Suspicion of Innocence [NOOK Book]

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Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana make a combustible mix on many levels. Passionately attracted to each other on a personal level, they are equally passionate defenders of their clients even when their interests don’t always work in tandem. Set all this against the sultry background of a Miami that is riddled with crime and corruption, drowning in drugs, illegal immigrants and shady deals, simmering with a melting-pot clash of cultures and you have a recipe for highly entertaining, hotly explosive crime and ...
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Overview


Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana make a combustible mix on many levels. Passionately attracted to each other on a personal level, they are equally passionate defenders of their clients even when their interests don’t always work in tandem. Set all this against the sultry background of a Miami that is riddled with crime and corruption, drowning in drugs, illegal immigrants and shady deals, simmering with a melting-pot clash of cultures and you have a recipe for highly entertaining, hotly explosive crime and justice. In the first title in the Suspicion series, SUSPICION OF INNOCENCE, Gail Connor is a fast-rising attorney in a major law firm, about to make partner—until her life is derailed by the discovery of her sister’s murdered body and the quick revelation that Gail is the prime suspect. Gail must fight for her life as she gets a first-hand look at the dark underside of the legal system. 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Parker, a former prosecutor, turns in an exhilarating debut that steams with Miami heat. When troubled party girl Renee Pettis is found floating in the Everglades, her wrists slit to the bone, suspicion clings to her older sister Gail, a straight-arrow lawyer more married to her job than to her husband Dave. The resentment and anguish that smoldered between the sisters in life flares anew as drug running, land scams and the theft of a costly artifact bob to the surface. A parallel plot involves two Cuban cousins, one a two-bit vice lord who was Renee's lover, the other a respected attorney who seduces Gail while offering legal advice. The love scenes sink into the breathless lingo of romance novels, and readers may guess where the plot lines will converge, but this sizzling page-turner will keep lamps lit late into the night as it likely surges up the bestseller list. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Gail Connor, an ambitious attorney climbing the corporate ladder at an old Miami law firm, is shaken when her sister Renee's body is found in the Everglades, an apparent suicide. Given Renee's wild lifestyle and history, no one is surprised, but then the police find evidence of foul play. They link Gail's estranged husband, as well as her lover, to Renee's demise; worst of all, Gail herself is their chief suspect. Set among Miami's legal, criminal, and Cuban high flyers, this stylish legal whodunit involves buried artifacts, drug trafficking, and shady politics--in short, all the usual Miami fare. It's a sun-drenched variation on the work of Scott Turow and Patricia Cornwell, whose fans will welcome this newcomer. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/93.-- Ann Donovan, St. Petersburg Jr. Coll. Lib., Fla.
Mary Carroll
Former prosecutor Parker's first novel plays south Florida fairly straight, as an intense, ethnically diverse, and socially incestuous enclave, but without the absurdities of a Hiassen or Leonard romp. Ex-debutante Gail Connor, an associate at a respected law firm, is shocked when her renegade sister Renee's body is found in the Everglades, an apparent suicide. But Renee's death shatters her more conventional sister's life: Gail's husband moves out, the police suspect her of murder, and Gail begins to wonder about members of her family, the enigmatic Native American who found Renee's body, and the Cuban attorney she's drawn to and his real estate developer cousin, both of whom were involved with Renee. Parker's tale is ultimately a meditation on "family" values within the immigrant Cuban community and the WASP elite that is losing its grip on Miami institutions. But "Suspicion of Innocence" will be popular not because of its analysis of family loyalty and betrayal, but because of appealing characters and an involving plot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480499331
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Suspicion , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 577,569
  • File size: 736 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 which 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 Justice, Blood Relations, The Perfect Fake and The Dark of Day. Suspicion 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 62. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Finally these are available as e-books!

    I have read all if the "Suspicion" books by Barbara Parker. While not all were a five star read, most were. The books are riviting. The characters are very believeble though sometimes a decision to be made would not seem logical for a smart atourney. Hey everyone makes stupid mistakes. Ms. Parker was lost to us far too soon. I figure that is why it took so long for her boks to be available as ebooks. From everything I have read about her, she was an amazing, giving woman. I often miss her writing, I found it different from the pack. These books are set in and around Miami with some settings in Cuba. If you like good mystery,suspense,thriller type read, try this out. You will probably want to read the whole series afterward. The author thought Antonio Bandaras would make a good Anthony Quintana. I think the late Raul Julia (I hope I didn't make a mess spelling his name) would have fit the bill to perfection.

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