"Usually I pride myself on my intuition. I listen to that voice that says, 'Something bad is happening...' or maybe 'Get out. Now.' But on that Tuesday at the end of October, my psyche must have been protecting the one remaining day I still believed life was orderly and the universe liked me. Because I didn't hear that voice. I never saw it coming."They say bad things happen in threes. When her fiancé, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting. But trouble keeps coming. Sam is implicated in the client's death, her apartment is broken into and it's not just the authorities who are following her.Now, to find Sam and uncover her client's murderer, Izzy will have to push past limits she never imagined. Lucky for her she's always thrived under pressure, because her world is falling apart. Fast. And the trail of half-truths and lies is red-hot.More
In Red Hot Lies everybody's got a secret. But when the secrets start crashing into each other, the pillars of Izzy McNiell's world crumble faster than she can run around in her stilletos to prop them back up. Izzy, the redheaded bombshell lawyer in figure-hugging power suits, is having a very, very bad day. Her client and mentor, Forrester Picket, is dead. And Sam, her fiancé, is missing along with $30 million in Forrester's real estate bonds.
Capturing the nail-biting pace and smart, sexy energy of this first book in Laura Caldwell's sizzling summer trilogy, Nancy Liem's terrific narration of Red Hot Lies brings the resilient, upbeat, and gutsy Izzy McNiell to life. From the opening scene, Liem's charm and command of the character are complete she even sounds like a redhead. And she shifts effortlessly from character to character, between 20-something Izzy and a street smart, cynical PI; from a series of Panamanian real estate agents to a four-year-old diva with an attitude.
With the cops and FBI staking her out, Izzy has to find her fiancé fast. She turns to PI John Mayburn for help and barters her assistance on one of his cases in exchange for his expertise in tracking down Sam and the $30 million. Liem's pacing, especially in the scene where Izzy hacks a mobster's computer to download evidence, is so in tune with the action it will leave your heart pounding and your palms sweating.
Red Hot Lies is Lisa Scottoline meets Janet Evanovich, with a whole lot that's pure Laura Caldwell. And Liem captures Izzy McNiell's tenacity, her sexy exuberance, and her vulnerability with the sparkle of sunshine on the Chicago shoreline. There's no better way to spend summer downtime than listening to the perfect marriage of Laura Caldwell and Nancy Liem in this season's best mystery series: Red Hot Lies, Red Blooded Murder, and Red White & Dead. Nancy Carter
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Disappointing! Never ending!
A bit uneven, but fun!