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ATTORNEY RILEY MORGAN is still recovering from a devastating personal loss when a long-time friend and colleague convinces her to take on a new high-profile client at her Florida law firm. Little does she know the case will soon have federal agents knocking at her door and a highly skilled special agent, Kent Donovan, working behind the scenes to uncover a fraudulent enterprise that spans continents.

Riley's world becomes even more complicated as she battles shrewd and ...

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ATTORNEY RILEY MORGAN is still recovering from a devastating personal loss when a long-time friend and colleague convinces her to take on a new high-profile client at her Florida law firm. Little does she know the case will soon have federal agents knocking at her door and a highly skilled special agent, Kent Donovan, working behind the scenes to uncover a fraudulent enterprise that spans continents.

Riley's world becomes even more complicated as she battles shrewd and portentous attorney Sam Stone to gain her new client's freedom from an oppressive business arrangement with well-connected entertainment tycoon Tony Giordano. So far, not one young performer who has signed with Giordano has been able to untangle his stranglehold over their career.

And, no one beats Sam Stone at his own games, in the courtroom or in the bedroom. In the midst of the legal wrangling, Riley must also contend with a stalker intent on making her pay dearly for providing legal aid to a victim of domestic violence.

Still, for Riley, the gravest danger may be the one her new client, Evan Cole, poses to her well-guarded heart. Is he really just an innocent pawn in Giordano's games, or are his good looks and youthful charm hiding something more devious?

As Riley discovers the answers, the reader is taken along for an intriguing ride that is colored with the ominous shadow of an armed and dangerous killer, a challenging search to locate witnesses, heated legal battles, and Riley's very personal struggle to open up and allow someone new into her life.

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Editorial Reviews

BarnesandNoble.com - Renee Washburn
Fans of the mystery/suspense genre will find Precession quite the enjoyable read. In it, author Abigail Arrington provides the reader with an eye-opening glance deep into the legal heart of the entertainment industry, revealing surreptitious practices and long-hidden secrets that are sure to shock and surprise the more uninitiated observer.

A dynamic, fast-paced thriller, Precession is a welcome literary treat...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432740030
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Abigail Arrington’s first novel, Precession, introduced readers to the world of attorney Riley Morgan, her colorful friends, and the complex and sometimes dangerous legal challenges she passionately undertakes for clients of her Florida law firm. Precession spent the summer of 2009 among great company in the field of legal thrillers. Good fortune followed the novel to the upper echelons of Barnes and Noble’s Best Selling Lists, where it peaked at Number 1 in Legal Thrillers, and number 50 in the online Top 100 List during August of 2009.

Experiences garnered from over a decade in the legal profession as a litigator for Fortune 500 companies, entertainment personalities, and a few lost causes provide a never-ending source of material Abby looks forward to sharing with readers in the Riley Morgan series and in other upcoming works. Savvy readers may also be pleased to find that Abby infuses references to music and art in almost all of her work, as both are lifelong passions.

On any given day, you might find Abby chatting with her engaging and sometimes animated followers on Twitter who, when asked for input on this bio, tweeted numerous thoughtful comments including references to humor, a sharp wit, a bright smile, and then something about genius and insanity. Of course, the last response might’ve been due to Abby’s description of herself as someone who likes Doritos, puppies, stupidly expensive shoes, and handsome men who are smarter than her shoes.

Abby hails from a small town in coastal North Carolina, and after a brief stint in Washington, D.C., the purposes of which she refuses to divulge, she now resides in Florida. Abby is the proud owner of two exceedingly spoiled Golden Retrievers who often talk back, much like their doting owner.

For more information on Abby and her exploits, please join her on Twitter at @AbbyArrington or check out her author website at www.AbigailArrington.com.
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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    Precession is Brilliant Writing

    Precession is one of the best books I've read in a long time, great semi-true fiction. I recommend it highly. This is a new author and it will really pay to get a first edition copy, she could turn out to be another Jane Austen and it will be worth a fortune someday. Buy it as soon as you can.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    Excellent addition to the legal thriller genre. It's not often you see so many timely and relevant topics covered through in a work fiction. Can't wait for the sequel that is coming out in a few months!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    The Exciting Chronicles Of A Shrewd & Savvy Heroine

    Young Evan Cole, the former lead singer of a band put together by renowned entertainment tycoon Tony Giordano, wants out of his contract so he can move on with his life and career. He realizes, though, that he has his work cut out for him; after all, Tony didn't get rich and powerful by letting signed talent get away, thereby detracting from his profitable empire. So when he retains the services of Riley Morgan, he begins to embrace the notion that his luck may just change after all. Shrewd and savvy, Riley appears to have everything it takes to roll with the big corporate legal dogs they'll soon be up against - and she refuses to be intimidated by anyone.

    Little do Riley and Evan know, though, their situation will soon become quite complicated - not only by the feelings they soon develop for one another, but also by a dark, dangerous figure from Riley's past who threatens to re-emerge from the shadows...in the face of such unexpected adversity, victory for the brave duo is all but assured...

    Fans of the mystery/suspense genre will find Precession quite the enjoyable read. In it, author Abigail Arrington provides the reader with an eye-opening glance deep into the legal heart of the entertainment industry, revealing surreptitious practices and long-hidden secrets that are sure to shock and surprise the more uninitiated observer. Her experience as litigation counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies and entertainment personalities gives Arrington's tale a certain palpable authenticity that lends it the requisite credibility as a true commentary on the shady inner workings of the booming entertainment business in America. Furthermore, Arrington has crafted a colorful cast of characters rich in personality and genuine believability, making her narrative all the more realistic and engaging.

    A dynamic, fast-paced thriller, Precession is a welcome literary treat that belongs on the shelves of readers worldwide. With the best surely yet to come, look for even more compelling tales from this promising new talent.


    Renee Washburn
    Apex Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Precession is a fascinating look into the world of Attorney Riley Morgan and the characters that become her clients.

    Abby Arrington's first novel in her Riley Morgan series proves to be a compelling introduction into the world of her protagonist and all the interesting characters who reside there. Riley is a sharp renegade attorney managing her own law firm with a heart for justice and a desire to "make it right".

    From the first chapters we are drawn into the action as we find one of her main characters, Agent Kent Donovan, waiting not so patiently for the results of an intelligence search. The action continues as FBI agents show up at Riley's door with questions about one of her clients. This is not going to be just a courtroom legal thriller, and the readers should enjoy the balance of action and legal proceedings.

    The novel follows the course of two clients that Riley is representing. One client is a recording artist and the case involves the struggle to free him from a one-sided contract that has his future in a stranglehold. The second case deals with a domestic dispute and the actions of an abused wife to free herself from an oppressive relationship and establish a new life for her and her children. While the cases take place in different arenas, the theme of seeking freedom and a new life resounds.

    Along the journey toward finding their freedom, the colorful characters provide some rich dialogue. The cast of characters run the range from the nefarious manager, a childhood friend who has become Riley's family of sorts, the longtime colleague of Riley's who has the inside on the case, the colorful townspeople in the settings in Mystic, a Federal Agent that manages to get the bad guy while having a few challenges of his own, and an attorney that seems to be self-serving and real ladies' man, but may turn out to surprise the reader as this series unfolds. Each character's personality is well developed with insights into their history and convincing dialogue.

    The friendship between Riley and her best friend, Dani, provides several of the humorous sequences in the novel and also many touching moments of support and true emotion. Dani's character has a flair for some sarcastic banter and memorable lines. She offers the catch phrase "make it right" and along with many other interesting observations, she provides a humorous insight into the good life of a dog. And, to that end, dogs are well represented in this novel, as Mason, a golden retreiver, serves as Riley's constant companion.

    Riley's battles with opposing attorney, Sam Stone, are also especially memorable. The underlying attraction between the two, and the hard-fought battle for their respective clients, creates some plot friction.

    Precession is named for the reference in the book to astral precession which causes displacement of stellar objects, such as the Pole Star ("North Star") used by navigators to find their bearings. The novel does take the reader on a winding journey much like that of the referenced star. We may not know the true north during all of the plot twists, but the ride is enjoyable.

    Definitely a good summer (fall or winter) read and fits nicely in a carry-on travel bag. It's also a great book to give to your friends and introduce them to this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2009

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    Why not read something about women being lawyers instead of doing dishes?

    Even today, women fall into the same archaic stereotypes, homemaker or sex object. Never president or doctor, or the case of Riley Morgan, lawyer.

    At least this book shatters some stereotypes. And there are lots of female lawyers out there. But in 2009, women still make less money for the same work. And a woman has never been President.

    In this book we get to see a woman make cricial thinking decisions that would rival any man. In fact, we see that morality and wisdom can come with or without a skirt.

    So if you can stomach the occasional %#$@*&^ @%#*&$ .... ^#%$%*& which is probably typical of behind-the-scenes law work today, then this is even the book for younger readers; but it is definitely for adults who like excitement and modern, relevant reality.

    Arrington must have a lot of experiences dealing with people who are douche bags.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

    A Review of the book, Precession, by Abigail Arrington

    In Precession, the first offering by author Abigail Arrington, we get a well-crafted look into the legal profession without the contrivances of Hollywood-esque overstatement. Arrington introduces us to Riley Morgan, a heroine of deft means who represents believable characters facing timely and poignant issues.

    The book unfolds at a frenetic pace, with enough plot twists and gritty realism to keep even the most jaded reader turning the pages.


    Larry Kuechlin

    Author of Mountain Biking Orange County
    and Along A Ruined Sea, by Avalon Press

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    A Great Florida Thriller with a Message or Two

    This is a great, fast-paced story with deep themes. Yes, it is a crime novel, which male readers should appreciate. However, it also says some things about society. The author develops the characters, especially the lead (an attorney), in the midst of professional and personal challenges. The reader gets to "walk in the shoes" of a strong woman who must battle stereotypes in a field dominated by men while trying to remain true to herself and her feelings. Another female character, who is a victim of domestic violence, must find strength within herself to be human. The interaction between these and the other characters creates a first novel worthy of a second read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Precession Is A Real Page Turner

    In her first novel Abigail Arrington has written a real page turner. Once you begin you won't want to put it down. I won't go into the plot as others have already done this, but I do want to compliment her on the intricate manner in which she weaves the plot together holding the reader's interest. Her characters are believable and you can easily visualize them as you read the book. One of my favorite's is Mason :) (buy the book and find out who he is).

    All in all Precession is a delightful read and highly recommended. Ms. Arrington has proven she knows how to spin a tale and I look forward to the next installment in the Riley Morgan series. Looks like John Grisholm has some competition.

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