By Perri O'Shaughnessy

The recent York occasions bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled either readers and critics with their crackling mixture of felony suspense and taut human drama. Now Perri O'Shaughnessy, hailed as "smart", "gripping", and "complex" through the San Francisco Chronicle, brings us her best--and such a lot explosive--Nina Reilly novel yet.Amid the glowing snow-swept mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nina Reilly has made a house, juggling the calls for of her one-woman legislation perform and elevating a teenage son by myself. Now Nina has taken on a case that may threaten every thing she holds pricey, drawing her right into a tangled internet of loyalties and alliances inside certainly one of Lake Tahoe's such a lot well known households. Her shopper: a guy accused of murdering his personal brother--on the ski slopes of Tahoe. The legislation says Nina needs to provide Jim powerful the very best security. yet Strong's family members has grew to become violently opposed to him, and unexpectedly Nina is on the middle of the typhoon. As she works a improper and troubling case and will get swept into an unforeseen love affair, the 2 aspects of Nina's existence come crashing together...in the final word act of malice.

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She made a note, looked expectant. ’’ Under his tan, he flushed and looked down at his tapping foot. ‘‘Heidi sicced them on me. She . ’’ He played with his cup, opening it, crushing it again. ‘‘She went to the South Lake Tahoe police on the morning after Alex died, and she talked to the officer on duty, and signed some kind of written statement. ’’ ‘‘Then how do you know—’’ ‘‘That she did that? The detectives that came to the resort yesterday told me. And because of this. ’’ Strong pulled from the pocket of his jeans a pink Post-it note that stuck to his fingers as he unfolded it with shaky hands.

Nina Reilly, attorney-at-large. Graduate, Monterey College of Law. Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California. Hard-earned certificates. So hard earned, it had taken five years to pay off the student loans. The low-key surroundings seemed to reassure him. Some prospective clients preferred ostentation. They went elsewhere. The Law Offices of Nina Reilly consisted of the front office where Sandy reigned and clients waited, the library and conference room next door where coffee was made and depositions were held, and Nina’s small office in back, just big enough for the oversized desk and a couple of orange chairs given to her by her sister-in-law.

Looking down at her legal pad she said, ‘‘When a family member dies, everything gets magnified. Your brother died suddenly, so more care would be taken with the reports. ’’ She was giving him an opening. It was time for him to tell her the rest, the part that scared him the most. The police did not waste time on obvious accidents. ’’ He finished the water and crumpled the paper cup. ’’ ‘‘It’s my wife, Heidi. She took off the day after Alex died. ’’ ‘‘That’s a long time. She hasn’t called you? ’’ ‘‘No.

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