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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Legal Thriller, 27 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: The Stalking of Sheilah Quinn: A Legal Thriller (Hardcover)
There's not a trace of John Francis Cuddy in Jeremiah Healy's latest work. He has parted company with the Boston PI and has crafted a genuine thriller that uses courtroom scenes as backdrop, rather than the main focus. Healy also gambled on a multi-viewpoint style, but pulled it off brilliantly. We gain great insight into a wide range of characters, from Sheilah's inherently evil, serial killer client, Arthur Kesterson IV, to an obsessed trial judge Roger Hesterfield. All of the characters are real, with no stereotypes thrown in gratuitously, as happens so often in genre fiction. The Kesterson character is the most easily despised person I've run across in fiction in a long time. I will resist the temptation to talk about plot specifics, for fear of spoiling a great read for you, but the plot tangles keep coming and keep closing in on Sheilah Quinn, criminal defense lawyer. It's enough to discourage you from going to law school! Healy does his usual masterful job of dialogue and interesting and quirky minor and supporting characters. More than cops and lawyers, we get insight into Sheilah's romantic life, and how she deals with the real issues that arise between two members of a professional couple, each of whom has their own history. The romance doesn't slow down the plot, but gives us occasional breathers in the roller coaster ride that is this plot. Just when you think you know who did what and why, Healy pulls the rug out from under you.
This is one terrific read. If we're lucky, we'll get a lot more of both John Francis Cuddy and Sheilah Quinn.
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