NO SHOW OF REMORSE
St. Martin's, Apr 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
In Chicago, Malachy Foley tries to regain his license to practice law in the State of Illinois, but he deals poorly with the bureaucracy, which in turn delays his achieving his objective. Five years ago, Mal refused to reveal what his client confided in him despite a State Supreme Court order stating that this was not privileged information. Three people including a cop subsequently died. Mal lost his license and turned to private investigating work.
Besides his inability to cooperate with the bureaucracy, someone does not want Mal to petition for his license while other individuals try to assist the barred attorney. Everything returns to the case that started Mal's downfall when it went bad for everyone except for one person who cleverly escaped with five hundred thousand dollars and plenty of cocaine to sell. That individual is willing to kill to insure Mal never uncovers the full truth.
The fourth Mal Foley tale, NO SHOW OF REMORSE, provides greater insight into the values and principles of the key character than the previous books. However, as the audience learns more about Mal, the story line takes a bit slower to leave the launch pad. Once the plot attains orbit, it never slows down as readers gain a novel that switches from a character study to an action packed who-done-it. David J. Walker entertains his fans with a strong private investigative tale with some touches of a legal procedural that adds spice to the fine mix.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner