July 12, 2018
Massey, Sujata. THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL. Soho Crime. January '18. $26.95. First in a new series introducing a spunky new protagonist partly inspired by India's first female lawyer. Set in Bombay in the 1920's, Perveen Mistry joins the family law firm after receiving a law degree from Oxford. Due to some tragedies in her past, Perveen is extremely interested in protecting the legal rights of women. Her first case is to write the will of a very rich Muslim business owner with three widows, but things don't add up when she discovers all three of the woman have given up their claims to the estate and that everything is supposed to go to a charity. Becoming suspicious, Perveen starts an investigation. It soon becomes apparent that she is right when a murder ensues. Now she must not only figure out what is going on, she also must expose a murderer! Available in trade paperback. November '18. $16.95.
Papantonio, Mike. LAW AND VENGEANCE: A Legal Thriller. SelectBooks. September '17. $24.95. The second in the series follows trial lawyer Gina Romano as she tries to deal with the death of one of her law partners, and her ex-lover. Gina wants vengeance and, together with Nicholas Deketomis, runs afoul of a several parties including a weapons manufacturer and a lobbyist for gun rights. Can she extricate herself from the situation she puts herself in and come to grips with the fact that she is her own worst enemy?
Scottoline, Lisa. FEARED: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel. St. Martin's Press. August '18. $27.99. Sixth in the series. "In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio's ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance. When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination - claiming that they were not hired because they were men - Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. The plaintiffs' lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance - determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end...even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love...or they could lose everything they've worked for."
Tanenbaum, Robert K. INFAMY. Pocket Books. July '17. $9.95. Twenty-eighth in the Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller Series. Prosecutor Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi, work together on the case of the murder of a Army Colonel. The defense attorney insists that his client, an army veteran, was suffering from PTS. However, Ariadne Stupenagel, an investigative reporter, insists that the victim was a source on government corruption and that he was killed to keep him quiet. "In this fast-paced thriller, Karp goes up against corruption so powerful that he, his family, and his friends are in danger if he intends to prosecute those responsible for the murder of an FBI whistle-blower. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action, stunning plot twists...INFAMY will keep you guessing until the very end."
© 1996-2018 Bill Palmer.