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The Flinch Factor (Rachel Gold Mysteries)by Michael A. Kahn
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Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold. The stunning and savvy attorney was then engaged to be married. Since, shes become a mother, then a much-grieving widow, and now she is embroiled in a lost cause—the Frankenstein Case—where she represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community. Whos pushing her here? Of course, her mother.
Rachels strategy will be based on the wild card that is the judge on the case—a judge so wacky hes known to the St Louis Bar as The Flinch Factor (think the spawn of Judge Judy and Pee Wee Herman).
Plus Rachel gains another new client: Susannah, sister of Nick Moran, the heartthrob of every woman whose kitchen he remodeled. Nick has been murdered, found slumped on the front seat of his pickup along an isolated lane known to the vice squad as Gay Way, his pants unzipped, a coil of rubber tubing on the seat, an empty syringe on the floor. His female groupies are, to say the least, stunned. Gay? No way.
Although Susannah seems the classic blindly adoring younger sister, a skeptical Rachel agrees to check it out. To her surprise, she turns up facts and witnesses suggesting that maybe, just maybe, Nicks death was staged as an overdose during sex. Then things rapidly grow darker in what increasingly becomes a real Frankenstein of a case….
Kahn, master of the plot twist, writes with warmth and humor but maintains an almost Old-Testament respect for justice. For fans of the Kellermans and Scott Turow, who says, "The Flinch Factor is another welcome addition to the wonderful Rachel Gold series, a clever engrossing legal thriller punctuated by sharp humor and many unexpected developments."
"Both tough-minded and kind, Rachel Gold struggles with two difficult cases in Kahn's enjoyable eighth mystery featuring the St. Louis attorney (after 2002's Trophy Widow). First of all, Rachel is representing residents of a comfortable middle-class neighborhood in their hopeless fight to keep a ruthless real-estate developer from bulldozing their homes to build a gated community. Second, she agrees to help the grieving sister of Nick Moran, a contractor she knew whose death the police have written off as a drug overdose. A trial lawyer himself, Kahn handles the legal details briskly. Even better, as the investigations begin to overlap, Rachel's tense skirmishes with antagonists are balanced with warm interactions with her family and friends — and zany encounters with notoriously eccentric judge Howard Flinch. Rachel may cite Raymond Chandler, but this relaxed, cheerful novel has few traces of noir. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold. Back then, the stunning and savvy attorney was engaged to be married. In the interim, she became a mother, and then a widow, and now she is embroiled in a lost cause, a/k/a, the Frankenstein Case, where she represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community.
The novel opens with the death of Nick Moran, the heartthrob of every woman whose kitchen he remodeled. Nick’s body was found slumped on the front seat of his pickup along an isolated lane known to the vice squad as Gay Way, his pants unzipped, a coil of rubber tubing on the seat, an empty syringe on the floor. His female groupies are, to say the least, stunned.
Nick’s sister Susannah seeks out Rachel, convinced that her brother wasn’t gay or a druggie and that his death was not an accident. Rachel is sympathetic. Although Susannah seems the classic adoring younger sister whose big brother can do no wrong, Rachel agrees to do some poking around. To her surprise, she starts turning up facts suggesting that maybe, just maybe, Nick’s death was not an accidental overdose. Indeed, some of those facts suggest an odd connection to her Frankenstein lawsuit.
And then things grows darker. Witnesses die or disappear, and Rachel fears for the safety of her family. But with support from Benny Goldberg, her crude but irrepressible best friend, and Jacki Brand, her fiercely loyal law partner, Rachel presses on to the final courtroom confrontation in the Frankenstein case.
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