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Lawyer and now art dealer Oscar Leopold is called upon to defend his former partner, Roy Flagler, who has been arrested for murdering sleazy lawyer Big Jack Gamble. Oscar searches for the real killer, with the help of his assistant and former lover Sydney. However, unbeknownst to Oscar, Sydney is a hit woman who only accepts cases in which the victim has committed heinous crimes; she was hired to kill Gamble, but someone beat her to it. When Sydney learns that her cover has been blown, she must decide how much to share with Oscar while they work to clear Roy and find Gamble’s killer. Complicating matters, Oscar must defend himself from charges brought by a prosecutor, a former girlfriend. Fast pacing, multiple plotlines, and the complexity of Oscar and Sydney’s relationship will draw readers into the story. A series to watch. --Sue OBrien --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Edgar-Award winner and Discover Mystery judge Dana Stabenow couldn't have said it better:"A Harley-riding hit woman who kills for virtue as well as profit and a Miami lawyer turned sculptor combine forces to butt heads with crooked lawyers, organized crime, and local authorities to track down a murderer. Ronald Sharp had me from the first chapter, a step-by-step account of how to blow up a house, with the bad guy safely inside, of course."

From the Library Journal, October, 2012:
Sharp's nifty and intricate plotting saves the day for this winner of the first Poisoned Pen Press Discovery Mystery Award. It's hard to argue with the author's fiery and satisfying conclusion.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Sydney Simone Mysteries
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464200432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464200434
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,927,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lakis Fourouklas on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
No Regrets, No Remorse is one of those novels that make the reader feel conflicted when it comes to its heroine. Sydney Simone is unlike any other character I have met in crime fiction lately. She's tough, way too smart, and has a lot of secrets. And she's a hit-woman. She doesn't take every single case that comes her way though; she's just trying to make things right where the justice system had failed.

Killing the Ann Arbor guy was satisfying. A job well done. Her history showed no patience with child molesters. No regrets, no remorse. It had always been that way.

No regrets, no remorse? And she's fighting the good cause? Is that even humanly possible? Well, for her it is. She is a loner and --to talk about contradictions-- she leads a double life, and she has a very good friend, Oscar; whom she helps with his sculptures and his little art gallery, and when it comes to that with his investigations. He doesn't know her secret, nobody does, and that's for the best, because if he did he could find himself in harm's way.

Oscar provided the perfect cover at first for Sydney, but not before too long he became her lover, and then an ex-lover, and now they are best friends. He's the only person in the world that she cares about and she'd do anything to protect him, even put herself in the line of fire.

Her buddy, though an artist, is not as helpless as one would think. He doesn't scare easily and when it comes to taking matters into his own hands he rises to the challenge; the challenge this time being to investigate the murder of a sleazy lawyer for which Roy, Oscar's old partner and friend, had been arrested.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily Hart on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sydney Simone is delightful to read about as a hired assassin. While many would frown upon liking someone who runs a murder for hire operation, I found her character to be relatable and just hard core enough to make me wish I had more edge myself. Oscar Leopold was an interesting character in the mystery as an attorney turned sculptor who is put in a tough situation defending his friend for murder, all while he has no real interest in practicing law at all. He is not a character that one would find mirrored in any other novel. Oscar's background and personality were very original and I found that refreshing. No Regrets, No Remorse is a fun read, and I hope to see more Sydney Simone mysteries published in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on November 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
No Regrets, No Remorse by R. F. Sharp
No Regrets, No Remorse is a A Sydney Simone Mystery.
I was wondering if I would like the character Sydney because of her business. She is a human pest control. Sydney checks out the people she is supposed to get rid of and makes sure they are bad guys. Sydney has no remorse for killing them.
She works off a internet site and no one is suppossed to know who and where she lives.
Sydney helps at a art gallery, law office for her exboyfriend. She also lives in apartment in the building.
Oscar Leopold is a sculpture artist and part time lawyer. He uses Sydney as a model a lot. He really does not like to answer his phone for either business. After a few times the phone ringing Sydney gets up from modeling to answer the phone. The first few times it rang she let her boss talk her out of answering.
The call was from Roy his ex-law partner and he is in jail for murdering his boss Jack. His boat was blown up with him on board.
Oscar and Sydney go to the jail to visit Roy and hear his story. Roy was also seeing
Jack's wife and had a fight with him days before his death.
Sydney took a case to kill someone but before she could someone else beat her to the job. Sydney does not give refunds. She should be able to be safe from the person who hired her from finding her. He leaves her a message that she could kill a different crooked lawyer for the money she already has been paid for.
Thier are a lot of twists and turns before the ending of the novel. I was surprised at how much I ended up liking Sydney and Oscar. Sydney is such a strong character, she is tough,rides a motorcycle,teases Oscar, she knows computers,guns,karate, as her own moral guide lines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Palm Beach, Florida sleazy attorney "Big Jack" Burdine dies in a boat explosion; a passerby also perished in the incident. The police arrest lawyer Roy Flagler, who allegedly was having an affair with the victim's wife Lucy. Roy calls his ex-law partner Oscar Leopold to defend him. At the jail, Roy explains that Jack's fuel line was cut and the cops claim he has means, motive and opportunity especially after a public fight between them. Finally he says he and Lucy have been seeing each other on a personal basis as well as on a wrongful death suit.

Oscar asks his former lover (and roommate), Sydney Simone to help him with the defense. Sydney hides from Oscar that she runs Human Pest Control, which lives up it its name as an exterminator of two legged rodents. In fact she just completed a job in Michigan. The case turns convoluted when Roy is implicated in a vast insurance scam that has Oscar under investigation too.

This is a fast-paced thriller with legal and kick butt action. With her different morality (sort of mindful of Beth Riesgraf's Parker in Leverage) Sydney steals the show as she takes no prisoners in her secret endeavor and in protecting Oscar the wuss. Though none of the cast is likable, fans will enjoy No Regrets, No Remorse due to the anti-heroine whose attitude brings freshness to the genre.

Harriet Klausner
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