The writing sisters Pam and Mary O'Shaughnessy (Invasion of Privacy, LJ 8/96) have partnered again for a third entry in their Nina Reilly series of legal thrillers. This time Nina's a witness to the death by lightning of a construction mogul in the Tahoe Mountains. When his father returns from a business trip, he wants Nina to have the body exhumed and autopsied for signs of murder, setting off a family furor. Suddenly, the grave is empty, the bodies of both father and son turn up in a smoldering mountain cabin, and the grandson is charged with murder. Nina is then asked to clear the grandson amid an increasingly complex series of interrelationships involving the D.A., his dead wife, a not-so-grieving widow, and, of course, the gardener.
Excellent story in the Nina Reilly series. As usual, Ms. Reilly, attorney extraordinaire, is smack in the middle of a mysterious murder. Not only does she believe that her young client is innocent, she takes it one step further, and breaks the law herself while trying to protect him.
This is another great read by the O'Shaunessy sisters. Nina Reilly is a gutsy heroine inspite of her self doubts. She's worth reading!