"Superb legal thriller"
Joanne Kuhlman, an assistant district attorney in
Ventura County, California, is not having an easy time of
it personally or professionally. Two years ago her husband
became so involved in gambling that he stood to lose
everything they jointly owned. He ran, taking their two
children with him and giving them all different IDs so they
couldn't easily be traced. It took a private detective two
years to find them and return the children to Joanne.
While the threesome struggle to bring a bit of
normalcy into their lives following the trauma, Joanne is
assigned a robbery case that led to the arrest of three
defendants. Since none of them have a violent background
they are released on bail. One of the defendants, Ian
Decker, is mentally disabled and a loose cannon. After he
vanishes, everyone including Joanne thinks that the co-
defendants, brothers who also dropped out of site, killed
him. A shattered Joanna takes step beyond that required by
law to see that Ian receives justice.
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg does an astonishingly keen,
but believable job of misdirecting the audience on several
different levels. CONFLICT OF INTEREST features a
protagonist who is strong enough to hold herself together
during the worst of times yet remain honest and true to her
values when seeking justice in her personal and
professional endeavors. This latest Rosenberg work
deserves best selling status, as legal thriller fans will
relish every delightful reading moment.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001