Suspicion of Vengeance [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 sixth title in the Suspicion series, SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE, Gail Connor takes on a hot-potato of a case when new evidence comes to light and she agrees to guide the appeal of a man convicted years ago of a brutal murder. The transcripts show that he was wrongfully convicted but they offer no indication of the further crimes that will be committed to leave the verdict intact. 
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Editorial Reviews

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To win the release of a convicted murderer, Anthony Quintina and Gail Connor must not only prove his innocence; they must convince the community that convicted him that they are not freeing a dangerous killer. Uncovering plots under a scorching Florida sun.
Publishers Weekly
Once readers are pulled in by the intricate plot of Parker's eighth Gail Connor/Anthony Quintana legal thriller (after Suspicion of Innocence), they won't want to skip a word. The premise is simple enough: Gail is asked to take on the case of an old family friend's grandson, Kenny Ray Clark, who was convicted of the stabbing death of a housewife over a decade earlier, indirectly causing the death of her infant son. Now, after 11 years on death row, his appeals are about to run out. Anthony, Gail's on-again, off-again fianc?, himself a high-powered Florida attorney, warns her of the futility of trying to save Clark. But Gail digs into the records and finds, among other things, a drunk defense attorney, a bogus confession and a witness who would have provided an alibi but was threatened by police. At the same time, she discovers skeletons in her own family's closet that seem to be linked to Clark's case, as well as a crooked real estate deal and some unsavory individuals who don't want her getting involved. With help from Anthony and her cousin Jackie, an idealistic young cop, she races to expose the flaws in the state's case and challenges the bureaucratic "conveyor belt" mentality of the death penalty. If Parker has an ax to grind here, it is the legal system's determination to put judicial procedure and the public's thirst for vengeance ahead of the sanctity of human life. She is a former prosecutor who knows her way around the system; her characters are complex and believable, all of which makes this multifaceted and thought-provoking mystery one of the better ones this year. (Aug. 6) Forecast: Parker hit bestseller lists with Suspicion of Betrayal and looks poised to do so again,having taken on a hot-button issue without being sensational or exploitative. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A double dip into violent deaths past isn't enough to power Miami lawyer Gail Connor's race to save a wrongly convicted killer swiftly heading toward execution.. Everybody in suburban Stuart, Florida, knows that 12 years ago Kenny Ray Clark killed Amber Dodson, who worked for the same developer he did. True, Kenny's always denied it, but his checkered past, a jailhouse snitch he allegedly unburdened himself to, and an eyewitness who placed him at the scene say different. Now that he's coming up to his very last appeal only a few weeks before his own date with death, his grandmother, Gail's ex-housekeeper Ruby Smith, wants Gail to press his court-appointed attorney to do whatever she can on the appeal. Gail presses, all right, and as a reward ends up preparing the appeal herself-dragging in her even more skeptical on-again fiance, criminal attorney Anthony Quintana. As she works feverishly against the clock to locate a possible alibi witness, impeach the snitch, and dig up other possible suspects-from Amber's ineffectual husband Gary to her boss, high-powered developer J. Whitney McGrath, and his redneck gofer Rusty Beck-Gail's attention is drawn increasingly to a second fatality a year before Amber's: the one-car accident that claimed the life of Gail's own aunt, Louise Bryce, a realtor whose widower, Garlan, the cop in charge of the Dodson case, is still certain Kenny's conviction was righteous. It's a shame that all this rooting around in the past leaves precious little room for present-day surprise, suspense, action, or felony. About all that keeps Gail going is Kenny's march toward the death chamber, and stolen moments in which she and Anthony talk about their future togetherand the possibility of an offstage quickie in the present. Parker (Suspicion of Malice, 2000, etc.) pulls off the impossible: the story of an 11th-hour Death Row appeal that actually plods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497631960
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Suspicion , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 458,226
  • File size: 683 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 March 12, 2004

    ANOTHER WHO DUN IT

    FOR ME PERSONALLY, THIS BOOK TOOK A LITTLE TO LONG TO START GETTING INTERESTING. BUT I DID FINISH . AND IT WAS OKAY. IF YOU LIKE LAW AND JUSTICE THIS IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY. I WILL STILL RECOMMEND IT TO READERS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Still fabolously intriging & the hottest love story.

    Anthont and Gail are the hottest couple, and their story is never dully or in any way predictible. They always leave you dying for more of their journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2001

    Gail and Anthony Rule Again!!!!!!!!

    I love this super couple--forget soap- operas(who needs a tv when you have this book)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Suspicion of Vengeance

    Certainly Barbara Parker's best work yet. I couldn't put it down. I strongly recommend anyone who is capable of reading to read this novel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting romantic legal thriller

    After everything that has happened to them in the past, lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana are trying to make their relationship work. He hires divers to try and find the engagement ring he threw into the muddy pond. Their joint profession brings them closer together when Gail¿s mother asks her to help the son of an old family retainer appeal his death sentence. <P>Kenny Ray Clarke has been convicted for the vicious death of Amber Dardson twelve years ago. He has been sentenced to death and the appeal process is rapidly running out. Gail is reluctantly dragged into taking on the appeal. Anthony knows what the mental price on a lawyer the process takes and reluctantly helps her in order to spare her a nervous breakdown. By the time they are fully acquainted with the facts of the case, Anthony and Gail believe their client is innocent, but only have days left to prove their case before Kenny receives a lethal injection. <P> SUSPICION OF VENGEANCE is one of the author¿s best Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana novels to date. Barbara Parker has thoroughly researched the death penalty issue and it is more than likely readers on the fence will come away converted to her belief that its too open for human error. This novel is an exciting romantic legal thriller that will have massive cross-genre appeal. <P>Harriet Klausner

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