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Dead Lift by Rachel Brady
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Sep 04, 10

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Read from September 03 to 04, 2010 — I own a copy

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After the dramatic events in Final Approach, Emily Locke is working hard at restablishing a relationship with her daughter, and in her new role as an assistant for Richard Cole in Texas. Richard tasks Emily with investigating the murder of Wendell PLatt, a plastic surgeon, of whom their difficult client, Claire Gaston has been accused. It doesn't look good, Claire's fingerprints are in his house, on the murder weapon and she is less than forthcoming with the truth. Yet Emily is convinced that their client is innocent and tries to untangle the web of betrayal, adultery, and theft. Soon she finds herself the target of the killer in a nailbiting showdown.
Emily Locke is a sympathetic and likable character. She is struggling to find her place in her daughter's life and still mourning the loss of her husband, while trying to move on and rebuild her shattered life. Her motivations seem sincere and believable, she is singleminded in her pursuit of the truth. Perhaps more of her character was established in the first novel, since I did find it a bit of a stretch that she was a little cavalier with her saftey, and by extension her daughters, when directly threatened. The book paints broad strokes of the events that must take place in Final Approach and I felt that someone who had had those experiencs would have been more cautious. However, Emily's character is mostly consistent and feels natural. Emily's best friend lends support and adds warmth with the push/pull of a longstanding friendship.
{"Men and details," she said
"Like men an condoms. They only use them if the have to."}
Vince, her love interest, is very much in the background of the story but like Jeannie plays a part in rounding out Emily's character.
The subject of identity theft and cyber vulnerabilities is topical and interesting. Dead Lift is a well written mystery with a solid plot that leads you deftly through the maze of suspects to reveal the killer.
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