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Product Details

  • Series: Izzy Mcneil Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778329321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329329
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sizzling roller coaster ride through the streets of Chicago, filled with murder, mystery, sex and heartbreak. These page-turners will have you breathless and panting for more."

-Shore Magazine on Red, White and Dead

"Chock full of suspense, Red, White, & Dead is a riveting mystery of crime, love, and adventure at its best."

-New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds

"Smart dialogue, captivating images, realistic settings and sexy characters...The pieces of the puzzle come together to reveal the secrets between the sheets that lead Izzy to realize who the killer is."

-BookReporter.com on Red Blooded Murder

"Red Blooded Murder aims for the sweet spot between tough and tender, between thrills and thought-and hits the bull's-eye. A terrific novel."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Izzy is the whole package: feminine and sexy, but also smart, tough and resourceful. She's no damsel-in-distress from a tawdry bodice ripper; she's more than a fitting match for any bad guys foolish enough to take her on."

-Chicago Sun-Times on Red Blooded Murder

"Caldwell's stylish, fast-paced writing grips you and won't let you go."

-Edgar Award– winning author David Ellis

"Told mainly from the heroine's first-person point of view, this beautifully crafted and tightly written story is a fabulous read. It's very difficult to put down-and the ending is terrific."

-RT Book Reviews on Red Hot Lies

"Former trial lawyer Caldwell launches a mystery series that weaves the emotional appeal of her chick-lit titles with the blinding speed of her thrillers... Readers will be left looking forward to another heart-pounding ride on Izzy's silver Vespa."

-Publishers Weekly on Red Hot Lies

"A fresh, intelligent and emotional thriller served up with snappy repartee and sassy dialogue." New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry on Red, White and Dead

"Chicago author Laura Caldwell will quench your thirst for mystery and suspense this summer with the release of her new trilogy. Red Hot Lies, Red Blooded Murder and Red, White & Dead follow the sexy, red-headed attorney Izzy McNeil as she attempts to uncover murder and lies. Luckily, she works well under pressure and she begins to push past not only the authorities, but her own limits.- Today's Chicago Woman on Red White and Dead

About the Author

Laura Caldwell, a former trial lawyer, is currently a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is the author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book. She is a nation-wide speaker and the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned. Laura has been published in thirteen languages and over twenty countries. To learn more, please visit www.lauracaldwell.com.

More About the Author

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, director of Life After Innocence, published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others.

Laura began her writing career in women's fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared "Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive ... writers around," after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Caldwell was led to the criminal case of a 19-year-old man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Laura founded Loyola's Life After Innocence that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

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She is a multidimensional character readers can relate to as she works her way through her daily life and her struggles with love.
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Captivating, solid and full of eccentric and magnetic characters, Claim of Innocence is a must read for any mystery suspense fan!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on September 1, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A mixture of a trial in criminal court and the trials in Izzy O'Neil's personal life creates a feeling of "Is anyone really innocent?".

Izzy, a lawyer once again working, finds criminal court different from civil court where she had worked before. Like her personal life, her professional life has taken a new road. She likes the change and the challenge, yet, she is reluctant to turn loose the past connections. As the reader travels the bumpy, uncertain, and often unsettling road with Izzy, expecting the unexpected becomes the norm.

A bevy of characters play important roles. Some are red herrings but they help add a touch of mystery to the plot, while others range from not-very-nice to the super yummy Theo.

The reticent Valerie Solara, accused of murdering her best friend Amanda Miller, is a mystery woman doing little to help her own defense.

Izzy, with her need-to-know attitude, soon uncovers subplots galore that keep the reader hopping from Amanda's husband Zavy's unknown past to Valerie's daughter Layla's secret life, to Amanda's twelve and nine year old girls, and even to the back story of Valerie. Then there is the nanny Sylvia Zowinski, with a rap sheet, and the disgruntled neighbor Dr. St. John who had yelling matches with Amanda. My goodness, they do keep the reader guessing. Izzy's searching for something to create reasonable doubt stirred up a hornets' nest.

Martin and Maggie Bristol, criminal defense lawyer who asked Izzy to work with them have stories of their own, but nothing like the "life and times" of Izzy. She has a sexy, smart boyfriend Theo, ten years her junior, who revs up the heartbeat on a regular bases, while the reentrance of her old lover Sam creates conflicts that keep Izzy off-kilter much of the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict on January 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I sort of jumped the gun on this one after seeing Laura Caldwell's name as the author. I must sheepishly admit I haven't read the previous Izzy McNeil books, so I was more than a little lost at any references to past events and developments. But the suspense and mystery more than made up for my confusion.

Once you think you've got it all figured out, Laura Caldwell comes with a new turn events that upsets everything you thought you knew and has you starting all over again. There are so many characters, it just adds to the spice of the story and keeps you turning pages. A new Izzy book is due to be released soon, and you can be sure that I'll be reading the back list before I pick up the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on October 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Izzy McMeil has returned to the world of Law after having left it a year ago. When her friend, Maggie, calls her and urgently tells her she needs her help on a case, she rushes to her aide. When she meets up with Maggie, it's to find out she needs Izzy's help with a criminal case involving a woman who's been accused of murdering her best friend. So Izzy, who's only tried civil cases, signs up to help Maggie co-defend their client.

Just as Izzy's about to jump, feet first, into the case, her ex-fiance Sam calls her. He's gotten engagement, but he'll break the engagement if Izzy will take him back. After all she's been through with Sam, she wonders if she can try to reclaim what was lost a year ago with Sam's disappearance or if she future really lies with her much younger, but extremely hot boyfriend Theo.

On top of all this, Izzy's trying to figure out what kind of relationship to carve out with the father she's assumed was dead for most of her life.

***SPOILER ALERTS***
You've been warned. I'm going to delve into plot lines here, so if you like this series and don't want to know....STOP!

Here's my problem with this book.

Legal aspect: I know enough about law to keep myself out of trouble, but the items below just seemed troubling.
Would a lawyer, who's been gone from practicing law for one year, and only tried civil cases prior suddenly step up and agree to taking on a murder case? And if they took on the murder case, wouldn't they pretty much be working in the background and watching the lead attorney so they could learn the ropes? For God's sake, Izzy didn't even know that certain arguments were allowed in a criminal case when they weren't in a civil. C'mon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Johnston VINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a good legal mystery and if the mystery comes with a hero or heroine that I really like and it has a good personal drama and/or romance thrown in, I am there. Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell delivered. It is a solid legal mystery with strong characters and addictive writing.

This was my first novel by Ms. Caldwell and she did not disappoint. Despite Claim of Innocence being the fourth installment of the Izzy McNeil series, and the first that I have read, I was easily able to pick up the book and delve in. And did I!

Claim of Innocence is a fast read, if for no other reason than you will find yourself as tenacious as Izzy is during the course of the book, flipping the pages and keeping that light on late into the evening to find resolution to both the legal case at issue and Izzy's personal life. In this regard, Claim of Innocence is unique because Izzy is both a main character driving a major plotline as well as being a secondary character to the legal drama.

I was pleased to discover that the mystery surrounding Valerie Solara was not quickly telegraphed from the beginning and had enough twists and turns to keep things humming. Valerie wasn't an easy to character to decipher, either by myself or by Izzy, and such questions were like an addictive drug, keeping me coming back for more.

I enjoyed Izzy because she seemed real. She works hard, she (stubbornly) rides a Vespa and she's torn between the present and what she could have in her future dependent upon her past. She's also a devoted friend to Maggie, who brings her into the legal fray of the questions surrounding Valerie Solara.
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