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Kirkus ReviewsKali’s eighth case explores complex human attachments through a sharply focused plot that unfolds with beautifully controlled momentum.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Posted December 9, 2008
In San Francisco former District Attorney Kali O'Brien is horrified when she is informed that her brother John committed suicide after killing his ex-girlfriend Sloane Winslow and her housekeeper Olivia Perez. Though they rarely talked, Kali mourns her brother¿s death and has problems believing John would kill two people. --- In Tucson, Arizona Kali joins their other sibling Sabrina to bury their brother and to settle his estate. However, the two sisters are stunned to learn the estate is tied up in probate while a wrongful death civil suit has been wrought against John. Kali and Sabrina seem even more stunned to learn their late sibling has been linked to the murder of a stripper and the disappearance of a teen runaway. Kali needs the truth so she begins an investigation into the activities of her deceased sibling though she fears what dark capers he did. --- In her seventh refreshing tale, readers learn more about Kali¿s family through her investigation into her dead brother. The anticipation comes from wondering if John will be exonerated or guilty by his sister. Kali and Sabrina face a daunting task with the accusations that shred their family. Jonnie Jacobs provides a great character driven drama that shows why the O¿Brien mysteries are some of the best toady. --- Harriet Klausner
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Posted May 17, 2013
Posted August 17, 2008
San Francisco attorney Kali O'Brien is camping with her boyfriend Bryce. She gets a phone message from her brother John in Arizona who she has had limited contact with for years. She decides to call him later. After returning from her trip, she tries to contact him, but the call is short and she doesn't learn anything about why he called. Soon after she is notified he committed suicide. He is also alleged to have killed a woman he knew and the student living with her. Kali and her sister Sabrina meet up at John's. They can't believe he would kill anyone nor take his life. They set off to clear his name. Then another girl turns up dead that appears to be tied to John. And there's a missing girl also tied to him. Could he really have killed all these people? In this installment in the series, we get a bigger glimpse into Kali's personal life. I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the interaction of the two sisters was great. The mystery was very believable, and there are so many twists and turns that I couldn't figure out who the killer was until it right before it was revealed. And then I was surprised! I like that the main character is a lawyer, but I really enjoyed that this book wasn't set around a court case. It was very enjoyable. I had trouble putting the book down. I wanted to know who the killer was. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.