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This is one of those offbeat books with a few unexpected twists and turns and very few likable characters. The central character PI Josie Harper is an ex police officer who lost her job when her bipolar disorder spiraled her into a manic cycle that culminated in Harper's attempt to pick up her 60 year old female captain. She is a member of the family from hell and has a really checkered relationship history; much of that due to her illness. Her client has the type of family that makes Josie's look great in comparison and most of the characters who spend much of their time in the local lesbian bar are seriously bizarre. Not bizarre in the same sense that Carl Hiaasen's characters are bizarre; quirky to the point of parody, but needing medication bizarre. The climatic scene is something of a shocker but considering the first seven hours it did have a certain sort of logic. This is a book that could have been a colossal pile of garbage but the author is good enough that it works; okay in spots, very good for much of the story.
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What I love about "The Acquittal" (and all of Anne Laughlin's mysteries) is the mix of a murder plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat and the intricate psychological mystery she constructs. What would it take for an average woman (and average lesbian) to do awful things? Or did she?
The effortless flow of Laughlin's writing is spot-on, finding just the right way to draw you deep into the story and sometimes even laugh out loud. Great book for an afternoon on the beach or an evening by the fireplace.
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