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Acts of Malice (Nina Reilly #5)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,651 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling Nina Reilly novels have dazzled both readers and critics with their crackling blend of legal suspense and taut human drama. Now Perri O'Shaughnessy, hailed as "smart", "gripping", and "complex" by the San Francisco Chronicle, brings us her best--and most explosive--Nina Reilly novel yet.

Amid the sparkling snow-swept mountains of Lake Tahoe, N
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 13th 2000 by Island Books (first published July 13th 1999)
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Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
I liked this author and this heroine in the past but did not like this book. She is an attorney for the defense and falls in love with the prosecuting attorney during a high profile case. They even get married. Just didn't work for me.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Pedantic. Relationships that moved too fast to be believed. Ridiculous descriptions of things in an attempt to warm the reader to the characters. Kind of boring, but not so boring that I couldn't finish it. Boring enough that I won't be reading anything else by this author.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Acts of Malice is book #5 in the 13-book Nina Reilly series and it didn't disappoint. Great plot, excellent character and setting descriptions. The O'Shaughnessy sisters have produced a very exciting psychological thriller set again in Lake Tahoe. Lots of action and twists-and-turns. Couldn't put it down.
Dave White
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining book to read.
Enjoyed the descriptions of her relationship with her son.
Judy Alexander
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best, I just wish I hadn't just finished the next one in the series first. Lots of suspense.
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author. Despite not having read the preceding 4 books in the series, it wasn't difficult to pick up on the characters and their relationships to each other.

Nina Reilly is an attorney in Lake Tahoe who lands a client charged with the murder of his brother. At first, the death looked like a ski accident, but was later upgraded to a homicide. The author does a nice job building suspense by leaving the reader unsure as to whether her client, Jim Strong, is a
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it
You know how you can turn on the TV and watch any episode of Law & Order and enjoy it regardless of whether you've seen the show before? Law & Order: SVU on the other hand requires more of an investment. One needs to know what has happened in the lives of the detectives and attorneys and how that relates to the case at hand. This book is more like Law & Order: SVU.
I had never read a book by this author before, and I felt like I was jumping in halfway through the season. The authors r
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
#5 in the Nina Reilly series.

Lake Tahoe lawyer Nina Reilly series - Reilly's client in this case is Jim Strong, a local ski bum whose family owns the swanky Paradise resort. Jim stands accused of killing his younger brother Alex, who was stomped to death by someone wearing ski boots whose imprints on Alex's chest match the soles of Jim's footgear. But the suspect claims he's being framed by his adulterous wife, Heidi, who gave a statement to police and has gone into hiding. The case gives Reilly
Katherine Clark
Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
You know how you watch those old horror movies, and the stupid teenage girl who has barely survived the deaths that have been meted out to her friends, and she hears a noise in the basement, and despite all the warnings, she has to go and check it out? Well, I hate horror movies (nearly always) but when I see something like this, I'm the one in audience going I hope she dies. She deserves it. Well, the protag of this novel is simply so awful I can't stand it. She is so stupid, but it isn't her t ...more
Carl Alves
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
In Acts of Malice, Jim Stronghold hires attorney Nina Reilly to hire him when he is suspected of murdering his brother in a skiing accident. As Nina delves further into the case, she is conflicted when she develops a relationship with the prosecuting attorney. Even though she wants to believe in her client's innocence, more and more hints are appearing that he is not all that he seems to be and he has a nasty side to him. Despite being warned off, Nina persists and evnetually comes to realize th ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of soap opera, a little legal thriller

I listened to Acts of Malice as an abridged audiobook and I'm hoping some of the problems I have with the book were really due to the abridgment.


1. her son Bob - he never speaks. He never does anything but be the perfect son who never, ever does anything wrong while mom sometimes spends outrageous hours out of the home. Watch out for this kid - he's going to be trouble!

2. Her son Bob says nothing, nothing at all about mom getting married to
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Lawyer Nina Reilly works to defend Jim Strong who is accused of killing his brother on the ski slopes near Lake Tahoe. Nina does her best to get the charges dropped, but can't decide whether Jim is guilty or not and whether she should trust him. Jim's wife and family don't trust him and say that he destroys whatever his enemy loves most. When he finds out that Nina has betrayed him, he sets out to destroy what she loves most, her new husband. Now she fears for her son's life also, but her former ...more
Katie Rekowski
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nina Reilly #5. 1999. Read by Laural Merlington. Nina Reilly, now an accomplished attorney, married and divorced from Jack, dated and broken up with XXXX, and Bob, her son, old enough to go to Germany, takes on the case of James Strong. He with dad and brother run the posh South Lake Tahoe Ski Resort. Jim's brother, Alex, is found dead while skiing with Jim. Jim is accused and wants Nina to represent him. As the case progresses, Jim's sister also turns up dead. Nina marries the assistant DA. Pri ...more
Alicia Utter
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Rate: 6.5

A series again, but set in Tahoe, focusing on a lawyer operating out of South Lake Tahoe. Her client is a part owner of a ski hill. He is suspected of killing his broher. Interwoven is her ongoing saga, predictable, and a little repetitive, but not bad.

I enjoyed the twists and turns, but overall predictable, especially in her ongoing saga. Parts were repetitive, and a little shallow, but it was still good. I really enjoyed it and I would pick up another in the series. I enjoyed the myst
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite reads! This time, Nina has a mysterious case. Jim, a co-manager of the ski-resort with his father, is accused of killing his own brother. Jim swears he didn't do it. So Nina agrees when she gets the story. But somethings strange are with Jim. But Nina decides not to push it. Meanwhile, Collier is back. From a humiliating last case, he is ready to get back at the job. But this time, he has the hots for Nina.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a Nina Reilly series (didn't know it was when I selected it). Nina, a lawyer, accepts Jim Stone as a client. He is looking for his wife, Heidi, who has left him. Meanwhile, his brother Alex, who was just killed in a skiing accident, is now suspected of being murdered. Jim is a suspect and convinces Nina he is innocent. She decides to go ahead to defend him. Meanwhile, Nina and the prosecutor start a relationship and determine to keep business and pleasure separate.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not-too-bright fans of legal thrillers
I find the same problem w/this book as with the other O'Shaughnessy books I've read - obvious ending. It was very clear to me from the get-go which characters were not going to live thru the book and who the bad guy was.

But a decent piece of fluff, and has some interesting legal maneuvering in it.

And for those keeping track - yes, I read like a demon, and read this book in a weekend.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Perri O'Shaughnessy. I liked the story and the characters. This is about Nina Reilly, a lawyer in Lake Tahoe taking on a client Jim Strong who wrecks havoc on everyone he meets and is accused of killing his brother Alex. A fun read particularly if you're into skiing, which I'm not, but enjoyed the story so much I went on to read the sequel Dreams Of The Dead.
Cindy Kester
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a book by Perri O'Shaughnessy and once again it didn't disappoint. It was good to get back to a book by the sisters. Hard to imagine somewhat could be as devious as the villian of the book, but it takes all kinds. It kept my interest throghtout the whole book. A good ending, sad, but good.
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nevada-mystery
5th in the Nina Reill series. Nina takes on the case of Jim Strong accused of killing his brother Alex in a skiing accident. In this one the twists & turns are more in the personal nature of Nina's life than the who done it. Jim is a psychopath w/ a long history of cruelty, abuse & violence.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This is the fifth of the Nina Reilly books, and it was a good read. Nina is representing Jim Strong, whose family owns a popular ski resort at Lake Tahoe. Jim is accused of murdering his brother. Love interests, detective Paul and prosecuting attorney Collier are back for this one. Sad ending. Note, these books really need to be read in order for the stories to make sense.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-mysteries
I really enjoyed this one as much as the others, except for the sad ending, but the authors leave the reader with a shimmer of hope as things will get better for Nina. I really like the character of Nina, she has adversity and with every novel she gets stronger and stronger with each experience. Neat stories.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! It's like no book I've ever read! There are parts of it that will make you feel queasy--it shows u the mind of a really twisted human being. Very chilling, and utterly addictive. And until the killer is revealed, u really don't know who it is!

It's an amazing book, and I'm definitely gonna read more books by this writer.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author, and I didn't even realize it was part of a series. It was very well written, really draws you into the emotions of the main character, Nina. It was so suspenseful, I found myself sneaking a read to find out if Jim was really a murderer! I will be picking up another book by this author the next time I am looking for a crime novel to shake things up.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The premise is interesting. I enjoyed the first part of the book even though the relationship built very quickly. Then ending was somewhat predictable. The book turned too dark at the end and I felt it was left hanging, maybe for the next book in the series. Since this was the first book I've read in this series, I thought maybe Paul was a psycho stalker. Time will tell.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, this isn't as hearty a 5 as a 5 usually means to me. However, this is far and away the best Nina Reilly novel I have read. The villain is truly evil. Nina finally finds happiness. But you never know how things are going to turn out...
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Nina Reilly is a lawyer with a 13-year-old son. She takes a case where a man is accused of killing his brother. Of course romance enters the plot. It is engaging until the end. This is the 5th in a series.
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