Delacorte, August 2002, 24.95, 422 pp.
After years of struggling, attorney Nina Reilly has established a very good practice on the California side of Lake Tahoe. She has gotten innocent clients off and is currently being courted by a very big corporate law firm. Everything is going great until the September night that Nina brings the case files home and forgets to bring them into the house.
When she goes to get them the next day, her car is stolen and her files with them. They contain information that can hurt Nina's clients and somebody is using them to do just that. While Nina and her significant other Paul are trying to do damage control, one of her clients sets in motion before the bar to have her licensed revoked. The lawyer needs an attorney steeped in the ways of the California Bar and Paul finds the expert: Nina's ex-husband.
The latest installment in the Nine Reilly series is fascinating because the audience gets to see another side of the feisty lawyer when she is on the defensive in her professional life. The mystery about who is out to destroy Nina is cleverly done and believable because the perpetrator's motives ring genuine. Readers who like legal thrillers that are fit to read will want to pick up novel rather quickly.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner