Unfit to Practice
By Perri O'Shaughnessy
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440236061, 480pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 2003
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It’s the moment every attorney fears most...one careless moment that threatens careers, reputations, lives. For Nina Reilly, it will change everything—and ignite a case where her own clients are witnesses against her...and where the defendant is Nina herself.
As an attorney championing desperate people, Nina Reilly has skirted the edges of legal ethics in pursuit of a just result, but she has never before broken the rule of absolute protection of her clients’ secrets. One September night in Lake Tahoe when her unlocked truck is stolen, her life changes forever. Gone are her most sensitive case files, complete with the sometimes brutally candid notes she took while interviewing her clients.
It’s every attorney’s nightmare. And now the worst has happened: The secrets are being revealed, one by one, in ways that will cause the greatest harm. Nina’s own clients complain to the State Bar of California, and suddenly Nina is fighting for her license and her livelihood in a legal proceeding that may ultimately lead her to disbarment. In desperation, Nina turns to her ex-husband, celebrated San Francisco lawyer Jack McIntyre, to represent her.
And as personal tensions erupt between McIntyre and Nina’s sometime boyfriend, private investigator Paul van Wagoner...as reputations are ruined and people begin to die...a chilling pattern of rage and revenge comes into focus. Someone is bent on destroying the lives of Nina’s clients and, in the process, Nina Reilly.
Perri O'Shaughnessy is the pen name for sisters Mary and Pamela O’Shaughnessy, who both live in California. They are the authors of eleven bestselling Nina Reilly novels as well as a collection of short crime fiction, Sinister Shorts.
Praise For Perri O’Shaughnessy’s New York Times Bestselling Nina Reilly Series
Writ of Execution
“Tense and fast-paced...intriguing legal maneuvers and gripping courtroom drama.” —Tampa Tribune
Move to Strike
“A fast-paced page-turner...plenty of plot twists and turns...courtroom drama and deft legal maneuvering are still the heart of this thriller, and the tough-minded Reilly is its soul.” —New York Post
Acts of Malice
“Will keep you turning the pages into the night.”—USA Today
Breach of Promise
“A legal mystery for thoughtful readers...the dialogue is clean and smart and the surprise twists wonderfully effective.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Obstruction of Justice
“Nina Reilly is one of the most interesting heroines in legal thrillers today.” —San Jose Mercury News
Invasion of Privacy
“Suspenseful and complex.” —San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Motion to Suppress
“A real puzzler, with twists diabolical enough to take to court.” —The New York Times Book Review