Acts of Malice by Perri O'Shaughnessy

By Perri O'Shaughnessy

The hot York instances bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled either readers and critics with their crackling mixture of criminal 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 so much explosive--Nina Reilly novel yet.Amid the gleaming 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 on my own. Now Nina has taken on a case that might threaten every thing she holds expensive, drawing her right into a tangled net of loyalties and alliances inside of certainly one of Lake Tahoe's so much trendy households. Her customer: a guy accused of murdering his personal brother--on the ski slopes of Tahoe. The legislation says Nina needs to supply Jim robust the absolute best safety. yet Strong's relations has became violently opposed to him, and without warning Nina is on the middle of the typhoon. As she works a wrong and troubling case and will get swept into an unforeseen love affair, the 2 facets of Nina's lifestyles come crashing together...in the final word act of malice.

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I’ve barely slept since then. ’’ He swallowed. ’’ ‘‘I was with him. We were off-trail on the California side, hotdogging down a thirty-degree slope. The terrain was extreme, but if anybody could ski it, Alex could. We’d both been down that hill under worse conditions. It’s a place that we called the Cliff. You head like a bat out of hell straight down, then you have to make a fast turn to avoid the drop-off. Alex was in front. I saw the Cliff coming up, dead ahead. ’’ Nina nodded. ‘‘We were laughing.

Gina something, her name was. He had let her know when she was hired that part of the job was to help him keep tabs on the rest of the family. ’’ That was good. He liked respect. He was the boss. ‘‘I think she was in about half an hour ago. ’’ ‘‘Um, nobody. Your father’s already in the back office, Mr. ’’ He didn’t want to see his father right now. ’’ ‘‘Alex and Marianne just left,’’ the girl went on. ‘‘They were arguing. ’’ ‘‘The gang’s all here,’’ Jim said. He chucked her under the chin. He knew she didn’t like that, which made him enjoy the gesture even more.

Nina sat on the rug in the living room in front of a bright fire sipping her glass of wine and watching the six o’clock news. Suddenly, with a bark and a slam, Bob and Hitchcock blasted in through the front door. Hitchcock, having the advantage of two extra legs, made it to her first. ‘‘Good boy,’’ she said as she put her arms around his furry neck, but a dreadful putrid odor exuded from him and she jumped away, startling the dog, who knocked over her wine. ‘‘My wine! ’’ she cried. ‘‘Oh, no. ’’ ‘‘Well, here’s what happened,’’ Bob said dramatically, spreading his hands toward the dog but not touching him.

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