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Acts of Malice by Perri O'Shaughnessy

By Perri O'Shaughnessy

The hot York occasions bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled either readers and critics with their crackling mixture of criminal suspense and taut human drama. Now Perri O'Shaughnessy, hailed as "smart", "gripping", and "complex" via the San Francisco Chronicle, brings us her best--and such a lot explosive--Nina Reilly novel yet.Amid the gleaming snow-swept mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nina Reilly has made a house, juggling the calls for of her one-woman legislations perform and elevating a teenage son by myself. Now Nina has taken on a case that may threaten every thing she holds expensive, drawing her right into a tangled internet of loyalties and alliances inside one among Lake Tahoe's such a lot renowned households. Her buyer: a guy accused of murdering his personal brother--on the ski slopes of Tahoe. The legislation says Nina needs to supply Jim powerful the very best safeguard. yet Strong's kin has grew to become violently opposed to him, and all of sudden Nina is on the heart of the typhoon. As she works a fallacious and troubling case and will get swept into an unforeseen love affair, the 2 facets of Nina's lifestyles come crashing the final word act of malice.

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PROLOGUE PRETENDING HE WAS still asleep, he felt his wife crawl out of bed. Outside, he could hear birds. That meant last night’s snowfall had stopped. He wondered if the sun had finally blasted through the layer of clouds that had cursed the sky the past several days. Jim Strong didn’t move, didn’t even open his eyes. He followed the sounds as Heidi got ready in the bathroom, the ritual of every morning: splash water on her face, brush her teeth, search her face in the mirror until it was all back in place, her past, her present, her secrets.

She was probably filling Heidi’s head with ideas about leaving him. On the other hand, it was Marianne who had warned him to watch Heidi in the first place, good advice, as it turned out. He had watched and watched until Heidi screamed at him to stop spying. Then he had told her he knew. With that half-defiant, half-scared look he was beginning to know so well, she had admitted it. She had said she was thinking of leaving him. She had told him who it was, cutting him off at the knees. The sun burned into his face.

Let’s talk about it later. Step out of the binding now. ’’ Jim pulled a glove off with his teeth and got to work on the ice-encrusted binding. ’’ ‘‘Yeah. ’’ ‘‘I saw Marianne. On the Ogre. ’’ Jim said. ‘‘I’m doing the side of the Cliff,’’ Alex said. ’’ Alex looked at him sideways, on the alert for a challenge. He was three years younger. He had never been able to keep up with Jim. ‘‘It’s only for people with a death wish,’’ he said. ‘‘We did it. Remember? I was, what? Thirteen? ’’ ‘‘Yeah, but we were crazy then.

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