False Fortune

False Fortune

by Twist Phelan
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Hoping to forge a better relationship with her emotionally fragile sister, Arizona attorney Hannah Dain agrees to drive Shelby to a Reservation mine where the water may have been contaminated by uranium dumped by the Department of Defense during the 50s. Dain & Daughters are representing the tribe in a suit against the government, and with Shelby barely out of rehab for alcohol abuse Hannah finds herself drawn into her sister¿s case, especially when they witness an out-of-control SUV plunge into a lake, taking Hannah¿s car with it. Her involvement is ensured when the Tohono O¿odham nation severs its ties with the Dain firm by insisting on settling even though several of the mothers of contaminated and sick children demand their day in court. After having broken up (again) with fellow attorney Cooper Smith, Hannah also finds herself drawn to Jerry Dan Kovacs, a trial attorney who may be hiding too many secrets, including that of a hidden treasure with an actual treasure map. The Hannah Dain mysteries are always entertaining and exciting, with each novel featuring Hannah engaging in a ridiculously dangerous sport that the author herself enthusiastically pursues. The action and pace is nonstop as Hannah finds herself frequently in peril and facing the dangers of the Arizona desert. Hannah¿s secretary¿s determination to find Hannah a date online provides a welcome humorous note, as does the appearance of her previously unknown Hindu-practicing half-sister. Phelan reveals a deft touch at illustrating the influence, even as ¿grown-ups,¿ that family members have on another and how the relationships between sisters and their parents are complex, heart-breaking, and continually changing. This is a series that continues to grow and will be sure to please new readers and long-time fans.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Arizona attorney Shelby Dain adds her sister lawyer Hannah onto a suit against the Feds. The Tohono O¿Odham Native American tribe is suing the government for uranium pollution of Lake Lagunita. Hannah wants to be friends with her older sister so would do just about anything except tell her about a half-sister Anuya they have that she just learned exists.------------------ While feeling they are being followed on the road that circles the lake, Hannah notices a car plunge into the water. She along with Jerry Dan Kovacs rescues the driver. Soon afterward Hannah is actually named lead counsel on the uranium pollution case. Hannah realizes that someone does not want this case going to court and that unknown adversary will kill to insure that never happens. She wonders if perhaps her new friend Jerry Dan who showed up in the nick of time is the culprit or perhaps her half-sister Anuya who suddenly seems to be a target for no apparent reason. As she digs deeper, her doubts grow wider so that even her former boyfriend Cooper Smith, who has acted strang is a suspect as someone wants her off the case in anyway possible.-------------------- The latest Pinnacle Peak Mystery (see HEIR APPARENT, FAMILY CLAIMS and SPURRED AMBITION) combines a twisted family entanglement with a fine environmental legal thriller using the Arizona desert as a terrific backdrop to the action. Hannah holds the plot together as she struggles to connect with Shelby after years of estrangement and with Anya whom she just recently learned was her late mother¿s other offspring from a different father. Father ties aside, the environmental suit is relevant, complex and as convoluted as is the heroine¿s family relationships. Twist Phelan provides a strong Pinnacle Peak entry.------------- Harriet Klausner