Thursday, March 12, 2015

Illegal Immigrants and a Legal Thriller

Mia Quinn is prosecuting a wealthy man accused of murdering Dandan, a Chineese prostitute who is an illegal immigrant. Mia is sure the man is guilty, but she has an uncomfortable feeling that the jury won't agree. When a single holdout results in a hung jury, Mia is devastated, particularly since her boss, Frank, isn't sure he'll let her retry the case.

Charlie, a police detective, is in her corner. As a team they search for more evidence that Dandan was murdered and did not attack the man, as he claims. In the process of investigating the case, they run into a former client of Scott's, Kenny Zong, who owns a Chineese restaurant. Kenny appears to be deeply involved with a number of illegal Chineese immigrants, but it won't be easy to prove.

In addition to her caseload. Mia's home life is out of control. Her teenage son, Gabe, is experimenting with steroids. Mia has invited Kali and her son Eldon to live with them, but Kali has cancer and her role in taking care of Brooke, Mia's daughter, is putting strain on both her and Mia's family.

As usual with a Lis Wiehl's thriller, the suspense runs through the whole book making you want to continue reading. The court scenes and the legal background are believable and easy for a layman to follow.

The characters of Mia and Charlie are likable. They work well together. I do feel that Mia's character is a bit too over wrought. However, with things going wrong at home as well as at the office that is to be expected.

The background of the plight of people coming to the US illegally, being promised great things, and then made virtual slaves is interesting and informative. The plight of these people draws you into the story and makes you want to help them.

If you enjoy legal thrillers, this is a good one. I recommend it.

I reviewed this book for BookLook Bloggers.