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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Van Gieson Narrator: Meredith Mitchell Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Neil Hamel Mysteries Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781482984200
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How could you forget whether or not you murdered somebody? That’s exactly what Albuquerque lawyer-cum-sleuth Neil Hamel asks herself when she takes on the defense of an elderly client who can’t remember whether she ran over the girl her car surely did kill. 

Early in the morning of November 1st, Neil and her boyfriend, the Kid, are shaken out of their post-coital bliss when they find a surprise visitor at Neil’s apartment door. The visitor is Martha Conover, a pinched, elegant older woman who looks askance at Neil’s “just-had-sex aura” but still pleads for her help. Martha’s been accused of running over Justine Virga, the girl who accidentally killed her grandson, Michael, in a car crash three years—to the day—earlier. Though Justine’s crushed corpse is found outside Martha’s home and Martha’s car bears an incriminating dent, Neil gradually discovers clues from Martha’s prim past and Justine’s wild one that point to other suspects, from drug dealers to South American death squads to Michael’s Latino father, wronged two decades earlier by Martha’s bigotry. 

While Neil searches for Justine’s killer, she treats us to her wry take on every stratum of today’s Southwest, from its breathtaking landscape to the real estate boondoggles that the S&L crisis has inflicted upon it, from Santa Fe’s polo set and new age entrepreneurs to a homeless man who coaxes poetry out of used typewriters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Neil is a real maverick in her clean town and just the person to clean up its city streets.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Neil Hamel is funny, sexy, and very bright…The detective work is excellent and well told…The writing is crisp and wry.

    Boston Globe

  • “A fast-paced, well-plotted story, and Van Gies has a great character in Neil—nobody’s fool, streetwise, smart enough to know that the boring legal stuff pays the bills, but self-aware enough to realize that she didn’t become a lawyer just to make money. She’s a great addition to the ranks of contemporary women sleuths.”


  • “Albuquerque damn-the-establishment, marginally solvent lawyer Neil Hamel finds herself defending aging, vodka-and-Halcion-addicted Martha Conover…Acid dissection of Albuquerque and Phoenix land-rapes, ethnic makeup, and weather.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Shamus Award Nominee for Best Novel
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About the Author

Judith Van Gieson is the author of a children’s book, a collection of poetry and short stories, and more than a dozen mystery novels. The Lies That Bind was a finalist for the Shamus Award for best detective novel, and both of her mystery series have been regional and IMBA bestsellers. AudiobookStore.com recently cited her as one of their most popular audiobook authors. Judith lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

About the Narrator

Meredith Mitchell is an actress who has performed in such films as Mona Lisa Smile and The Reunion, on stage with Shakespeare & Company and the New Repertory Theatre, and on television on Good Morning America. She received her BA in psychology from Emory University and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University.