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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cait Lavender on February 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hot water is the second book revolving around AJ Palladino, an environmental activist and single mother of a special needs nine year-old boy named David. After returning to her childhood home, the small coal mining town of Scotia, West Virginia, and partnering with her lawyer business partner and friend, Elizabeth, AJ tries to keep her small family together even though a few relationships are hanging by threads. Her parents are shut-ins, her mother turned to hoarding to cope with the death of her son while her father enables her agoraphobic tendencies. On the other side, her son's grandfather still blames AJ for the death of his son and is actively trying to gain custody of David. Heaped on top of all of this is a potential deadly crisis at a nuclear power plant and a man out to kill AJ and harm everyone she loves.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not much of a real fiction reader, preferring paranormal romance, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, so it took me a little bit longer to get into this book than usual. While I liked the shifting perspective from the first person point of view of AJ to the third person points of view of her son David and friend Elizabeth and enjoyed the bouncing around between characters, the first half of the book seemed slow. I also didn't feel like the characters were as developed as they could have been.
While this book is supposed to be centered around the environmental aspect of a nuclear plant, it seemed it didn't really pick up until that part of the story was already wrapped up and AJ was back home. My final impression was this is easy reading that would make a good summer beach book but if you're looking for real nail-biting suspense and character depth, look elsewhere.

Cait Lavender
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Paperback Pursuer on November 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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?

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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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