By Perri O'Shaughnessy
The hot York instances bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled either readers and critics with their crackling mixture of felony suspense and taut human drama. Now Perri O'Shaughnessy, hailed as "smart", "gripping", and "complex" by means of the San Francisco Chronicle, brings us her best--and such a lot explosive--Nina Reilly novel yet.Amid the glowing snow-swept mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nina Reilly has made a house, juggling the calls for of her one-woman legislation perform and elevating a teenage son by myself. Now Nina has taken on a case that may threaten every thing she holds expensive, drawing her right into a tangled internet of loyalties and alliances inside of one among Lake Tahoe's so much widespread households. Her purchaser: a guy accused of murdering his personal brother--on the ski slopes of Tahoe. The legislation says Nina needs to provide Jim powerful the absolute best protection. yet Strong's relatives has grew to become violently opposed to him, and unexpectedly Nina is on the middle of the typhoon. As she works a mistaken and troubling case and will get swept into an unforeseen love affair, the 2 aspects of Nina's lifestyles come crashing together...in the final word act of malice.
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He paused, breathed deeply, and continued. ‘‘He did everything right, went into a tuck, pulled up the poles, went for it. I think he was yelling something, but I don’t know what. I couldn’t see his face, just the helmet. ’’ He stopped. His hand went up to touch his forehead. ’’ Nina asked. ‘‘I heard a sickening thud and I think I heard something, not a cry, more like a grunt, like he got the bejesus knocked out of him. I got my ski back on as fast as I could and rammed down through the trees along the side of the Cliff to him.
He said this tentatively, offering up the information as if no longer able to make a determination about which facts might be useful. Was he afraid his wife’s disappearance would convince people he was guilty of something? Nina didn’t know him well enough to tell yet. He’d tell her in his own way, and she would have to be patient, allowing the facts to emerge. Another silence. She made a note, looked expectant. ’’ Under his tan, he flushed and looked down at his tapping foot. ‘‘Heidi sicced them on me.
Jim thought he heard a bad noise below. Then he skied over a fallen limb and caught it on the edge. He saw the tree. He crashed— 1 THROUGH HER OFFICE door, Nina Reilly heard the gentle guitar and coaxing voice of Carlos Botelho, singing that love is a paradox that disappears the moment you find it. Sandy Whitefeather, her secretary, had developed a fixation on this particular recording and had been playing it over and over for two weeks. In the outer office, Sandy hummed along with the tune, if that rasping monotone could be called a hum.
Acts of Malice by Perri O'Shaughnessy