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Irreparable Harm (Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,857 ratings  ·  351 reviews
There's an app for everything. Even evil.

Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she's months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.

Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Sasha gears up to prepare
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 417 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Brown Street Books
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Legal and medical thrillers always top my list of favorites, most often in that order. So when I got an email from eReader Cafe early this month informing me that this one - the first in a series featuring attorney Sasha McCandless - at no cost, I read the description and took the plunge. Worst case, I told myself, it will cost nothing to find out I don't like it; but on the other hand, it could open up the door to a solid series.

Now that I've finished it, I'm happy to report the best-case scena
I enjoyed that Miller chose a somewhat unusual setting (Pittsburgh) for her debut legal thriller, Irreparable Harm. She was obviously writing about an environment she knows well, as this former patron of Pamela's Diner can attest. :-) Her descriptions of life inside a Big Law defense firm also rang true, as did her insightful observations regarding the ways that the personal relationships between attorneys and judges can subtly but monumentally impact cases at crucial times.

Lawyers can be a part
3.5 * An entertaining book which captures the reader at the get go as a Boeing 737 goes off course and slams into a mountain. Sasha McCandless is a smart and savvy corporate lawyer assigned to defend civil law suits from this catastrophe. At five feet three inches tall she is well trained, with bone breaking moves from combat Krav Maga training, and does serious damage to thugs who get in her way as they try to stop her from discovering why the plane crashed. Irreparable Harm moves at a good pac ...more
Kate's Reads
The legal thriller "Irreparable Harm", by Melissa F. Miller begins with an airliner crashing into the side of a mountain for no apparent reason. All aboard are killed.

Sasha McCandless is a lawyer on track to soon make partner in her large law firm. The airline company is a client of the firm and the team scrambles to prepare for the inevitable law suits resulting from the accident. Until she discovers it wasn't an accident.

A company has developed an application that can take over control of a
Enjoyable legal thriller

Irreparable Harm has lots going for it. I liked the spunky protagonist, who didn't need a man to rescue her. I liked the plot, which kept me reading on. I liked the characters, both good and bad, because they all had a reality to them. I even liked the legal detail, which was given in short bursts. It was a good read, not too intense, with heroes to cheer for. Just what I was looking for at the moment.
I really enjoyed this book, fast, pacy and very well written. The characters were well formed and believable. The plot engaging and concluded well. I think it really deserves a 4* rating but that is exactly where I struggled. It is undoubtedly a good book but perhaps this is also its greatest flaw. I just felt the author had been on a creative writing course and had stuck strictly to a predefined template. it was a little too formulaic for me. The author played it safe & I would have liked t ...more
Doug Hoffman
I'm not a big fan of legal thriller but on occasion I feel the need to clear my palate from my normal science fiction fare. Having said that, I really liked Irreparable Harm. The plot was twisty enough to hold the reader's interest, the characters are likeable and well developed, and the action plentiful. Even the legal details are presented in an interesting and understandable way. The writing is good though there were a few editing errors. In all, a fast, entertaining read. I liked it so much ...more
This is a perfectly acceptable legal thrilled. There's nothing revolutionary about it, and I had most of the plot figured out before I was 40 pages deep. That said, these books are perfect for quick reads after the holidays, so I'm not complaining.

I purchased the second book in the series for my Nook, and I plan to read that before the New Year as well. The first book was a very quick read (finished it in just over 12 hours), and I suspect the second one will be as well.
Carol Piner
Melissa Miller's butt kicking top prosecutor known as Sasha McCandless sure got her chance to kick a little butt in Irreparable Harm. As a matter of fact, one of the first to feel her roar was a very compelling Air Marshall named Lee Connelly. Although he did reel her from his poorly planned introduction, after which he walked away with a broken nose and finger, he never lost sight of his job.

This book is eerily similar to the recent event of a suicide/murder from a downed plane, it was not caus
Sasha McCandless is an overachieving associate at a major law firm in Pittsburgh. Despite her diminutive size, she kicks some serious ass both in the court room, and in Krav Magra practice. I didn't care for her at first. She was a bit too perfect. But as the story developed, I grew to like the way that Sasha handled the plot twists that were thrown her way.
An airplane's coordinates are changed mid-flight, and it crashes into a mountain. The law firm that Sasha works for springs into action to d
Thoroughly enjoyable! Packed with action and intrigue! Those were my first thoughts upon reading Irreparable Harm. I was completely taken in my Sasha McCandless. Here’s this delicate, petite woman, who appears to be as harmless as a fly, but threaten her and you’ll find yourself flat on the floor. Sasha trains in Krav Maga which she uses more than once while investigating this case. Sasha is also a highly respected lawyer who is about to made a partner in her firm, but only if she handles this c ...more
This is categorized as a legal thriller, but the legal aspects are extremely peripheral. The main character, Sasha McCandless, is a lawyer. It is in her profession that she comes across the events that form the over-arching plot of intrigue and action, but unlike most "legal thrillers," almost none of the book actually takes place in a courtroom.

First, Miller's heroine is a strong female lead who is believable. She's flawed, but she's very successful and very capable of taking care of herself -
I picked this up on a friend's recommendation because he knows how much I dislike John Grisham. He was right. Melissa Miller's narrative and the central character she creates in Sasha are interesting, and I found myself actually engaged in a story that could, in the hands of a lesser writer, have become tedious to the point of agony.

In a few words, Sasha works for a mega-sized law firm, is working toward partnership, and lands a potential class-action case around a plane crash. Circumstances bec
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Melissa F. Miller is a lawyer and her vast knowledge of legal procedures shows in this book. It is a familiar territory where the best author is arguably John Grisham. The book's title, "Irreparable Harm" is taken from legal language as well.

The novel describes the adventures of Sasha McCandles, who is a lawyer in a big Law firm and gets tangled in the defines of an Airline who has had one of their planes inexplicably hit a hill, with no explanation on a sudden course of change in the automatic
Shirley Thomas
It was quite a ride; there were some snags but over all pretty OK.

Am not as enthusiastic about this as the thriller I read before. More than once, I put the book down without anything serious prompting me to do so. There was a conclusion leap that I didn't buy somewhere in the middle of the story, too. Some editing misses: fragmented sentences, double pronouns and a particularly glaring typo.

I mean, I taught ESL and was generally very lenient with students—I didn't usually fixate on typos or dou
Wow! Great book!

Sasha McCandless is an attorney in a Pittsburgh, PA, law firm that represents a large airline based in the area. One of the airline's planes crashes for no apparent reason in the mountains of Virginia, killing all on board. As her company prepares for the liability lawsuits they envision coming from the families of the dead, she learns that the client had modified the plane with an illegal override system.

Leonard Connelly is the air marshall assigned to investigate the crash. He
Irreparable Harm is the first of the Sasha McCandless legal thrillers. The author sure knows how to spin a yarn. And what’s not love about Sasha, a slip of a protagonist whose entire tiny body ought to be registered as a lethal weapon? Yay for the girls! She’s not a superhero — she’s a lawyer, for crying out loud — but she takes down bad (and good) guys with the skill and aplomb of Wonder Woman. In a nice reversal of the usual female character falling for the strong male hero, one of the guys sh ...more
Cindy Jacobson
Another book I picked up free. Sasha McCandless is an attorney in a presigous firm on her way to being a partner. Then an airline ( a major client) has a plane crash and that's when all the excitement starts. Sasha can certainly take care of herself when confronting anyone who tries to intimidate her. While their certainly were some cliches and I did figure out some of the people involved, it was a good book that I didn't want to put down,
I found this to be a good read. It kept my interest, the plot is plausible, and there are enough twists and turns in the story line to keep one from putting the book down.

Written by a lawyer, the book focuses on Sasha McCandless, an associate in a large law firm in Pittsburgh. After an air liner belonging to one of the law firm's major clients crashes into the side of the Allegheny Mountains, Sasha becomes involved in determining the cause of the accident, which then leads to her becoming a tar
Krista D.
I really enjoyed this! It was fast paced, heroine was uber likeable, and the storyline was fine.

It's written not so much as a who-done-it, but rather as a how-they'll-get-caught. I liked that approach, since I'm not a big who-done-it reader.

Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Karen Taylor
This was my first book written by Melissa Miller and I was pleased. Being that I used to live in the suburbs of Pittsbugh, I recognized many of the places Sasha McCandless frequents. This helped keep my attention as I have been struggling lately with good reads that do. I also found interest in Sasha as a career woman, trying to succeed a male dominated field as an attorney. After the airplane crash for one of her firm's clients, Sasha finds herself not only put in charge of the case but also th ...more
Gary Sedivy
Good legal mystery. The life of non-partner lawyer types really sucks, if the descriptions herein are true. No magic bullet in this mystery, just good hard work by the characters. A couple of things seemed a little 'off' - the main character is a devotee of a special fighting style 'Krav Magra' (or something like that). Whenever she got into a situation she processed the steps - and it seems that self-defense must be instinctive - if you have to think the steps, it's too late. Also in one chapte ...more
Stanley McShane
Sasha McCandless is a rising attorney working towards partnership in her upscale law firm of Prescott & Talbott full of high powered attornies with big name clients. When the plane owned by one of their larger clients goes into the side of the mountain in Virginia, Sasha ends up heading the case and investigation when she suspects the crash is not an accident. The technology may stretch the fabric of reality but makes for a good plot and a fast-moving story that doesn't let up the page-turni ...more
Brian Switzer
Nice brisk read. I loved the pacing of this book- there wasn't a slow moment, not one page that caused me to drift away and find other uses for my time. STINKER OF AN ENDING. One gets the notion that Ms. Miller found herself adrift in plotlines and characters with no idea on how to tie it all together- so she said 'Let's take all the main characters that are still drawing air, plunk them together in a room, and see how things play out." The answer- not believably. All in all though a good time b ...more
Gina Basham
I enjoyed this as a legal thriller. Some of the action was a little predictable and far fetched but still a great read.
I've read a lot of legal suspense novels, and this one did not disappoint. It strikes some Grisham cords (the overworked legal associate, irony/humor, intricate plot), but the author very much so establishes her own identity and motif. I appreciated that the author wrote from both the antagonist and protagonist perspectives throughout the story. To that end, this book is not a classic "whodunit," but the author does do a great job of withholding all the details until the end, particularly the mo ...more
Joseph A.
This was a well written book, with all the details holding together very well. It was set in Pittsburgh, which provided an interesting backdrop for the story and obviously the author is very familiar with the area. The main character Sasha McCandless is interesting as well and is certainly a female who can take care of herself. This is a book about lawyers so it is probably understandable that we get a lot of legal details, but they were a bit too detailed for this reader at times. Overall thoug ...more
Nancy Silk
"A Stellar Thriller, Finely Honed"

This is a astounding thriller which will keep you awake while reading at night. It's a story which draws you in like a strong magnet. Sasha McCandless has been a defense attorney for eight years. She is an astoundingly strong woman, though only 5'3", 97 pounds. She sets a rigid schedule six days of the week to her job as well as working out in Krav Maga, self defense classes. She is determined to become a partner of Prescott and Talbott whose major client, Hemis
Anita Kelley Harris
I used to love reading John Grisham's legal thrillers, and I picked up this book because it looked like a "female" version of his books. And it kind of was, in that it involved a female lawyer and had a little bit of romance thrown in, but overall the biggest difference was that there is more "thriller" involved, whereas I would say Grisham involves more "suspense/intrigue." Grisham's books seem to center around the legal world and cases but Miller's book has that and more: it goes on exciting d ...more
Howard Bonham
Melissa F. Miller has crafted a fast-paced, realistic tale in "Irreparable Harm," one that draws to the fullest from her work as a court room litigator. Her heroine, Sasha McCandless ("Mac"), is a 100-pound attorney in her late twenties, a beautiful bundle of martial arts expertise and a super Ninja who takes on adversaries in dark alleys or court rooms, with fire in her eyes.
Ms. Miller treats her readers to a taste of modern criminal law practice, including legal warfare behind the scenes. For
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I am a writer, mother, wife, and lawyer. I write crime fiction.

I have been writing since my fingers could grasp a pencil. (Note to mom: no need to dig those early works out of the attic!)

I have a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania (with a double concentration in medieval literature and creative writing poetry).
After college, I worked as an editor for three years before attendin
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Other Books in the Series

Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers (8 books)
  • Inadvertent Disclosure (Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers #2)
  • Irretrievably Broken (Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers #3)
  • Indispensable Party (Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers, #4)
  • Improper Influence (Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller, #5)
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