Feisty California attorney Nina Reilly is back in Unlucky in Law, installment 10 of Perri O'Shaughnessy's popular series. As the story opens, Reilly has moved from Tahoe to Carmel-by-the-Sea to be with her fiancŽ, private investigator Paul van Wagoner. She is offered a position as second-chair defense attorney in a case involving the murder of a Russian immigrant's daughter. Her client, two-time convicted felon Stefan Wyatt, proclaims his innocence (don't they all?), and a closer look at the evidence reveals some especially shoddy investigative work prior to Reilly's involvement in the case. If convicted, Wyatt stands to serve 25 to life, as a consequence of California's Third Strike law. Unless Reilly is able to pull the proverbial rabbit from the fedora, her client is in deep trouble. Add to the soup a couple of Muscovite thugs, a radical Orthodox priest and a deft liar who may be the legitimate heir to the Romanov court (i.e., the rightful current-day Tsar of Russia), and you have a flavorful borscht indeed. Perri O'Shaugnessy, by the way, is the pseudonym of a pair of sisters, Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy, the first a onetime lawyer, the other an editor in a previous life. Together they have crafted some of the most entertaining legal thrillers in recent memory.

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