St. Martin's, Apr 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
Five years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Mal Foley's license to practice law when he disobeyed a direct order from the court. Mal kept a promise to a client though the court ruled against his claim of attorney-client privilege. Mal turned to sleuthing to earn a living, which was not that difficult of a change as he did much of his own investigations when he practiced law.
Mal seeks reinstatement, but he struggles to behave with the bureaucracy even with his attorney pleading with him to show some respect or remain a private detective. However, Mal's petition takes an odd turn as someone does not want him reinstated and is willing to go great lengths to insure that he is not. On the other hand, Mal finds himself with strange bedfellows as allies supporting his reinstatement surface. Mal knows that the case that got him barred remains the focus of his current situation and not just with the state government. Though his preference is to do nothing, Mal cannot sit idly by especially when the opposition turns vicious.
The Foley series is one of the stronger private investigative collections on the market today because of the moral strengths (obsessive?) of the lead character. The current novel, NO SHOW OF REMORSE, is an enjoyable entry as the audience observes deep inside what makes the hero tick. Though the action is a shade less than the norm for a Foley tale, David J. Walker entertains the troops with an engaging story that fans will want to read because of the scrupulous star.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner