Berkley, Oct 2002, 5.99, 288 pp.
Stockbroker Maggie Connors is making millions for her clients and herself since she discovered Palimo Technologies, a company that is very close to creating an AIDS vaccine. In fact, business is so good that Maggie is planning to give notice to Hamilton Securities and start up her own business. Her life falls apart when it is discovered that Palimo is falsifying data and is nowhere close to finding a cure for AIDS.
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Maggie uses her own savings to give back the money her clients could ill afford to lose. One client trashes her home and threatens her life before she can get away from him. Life continues to go downhill for Maggie when she is arrested for murder after the police find a dead woman in the trunk of her car. Determined to clear her name and not go to jail, Maggie decides to find out whom is trying to frame her, headless of the danger she puts herself in.
Readers will like, sympathize and empathize with the heroine all the while thanking the fates that they are not in her shoes. Maggie goes from one disaster straight into the other all the while keeping her sense of humor. TO GIVE OR DECEIVE is a delightful and charming amateur sleuth tale with an intricate but humorous storyline.