"Exciting Jane Lawless mystery"
The Midnight Man is an arsonist, who drugs his victims and
then sets fires to their homes, making it look like it was
an accidental death. All told there were five victims but
the police linked Bobby Alto to two of them. Defense
attorney Raymond Lawless thought he could get his client
off but the jury found him guilty and he lost on appeal.
Alto's father Conrad blames Raymond for his son's
conviction and swears to get even. Raymond, his son Peter
and his daughter Jane receive in the mail tarot cards. When
the Lawless family compare notes, they believe somebody in
the Alto family has targeted them. Jane, who hates to feel
helpless investigates the family, a move that saves her and
her sister in law from a sociopath killer.
The Jane Lawless mysteries just keep on getting better and
better. In IMMACULATE MIDNIGHT, readers are given a glimpse
into the lives of Jane's immediate family and this makes
the audience fail a connection to the protagonists. As a
counterpoint to the caring Lawless family, the Altos are a
dysfunctional disunity that readers will pity and detest.
Ellen Hart has written another exciting amateur sleuth
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002
Ray Lawless, prominent defense attorney and father of
Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless, tries his biggest
case yet defending an accused serial murderer and arsonist
whom the media has dubbed "The Fireman." Ray's client is
eventually convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life
sentences, though he proclaims his innocence to the end,
and a few days later, he kills himself in his cell.
But someone in The Fireman's life can't let go, and,
blaming Ray for the man's death, plots a meticulous
revenge. Both Jane and her brother Peter, who is already
under terrible stress because of a troubled marriage, feel
the heat of the avenger's plan.
But Jane is intimately familiar with danger, and she's
never been one to shrink from a fight. With the help of her
best friend Cordelia, Jane sets out to discover why this
person is so determined to undo her family. When she begins
to dig into The Fireman's life, the puzzle unravels,
leading Jane to a final confrontation with someone bent on
making the Lawlesses pay, perhaps with their lives.