Perri O'Shaughnessy ~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Nina Reilly has a successful law office in South Lake Tahoe, but she made a serious mistake that got her husband murdered. She knew a client was guilty, but she intentionally lost the case. His name was Jim Strong. The problem was Jim was a cold-blooded killer. She is trying to get over the death of her husband when, out of nowhere, the man's father, Philip, shows up at her office and needs legal help. His Lake Tahoe ski resort is in financial trouble and must be sold. He has buyers lined up to give him a fair price, but the deal can only be held together for 30 days or so, then it will fall apart.
Jim Strong had not been seen for two years. Then a notarized letter from Brazil, presumably sent by Jim, instructs his father not to sell the property until his shares in the resort are sold and he gets the money. It's almost like blackmail because the sale of the property can be tied up forever until those shares are sold.
Jim Strong would be arrested if he came to the United States. However, a nagging doubt enters everyone's mind. Is this guy even alive? How good is a notarized letter from Brazil? How well are identities checked? If he is not alive, then who sent the letter?
The ending has quite a twist. Jim is a monster, but he's not the only one in town. The book is a real page-turner right to the end.