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Hot Water Hardcover – November 8, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the A.J. Palladino Series

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“This environmental thriller will keep readers hooked.”
Publishers Weekly

“Brockovich and Lyons have written another action-packed suspense novel.”
Library Journal

“With the recent nuclear mess in Japan, Hot Water is a relevant environmental thriller that grips the audience.”
The Mystery Gazette

Hot Water is thrilling, amusing, and sometimes scary—in short, eminently readable. It is so good, it will have the uninitiated reader scrambling for Rock Bottom once out of Hot Water.”

About the Author

Erin Brockovich is the real-life inspiration behind the Oscar-winning movie that bears her name. Today she continues to perform legal work as a director of environmental research and is involved in consulting on numerous toxic waste investigations. She is active on the motivational speaking circuit, with a thriving lecture series and a television talk show in development. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's a lot going on in "Hot Water" (Vanguard Press, 304 pages, $25.99), a thriller by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons, but it might have been an even better book if there wasn't so much in it. The novel is especially timely in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan and the ongoing probe of the Huntington WV Pilot Plant [..]

"Hot Water" is a sequel to "Rock Bottom" by the two authors and continues the story as Angela Joy "AJ" Palladino meets Owen Grandel in AJ's Scotia, West Virginia office to hire her to investigate a series of accidents at his Colleton River medical isotope nuclear factory near Beaufort, South Carolina.

AJ decides to travel to South Carolina to investigate the accidents. Grandel is impressed by AJ's reputation as a public advocate and obviously feels that it would enhance his investigation to have her on board. The Colleton River plant is the only one in the U.S. making the isotopes and with the closing of the Chalk River facility in Canada[..] is vital, Grandel tells AJ.

AJ's balancing a career and family obligations raising her nine-year-old son David, who's extremely bright but who's fighting cerebral palsy. Despite a custody dispute with her wealthy father-in-law ---"Old Man Masterson" is how AJ refers to him -- who blames AJ for the death of his son -- attempting to gain custody of David.

The back story, revealed in "Rock Bottom" -- published last March -- is that AJ as a 17-year-old unwed mother -- the father is Cole Masterson, Kyle's son, left Scotia following a horrible accident that almost killed her.
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Rock Bottom's AJ Palladino returns in Erin Brockovich's Hot Water!
Colleton River is a new-age nuclear power plant with the potential to make medical isotopes that could save lives. So when the plant and its employees begin suffering unexplained accidents, including radiation leaks and malfunctioning equipment, Owen Grandel, the plant owner, has no choice but to call on environmental activist and consumer advocate AJ Palladino. Unfortunately, AJ is unsure about taking the case. She's a single mom, has a son with cerebral palsy who is currently in a wheelchair, her mother is an agoraphobic hoarder, her grandma is blind and diabetic needing a full-time caretaker, her father-in-law hates her, and she is just getting the pieces of her life back together after almost losing everything. What changes her mind? A check with lots of zeros.
Assuring her son that she will be home for his birthday, she heads to South Carolina to check the plant out and deal with the anti-nuclear protest groups, but her investigation takes a turn for the worst. The plant mishaps accelerate, her family is attacked, her son goes missing, a gater gets up close and personal, and a hurricane decides to stand between her and the people she cares about. Can AJ find a way to save the plant, the community, her son, and herself before a total meltdown?

After reading Rock Bottom, I knew I had to delve deeper into the world of AJ Palladino. Not only are Brockovich's characters well-developed, but also fully dimensional and genuine. I feel a connection to all of her characters- AJ, Elizabeth, and David in particular; each of them well thought out and spun artfully into the overall plot.
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Following the death of her lover Cole, the father of her nine year old son David who suffers from cerebral palsy, A.J. Palladino returns to her hometown, Scotia, West Virginia. The environmental activist partners with attorney Elizabeth Hardy on environmental investigations. Owen Grandel wants to hire the famous A.J. to persuade protestors that his nuclear power plant is safe. The million dollar fee will help care for her disabled child.

Ignoring her values A.J. accompanies Owen to his plant in South Carolina. Her actions upset David who detests his mom selling out because of his condition. The tweener also overhears his grandfather plotting to gain custody of him. He turns to family friend Sheriff Ty to counter the diabolical lethal scheme of his grandfather. In South Carolina, as a hurricane bears down on the state, a fanatic wants to use the reactor to trigger Armageddon.

With the recent nuclear mess in Japan, Hot Water is a relevant environmental thriller that grips the audience once A.J. and Owen meet. The heroine is caught between her values and her son's economic needs, which add realism to the mix. Although the detracting grandfather plot is over the top of Sassafras Mountain, the clean safe nuclear energy issue makes for a fabulous A.J. environmental thriller (see Rock Bottom).

Harriet Klausner
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I received a copy of Hot Water by Erin Brockovich and CJ Lyons in exchange for an honest review. This book is a follow up from Rock Bottom, which I reviewed last year. The synopsis reads:

No stranger to balancing an intensely demanding work schedule with the stresses of keeping her family together, AJ Palladino now faces another challenge: she is leaving her young son home with her ailing parents so that she can travel to the site of a new case involving a nuclear power plant in peril. And it will take all her skills to keep her cool while the action and tension build to a fever pitch.

Colleton River, a new, one-of-a-kind nuclear facility designed to create medical isotopes with the potential to save millions of lives, has recently been plagued by a series of unexplained mishaps. The accidents have caused the locals to protest the plant, drawing the attention of an anti-nuclear protest group as well as several home-grown terrorists who sense an opportunity to sow fear and chaos. The plant's owner, Owen Grandel, has traveled from South Carolina to West Virginia to personally ask AJ for help. AJ knows she's going to have her hands full investigating the accidents and calming the situation at the plant. What she doesn't foresee is her simple business trip turning into disaster, with her family coming apart at the seams in her absence--and her young son disappearing. While AJ tries to find her missing child, she also discovers what caused the "accidents." Soon the plant begins hurtling towards nuclear catastrophe, with AJ stranded at ground zero. But can she save her son, herself, and the community--and prevent a nuclear meltdown before it's too late?

I actually liked Hot Water a touch more than Rock Bottom.
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