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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Plucky, resourceful law professor Natalie is a pleasure to spend time with, and Scottoline sprinkles nuggets of Underground Railroad history and seminal Supreme Court cases judiciously throughout the story. Nat's boisterous jock brothers and lawsuit-happy father provide comic relief and, as usual, Philadelphia and its environs are lovingly rendered with an amazing eye for detail. Scottoline provides a few plot twists just to keep you on your toes as well.
When Nat accompanies an activist law-professor co-worker, Angus, to a prison, a riot erupts. She unsuccessfully attempts CPR on a wounded guard, whose last words are a mysterious message to his wife. But before Nat and Angus can deliver the message, they're run off the road by an unknown assailant and warned off the case by an anonymous caller. When Nat is framed for the murder of a state trooper, she goes on the lam to clear her name and catch the bad guys. (HarperCollins, Mar., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Liz French
Published: March 2007