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When the Devil Whistles

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Allie Whitman and Connor Norman loved making the devils of the corporate world pay. Now, it’s their turn. And the price could be their lives.

“I didn’t have a choice. I didn’t.” That’s what Allie Whitman tells herself every night as she lies awake. Sometimes she even believes it. But mostly she knows deep down that her inability to make a hard choice has put millions of liv
Paperback, 339 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Kimberly Hicks
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love legal thrillers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Friend on Goodreads
Shelves: read-on-kindle
This story engaged me from beginning to end. If you enjoy legal thrillers, this is a definite must read.

When Allie Whitman meets up with Connor Norman of Doyle & Brown, a law firm who specializes in fraudulent claim lawsuits, all sorts of sparks begin to fly. The Devil to Pay is run solely by Allie, who is a CPA sent into large corporations to dig around and find fraud against California's local government contracts. Of course, as Allie searches for these hidden frauds, some of the corporat
Nora St Laurent
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
: I was thrilled to receive a review copy of a book with such an intriguing subject. This author weaves such a suspenseful and dramatic story, that I stayed up late reading to find out what happened next. Rick Acker gives us a sneak peek into his day job as a deputy attorney general in California's Department of Justice. This author takes the reader through the ins and outs of a high profile criminal case. It was captivating and chilling.

Rick says, "I try to put as little fiction as possible in
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, by Rick Acker, is a great legal thriller rooted and realism and carried by interesting characters and fascinating twists and turns.

Connor Norman is the rich son of an ex-Senator and a partner in a law firm where he specializes in Qui Tam plaintiffs. These are whistleblowers who sue on behalf of the government, and get a cut of whatever the government recovers from the corporations committing fraud. Allie Whitman is the temp accountant that goes from corporation to corpor
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Rick Acker
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0767-4
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary/suspense

Allie Whitman works for a temporary agency as a CPA. But really she works as a whistle blower for the state, privately going through books of corporate giants and making them pay. But she is involved with a rock star on drugs, and her personal life is anything but happy.

Connor Norman is a clean cut lawyer, suing the corporations who Allie blows th
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
"When the Devil Whistles" is a legal thriller that also works in some military suspense. It's fast-paced and keeps the reader guessing as to how everything will work out. The suspense was created by possible physical danger to the various characters as well as curiosity about the various decisions they will make and how it will all play out. The characters were complex and dealt with realistic problems (though--specifically--not ones most people face). The vivid details of the job and setting br ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Allie Whitman had made a very comfortable living as a professional whistleblower. She and her lawyer, Connor Norman had partnered with California's Deputy Attorney General on numerous cases recovering millions of tax payer's dollars from corrupt companies. However, her latest job turns into a nightmare, when rather than finding dirt on the company she finds her secrets exposed and knowledge of a deadly plot that could cost millions their lives.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Grasp II believed they we
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It caught my attention from the beginning and held it to the end. It had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and a pretty terrific ending!

Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book of intrique involving whistleblowers, attorneys, fraud of the government, nuclear subs, Koreans, P-51's, danger, personal secrets, and love. This is a church library book, and the past person to read it said it wasn't interestering. So I needed to review it. Glad I did because I enjoyed it very much. It might be more of a man's book, but the main character is female.
Janet Rivers
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I got into this book, I didn't want to put it down! I finished the book at 4:32 this morning!
Loved it.
Patrick Cox
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me forever to read this book. it started out and good and held my attention and then it slowed down a little and then it was over.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not my norm for books but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this book was great secrets and lies by companies to save money scary men with secret ships
Beckie Burnham
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am slowly making my way through the many books I have downloaded on my Kindle. It is hard to resist a bargain, but I have so many I am not sure I will ever be able to read them all! To whittle the pile down, I am randomly choosing books. I just finished When The Devil Whistles by Rick Acker. A legal suspense/international thriller, the book was just the ticket for a fast-paced escape novel.

Allie Whitman is a professional whistle blower who, through her company Devil to Pay, provides the Califo
Dolores Ayotte
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
It took me a couple of chapters to really get into "When The Devil Whistles" by Author Rick Acker but I'm sure glad I persisted because this is one great book! First of all, I had never heard of the concept of Qui Tam actions whereby a person takes legal action against a business that is defrauding the U.S. government. If I understand correctly, some businesses do intentionally make false quotes when it comes to the costs of certain government projects. If a whistleblower can prove that the busi ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Connor Norman and Allie Whitman have a good thing going with Devil to Pay, Inc. As a corporate whistleblower, Allie digs up the dirt on corrupt companies getting rich on government dollars. As a lawyer, Connor sells them out to the Department of Justice, and he and Allie both lined their pockets with the profits—honestly and with integrity, which is the only way Connor operates.

But when Allie gets caught—and blackmailed—by one of those companies, both she and her handsome lawyer could pay with t
Tracy Walters
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book took me awhile to had nothing to do with the book at all but more with my time constraints. If I had time to do nothing but read....I would have finished this book in a day. It was a great read......there was NEVER a slow or boring part.......the characters were likeable and they showed that they had the capability to make tough decisions and finish thru to the matter what the end brought. They tried to do what was right and this often would put them in diffic ...more
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just finished the most interesting book, "When The Devil Whistles" by Rick Acker. I read his previous book, "Blood Brothers" and just loved it, now with The Devil he has gone to a whole different direction and I like it. He takes us inside the world of whistle blowers who uncover contractors defrauding the government on contracts. They sue the contractors and then the Department of Justice steps in and goes after them and the whistle blower then gets a cut of the settlement. Very interesting a ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I’m usually not a finicky reader. I like a lot of different stories and writing styles. But there is one genre that I am very particular about, and that genre is suspense – especially legal thrillers. These books have to be really good and they absolutely cannot have a slow beginning. When the Devil Whistles is an excellent legal thriller. It has all the elements that I like to see in a book like this. The writing is good; the story is complex, but not difficult to follow. I fell right into the ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, standalone
I liked this book pretty well. It was a quick, light read. I haven’t read many legal thrillers, so I enjoyed reading something that was a little different from my usual genres. The plot wasn’t particularly complex or thought-provoking, but it was quite interesting.

I liked the characters, but sometimes I was annoyed by the decisions they made. Occasionally it felt like they made bad decisions just to increase the drama of the story rather than because their decisions made logical sense. On the ot
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished the most interesting book, "When The Devil Whistles" by Rick Acker. I read his previous book, "Blood Brothers" and just loved it, now with The Devil he has gone to a whole different direction and I like it. He takes us inside the world of whistle blowers who uncover contractors defrauding the government on contracts. They sue the contractors and then the Department of Justice steps in and goes after them and the whistle blower then gets a cut of the settlement. Very interesting a ...more
Amber Adamchuk
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my kindle since Nov 2010...I do that with the free ones that sound ok put them on and then when I have nothing to read pick on and read it...wish I had done that sooner with this one.

Well written keeps your attention while giving you back ground into Allie and Conner without boring you and then bringing it all together as they basically keep another World War from starting. There are times you will not like Allie and times you will love and relate to her. She starts off
Linda B
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
When the Devil Whistles by Rick Acker has a strong message to tell. The plot revolves around what it means to be a person of good character, living what you believe and making things right when you have done wrong.

Conner Norman is an honest, ethical lawyer. He believes that you should always do right, and if you break the law – you pay the price. His friend Allie works through a temp agency to infiltrate companies suspected of defrauding the government. Together they try to bring the crooks to
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Entertaining legal thriller. Allie is a CPA who is partnered with her lawyer Conner in a corporation called Devil May Pay. Allie works for a temp agency and finds companies who are committing fraud against the state of California. Conner then prosecutes them and they both end up with big bonus money. Conner has no need of it as his family has plenty of fortune. Allie spends hers on wild vacations and supporting a druggie boyfriend who is in a band. She also gives large sums of her earnings to he ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not really into political/legal intrigue books as a general rule, so I wasn't sure about picking this book up. Well, I'm glad I did. This book was really good, interesting, the legalities were there but not overpowering along with a splash of romance (really just a touch, this is no romance novel) and a little dose of morality thrown in there. When the Devil Whistles was a real page turner, and it successfully kept me up into the wee hours of the morning because I was not putting it down un ...more
Betty Ost-Everley
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rick Acker has masterfully written a suspenseful legal thriller that will keep you turning pages. In "When the Devil Whistles," Acker successfully keeps two concurrent plot lines going, both of which meet a common conclusion in the final chapters of the story. I was introduced to the world of corporate whistle blowing, of which I knew next to nothing about. Acker's bio indicated that he is not only an attorney, but also has tried these kinds of cases, so the details are both accurate and believa ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found this on Amazon. It was under the free books for the kindle, so I thought why not?

I was really surprised. It's a long time since a book has gripped me as much as this one did!

I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out to be a good thriller/spy/bring down the big guns type story. Written almost like a film, it jumps from scene to scene. It is also very technical, but not too complicated. In fact reading the technicalities of the Department of Justice, the Finances and what not, makes m
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
This book was interesting, it was almost like 2 books in one. The two books merged into one book at the end, but for most of the book I felt like I was reading two different books. The books were good, in fact, one was great. I really like the parts with the whistle blower and lawyer, the story line was creative and the characters were multi-dimesional. Just like actual human being, making normal mistakes and yet never sure what the right answer is. I really enjoyed that part of the story. The o ...more
As Mr. Rick Acker wrote in his acknowledgment, a lot of research was done for the non-legal parts; and that shows.  There's nothing better than a well-researched fiction.  The events themselves may be borne out of a creative imagination, but a realistic  background and setting lends much to the credibility of the story.  

I like this legal thriller that's also a Christian fiction.  It thrills but it does not preach.  The preaching part is up to the reader.

The author's style of leaving the height
Lori Henrich
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allie is what is known as a whistle blower. She works as a temp for different companies and as she is doing her job she looks for things that could be wrong and turns them in to be investigated. Connor is the lawyer she works with.

Allie is desperate, one of the companies she goes to work for figured out who she was and sends her to a competing company to find fault with them. If she doesn't they will expose her. She decides to plant fake invoices, turn them in and run for the hills. But it migh
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book pulled me in right off the bat and it's a great, fast-paced thriller. The story premise is unique but not so odd that I didn't understand what was going on. My only wish is that there was more romance in the book, but that's only because I'm a die-hard romance reader and I'm used to books with 50% romance, 50% suspense. This book is meant to appeal to both women and men readers, and I'm sure most men would want less than 50% romance. :)

As a disclaimer, I have to say that I was honored
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It was well written and the characters seemed life like.

The book starts out like it is about two different stories but as the book progresses you find out that the the two parts are related and eventually turn out to be one big cover up.

This book is a real page turner and keeps your interest. I wanted to keep reading the book because I wanted to find out what happened to the main characters. There always seems to be something going on with the story. I do not recall any
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Rick Acker writes novels during his commute to and from his "real job" as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in the #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, which award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as "a legal thriller you won't want to miss!"

Rick has led investigations and lawsu
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