By Perri O'Shaughnessy
The recent York occasions bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled either readers and critics with their crackling mixture of criminal suspense and taut human drama. Now Perri O'Shaughnessy, hailed as "smart", "gripping", and "complex" by way of the San Francisco Chronicle, brings us her best--and so much 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 on my own. Now Nina has taken on a case that would threaten every thing she holds expensive, drawing her right into a tangled net of loyalties and alliances inside one among Lake Tahoe's such a lot popular households. Her buyer: a guy accused of murdering his personal brother--on the ski slopes of Tahoe. The legislations says Nina needs to provide Jim powerful the very best safeguard. yet Strong's family members has became violently opposed to him, and unexpectedly Nina is on the middle of the hurricane. As she works a incorrect and troubling case and will get swept into an unforeseen love affair, the 2 aspects of Nina's existence come crashing together...in the last word act of malice.
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He pushed himself back in his chair, compacting himself, as if trying to contain his energy. ’’ Opening his mouth, he held it that way for an instant, then snapped it shut, then began grinning in embarrassment and shaking his head. ‘‘Sorry. It sounds like such a bad joke. Kill my brother? ’’ ‘‘Alex Strong was your brother? I read about his death in the paper. ’’ She hadn’t had time to read the rest, but there had been a large photograph . . the face had looked like Jim’s, the hair lighter and longer, the face younger but no less intense.
Stumbling in the awful din, which now included shouting and howling magnified by the fine acoustics in the bathroom, she climbed a stool and reached for the smoke alarm, vividly remembering how her father, maddened by the noise, had once shot his off the wall. The remainder of the evening, what there was of it, was calm. By ten o’clock, somehow, Bob was in bed, his algebra mostly done. Month to month, like him, his room metamorphosed. The skateboarding and surfing posters on his bedroom walls had given way to Asian and African themes: Jackie Chan kickboxing his way out of a verdant rainforest and a couple of African masks he had found at a flea market.
She pushed her chair slightly away from her desk and from Strong. Did she want him as her client? She could tell him she had to think about it. Once she was in, she would be all the way in. She spent a moment mentally reviewing her other obligations and wondering where Strong might take her. He could have gone to anyone in town, to the loathsome Jeff Riesner, for instance. But he’d come to her. He could afford it, and his problems, ambiguous though they were right now, seemed comfortably within her zone of competence.