Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Evil Deeds We Do-Robert S. Levinson

The Evil Deeds We Do
Robert S. Levinson
Five Star, Jan 21 2015, $25.95
ISBN 9781432829674

Two and half years ago in Los Angeles, a Grand Jury indicted Blue Pacific Records producers Roy and Lainie Davis Gardner for unlawful business practices due to his ties to organized crime.  Not long after that, someone kills Roy in front of their teenage daughter Sara.  With his death the charges against his wife were dropped, but her music career died too along with their house in Encino.

The cop on that case ruthless Harry Roman has become an Assistant District Attorney obsessed with putting Lainie behind bars for her hiring a hit on her spouse; though as she points out to him when he accosts her in a theater’s parking lot that if he had proof she’d be arrested not lectured.  Meanwhile ambitious political powerbroker Thom Newberry informs her that the ADA has a sworn statement that she contracted the hit on her spouse.  He offers Lainie an opportunity back into the music world and removal of the stalking ADA from her life.  In return, he demands Lainie obtain a file from influential Leonard Volkman.

This is an exhilarating action-packed suspense that grips the reader from the moment Roman waylays Gardner in the parking lot and throughout the taut storyline.  Though overly complicated with plenty of twists including a great climatic spin and rotating between the past and present, readers will wonder who will be left standing at the end.

Harriet Klausner

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