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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Island Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Debut legal thriller about a barmaid accused of killing her abusive husband.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This first novel, the collaborative effort of two sisters, one a lawyer, the other a writer, is the story of hard-boiled San Francisco attorney Nina Reilly, whose failed marriage and terminal case of burnout send her seeking a slower pace of life in Lake Tahoe. But no sooner has she tossed away her briefcase and patent pumps than she gets involved in a bizarre murder case. Cocktail waitress Misty Patterson conks her abusive husband over the head after a violent quarrel, then goes off to bed, leaving an injured but still-alive hubby on the couch. When the man is found dead at the bottom of a nearby lake the next day, Misty is arrested for murder and begs Nina to take her case. Nina's determined to get Misty off the hook. And of course, Nina's got her own complicated life--son, lover, and ex-husband--to deal with, too. A good first effort from a promising new writing team. Emily Melton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Good mystery and suspense.
lusty22
Almost no character development imho but interesting characters are part of the story.
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I am sure I will read more of O'Shaughnessy's novels in the future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heartsong on September 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having just read "Motion to Suppress", the first in a series of legal thrillers featuring main character Nina Reilly, I've got the other succeeding books already on my reading list. What I like about this book, aside from it's fast-pace and intriguing plot, is that Nina is depicted as an independent woman with smart business savy, yet one with shortcomings and insecurities. In other words, she's human.
Having just left her husband and a prestigious corporate law firm in San Francisco, Nina relocates to Lake Tahoe where she sets up a private practice. There, she takes her first criminal case, Misty Patterson, accused of murdering her abusive husband. In the meantime, Nina has her own personal issues to resolve, including a pending divorce, and warding off intimidation from a another defense attorney, drivin by male ego, who's use to having the run of the town's clientele.
Other bright and colorful characters include Nina's private investigator friend who has hinted at being more than just colleagues, a sassy and witty secretary who has friends and relatives in high places as well as referrals, and a supportive family with whom she takes temporary residence.
If "Motion to Suppress" is an indication of what's to come, I look forward to more of Perri O'Shaughnessy's books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start by saying that I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book! It was fast-paced, intelligent, suspenseful and exciting, all the way to the very last page!
I first became interested in this novel after reading the cover story of the August 2002 edition of BOOK PAGE about Mary and Pamela O'Shaughnessey ("Sisters in Crime: Career Crossroads turned Siblings into Co-Authors"). These two women are sisters who use the pen name "Perri O'Shaughnessey" in their wonderfully unique brand of legal thriller - one in which the main character is a female attorney. Even though the O'Shaughnessey sisters have written a number of these novels, I decided to get to know Nina Reilly from the beginning, which is MOTION TO SUPRESS.
I can't remember the last time I was so drawn to a character. Nina Reilly is intelligent and strong-willed while at the same time being as human as the next person in her faults, doubts and desires - this makes her seem so real that one can't help but want to see her succeed. I can't wait to read the next novel!
If you think you've had enough of the typical legal thriller, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this book. Kind of a feminine combination of Grisham, COLUMBO and QUINCY. Have fun with this one - and when you start it, give yourself long stretches of reading time. You won't want to put this one down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sadler on January 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE PLOT OR PREMISE:
Misty Patterson has problems: an abusive domineering husband and amnesia from her childhood. And now she has a new problem: her husband gets abusive again and she conks him with an Eskimo statue, hard enough seemingly to hurt but not to kill. Then she blacks out. He's found dead a few days later after having been hit a second time with the same statue and dumped in the lake. And Misty doesn't know what happened.

Enter her lawyer, Nina Reilly, who is newly separated from her husband, newly separated from her neat legal firm, and new to the Lake Tahoe area. And her idea of a perfect introduction to the area is NOT a high-stakes murder case where everyone thinks Misty did it. Maybe even Misty herself.

WHAT I LIKED:
The Lake Tahoe community comes alive as do some of the characters -- Nina, herself; Misty; Nina's assistant. Lots of interesting facts about the area and the impact of the lake on a dead body. Well-written, all the characters are real, and adequately developed for the story. In fact, it's an impressive array: Nina's ex-husband on the peripheries along with her brother, sister-in-law, and Nina's son; Paul, her investigator who's warm for her form; a string of Misty's lovers and their very jealous wives and girlfriends; Misty's parents; and a couple of doctors who are trying to help Misty remember her past. A few loose threads are left for the next story in the "series", if it does indeed become a series. And, on the legal side, the solution is handled in an interesting courtroom finale that is not like simple Perry Mason reruns.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The point-of-view switches from Misty to Nina to Paul in various chapters, and the switch does not really develop Misty's or Paul's character enough to justify the switch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in only a couple days. What a wonderful combination of two minds, these two sisters make a great team. I was very excited when I found out that there was another "Nina Reilly" book, I called my local bookstore, (before I knew about amazon.com, of course) to see if they had it in and I had them reserve a copy for me. This first Nina Reilly story flows, and has suspense and drama. I loved it
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ron Kardos on August 20, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Do not start reading Perri O'Shaughnessy unless you want to get addicted. These books about defense lawyer Nine Reilly are excellent! There are familier refences to Lake Tahoe which I really enjoyed. One of the most enjoyable books I have read. Be sure to read the other 3.
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