Suspicion of Deceit [NOOK Book]

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In the third title in the Suspicion series, Suspicion of Deceit, Gail Connor has recently become engaged to her lover, Anthony Quintana. Disturbing revelations about his past life come to light. As a rebellious and idealistic youth, he traveled to Central America with a different lover and a friend; he ended up with a lifetime of lies to cover up a violent tragedy and a secret at the heart of the Cuban expatriate community that someone considers worth killing for, over and over again, in order to to keep it ...
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Overview

In the third title in the Suspicion series, Suspicion of Deceit, Gail Connor has recently become engaged to her lover, Anthony Quintana. Disturbing revelations about his past life come to light. As a rebellious and idealistic youth, he traveled to Central America with a different lover and a friend; he ended up with a lifetime of lies to cover up a violent tragedy and a secret at the heart of the Cuban expatriate community that someone considers worth killing for, over and over again, in order to to keep it concealed.
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A fast-paced ride through the politics and hidden agendas of a sweltering Miami, Suspicion of Deceit is the latest novel in author Barbara Parker's bestselling Suspicion series, featuring upscale attorney Gail Connor. The ironic title works well for all plot threads unraveled in this engaging tale, from personal, terrifying deceptions to those with vast ramifications for a wide array of characters.

When Gail Connor is asked to become the attorney for the Miami Opera, it's for more than the simple reason that she's a damn fine lawyer. The upper echelon has its own objective in inviting her to a fund-raising function—they want to question her boyfriend, Anthony Quintana, on just how the city's Cuban political factions will respond to an opera star's questionable visit to Cuba some two years earlier. If the opera continues to employ opera star Thomas Nolan, there is a chance that the Cuban exile populace might become violent at one of the performances, if they view him as a traitor to his people. Fueling the fire is Anthony's brother-in-law, a commentator for Radio Free Cuba, who not only stokes the rage of his listeners but also finds time to cause troubles between Gail and Anthony. A violent murder—and the wounding of Gail herself—forces Gail to take matters into her own hands. She employs Felix Castillo, a mysterious investigator and longtime friend of Anthony's, to further question contacts in Cuba in order to discover the real nature of Thomas Nolan's visit there.

Yet there is another level of investigation occurring here. Gail is eager to uncovermore of Anthony's past, about which he's been extremely tight-lipped for years. As more of their mutual friends reveal startling truths about Anthony—including the fact that he once spent time in Nicaragua with the Sandinistas—Gail must battle her own suspicions to decide whether she will stand by the man she's come to love or betray him.

Parker is masterful at weaving clandestine situations and the politics of both the past and the present with the pertinent actions of the moment. History—personal and bureaucratic—plays a large part in this novel, and scenes involving Anthony's large family and all their many beliefs, passions, and fiery emotions play out with an incredible vitality that greatly contributes to the flow and grip of the story. Gail and Anthony are a fervent couple, in love but also finding excitement in the friction of ideology that occasionally comes between them. The author refuses to allow for any black-and-white, easy answers at any time. All parties involved are constantly discovering more about themselves and exactly what the cost might be for each conviction and stance taken.

"Suspicion of Deceit" is deceivingly simplistic, but it works on several levels at once, as the main mystery plot element often takes a backseat to equally intriguing story lines of a more personal nature. The gray areas of conflicting opinions lend a credence to the novel that isn't usually found in the more idealistic, hero-versus-villain crime thrillers on the market. It's the author's worldview, and her understanding of human nature, that make this novel one that readers can trust to arrive at a gripping, satisfying, and wholly genuine conclusion.—Tom Piccirilli

Andy Plonka
Suspicion of Deceit is a complex novel of politics and the legal profession....The reader with an interest in politics and a knowledge of the political situations that existed [Cuba and Nicaragua] 20 years ago will probably be intrigued by this story. Without this knowledge, the story is a lot harder to understand....a lengthy novel with a definite political slant.
The Mystery Reader.com
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miami attorney Gail Connor plunges into volatile Cuban-American politics in her third heady adventure (after Suspicion of Guilt.) When Gail's client, the Miami Opera, hires fast-rising singer Thomas Nolan to star in Don Giovanni, opera managers learn that Nolan recently performed in Havana. Much of Miami's Cuban community sees any such appearance as support for the hated Fidel Castro. Gail asks her fianc, Cuban-born lawyer Anthony Quintana, to intervene with the local exiles. Complicating matters is the fact that Anthony's brother-in-law, Octavio Reyes, leads the anti-Nolan talk on a Miami radio station. Just before a planned appearance on the Reyes show, Seth Greer, an old friend of Quintana and opera director Rebecca Dixon, is shot to death. Because the exiles, however passionate, seldom resort to violence, Gail wonders if Greer's death is related to his long-ago revolutionary work with Quintana and Rebecca in Nicaragua. The possibility leads her to wonder if her lover, who is adamantly secretive about his own history, could be the killer? The story and cast at first seem formulaic: the ever competent heroine, the macho but tender Latin lover, life among wealthy Miamians. The narrative triumphs, however, thanks to Parker's rich mix of tropical politics, edgy romance and secrets from the past. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Like Parker's first two novels (Suspicion of Innocence, LJ 12/93; Suspicion of Guilt, LJ 2/1/95), this thriller thrusts Miami lawyer Gail Connor into perils from which she emerges owing mostly to luck. Gail, now engaged to Cuban exile Anthony Quintera, also a Miami lawyer, provides legal counsel for the Miami Opera. A promising young singer, Thomas Nolan, is to star in Don Giovanni, but his connections with Castro's Cuba may cause trouble for the opera should they become known. From this rather interesting beginning, the plot wanders further and further afield, until the reader yearns for the inevitable murder. Politics, nostalgia of the Miami exile community, and conflicting memories or reports of Gail's fiance and friends bulk out the story, which hovers uneasily between episodes of Gail and Tony's lovemaking and Gail's getting herself into clichéd predicaments (donning a wig to stake out her suspect's movements, breaking into the home of the chief suspect). Sadly, this series demeans both women lawyers and Miami Hispanics. Buy only if you live in Florida and have a lavish book budget. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/97.]Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Inc., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Andy Plonka
Suspicion of Deceit is a complex novel of politics and the legal profession....The reader with an interest in politics and a knowledge of the political situations that existed [Cuba and Nicaragua] 20 years ago will probably be intrigued by this story. Without this knowledge, the story is a lot harder to understand....a lengthy novel with a definite political slant.
The Mystery Reader.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497631908
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Suspicion , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 297,830
  • File size: 679 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Parker was trained as a lawyer and worked as a prosecutor with the state attorney’s office in Dade County, Florida, before moving into a private practice that specialized in real estate and family law. Parker earned a master’s degree in creative writing in 1993. Her first legal thriller was Suspicion of Innocence, published in 1994, which was followed by another seven titles in the series featuring her two lawyer protagonists, and sometime lovers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. While writing the series, she also produced Criminal JusticeBlood RelationsThe Perfect Fake, and The Dark of DaySuspicion of Innocence was a finalist for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Two of her titles, Suspicion of Deceit and Suspicion of Betrayal were New York Times bestsellers. Barbara Parker died in March 2009, at age sixty-two.
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