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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236061
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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For the legal thriller addict, Unfit To Practice is an interesting fix. The O'Shaughnessy sisters pen a tale that is entertainingly suspenseful. Nina Reilly, a small town lawyer has her vehicle stolen and with it the files of three of her clients. The sensitive files apparently fall into the wrong hands. The book details the subsequent fallout.
I found Ms. Reilly's ethical dilemmas realistic. This was the first O'Shaughnessy novel I have read, so I am unable to compare it with previous Reilly reads. Although the story is a bit too touchy-feely for my general liking - one reviewer described the book as a "chick-flip" - and certainly not the best legal thriller I have read, I was entertained and plan on reading another Reilly novel.
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Sisters Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy, writing as "Perri", have obviously developed a fan base with seven prior defense attorney Nina Reilly stories. Unfortunately for us, this was our first try by the women, and we seem to have been stuck with one of their poorer efforts. The most exciting thing to happen in the plot was Nina's Bronco being stolen, complete with three confidential client files in the back seat. When all three cases suddenly go sour, and lead to a State Bar hearing against Nina, were we supposed to be surprised? Ex-husband Jack, whom, as a lawyer's lawyer, Nina hires to defend her, and current lover Paul, her regular investigator (she's otherwise a one-lawyer shop, with just Sandy as a secretary), bicker the whole book long in a juvenile attempt to attract Nina's attention and compete with each other: wow! The last third of the book is the disbarment hearing -- and guess who wins. Of course Nina comes up heroine as the Bronco thief is discovered, and then, boom, the authors end this 450 page book with more information in the last 4 pages than the whole rest of the book put together.
We usually enjoy lawyer stories which is what prompted us to try this novel. We were disappointed by the trivial storyline, the complete lack of suspense, and characters who spent most of the time acting like adolescents. Truthfully, we didn't even develop much interest in or sympathy for Nina, who must have avowed her love for the law and her desire to defend the underdog like half a dozen times -- please, we get the drift.
Maybe some of the other O'Shaughnessy books are more fun, but these authors have a long way to go to approach the likes of Turow or Scottoline. Try them instead.
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By "sara2004" on Nov. 26 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Slow moving story ... boring read. Total waste of time. Half-way through the book, I dread myself to finish it. The character in the story (Nina) has not been developed convincingly. Help, anyone wants to buy my copy?
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By Razldazlrr on Oct. 29 2003
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I have read other books by these authors and liked them. This book started out ok but went downhill. The trial was very, very boring and just the first half of the story over again. The ending was just ridiculous. Sometimes when authors are doing a series the books go downhill - maybe they are on deadline. I will stop and think before I buy another book by them.
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By A Customer on Aug. 18 2003
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As a practicing attorney I savored the idea of being able to endure a long flight and read a novel written about an area of law that receives scant attention in the popular press: professional responsibility. Unfortunately, I think I picked the wrong book and ended up with a dimestore "chick-flip."
The authors spend so much time trying to make women identify with the needs of the female main character that her rather interesting legal problems sound like a voice-over from a tampon commercial. Since one of the authors is a lawyer, she puts in just enough law to give it some credibility. Unfortunately, either they do not think their readers would be interested in a serious litigation novel or they want to push what appears to be an improbable plot line on the readers, so people who would be genuinely interested in the plot details are left hanging, angry, and thinking the whole story is improbable!
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By A Customer on Aug. 18 2003
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As a practicing attorney I savored the idea of being able to endure a long flight and read a novel written about an area of law that receives scant attention in the popular press: professional responsibility. Unfortunately, I think I picked the wrong book and ended up with a dimestore "chick-flip."
The authors spend so much time trying to make women identify with the needs of the female main character that her rather interesting legal problems sound like a voice-over from a tampon commercial. Since one of the authors is a lawyer, she puts in just enough law to give it some credibility. Unfortunately, either they do not think their readers would be interested in a serious litigation novel or they want to push what appears to be an improbable plot line on the readers, so people who would be genuinely interested in the plot details are left hanging, angry, and thinking the whole story is improbable!
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2003
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There sure seems to be no shortage of loyal fans of this series, but after my first Nina Reilly read, I am at a loss as to why. 454 pages in paperback might have benefited greatly from being about half that. I don't think writers are paid by the word, but when you read sentences like "Nina went with the evocatively named lemongrass-skewered sea scallops" you can only shake your head.
Or how about the denouement ... where her lover is about to topple over a railing ..., looks at Nina, smiles (SMILES? As you're nearly falling to your death?) and says "love you?" Really bad stuff.
The trial (during which I was rooting mightily for disbarment) scenes are void of tension or interest. Like another reader, I skimmed quite a bit just to get through it - I did shell out [money] after all. It became almost a perverse challenge to finish this. God bless the O'Shaughnessy sisters for getting away with this kind of writing, but they won't [draw] me in again.
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