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After fleeing the crush of a partnership at a large Chicago criminal-defense firm and the humiliation of a professional breakdown, Devlin Winters just wants to be left alone with a couple sundowners on the deck of her dilapidated mahogany trawler on Galveston Bay. But when an old flame shows up on the boardwalk with a mysterious little boy in tow and an indictment on his h ...more
Paperback, First, 329 pages
Published November 15th 2020 by Stoneman House Press
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
The Venturi Effect by Sage Webb proved to be a riveting legal procedural. Set in the beautiful island of St. Kitts and Nevis and the state of Michigan, the story follows Devlin Winters, a lawyer whose licence the bar association had suspended. She currently works as a Carny. Down on her luck, she is a far cry from the person she used to be. She had no interest in returning to the cutthroat legal world and the drama associated with the courtroom. However, when a blast from her past in form of her ...more
Jypsy
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you PICT for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Venturi Effect
By: Sage Webb


Synopsis

After fleeing the crush of a partnership at a large Chicago criminal-defense firm and the humiliation of a professional breakdown, Devlin Winters just wants to be left alone with a couple sundowners on the deck of her dilapidated mahogany trawler on Galveston Bay. But when an old flame shows up on the boardwalk with a mysterious little boy in tow a
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Nancy
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually liked Xavier Charles at the beginning of this book. Not so much by the end. I’m not even going to go there. You’ll find out.

The two characters I liked the most were Devlin and Grant. They both played a key part in the plot, and Grant was a real sweetie.

Since I’m still a sea person at heart (after living on ships for ten years and spending most of the time in the Caribbean), this book grabbed me and didn’t want to let me go.

For me, the only thing that detracted from the book was all th
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Joan
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting novel of legal procedure. It is not really a thriller as the plot moves slowly and systematically and there is only one scene of suspense. The story follows the work of a government prosecutor on one hand and a disbarred woman who gets involved in the case on the other hand. The narrative alternates stories so we see how situations progress for both of them. The character development is well done. All of the major characters had interactions in the past that affect the pre ...more
Elena Taylor
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: debut, mystery, series
Sage Webb’s background in both the law and sailing helps her create dynamic characters, believable scenarios, and a thrilling ocean crossing.

Webb’s experience as a criminal defense attorney provides authentic descriptions to the court cases and thought processes of legal counsel, both of which drive the action.

But it’s events outside the courtroom that turn this into something more than a garden-variety legal thriller.

Unlike most legal thrillers, where much of the excitement comes from the peopl
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Mary Keliikoa
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love the setting, the motivations, the quirks and the plot of this fast-paced novel. And I loved the characters! So much depth to them. I especially loved Devlin and her ability to pick herself up. She's a hero to root for!! The Venturi Effect is a must read and I can't recommend it highly enough! ...more
Sherry
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Venturi Effect is by a relatively new author and the book reminded me a little of an early Grisham novel, weaving in sailing with the law. This is less a thriller and more character driven than the synopsis implies. While I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, I did enjoy reading about their secrets and adventures. There is a lot of reflection as we see how each character became who they are.

While I’ve never been in trouble with the law, I am always intrigued by how the prosecu
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Kathleen
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Venturi Effect, author Sage Webb draws upon her professional legal experience to weave a riveting legal procedural thriller that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. Set in the multiple locales of Kemah and Galveston Bay, in the Gulf Coast of Texas; the tropical island of St. Kitts; and Grand Rapids, Michigan, the reader follows ex-Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Devlin Winters, as she is drawn in to help an old friend and his brother fight a federal tax fraud case b ...more
Samfreene
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Venturi effect
Can a suspended criminal attorney go up against a powerful prosecutor who wants to take down a man indicted for tax fraud and money laundering and more? Living on a boat,working as carny, Devlin Winters just wants to live a peaceful life until Nils Bryson along with his 9 year old nephew Grant changes it all. His ex-wife might hold the documents to get him out of jail only if he gives her Grant. Blackmail, silent threats and a nine year old child as the pawn or the prize. He ha
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Felicia
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of twists and turns, it takes a few pages to determine who the good guys are… or if there are any.

Viggo Bryson has been arrested for tax fraud and his younger brother, Nils has been pulled into service to take care of his eight-year-old nephew.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Xavier Charles is determined to send the brothers to federal prison with the testimony of Viggo’s ex-wife. The oh-so-pious counselor reminded me of Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame… so upright, righteous, and better than
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Kristine Brown
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Pace, with Memorable Characters

Sage Webb’s second novel is as intriguing as her first, making legal procedure accessible through a fast-paced plot and characters that resemble the more illustrious people we’ve encountered at least once in our lives. The dialogue is crisp, and tension culminates in a way that has you thinking you’re grasping for stability on a storm-tossed boat, or digging your fingernails into sweaty palms within a courtroom’s uncertain austerity. I am pleased to learn
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Jen Watkins
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Worth a read. This is a John-Grisham-during-his-Camino-Island-period novel told from a female perspective.
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Sage Webb practiced criminal defense for over a decade before turning to fiction. She is the author of two novels and the recipient of numerous literary awards in the U.S. and U.K., including second place in the Hackney Literary Awards.

Her short stories have appeared in Texas anthologies and literary reviews. In 2020, Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Parks named her an artist in residence. She
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