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Show No Fear: A Nina Reilly Novel Hardcover – December 16, 2008
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Set in 1990, O'Shaughnessy's intriguing 12th legal thriller to feature crusading lawyer Nina Reilly (after Case of Lies) takes a look at Nina's early career. An attractive single mom, Nina lives with her preschool-age son, Bob, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., where she works as a paralegal while pursuing a law degree. She worries about her mother, Ginny, who's struggling with a circulatory disease and recovery from a botched acupuncture treatment. When Nina's ex-lover, criminal defense attorney Richard Filsen, resurfaces after four years, demanding a paternity test and shared custody of Bob, Nina seeks help from her current crush, Jack McIntyre, and his sexy girlfriend, Remy Sorensen, who's angling for a judgeship. Everything explodes when first Richard and then Ginny are murdered. The pseudonymous O'Shaughnessy (Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy) offers some surprising twists involving the ambitious Remy. Nina's first brush with a future love, detective Paul van Wagoner, adds spice. (Dec.)
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There’s a lot going on in the new Nina Reilly thriller (which takes us back to 1990, and the beginning of her career). Nina’s mother is having medical problems and is suing her doctor; the father of Nina’s young son has returned and is demanding joint custody; and a woman who has apparently committed suicide may actually be the victim of murder. It’s strange, though, that a book with so much happening in it turns out to be so dull. Despite its multiple story lines, the novel moves at a snail’s pace, crawling where it should be racing. This is a very successful series, with a popular heroine and a devoted group of fans, but O’Shaughnessy’s pedestrian writing, always a problem, is even worse here. This novel contains sentences—indeed, sometimes whole paragraphs—that cry out for a rewrite. In places, the novel reads like a first draft: the raw material is in place (engaging characters, intriguing plot), and all that’s left to do is the actual writing. Hardcore fans of the Reilly series may enjoy this one for its portrayal of a young, eager, and somewhat naive Nina, but the novel definitely won’t win over any new readers. --David Pitt