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Obstruction of Justice (Nina Reilly) [Kindle Edition]

Perri O'Shaughnessy
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

The writing sisters Pam and Mary O'Shaughnessy (Invasion of Privacy, LJ 8/96) have partnered again for a third entry in their Nina Reilly series of legal thrillers. This time Nina's a witness to the death by lightning of a construction mogul in the Tahoe Mountains. When his father returns from a business trip, he wants Nina to have the body exhumed and autopsied for signs of murder, setting off a family furor. Suddenly, the grave is empty, the bodies of both father and son turn up in a smoldering mountain cabin, and the grandson is charged with murder. Nina is then asked to clear the grandson amid an increasingly complex series of interrelationships involving the D.A., his dead wife, a not-so-grieving widow, and, of course, the gardener. Though the evolving coincidences seem a bit contrived, this is nonetheless a compelling story with some great courtroom drama and a likable heroine. Readers will definitely look forward to more titles in the series. Recommended.?Susan Gene Clifford, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Third, and weakest, in a legal procedural whodunit series featuring Lake Tahoe attorney Nina Reilly from the O'Shaughnessy sisters writing team. Taking up a few days after Invasion of Privacy (1996) ended, Reilly accompanies rugged but haunted prosecutor Collier Hallowell for what the two hope will be a romantic trek to the top of Mount Tallac, only to fall in with the dysfunctional de Beers family, whose presence on the mountain seems anything but recreational. A storm brews, and Hallowell and Reilly witness nasty Raymond de Beers, the president of a well-known but shoddy Lake Tahoe construction company, blown off the peak into their path and killed, seemingly by a bolt of lightning. After the unsatisfying inquest, which raises more questions than answers, Reilly recommends that Hallowell, who suspects foul play, hire her former lover p.i. Paul Von Wagoner to find whatever clues about the killing the Tahoe police could not. Meanwhile, Reilly is approached by domineering family patriarch Quentin de Beers, who also thinks that Raymond was somehow murdered. Reilly begins to believe that Raymond's death may be linked to the hit-and-run murder of a local woman. But the O'Shaughnessy team forces that intersection very awkwardly, compelling their disbelieving characters to lecture each other on Jungian synchronicities, the relationship between reality and art, and cosmic parallels to Greek myths. Before the mystery can be solved, others will die, and Reilly and the increasingly obsessed Hallowell will find themselves on opposite sides. The novel falls apart, like one of the badly constructed de Beers houses, in a cliff-hanging climax in which all the apparent bad guys are revealed to be good, and a method is offered that, in theory, would make lightning a murder weapon capable of striking the same place more than once. Forced, unconvincing characters and vastly overheated plotting, with some sharp, if predictable, courtroom scenes and an impressive knowledge of forensic pathology. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1474 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Dec 18 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012RMVCA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Reilly Is a Treasure! April 24 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since this is the first Nina Reilly book I picked up, I have absolutely no complaints. I literally stumbled upon this book on a friend's bookcase, casually opened it up, and almost literally didn't put it down again until I had read the very last page.
My only question is: Where have I been? Why had I not heard of this wonderful series, and its equally wonderful authors, sisters Mary and Pamela ("Perri") O'Shaugnessy? If this is, as some of the reviewers say, the "weakest" in the series, will I survive the strongest?
The story takes place in scenic Lake Tahoe, where sleazy casinos vie with gorgeous mountains and stately pines for attention. The night are dark and starry, and the days...well it depends who you are. For struggling attorney Nina Reilly, who is living with her brother and sister-in-law when the book begins, the days are full of crime and conspiracy. So she decides to hike a nearby mountain with a man who interests her: deputy DA Collier Hallowell. Collier is still mourning his wife, killed a few years earlier by a hit-and-run driver who was never found. Nina has some vague idea of bringing him into the world of the living.
But before that can happen, the two encounter a family that puts the word "dysfunctional" to shame. It consists of blustering Ray DeBeers, given to abusive language, his fearful wife Sarah, his gorgeous twins Jason and Molly, and a family friend. A storm comes up, Ray is hit by lightening and killed--and the action begins, not to stop until the very last word of the very last sentence.
Was Ray's death really an accident? Is his death somehow connected with the death of Hallowell's wife? And what of the mysterious, ethereal artist Kim Voss, she of the indoor cactus garden?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stretch Of An Ending April 5 2001
By Dana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Obstruction of Justice is the third book in this series by Perry O'shaughnessy. In this book, Nina Reilly and DA Collier Hallowell go on a date hiking. First of all the date was a little weird, considering in the last book Nina and Paul had something going on. Anyway, while on their hike they witness Ray de Beer's death from a lighting crash. The death brings back old memories for Collier of his deceased wife Anna, who was killed in a hit and run accident. Collier hires Paul to try and find clues from Anna's death. In the meantime, Ray de Beer's son, Jason is indicted for murder, and Nina is defending him. As Paul and Nina find out, Anna Hallowell's and Ray de Beer's death are more related that one might think. Obstruction of Justice fits right in with the previous two books in this series, as all are hard to put down, and are great reads. In this book, the only problem I had was that the ending was a stretch and quite unbelievable. Other than that, Obstruction of Justice, is another winner from the O'Shaughnessy's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner worthy of bestseller status June 14 1997
By A Customer
Deputy District Attorney Collier Hathowell takes Tahoe lawyer Nina
Reilly mountain climbing, expecting to have an enjoyable outing with her.
Instead Nina inadvertently becomes involved in a situation that turns her
life into danger and heartache. A sudden storm appears on the summit of
Mount Tallic, forcing the pair to seek shelter. Fortunately, they find a
place to protect them from the nasty elements. The other climbers are no
quite as lucky as one of them is hit by lightening and plunges to his
...... The victim's death causes Collier to flash back to three years ago when
his own spouse was murdered by an unknown hit and run driver. Nina realizes
that her love interest needs time to close that period of his life before
he can commit to someone else. She recommends that he hire her former
suitor, private detective Paul Von Wagner, to investigate. Paul agrees to
handle the case, but soon finds himself also working for Nina, whose client
(the son of the person who died on the summit) has been accused of killing
his grandfather. Nina receives no cooperation from her client or able to
obtain information from his dysfunctional family. Nina soon finds herself
being accused of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE as she struggles to provide her
client with the best defense possible even if no one else (including her
client) seem interested.
....... There is double the pleasure and double the fun with this mystery
within a mystery novel written by one of the rising stars in the legal
procedural sub-genre, Perri O'Shaugnessy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One Sept. 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again, Nina Reilly stars in a highly enjoyable story, perhaps the best yet. But these books are not entirely plot-centered; Nina's personal life (foibles and all) captures the reader's (at least, this reader's) interest and sympathy, too. I would rate Nina as more interesting than Judith A. Jance's J. P. Beaumont, but less interesting than her Joanna Brady, Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, or William Bernhardt's Ben Kincaid and Christina McCall. Also, Lake Tahoe is a good choice of venue, interesting in itself.
With Nina, and the other above-mentioned characters, it adds something to the series to get to know them in a way we never got to know Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, or Ellery Queen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best in the series
I've read most of the Nina Reilly series, and this one is my least favorite. It took a while for things to really get rolling, and there were a few too many coincidences for the... Read more
Published on March 14 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Obstruction to success
I was looking forward to reading this book and the other ones from the same author, but unfortunately, I found it difficult to stick to the book, and found it a shame to have all... Read more
Published on May 1 2001 by francoise gaspari
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Depending on What you Want
Entertaining, yes. Believable... well, uh, perhaps this is better left unsaid. There's just something beyond the pale in the predicament in this novel, which remains highly... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2001 by D. Rizzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One
Once again, Nina Reilly stars in a highly enjoyable story, perhaps the best yet. But these books are not entirely plot-centered; Nina's personal life (foibles and all) captures... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2000 by watzizname
3.0 out of 5 stars Obstruction OF Justice
This was the third in the series of Nina Reilly novels I have read and it was the least enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Motion to Surpress and Invasion of Privacy but not... Read more
Published on June 15 2000 by ccondesa
2.0 out of 5 stars What a coincidence!
This probably the least enjoyable of the Nine Reilly series because there are so many coincidences. Nina & Paul are working on two totally separate cases in two totally... Read more
Published on May 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Obstruction of Justice
Excellent reading. It kept you intrigued. I recommend it to all of my friends who love these types of books. I can't wait to read the rest of the books by the O'Shaughnessys.
Published on April 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
This maybe wasn't the sister's best effort, but their others were OUTSTANDING! They will definately become a favorite. I've read them all so far!
Published on Jan. 20 2000 by
2.0 out of 5 stars My first Perri O'Shaughnessy's book was a disappointment.
A fan of legal thrillers,I was disappointed with the unbelievable plot and lack of any character development. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! I am a John Grisham fan and now one of yours.
I live here at the So. shore of Lake Tahoe. I have lived here for 25 years. "Obstruction of Justice" was the first book that I read. Read more
Published on July 26 1999 by Janet Wells (
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