Nobody in the exploding field of legal thrillers catches the day-to-day life of a working lawyer better than the O'Shaughnessy sisters--lawyer Pamela and writer Mary, who collaborate under the joint byline of Perri. This is the fifth in their series about lawyer Nina Reilly. O'Shaughnessy expertly balances Reilly's life between the working half and the private half (raising her 16-year-old son as a single mother and finding the time and place for romance). The fact that both parts take place in the heavenly venue of Lake Tahoe only adds to the reading pleasure.
Acts of Malice begins with a jolt: the manager of one of the area's largest ski resorts is charged with the murder of his brother, and hires Nina to defend him. But this will not be an easy case for Nina since the prosecutor, Collier Hallowell, is the man who shook up her life so violently by walking out on her a year before. Also, Nina and her immediate circle find themselves in danger from the very client that they are defending.
Other examples of the O'Shaughnessy expertise include Breach of Promise and Motion to Suppress. --Dick Adler
High praise for Perri O'Shaughnessy's previous Nina Reilly novels:Motion To Suppress
"A real puzzler, with twists diabolical enough to take to court."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating . . . Compelling."
--The Hartford CourantInvasion of Privacy
"Suspenseful and complex."
--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
"A deft, multileveled tale of legal and criminal treachery."
--Publishers WeeklyObstruction of Justice
"Nina Reilly is one of the most interesting heroines in legal thrillers today."
--San Jose Mercury News
"A captivating mystery . . . A beautifully plotted novel."
--Monterey County HeraldBreach of Promise
"A legal mystery for thoughtful readers . . . The dialogue is clean and smart and the surprise twists wonderfully effective."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Lots of unexpected twists and turns . . . A savvy legal thriller."
--The Orlando Sentinel