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Suspicion of Madness
By Barbara Parker
Thorndike Press, Large Print Edition, 2003
Hardcover, $30.95 (575 pages)
ISBN: 0-7862-5422-X



Anthony Quintana believes taking Gail Connor, his fiancée and fellow attorney, to a secluded island off the Florida Keys is the best possible way to persuade her to set a wedding date. Having a private villa and excellent chef ought to be enough to sweep any woman off of her feet. So what if it's a working vacation? Therein lies the rub, the more closely the couple works, the less they like one another's habits of mind. 

Anthony was called once before to help Billy, their eighteen-year-old client. At fourteen, Billy had supposedly set a house on fire; the owners dropped the arson charges once his step-father reimbursed them for their losses. Anthony, an honorable man, has never known the truth about his client and has second-guessed himself relentlessly about the case. When Billy gets in trouble, yet again, this time he's suspected of murder. Anthony feels an obligation to dig into the family's past and his client's childhood for the answers that will absolve Billy. 

Filled with plot twists and turns, Suspicion of Madness is a fun read.


Pam Kingsbury
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