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BOOK REVIEW: NOTORIOUS
BY MICHELE MARTINEZ

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



Returning with her fourth case in Notorious, Melanie Vargas is prosecuting rapper Atari Briggs. However, nothing is simple for Vargas, and this case is no exception. First, just before the trial is to begin, opposing counsel, Lester Poe contacts Vargas saying his client would like to turn state's evidence in return for a plea. However, when a car bomb explodes outside the court house killing Poe, the case is blown wide open. Although Vargas knew Poe, it turns out she really knew very little about his life. Poe's former wife is one of the most pathetic yet interesting characters in this book.

As seems to be almost a patent formula for legal thrillers, there is information leaked that nearly has to be an inside job and there are threats to the witnesses in the case. I'm not knocking Martinez on this. These two things must be rampant in the legal community, because they appear in nearly every legal thriller. It's the how it's done that makes the story and Martinez has used them to come up with some interesting plot twists.

There are several returning themes in this book. Vargas is a single mother whose ex, though a crummy individual, is a good father. In this book, there are a couple of new developments added to that relationship. Vargas's relationship with Dan O'Reilly however is not nearly as prominent in this book as in the previous ones. The absence of that romance leaves a bit of a hole.

The book, in spite of running 350 plus pages long, is really a quick read. The chapters are short keeping the reader moving from scene to scene and the plot is pretty much action driven from start to finish. With summer coming, this would be the perfect pool or beach book.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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