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Presumption of Death (O'Shaughnessy, Perri) [Kindle Edition]

Perri O'Shaughnessy
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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When lawyer Nina Reilly muses while swimming at the start of this book about how many years she has left to enjoy life's pleasures, she startles us by the revelation that she is in her mid-thirties. Is that all? The O'Shaughnessy sisters, Pamela and Mary, have packed so much adventure, romance, crime and law into their books starring Reilly that we'd swear she was at least 50. And their latest outing, number nine, is no exception. Staying with her lover, investigator Paul van Wagoner, in his Carmel Valley condo while she reexamines her life after the traumatic events of 2002's Unfit to Practice dislodged her from her South Lake Tahoe home and office, Reilly is torn between Paul's obvious sexual appeal and his irksome urging for some form of long-term commitment. Then the 21-year-old Native American son of Nina's former secretary, Sandy Whitefeather, winds up in the middle of a murder and arson investigation, and Nina and Paul barely have a moment free for cuddling or bickering. Plotting has never been an O'Shaughnessy strong suit (in an acknowledgment, the authors mention an editor "who, with this book especially, has shown her rare ability to catch the lags, the vagueness, and the illogic of our manuscript"-a few glitches still slipped through). But the series' real virtues are intact: well-rounded and likable characters set against a richly described backdrop of some of the loveliest country in the world.
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"Counselor Nina Reilly keeps on ... getting better. Generous heart, steel-trap brain, elegant looks: great fun to read about."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The protagonists are well-rounded and engaging, the legal issues are clarified for the layman, and the pace is relentless. Presumption of Death virtually demands to be read in one sitting."—BookPage

"Well-rounded and likable characters set against a richly described backdrop of some of the loveliest country in the world."—Publishers Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 29 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCQ9BG
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many things about this book, I liked. Nina is one of the more interesting female protagonists in the legal thriller arena, with a good cast of supporting characters in teenage son Bob, P.I./love interest Paul, Legal Secretary/Native-American activist Sandy Whitefeather, etc. (too bad the the evil lawyer Jeff Reisner is gone by now . . . .)
I liked the undercurrents of the complex relationships of the six neighbors in this book, who live near where a fire occurs that provides the story's setting. And Nina's feelings of restlessness and transition after leaving Lake Tahoe come across as authentic.
But I had a hard time with the ultimate resolution of the crime in this one. Without giving away the ending, the "perp" struck me as a bit implausible, as I feel the criminal plot would have unraveled on it's own much earlier in the story, the way the author has set it up (I can't say more without giving away the ending).
Overall, an entertaining & well-written book; not the best in the series, but not the worst either.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read the Reviews - FIRST June 26 2004
I again made the mistake of buying a book without first reading the CUSTOMER'S Reviews (don't pay too much attention to the Editor's Reviews) - I waste a lot of money that way because I generally pick the books up at the grocery check-out because I NEED something to read. I THEN purposely don't read the reviews until I've either finished the book or in this case TRY to get into it. By and large the people who write the reviews like the same things I like. Anyway - this book was tiring - I too agree with the reviewer who mentioned the relationship between Paul and Nina - and Nina's inflexibility. There are flaws in every relationship because there are flaws in every human being. IF there was no compromise - there would be NO relationships. As to the character Wish - I "wish" he'd go away. Never did get very far into the book - so don't know how it ended. I want my $7.99 back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Reader Loved It April 14 2004
I am so surprised to read the negative reviews of this book, because to my mind, the O'Shaugnessy sisters, having fallen into quite a slump, thoroughly redeemed themselveds with "Presumption of Death."
I found Nina Reilly's new venue (or old, depending on how much one has followed this character through the series) and new circumstances to be fascinating--I felt that a whole new burst of life had been injected into the series. Not only did I not find it boring, I zipped through the book in record time.
Other reviewers have described the plot in detail...ominous forest fires, obviously the result of arson, are decimating the forests around the Carmel area--and young Wish Whitefeather, whom we have followed through all the books and brought to young adulthood, is arrested for setting the fires, with one count of murder to boot. It is up to Nina, who wanted nothing more than to take a hiatus from her career and explore her personal relationship with her lover and PI partner Paul, to take the case and save Wish from almost certain conviction.
As Paul and Nina struggle to find a center to their relationship and to solve the increasingly thorny mystery of who really set the fires and why, a whole subcast of characters is explored. The end was sufficient enough for this reviewer to be on tenterhooks for the next book. I know this is not a popular point of view among other reviewers, and again, I don't know why. My reaction to this book was wholly positive, and I would definitely urge those who follow the series to read it. For those who have not been Nina Reilly fans in the past, my view is that this will turn the tide.
Enough said!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment Dec 9 2003
I placed a preorder for this book as I have very much enjoyed all the previous ones by these authors. However this seemed completely different - turgid, boring. I found the characters too confusing, there waas little mystery and indeed little legal drama - many pages of complex subplot and descriptions of poison oak forest. Nina and Paul now both seem irritating and indeed irritated with each other.
I didn't really complete it - got completely lost and baffled in the party scene and then skipped to the short courtroom sessions.
I doubt if I will buy their next one - not without finding out if it is back on track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING Nov. 28 2003
By lusty22
I have been a huge fan of this series, so I bought the hardcover edition of this book with great confindence. All I can say is it is by far the worst in the series. It was so boring that it took me several weeks to finish it and it was a chore. I don't know what happened, but I am surprised because usually the plot is so great in these books. I usually adore Nina, but for some reason found myself being very irked by her. The mystery was idiotic and I found myself not caring about the outcome. The only redeeming part was the chapter about the "party" because it was so crazy. Keeping all the families straight in my mind was hard though because I did not care enough to put any real effort into it. I think one of the biggest drawbacks in this series is the fact that all of the interesting characters have died out. I hope the next book is better and we can get back to the real Nina.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "A new direction" Oct. 27 2003
I enjoy watching the characters in books of this genre take new directions, it keeps readers on their toes. The characters in 'Presumption of Death,' by Perri O' Shaughnessy are well-thoughout and interesting and the plot had me reading the story to the final page with much eagerness. I find that to be a very appealing combination.
John Savoy
Savoy International
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1.0 out of 5 stars Offended & Bored
Not only was I bored by the whiny and overly sensitive Nina with regards to her boyfriend, I find it hard to believe much recent research was done by the sisters on the... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Presumption of Death
I have loved all the previous O,Shaughnessy books but this book is awful and I am so disappointed. I have read 2/3 of this book and still wonder what's going to happen. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of he best of the series
After waiting a year for this next episode in Nina Rielly's life, I was not disappointed.
The re-uniting with Sandy was fun, and woven in with her son Wish getting into... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003
Listeners have come to expect exemplary readings from voice performer Laural Merlington and she delivers again with "Presumption of Death," the ninth in the Nina Reilly series by... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Gail Cooke
Listeners have come to expect exemplary readings from voice performer Laural Merlington and she delivers again with "Presumption of Death," the ninth in the Nina Reilly... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Gail Cooke
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring plot, dislikable characters
Nina Reilly is back in her ninth outing. For the last three years she has practiced law in Lake Tahoe. Now she is back in her hometown living with her boyfriend, Paul van Wagoner. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by SDRTX
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
I agree with the reviewer who couldn't finish the book--also with the one who said there were too many characters. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003
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