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Suspicion of betrayal
Parker, Barbara (Barbara J.)
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
568 pages ; 23 cm
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Author Notes

Barbara Parker was born in Columbia, South Carolina on January 28, 1947. She studied drama at the University of South Florida. Before graduation she switched her major to history and then went to law school at the University of Miami. She worked as a prosecutor in the state attorney's office in Miami and then went into private practice. She also received a master's degree in creative writing from Florida International University (Miami).

Initially, she began writing stories for her son, but it soon became a hobby and eventually her new career. Her first mystery, Suspicion of Innocence, was published in 1994 and became a CBS Movie of the Week entitled Sisters and Other Strangers. She wrote 12 novels during her lifetime including Blood Relations, Criminal Justice, The Dark of Day, and the Suspicion series. She died on March 7, 2009 at the age of 62.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In the fourth entry in her Suspicion series, Parker rekindles readers' relationship with attorney Gail Connor, whose love affair with high-powered defense attorney Anthony Quintana is going full-speed ahead. Gail's plate is way too full as she tries to save her struggling solo practice while addressing a custody dispute with her ex over their 10-year-old daughter, Karen. Just when Gail thinks everything's under control, the bottom falls out when Karen starts receiving anonymous death threats. Gail becomes consumed with protecting her daughter and finding out the identity of the stalker, researching past legal files to find a clue as to who may be harboring such hate for her family. Parker's ability to paint a portrait of Miami life--the lush tropical plants, the steamy heat, the grit--rivals even Elmore Leonard's. Parker also mixes in the fascinating details of the life of a well-to-do Cuban American family and what it's like for an Irish girl to try to fit in. Although Parker is a little too deliberate in setting up her suspects, the climax and denouement are surprisingly satisfying. A robust marketing plan should create much demand for this effective thriller. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

Miami lawyer Gail Connor (Suspicion of Deceit), 34, is tough and aggressive ("the only recourse," she says, "is to be a bigger s.o.b. than the next guy"), and as this gripping, dark story unfolds, it's easy to see why somebody is out to get her. Divorced and in a custody battle with her combative ex-husband for their 10-year-old daughter, Karen, Gail is about to be married to Anthony Quintana, a top criminal lawyer from a powerful Cuban-American family that may have ties to organized crime. Gail is also handling a nasty divorce case for Jamie Sweet, whose husband, Wendell, has shady business dealings that might link Quintana to some illegal businesses in Colombia. Gail begins to get menacing phone calls and her car is vandalized. Then Karen is threatened with a grisly death. Who is responsible? As the threats mount and her law practice threatens to spin out of control, Gail begins to have serious doubts about both her ex-husband and Quintana. With a fine combination of romance, cultural clashes and police procedure, plus some razor-sharp portraits, this story develops into a riveting thriller whose only flaw is that the author may tip her hand a bit too early. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Attorney Gail Connor has it all‘until her daughter is kidnapped. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.