Practice to Deceive, by Janet Smith
Much to her surprise and relief, smart lawyer-sleuth Annie MacPherson is being wooed by Seattle’s most eminent law firm and its most renown partner. But when she enters the rich and hushed halls of Kemble, Laughton, Mercer, and Duff, she discovers office politics isn’t a game, it’s a deadly obsession. And everyone is a player.
Annie hasn’t even cut through the paperwork when top partner Gordon Barclay’s secretary and not-so-secret lover kills herself. The dead woman’s sister refuses to believe appearances, and wants Annie, so far unseduced by Barclay’s legendary charms, to investigate the high and mighty machinations of Seattle’s most feared litigator. Things heat up when a sniper targets Annie–just as a shocking glimpse into her family’s past blows her life wide open. Soon Annie finds herself caught in a destructive web of love, lies, and murder that only her sharp insight and fierce intelligence can unravel.
The second in the Annie MacPherson mystery series, which began with Sea of Troubles.
“A fully charactered, cleverly plotted, active and atmospheric thriller.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Annie’s an efficient, agreeable, no-nonsense sort–and so is this mystery.”
“Fast paced… Smith has written an excellent novel peopled by believable and likeable characters.”
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