Indigo, May 2003, 8.95
In the Detroit area, Greico Enterprise pharmaceutical sales representative Akira Reed works late in the office by herself when she hears a noise that frightens her. She decides to leave only to run into her supervisor Mr. Johnson. He informs her that if she plays nice with him, he will help her obtain a promotion. Akira flees in shock, but she thinks over what he said and the touching he did and files a sexual harassment suit against him.
Greico assigns the investigation into the serious charge to discontented attorney Roman Miller. Even before meeting the accuser he assumes she is full of it. However, after Akira courageously rips his skin, he feels guilty and tries to help her. When no collaborating evidence surfaces, he dismisses the charge, but makes a point to emphasize that he believes Akira. Meanwhile that same night when her boss harassed her, someone stole a valuable HIV cure. The police believe Akira did it. Roman, who is falling in love, refuses to believe she did this and sets out to prove the woman he plans to marry is innocent.
Though the tapes that the office maintains for security incriminates the heroine and not the culprit seems off kilter, fans will appreciate this enjoyable legal thriller romance. The harassment charge is treated with the seriousness this offense requires, and also handled realistically as often this charge is almost impossible to prove while the accuser is subtly punished for making waves. The stolen formula adds suspense, but actually takes away from the insightful look at harassment as seen through two delightful lead characters and a powerful support cast.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner