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Title:
Suspicion of madness
Author:
Parker, Barbara (Barbara J.)
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
369 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780525946816
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For nearly a decade Barbara Parker's phenomenally successful thrillers have delighted readers and reviewers alike. The Chicago Tribune applauds her "taut storytelling...tight plotting and lively characterization." The Miami Herald hails her for her "well-paced, compelling stories and believable characters with emotional depth and texture that should turn casual readers into fanatics." And the San Antonio Express-News calls her novels simply "enthralling." Now this supremely gifted author returns with a blockbuster story of smoldering suspense that pits Gail and Anthony against their most chilling adversary yet.

For attorneys Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana, spending a couple of days in a private villa on a secluded island in the Florida Keys seems almost too good to be true. The innocent clich hits home with a vengeance when a dangerously unbalanced former client of Anthony's is suspected of a local murder, and then attempts suicide. As an idyllic vacation turns into an escalating nightmare of terror and death, Gail and Anthony find themselves isolated among the strange and secretive islanders as a late tropical storm threatens to unleash its fury on them all. Somehow, they must hang on to their sanity and use every weapon at their disposal to outwit a wily criminal bent on plunging them into a world of deepening madness.

Filled with steamy atmosphere, stunning reversals, and hairpin twists and turns, and certain to be another sensational bestseller, Suspicion of Madness is Barbara Parker-one of America's best thriller authors writing today-at the top of her game.


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

The lawyer-lover duo of Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana returns in another lively legal romp, where they're summoned to a small private island in the Florida Keys to help defend Billy, a young man accused of murder. Anthony had represented Billy before and had befriended Billy's parents--that is, Billy's mother, Teri, and stepfather, Martin, the wealthy resort island owner. The victim, a promiscuous young lady named Sandra, and Billy had a past, but Parker keeps alive the possibility that any other of the strange island inhabitants might be guilty, including Lois, Martin's bossy sister, who manages the resort; Douglas, Martin's attorney, who was sleeping with Sandra; Joan, a washed-up, shut-in starlet, whose family originally owned the island; Kyle, Billy's real father, who has a history of violence; or Arnel, the slow-witted assistant at the resort. Unfortunately, the usually scintillating relationship between Anthony and Gail takes a backseat here. Still, the mystery is quirky and unusual, which ought to please fans of this popular series. --Mary Frances Wilkens


Publisher's Weekly Review

Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana head to Key West for a combined romantic vacation and murder investigation in the seventh of Parker's Suspicion series (Suspicion of Vengeance, etc.). As in previous installments, the pressures of the chase test the relationship of the high-powered couple, and Florida's lush landscape adds color to a mystery that makes up in intensity what it lacks in depth. It all begins when wealthy client Martin Greenwald invites Quintana to his resort in the Florida Keys to help his troubled stepson, Billy, who is under suspicion for murder. Certain Billy is innocent, Quintana convinces Connor to join him to share the delights of the island. But they find little time for amusement because as soon as they arrive, they learn Billy has attempted suicide. In quick order, lies and bodies are uncovered, and Connor and Quintana find themselves investigating an aging B-movie starlet, a pair of conniving local lawyers, the client's overextended family and a stuttering handyman who does odd jobs, showing up in the oddest places at the oddest times. The intertwining lives of the characters reflect the Florida culture around them-rich in dreaming, scheming and explosive undercurrents. The surprise ending is no surprise for Hitchcock fans, but former state prosecutor and practicing attorney Parker paces her story well and neatly ties up loose ends. She also heats up the legal intrigue with the fiery romance between Latin lover Quintana and single mom Connor, ensuring that fans-even those who have seen the same movies Parker has-will stay tuned for the next escapade of Miami's tempestuous legal sweethearts. (Feb. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Billy McFadden's murder defense brings legal duo Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana to Key West, FL, in Parker's seventh "Suspicion of" legal thriller. Billy's alibi that he spent the evening watching old movies with Joan Sinclair, the has-been star of Bride of Nesferatu, is shaky. Gail and Anthony are guests of Billy's stepfather, Walter Greenwald, at his Buttonwood Resort, operated by Walter's sister Lois. The cast of suspects grows and the pressure increases with a tropical storm as Gail escapes from gory escapades. William Dufris and Christine Marshall provide multiple, characteristic voices, improving on programs delivered by lone readers. Highly recommended for all general collections. Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.