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Maximum security
Connors, Rose.
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New York : Scribner, [2004]

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255 pages ; 24 cm
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Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Rose Connors returns with Cape Cod attorney Marty Nickerson in a riveting new legal thriller.At the urgent request of Harry Madigan, Marty takes on the defense of Louisa Rawlings, a woman suspected of murdering her wealthy husband. Harry is Marty's law partner. He's also her lover -- but he used to be Louisa's.Marty is simultaneously intrigued and disturbed by her new client. Louisa Rawlings is Marty's polar opposite. Glamorous and charismatic, she's entrenched in the good life, openly coveting every luxury money can buy. District Attorney Geraldine Schilling believes Louisa was motivated by greed, and to Marty, that motive seems all too plausible. It also seems too tidy. Marty's gut tells her the murderer was motivated by something far more personal.As the evidence against Louisa mounts, though, Marty begins to doubt her own judgment. The people she normally turns to for perspective are incapable of helping her. Her young associate, Kevin Kydd, is so bewitched by Louisa that he's in danger of jeopardizing his entire career. And Marty fears that Harry might be too....Illuminating the law even as she entertains, Rose Connors once again proves that she is a consummate storyteller whose legal expertise and passion for the law shine through on every page.

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Booklist Review

In her third outing, a reluctant Marty Nickerson is asked by her law partner and lover, Harry Madigan, to represent Louisa Rawlings, his former girlfriend. Louisa's husband, Herb, disappeared while on a boating trip, and the boat is found without Herb on it. Louisa is due to receive $1 million in life insurance, but both the insurance company and the police are suspicious about Herb's death. When physical evidence ties Louisa to the crime, she is arrested, and Marty must defend a client whose guilt looks increasingly likely. Complicating matters, Marty and Harry's associate, The Kydd, becomes infatuated with the client and commits an indiscretion that may cost him his license to practice law. A nicely detailed Cape Cod setting, appealing and realistically rendered characters, and an engaging romantic relationship between Marty and Harry make this an enjoyable legal thriller, even though the whodunit aspects offer little in the way of a puzzle. --Sue O'Brien Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Marty is in a fix: law partner and lover Harry wants her to defend his old flame, Luisa, an obvious gold digger accused of doing in her rich husband. Connors won the 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.