UNLUCKY IN LAW
Nina Reilly is working on a case for her old law firm when it explodes. Stefan Wyatt has been accused of murdering a woman named Christina. But he claims innocencesaying he was only robbing a grave that the girl happened to be stashed in. Oddly enough, Nina believes him, but trying to prove it is another matter.
O'Shaughnessy's latest is a great read with a convincing defendant. Stefan is realistically flawed but also has an affable personality that makes him appealing. While the victim could have been fleshed out more in the beginning rather than toward the end, there is still sympathy for her. The end is beautifully executed and is not easily deduced. (Jul., 376 pp., $25.00)