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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Parker Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781482977745
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Barbara Parker introduces one of the most unforgettable female characters in suspense fiction: high-profile Miami defense attorney C. J. Dunn.

C J. Dunn is an expert at spinning her clients’ image in the media. She is the perfect lawyer to deflect police interest in Rick Slater, head of security for Bob Shelby, a US congressman from Miami. Slater was seen at a South Beach party with the recently vanished Alana Martin, and in election season, any hint of scandal could doom the congressman’s chances. C. J. has reasons not to like Slater’s boss, but, if she succeeds, friends of the congressman have assured her that they can arrange a spot for her as a legal commentator on a national media outlet. For a woman living alone, with few close friends, a celebrity life does have its appeal.

But as the media close in, hounding everyone connected to the case, C. J. finds connections she had never anticipated. When Alana Martin is found dead and C. J.’s investigator implicates Rick Slater, C. J. is slammed between the media and the need to defend a client she no longer trusts. Then he delivers a bombshell: C. J.’s daughter, Traci Willis, the child she gave up for adoption seventeen years before, was a friend of Alana Martin’s. Traci has information that could save Rick Slater but at the same time could reveal a devastating secret that would put C. J.’s career—and even her life—on the line.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This tantalizing novel of suspense…introduces thirty-seven-year-old C. J. Dunn, a flashy Miami criminal attorney…To crack the case, C. J., who’s also a recovering alcoholic and recent widow, must face her troubled past. This thriller zings with rich subtext regarding dirty politics and the exploitation of young women ‘servicing’ power players.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Miami’s hard-partying culture is the backdrop for Parker’s latest, a stand-alone featuring C. J. Dunn, defense lawyer to the rich and famous.”


  • “When a young model goes missing, high-profile defense attorney C. J. Dunn delves into the seedy and sexy world of Miami Beach to find a killer. The characters come alive in this intensely plotted mystery where everyone carries a secret and appearances can be deceiving. Great characters, good pacing, and lively action keep readers guessing until the very end.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Elizabeth Rodgers gives a moderately commanding performance with her sturdy, unwavering bass tone.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Set in glitzy South Beach, Parker’s novel about politicians, perversity, and porn is filled with sharp lawyers, sleazy senators, wicked developers, naïve young Floridians, and macho heroes. Elisabeth Rodgers subtly and precisely renders the medley of personalities. Her portrayal of tough, sexy Defense Attorney C. J. Dunn lures listeners into the character’s complicated lifestyle. Dunn is accused of influence-bartering for her role as a crime-show host. At the same time that she finds her job as a defense attorney in jeopardy, she is drawn more deeply into a murder investigation. Rodgers keeps the suspense taut and the characters clear as the narrative races to its conclusion.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 6/13/2011

    " Defense lawyer, C. J. Dunn, is hired by a US congressman to represent his driver, who was the last person reported to seeing a missing model alive. The high life of the rich and famous in Miami creates some interest. Lots of twists and turns in the book and a rather surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxann | 8/15/2010

    " This was an interesting read, but it did seem to drag on and on. The 'beach' life seems almost unreal. Reports from the news seems the book has captured the steamy part of the life down there. Lots of twist and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 10/14/2009

    " Keeps you guessing 'til the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/18/2009

    " I found C.J. Dunn a likeable protagonist. If you like those other mysteries set in Florida (the name escapes me at the moment) you'll probably like these too. I think the whole Miami scene as portrayed is a little much for me. Probably the real Miami scene would be a little much for me too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 3/30/2009

    " I don't stop in the middle of very many books, but this is one of them. I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to any of these people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 3/1/2009

    " My problem with the book was that I didn't care for any of the characters. The plot was okay with some twists and turns. It's a shame it didn't have likeable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 11/6/2008

    " had never read her books before. will definitely be reading more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 8/19/2008

    " This was well written and the plot was more than complex enough to hold your interest. The main characters were similar in many ways to the protagonists in previous books, but there were enough twists and turns for them to become individuals in their own right. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker (1947–2009) was the author of thirteen mysteries, including the Suspicion series featuring Miami lawyers Anthony Quintana and Gail Connor. Her debut, Suspicion of Innocence, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. She also penned four stand-alone thrillers, including The Dark of Day and The Perfect Fake.

About the Narrator

Elisabeth Rodgers is an actress and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Princeton University, she completed a two-year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions. She has recorded dozens of books for a multitude of publishers.