Suspicion of Guilt [NOOK Book]

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In the second title in the Suspicion series, Suspicion of Guilt, Gail has the biggest case of her life—a career maker and a guarantee that partnership will soon be hers—until she discovers that a suspected forgery is only the top layer of a cover-up for brutal murder and a step into deep conspiracy and deadly risk.

Attorney Gail Connor finally has the case that could make her career. But it involves a murder and a nasty battle over a vast inheritance. Gail is ...

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Overview

In the second title in the Suspicion series, Suspicion of Guilt, Gail has the biggest case of her life—a career maker and a guarantee that partnership will soon be hers—until she discovers that a suspected forgery is only the top layer of a cover-up for brutal murder and a step into deep conspiracy and deadly risk.

Attorney Gail Connor finally has the case that could make her career. But it involves a murder and a nasty battle over a vast inheritance. Gail is suspicious of everyone--even her mother. She's driven to win the case in order to forget her sister's death--and damn the consequences. From the author of Suspicion of Innocence.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Returning in this accomplished sequel to Suspicion of Innocence, Miami attorney Gail Connor faces serious career choices. After spirited widow Althea Tillett is found dead in her kitschy Miami home, a number of local charities are positioned to benefit from her will. But Patrick Norris, Althea's nephew and Gail's old law school buddy who had dropped out to do good, suspects the will is a fake. If so, he, as Althea's only survivor, stands to gain all of the multimillion-dollar estate. Gail agrees to represent him, a decision which causes problems at her firm (where she's about to be made partner), with her lover, Anthony Quintana, and in her home life as she struggles to reconcile principle with ambition and cope with the demands of raising her 10-year-old daughter. When the police determine that Althea was murdered, Patrick becomes the prime suspect and Gail is soon searching for a forger and killer. She discovers that many interests are being protected, some of them by Miami's elite. Parker controls her narrative assuredly-she's at her best with boardroom scenes that crackle with tension-and she unabashedly goes after the big finish. While some of the characterization seems clichd, it all fits the steamy Miami setting of power and ambition. Overall, this is a breathlessly paced legal thriller with a powerful punch. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Miami attorney Gail Connor has no idea what's in store for her when she accepts old friend Patrick Norris as a client. The estate of wealthy Althea Tibbett is one prize in a bitter battle between unreformed flower child Patrick, his artistic cousins, and an assortment of charities. Soon, Connor finds deeper and deeper complications, including murder, career criminals, and financial misdeeds of the lowest kind. The occasional predictability of the plot is balanced by Connor's dilemmas, so familiar to many women: an adolescent daughter still grieving for her absent father, a romantic Hispanic attorney tentatively learning to know both mother and daughter, and the elusive goal of a partnership in an influential law firm if Connor compromises certain ideals. This is a good if unexceptional addition to the legal suspense genre. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/94.]-Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Mary Carroll
In "Suspicion of Innocence" (1994), Gail Connor, the civil litigator who is ex-Dade County prosecutor Parker's protagonist, was the prime suspect in her black-sheep sister's murder. This time, Gail's in the clear, but most of the other characters "might" have killed rich society widow Althea Norris Tillett. Gail's client is Patrick Norris, Althea's nephew and a '60s throwback who was Gail's law-school classmate until he dropped out. He alleges that Althea's stepchildren forged a will leaving much of her estate to the mysterious Easton Trust. If Gail can break the will, Patrick will inherit millions to restore a devastated inner-city neighborhood, and Gail will win a partnership in her law firm. But everyone, from Gail's mom (who was at Althea's home the night she died) to the ex-stripper grandma who notarized the will, is a suspect, including the stepchildren, half a dozen Miami establishment types, and a porno thug or two. The author deftly shifts puzzle pieces to explore Gail's complex relationships with her Cuban attorney lover, mother, and 10-year-old daughter while building tension to a slam-bang conclusion.
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From the bestselling author of Suspicion of Innocence comes this hot Miami-based legal thriller about attorney Gail Connor who is faced a brutal murder and a greedy family's battle over the victim's inheritance, both of which lead to the city's underworld and no way out for Connor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497631939
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Suspicion , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 425,119
  • File size: 760 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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