Writ of Execution by Perri Oâ€™Shaughnessy
Writ of Execution is part legal drama and part thriller. It starts of with two young people meeting under strange circumstances in a casino just before one of them hits the big slot machine jackpot worth seven million dollars. But the young woman who wins it is afraid to claim the money in her own name because she is on the run from a man determined to destroy her. The couple, Jessie and Kenny, need a quick legal consultation from Nina Reilly in the middle of the night before an even faster wedding. Nina prepares the paperwork to shield the womanâ€™s identity from her pursuer so she can claim the money, but they quickly discover they have other problems, as well.
It seems that someone feels that jackpot isnâ€™t rightly theirs, wants the money, and is willing to use any means necessary to get it back. And then Jessieâ€™s past catches up to her and she becomes embroiled in legal matters with Nina trying to defend her against a very powerful and wealthy man, represented by Ninaâ€™s legal rival, Jeff Riesner. Nina, and her investigator Paul Van Wagoner are trying to hide Jessie and Kenny to keep them safe from a killer who wants his money, while simultaneously protecting their future in the courtroom.
Writ of Execution has interesting legal maneuvers, lots of suspense, and good characters. It has plenty of bad guys of varying degrees but, unfortunately, we know who the ultimate bad guy is. I would have preferred to guess. It is still a good book and worth reading, though.
Favorite character? Kenny. Did I guess it? They tell us who it is. Will I read another? Yes. I like these legal thrillers.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007