Shaiken’s intricately engrossing debut installment in his legal thriller series, featuring the endearing bankruptcy lawyer Josephina Jillian Jones offers a clever, compelling plot coupled with financial intrigue. Like his earlier ancestors, the real-estate developer Quincy Witherman has continued his family’s two centuries old practice of hiding assets in Switzerland. With a healthy debt, Witherman soon realizes he needs a bankruptcy lawyer to ward off the increasingly hostile creditors. And Josephina Jillian Jones, the established bankruptcy lawyer, comes into picture. But the shrewd Stacy Milnes, the special assets officer for the bank, is out to get Witherman at any cost. Shaiken has a gift at getting readers to care about his characters. Despite Witherman’s rough-around-the-edges persona, there is a haunting sadness to his nature, making the reader care for with him. 3J makes for a gutsy, admirable heroine. Mystery and intrigue abound, but the real meat of the narrative lies in how Witherman manipulates his financial expertise and the resources available to him. Though the intricate financial crime makes the crux of the story, the focus of the novel remains on individual machinations. The storyline takes several dramatic turns, exploring Witherman’s fixation with his own family history. Shaiken skillfully captures the rhythms of the busy life of Kansas City while making legal and financial minutiae comprehensible. This is a rousing outing from a talented author.
Categories: Non Fiction