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"C. J. is an expert at spinning her clients' image - the perfect lawyer to deflect suspicion from Rick Slater, formerly Army Special Forces, now a driver for an influential U.S. congressman. A young model named Alana Martin has vanished from a glitzy party on South Beach, and cops want to question Slater, the last person seen with her, C. J. has reasons to dislike Slater's boss, but if she takes this case, the congressman can get her a job hosting a show on a major news outlet. For a woman who grew up dirt-poor, the celebrity life has its appeal, ...
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"C. J. is an expert at spinning her clients' image - the perfect lawyer to deflect suspicion from Rick Slater, formerly Army Special Forces, now a driver for an influential U.S. congressman. A young model named Alana Martin has vanished from a glitzy party on South Beach, and cops want to question Slater, the last person seen with her, C. J. has reasons to dislike Slater's boss, but if she takes this case, the congressman can get her a job hosting a show on a major news outlet. For a woman who grew up dirt-poor, the celebrity life has its appeal, C. J. hopes to make the case go away quickly, but the story is too hot. Reporters and paparazzi descend, and soon C. J. finds herself in the glare of the spotlight." "When Rick Slater tells her that a friend of Alana's could be his alibi, C. J. realizes the girl is someone she knows: Kylie Willis, a seventeen-year-old runaway from the same north Florida town where C. J. was born. The problem is, Kylie won't talk, and Slater isn't coming clean, either." "C. J. finds a disturbing connection between Alana and a pornographer who uses underage girls. Is Kylie involved too? Or is the truth more about Alana's link to a group of investors in a project on environmentally sensitive land? One of them is a VIP client of C. J.'s, elusive architect Milo Cahill, who may be bribing the congressman. Another is C. J.'s lover, Billy Medina. But when C. J. asks Billy for answers, he claims not to know. Seductive as Billy is, his love of the lush life is dangerous for a woman who's trying to stay sober." The disappearance turns to a homicide, and C. J., wonders if she can trust Rick Slater, a man she is drawn to, a man with secrets of his own. As the mediaclose in, C. J. weighs her desire for fame against the risk of losing everything she values most.
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Expert Miami lawyer C.J. Dunn battles to protect the image of a powerful security agent for a well-known congressman with the hope of striking it rich in the process. However, when the body of a key witness is found, Dunn must battle to save not only the success she so desires but her life as well. Elizabeth Rodgers gives a moderately commanding performance with her sturdy, unwavering bass tone. Sadly, she walks a fine line between reality and absurdity; her poorly realized Southern accent is as phony and cartoonish as Yosemite Sam. The performance is too slowly paced to salvage the story as Rodgers tends to putt about the prose as if struggling for perfection. A Vanguard Press hardcover (Reviews, May 5). (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410410719
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2008
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 638
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Parker is a former prosecutor with the state attorney’s office in Dade County, Florida. She is the author of twelve suspense novels, including The Dark of Day and Suspicion of Innocence, which was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author. She lives in South Florida, where she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her pug, Max.

www.barbaraparker.com
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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    Reading this did not make my day dark!

    This was a fascinating thriller. Different story line, with lots of plot twists and turns. Characters were interesting too. Good read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an exciting suspense thriller

    Using a fake ID, high school aged teen Kylie Ann Willis attends a party at the affluent South Beach, Florida estate of Billy Medina. Drunk and unable to find her ride, model Alana Martin is accosted by two men. However, a man claiming to be security rescues her and takes her to her Miami apartment.--------------- Architect Milo Cahill asks celebrity attorney CJ Dunn to defend Rick Slater, the chauffer to Congressman Paul Shelby accused of driving off with the since missing Alana from Medina¿s party although Billy is her boyfriend CJ accepts the case. As she and her private investigator Judy Mazzio work the defense that is now a capital case since Alana¿s corpse came to shore, CJ realizes that her friend¿s adopted daughter Kylie Ann is Rick¿s alibi. However, the teen is missing and her client refuses to mention his witness while the lawyer wonders why the Congressman has hired her to represent an employee who has worked for him for only a few months.------------------ Filled with twists on both a personal and professional level, THE DARK OF DAY is an exciting suspense thriller more than a legal tale in spite of the lead couple¿s initial professional relationship. Although the romance feels more obligatory, the story line is action-packed from the onset as the spins and revelations keep on coming making Barbara Parker¿s tale an engaging read.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    While a fairly good read, this book is a testament to smart wome

    While a fairly good read, this book is a testament to smart women who are stupid about men. And if you pay even a little bit of attention from the very beginning of the book you'll know very early on not only "who done it" re the murder but also "who is it" re the teenage girl who bounces through the story. I wouldn't mind seeing this (lady lawyer C J Dunn) character again, but I'd prefer to see her wise up. For a supposedly smart, tough, street-wise woman, she was dumb as any rock in my garden about the stuff that matters. In future books if there are any, a less blatant clue five or ten pages into the book might help make it a real mystery.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Miami Thriller

    C.J. Dunn, a successful Miami lawyer, finds herself caught up in more than she bargained for when she takes on the case of a congressman's chauffeur faced with a murder charge. Dirty politics, smooth-talking thugs, pornography, and lots of people with lots of secrets all come into play to complicate the case. C.J., her recovery from alcoholism on very shaky ground, has a secret of her own, which she is forced to come to terms with before the story ends. An absorbing tale set in the tropical heat of South Florida.

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