"Strong private investigative tale"
Five years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Mal
Foley's license to practice law when he disobeyed a direct
order from the court. Mal kept a promise to a client
though the court ruled against his claim of attorney-client
privilege. Mal turned to sleuthing to earn a living, which
was not that difficult of a change as he did much of his
own investigations when he practiced law.
Mal seeks reinstatement, but he struggles to behave with
the bureaucracy even with his attorney pleading with him to
show some respect or remain a private detective. However,
Mal's petition takes an odd turn as someone does not want
him reinstated and is willing to go great lengths to insure
that he is not. On the other hand, Mal finds himself with
strange bedfellows as allies supporting his reinstatement
surface. Mal knows that the case that got him barred
remains the focus of his current situation and not just
with the state government. Though his preference is to do
nothing, Mal cannot sit idly by especially when the
opposition turns vicious.
The Foley series is one of the stronger private
investigative collections on the market today because of
the moral strengths (obsessive?) of the lead character.
The current novel, NO SHOW OF REMORSE, is an enjoyable
entry as the audience observes deep inside what makes the
hero tick. Though the action is a shade less than the norm
for a Foley tale, David J. Walker entertains the troops
with an engaging story that fans will want to read because
of the scrupulous star.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 7, 2002