Unlucky in Law

Unlucky in Law

Book - 2004
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorNina Reilly takes on the most dangerous and difficult case of her career in O'Shaughnessy's latest thriller. An ingenious blend of forensic science, history, and gripping suspense, Unlucky in Law pits the tough but compassionate attorney against the most unbeatable adversary of all: the law. Brilliantly imagined and compulsively readable, this is a beguiling mix of wrenching drama and gripping action.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780385336468
0385336462
9780440240884
0440240883
Branch Call Number: OSHA
Characteristics: 376 p. : maps

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PolyWogg
Apr 19, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Good story with the mentor, but the other stuff detracts
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Nina Reilly gets a call from her old mentor to sit second-chair on a murder case that started with a grave robbery.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story that the client tells is surprisingly plausible...he was hired to rob a grave, which he did. Except when he's caught, the cops go back and check the grave he robbed and find out that there's now a fresh body in it and he's charged with murder. It's a simple twist but there is little doubt through the case that he's not guilty and there is "something else" going on. And just to complicate things, her mentor is basically dumping the case on her, has done almost no prep, is showing early signs of dementia, and the PI he hired did almost no work either. Nina has her hands full just as Paul proposes.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There are two threads running through the story that are less than optimal. First, the premise of the mystery is that the dead body that is stolen is tied to a society of Russian conspiracy theorists who suspect he was tied to the Romanoffs (hey, he's Russian, he must be, right?). This is about the fourth book I've read in the last two years that threw in a Romanoff angle, and it's not handled that well, although most don't anyway. Second, the marriage proposal from Paul leads to a bunch of emotional drama and angst, and detracts heavily from the story. It reads more like a bad romance novel than a mystery.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the authors, nor do I follow them on social media.

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JDK5
Sep 01, 2010

This novel didn't grap me as much as the previous books in this series. The pace of the story got bogged down by the author's obsession with historical details.

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