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Breach of promise
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New York Times bestselling author Perri O'Shaughnessy has won the acclaim of critics nationwide for her complex, suspenseful legal thrillers that feature one of the most interesting heroines in legal suspense fiction today. Nina Reilly is a tough, tenderhearted, and unpredictable Lake Tahoe attorney with a one-woman practice, a young son, a genuine sense of humor, and an interesting love life. Now, in Breach of Promise, Nina takes on the biggest case of her career, a high-profile, high-stakes palimony suit that could make her millions or ruin her financially. Little does she suspect that it will place her dead center in a bizarre and perplexing murder investigation.
At glitzy Lake Tahoe, couples break up every day, but none quite so glamorous or successful as Lindy and Mike Markov. The scenario starts off in the standard way: Mike's met a younger woman and wants out. The problem? Mike and Lindy built a $200-million business together and Mike claims he doesn't owe Lindy a dime since they never married.
Ready to fight, Lindy hires Nina Reilly to represent her in her palimony suit. Lacking the resources to handle a case with stakes this high, Nina hires an expert litigator in palimony law, who in turn brings in a jury consultant to ensure that the makeup of the jury is to their advantage. Now Nina's working with a desperate, unstable client and slick big-city legal professionals on the kind of case--full of passion, raw emotion, and explosive secrets--that could make a fortune for a struggling lawyer. Or drive someone to commit a shocking murder--for love, money. . . or the right verdict.
With all of the storytelling power, authentic legal detail, and insight into the dark recesses of the human heart that have made her the hottest woman writer of legal thrillers, Perri O'Shaughnessy takes readers into the courtroom and far beyond it in her latest masterpiece of legal suspense.
With the hardcover publication of her fourth Nina Reilly legal thriller, in which Nina takes on a palimony case involving two of Lake Tahoe's wealthiest citizens, New York Times paperback bestselling author Perri O'Shaughnessy — the hottest female author of legal thrillers writing today — is poised to become a bestselling author in hardcover.
Glamorous fifty somethings Lindy and Mike Beckman built a $200 million business selling portable pools for aquatic exercising, Now alter twenty-five years together Mike's found a younger woman and they're splitting up, with Mike claiming that he doesn't owe Lindy a thing. Does he owe her? Their friends are shocked to learn that they were never actually married.
Lindy hires Nina Reilly to represent her in a palimony suit. Lacking the resources to handle a case involving stakes this high, Nina hires an expert in palimony law as her co-counsel — an African-American ex-football player fumed corporate lawyer who has an eye for the ladles. He, in turn, hires a brilliant and beautiful jury consultant because with palimony law being so new, the make-up of the jury will be crucial.
Despite their legal expertise, the case is hardly a slam dunk for the defense. The jury is out for days and Nina has her doubts about juror #6. She's sure they're going to lose — until juror #6 winds up dead. Who killed him — an angry fellow Juror, Nina's client who stands to lose millions, her co-counsel, or the Jury consultant who wants to guarantee the right verdict?
About the Author
Perri O'Shaughnessy is the pen name for two sisters, Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy, who live in California. Pamela, a trial lawyer for sixteen years, graduated from Harvard Law School. Mary is a former writer and editor for multimedia projects. They are the authors of Obstruction of Justice, Invasion of Privacy, and Motion to Suppress. They are currently working on the next book in the Nina Reilly series.
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