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Presumption of Death (Nina Reilly) Kindle Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Nina Reilly is one of the most compelling heroines to come our way - she's definitely a lawyer you'd want to have on your side" JEFFERY DEAVER "Will keep you turning the pages into the night" USA Today "A real puzzler, with twists diabolical enough to take to court." New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on Sept. 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 Carmel/Salinas area. They may have lived in the area at one time, but their memory is a bit warped. To term Salinas as 'part okie and part latino' in a derogatroy manner does a great diservice to those who live there. Salinas, the vegetable capitol of the world, is a diverse and wealthy community. Not at all as downtrodden as the sisters make it sound. And to say 'it was always a tense place' is ridiculous!
It's hard to give credence to the credentials of a writer when the setting has been so badly botched. I think the sisters owe the residents of Salinas an apology. I also think the sisters owe their once legion of fans an apology for such a thin plot, filled with too many characters no one cares about, and a heroine that needs a reality check. Relationships are not perfect, and compromise goes a long way to work toward that goal...a trait Nina seems to be lacking. With so little compassion, I wouldn't hire her for an attorney! And I won't be buying the sisters books any longer. I was disappointed with the last two, and now I'm bored and offended.
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Format: Audio Cassette
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 the sister duo who write under the pen name of Perri O'SHAUGHNESSY.
After battling for some of Lake Tahoe's most challenging clients attorney Nina Reilly deserves a breather. But, we don't always get what we deserve, do we?
Nina is found in Carmel Valley with her steadfast boyfriend, Paul van Wagoner. He wants to tie the knot - she's not sure she's ready. Any thoughts of matrimony are put on hold when arson rears its deadly head. There have been two suspicious fires to date. A third inferno results in loss of life.
Regrettably, the suspect earmarked by the police is Wish, the son of Nina's former assistant. Not only that but the fatality was Wish's good friend, an auto mechanic who resented the changes taking place in his hometown.
As Nina and Paul begin their investigation it's not too long before they learn that those fires aren't the only burning issues in this picturesque community.
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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 the sister duo who write under the pen name of Perri O'SHAUGHNESSY.
After battling for some of Lake Tahoe's most challenging clients attorney Nina Reilly deserves a breather. But, we don't always get what we deserve, do we?
Nina is found in Carmel Valley with her steadfast boyfriend, Paul van Wagoner. He wants to tie the knot - she's not sure she's ready. Any thoughts of matrimony are put on hold when arson rears its deadly head. There have been two suspicious fires to date. A third inferno results in loss of life.
Regrettably, the suspect earmarked by the police is Wish, the son of Nina's former assistant. Not only that but the fatality was Wish's good friend, an auto mechanic who resented the changes taking place in his hometown.
As Nina and Paul begin their investigation it's not too long before they learn that those fires aren't the only burning issues in this picturesque community.
- Gail Cooke
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