"A mystery with plenty of surprises"

In Chicago, Malachy Foley tries to regain his license to practice law in the State of Illinois, but he deals poorly with the bureaucracy, which in turn delays his achieving his objective. Five years ago, Mal refused to reveal what his client confided in him despite a State Supreme Court order stating that this was not privileged information. Three people including a cop subsequently died. Mal lost his license and turned to private investigating work.

Besides his inability to cooperate with the bureaucracy, someone does not want Mal to petition for his license while other individuals try to assist the barred attorney. Everything returns to the case that started Mal's downfall when it went bad for everyone except for one person who cleverly escaped with five hundred thousand dollars and plenty of cocaine to sell. That individual is willing to kill to insure Mal never uncovers the full truth.

The fourth Mal Foley tale, NO SHOW OF REMORSE, provides greater insight into the values and principles of the key character than the previous books. However, as the audience learns more about Mal, the story line takes a bit slower to leave the launch pad. Once the plot attains orbit, it never slows down as readers gain a novel that switches from a character study to an action packed who- done-it. David J. Walker entertains his fans with a strong private investigative tale with some touches of a legal procedural that adds spice to the fine mix.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 14, 2002


Chicago private eye Mal Foley was a lawyer once. Then he disobeyed a court order requiring him to reveal a client's role in a shootout that left three people dead, one of them a cop, and his law license was revoked. Now years removed from that fateful day, Mal is filing a petition to get his license reinstated. It quickly becomes a problem, however, as Mal is expected to "express remorse for his misconduct" in order to satisfy the court, something he steadfastly refuses to do.

In fact, he would withdraw the petition -- if people would only stop trying to frighten him into doing just that. Anonymous notes turn into death threats, then into savage beatings, and finally into murder. It seems no one wants Mal's petition to lead to a hearing, where testimony might reveal what really led to the shooting so many years ago.

The person with the most to lose should the truth come out seems to be Jimmy Coletta, a second cop shot that night. Coletta survived, but has spent his life since in a wheelchair. Whatever part he played in the shootout, he seems a good man now, spending his life helping minority kids who have disabilities. Mal doesn't want to bring Jimmy down, but soon an innocent man's life depends on Mal pressing ahead with his petition, no matter who gets destroyed in the process. Set in Chicago, No Show of Remorse is a startling novel about crime, corruption, and their devastating consequences.


No Show Of Remorse
by David J. Walker

Minotaur Books
April 1, 2002
ISBN #0312252400
304 pages
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