Ready to fight, Lindy hires Nina Reilly to represent her in her palimony suit, and lacking the resources to handle a case with stakes so high, Nina turns to an expert litigator in palimony law who insists on hiring a jury consultant. The case is hardly open-and-shut, and complicating things further, a carefully chosen juror winds up dead. With a host of possible suspects and the biggest case of her career hanging in the balance, the pressure's on Nina to find the killer, win the case, and save the day.
©1999 Perri O'Shaughnessy; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Money Becomes Fatal"
Lindy Markov appears at the law office of Nina Reilly, requesting her representation. She needed legal representation to protect her interest in Markov Enterprises. The Markov Enterprises was worth approximately $200,000,000. Mike Markov had a lawyer, Jeffrey Reasoner, who had told Lindy, that Markov Enterprises, belonged to Mike Markov and she was not entitled to any compensation.
The fact that Lindy Markov was not married to Mike Markov came as a jolting revelation of which Nina was not aware. Nina turned toward Lindy and as calmly as possible wanted to know why she had not given Nina this most vital information. Nina explained that California law stated that when couples married and for some reason needed to get divorced, the proceeds of their estates were divided down the middle. However, since Lindy and Mike had never been married, she was not entitled to any monetary compensation.
Lindy was referred to as Mrs. Markov, signed her name, Mrs. Lindy Markov and was, in all intents and purposes, Mrs. Markov. She and Mike had lived together for 20 years. Mike had always signed all needed signatures himself. Lindy was assured that he and Lindy would get married. Mike had been married once and had been cheated out of the share of his money. Therefore, this time he was insuring that he would definitely be in control and not lose anything. Supposedly, Lindy believed Mike when he promised marriage and besides that, she said that she loved him.
Lindy, in order to inspire Nina to represent her, was offered 10% of the money rewarded to Lindy. Money, being the great motivator, pushed Nina forward and she accepted the challenge. There would be a lot of money required to even start an investigation. The main thread that would go into the defense for Lindy would be the many contributions she had instituted in order to boost Mike's success. Lindy knew how to increase the intake of money towards the business by having thought up and followed through with new ideas. Lindy was the brains behind, Markov Enterprises. She knew all about Markov Enterprises, from start to finish.
There were quite a few positions that needed to be filled which would help Lindy to win. These people would also benefit from the amount of money won.
I did not figure out the mystery until the end of the book. The book was an easy listen and moved along without dragging. The narrator did a good job which always helps to move a story along. I don't think I'd want to read this book a second time. There were no special moments that made me want to laugh or cry. I would have to say that the book was a good mystery. The plot was consistent. There was no real depth to any of the characters. I don't know when I purchased this book. Therefore, I don't know what I paid for it. I did finish the book on my first try and I wasn't disappointed.
"What happened to the usual smooth reading."
I listened to the book including the fluff of the silly sex scene and endured that but listening to the jury folks dialogue was the pits. I'm still listening to the story but have fast forwarded most of the "click" parts. You'll know when you get there. Could have been a good trial book but.....this needs to 'Get Real'
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