly's 13-year-old son, Bob, who steers her toward a new case, begging her to defend his friend, 16-year-old Nikki Zack. Nikki is accused of killing her rich uncle, plastic surgeon Bill Sykes, with a 16th-century samurai sword. She says she didn't do it, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Nikki was on the scene at the time of the killing and was known to hold a grudge against her selfish and stingy uncle. Even Reilly, a softie for the underdog, has to admit it doesn't look good for Nikki, until several other suspects pop upAdisgruntled patients of Sykes, a lecherous business partner, other bitter family members. The case is confused by the death of Sykes's 19-year-old son the same day in a plane crash while returning to Lake Tahoe from L.A. Complicating matters further is a mining claim in northern Nevada that's yielding lots of high-grade opals. The claim used to belong to Nikki's family until Sykes convinced Nikki's ditzy mom, Daria, to sell it to him at a steep discount. O'Shaughnessy, the pseudonym for sisters Mary and Pamela O'Shaughnessy, splits the action between Reilly's courtroom maneuvering and the detective work of her longtime investigator, Paul van Wagoner, whose role is greatly expanded this time around. Van Wagoner lacks the requisite magnetism for co-star status, and the plot swivels in a few unlikely directions, leading up to a far-fetched finale. Nevertheless, Reilly fans should enjoy this latest entry in a thriving series. Agent, Nancy Yost. Major ad/promo; BOMC and Mystery Guild main selections; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild alternates. (Aug.)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (Dec 18 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBC4U
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If a rip-roaring, fast-paced mystery can be called thoughtful, then "Move to Strike" is just that. On the one hand, we have the story of Nina Reilly's newest case, which is so riveting that it helps pull Nina from a terrible depression (I cannot reveal more without ruining "Acts of Malice," the book previous to this one).
On the other hand, for the first time in the series, the reader gets to see what makes Paul von Wagoner tick. Paul, as Nina Reilly regulars well know, is her on-again, off-again friend/lover/confidante and just about everything else. An ace private investigator, he helps Nina solve most of her seemingly unsolvable cases. And, whether he cares to admit it or not, he is deeply in love with Nina. At the end of "Acts of Malice," Paul took a step that changed his life irrevocably. In "Move to Strike," he is dealing with the aftermath of that act...and the knowledge that Nina will never love him back. His very real and complicated anguish is laid bare for the reader as we follow his thoughts, join in his nightmares, and sympathize for this very strong man who is at his weakest moment.
Meanwhile, Nina is struggling to defend a 16-year-old girl, Nikki, who stands accused of brutally murdering her wealthy uncle Bill Sykes, a prominent plastic surgeon in the Tahoe area. WE know that Nikki didn't do it, because WE were there when it happened. But nobody else does...including Nina herself, who is working half on conviction, half on pure hunch. The slimy district attorney, an old foe, is hell-bent on trying Nikki as an adult. And his vicious assistant Barbara, who has old issues with Nina, is helping him gain his way.
If Nikki didn't kill Uncle Bill, who did?
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Move to Strike is my first introduction to lawyer attorney Nina Fox Reilly in the acclaimed mystery-courtroom Reilly series - and it's wonder that Perri O' Shaughnessy garnered raves for their thrillers. In its more adventurous sixth outing, Nina is engaged by his son Bob to defend his friend sixteen year old Nicole Zack who is suspected of murdering his uncle Bill. The usual suspects come centerstage with Nicole's mother Daria who is conned by Bill to sell him the piece of Nevada land that is worth millions. His plastic surgery career has also earned him enemies where a deranged woman is bent on getting revenge for a nose surgery done to her daughter. What about his wife who still mourns over the loss of their son Chris in air-plane crash? Could the death of the son-and-father be coincidental or foul play altogether?
Detailed with forensic evidence like PCR and DNA, courtoom wits and high tension emotional drama with Nina battling her demons in a past incident that claimed her husband, MOVE TO STRIKE is relentless suspense. There is the romance between Paul, a PI who is struggling with his vigilantism - and all the research on Japanese swords, opals and airplane failures makes this read fuelled with grit and intelligence. The final verdict? It is good enough to rival masters like John Grisham and Michael O' Connelly in its thrills and wits.
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MOVE TO STRIKE is the story of a young teenager, Nicole (Nikki) Zack who is accused of murdering her uncle Bill, a prominent plastic surgeon in town (Lake Tahoe area). Nikki happens to be outside her uncle's home when he is murdered, but Nikki's bad luck is that she was stealing something from Bill right before the murder takes place.
Nina Reilly, an attorney who has had some bad luck of her own, is called to take this case. Nina's son Bob, a close friend of Nikki's, is actually the one that brings Nina in to help Nikki, and Nina's gut tells her that Nikki is innocent. But how to solve it? The only clue left at the scene is a prized sword that belonged to Bill, which was used as the murder weapon - Bill's face was slashed to pieces as if in revenge for a plastic surgery gone wrong. Blood left on the sword seems to point to Nikki as the murderer, but it is not quite a perfect match.
A seemingly coincidental event that happens the same night Bill is murdered, was the accidental death of Bill and Beth's only son Chris, who dies in a plane crash. Chris had been on his way home to Lake Tahoe to visit his parents. Nina felt that it was way too coincidental for both deaths to have happened on the same night, but with only a few clues, the two deaths seemed only to be that - coincidental.
Nina brings in Paul Van Wagoner, a private investigator and former lover, to help her find out who truly murdered Nikki's uncle. In the mean time, we learn more about Nikki's mother Daria, who seems very irresponsible and without a brain. Or was that a charade? And Beth, Daria's sister and Bill's widow: had her marraige to Bill been as happy as it had appeared to the outside world? Or were they hiding something too?
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This book represents the growth of Perri O'Shaughnessy (sisters Mary and Pamela) in both literary strength and daring. This novel, the sixth in the series, represents a benchmark. I get the feeling it's the novel they always wanted to write, but didn't... couldn't?... for infathomable reasons. It's bolder, it's more direct, and in total, it's more real.
At the onset, the heroine, Nina, confronts the most basic of conflicts. Her young son's friend is indicted for murder. Nina arranges to defend the girl, then finds her instincts as a mother (to protect children... even indicted ones... but not at the expense of her own son) at odds with her responsibility as an attorney. The young defendant is a dubious influence on Nina's son, but at the same time, free-spirited Nina sees herself in the girl -- and, as it is so often in real life, the "right" thing is impossible to determine.
Adding angst, Nina is grieving for her husband, a noble lawyer from previous novels whose death followed a marriage as brief as it was joyful. Unfortunately, Nina believes the disgruntled former client who caused her husband's accident is still out to get her... and then there's also the murderer from this novel, too, as she believes her client is innocent. Nina doesn't eat. She just drinks coffee. That doesn't help her relax... but who could blame her?
The supporting characters in this story also ring truer than in the past. Accused murderer Nicole and her Tahoe showgirl mother, Daria, are just a bit over the top on one hand, but then imagine how a real, prodigiously bright high schooler would behave next to her ditzy Tahoe showgirl of a mother. Also, the "real" murderer (you learn right off that Nicole did not kill anyone) is cleverly and ingenuously concealed in the story.
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