Appointed lead counsel for a toxic tort case on the behalf of a local Indian tribe, Pinnacle Peak, AZ, business attorney Hannah Dain (Heir Apparent; Family Claims) finds her life further complicated by her sister Shelby, just out of rehab and in love with a local firefighter, and the arrival of a newly discovered teenage half-sister. Suspenseful and twisty, Phelan's latest outdoors mystery portrays the Indian reservation as full of political machinations, deception, and rules to keep outsiders at a distance. Patrons who enjoy the crime fiction of Margaret Coel and William Kent Krueger will take to this title. For public libraries.
Jo Ann Vicarel
How far will the government and an Indian tribe go to avoid adverse publicity about radioactive waste buried on a reservation?These are hard times for Hannah Dain, of Dain & Daughters. She's recently broken up with her lover, Cooper Smith, and discovered a new half-sister to add to the family that includes her aloof law partner Shelby, a recovering alcoholic who doesn't know that they're only half-sisters. On a trip to the reservation, Hannah and Shelby watch in horror as a woman drives off a cliff into a lake, narrowly missing them and Hannah's friend Jerry Dan on the way. Hannah and Jerry Dan risk their lives to rescue the woman, the lover of the deceased geologist who was supposed to testify in Shelby's radioactive waste case. Taking over for an ailing Shelby, Hannah refuses the settlement brokered by the tribe when the plaintiffs beg for their day in court. When her newfound teenaged half-sister Anuya arrives unannounced, they bond despite their many differences. Forays with the newly hired geologist to collect evidence from the reservation put them in danger when they discover that someone has recently been dumping more hazardous waste, someone willing to kill to cover their tracks. Daring desert adventures lead to a resolution that may put Hannah's life back on track. Phelan's fourth (Spurred Ambition, 2006, etc.) provides a worthy heroine, harrowing adventures and a satisfying mystery.
"[False Fortune] continues to showcase Twist Phelan's skill as a writer. . . She grows more skillful with each book, weaving the seemingly disparate elements of extreme sports and law together into a very readable and enjoyable whole. Phelan is becoming one of the best. Case closed." —Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Phelan's fourth . . . provides a worthy heroine, harrowing adventures and a satisfying mystery." —Kirkus Reviews
"...a swiftly moving tale of corporate corruption and tangled, touching family relationships." —Publishers Weekly