by Jac Wright
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pub Date: Dec 2013
Genre: Young Adult
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Love is a battlefield.
The aftershocks of an affair reverberate out to those in the lives of the lovers, who will NOT take it lying down.
Jack Connor's lives an idyllic life by the Portsmouth seaside married to Caitlin McAllen, a stunning billionaire heiress, and working at his two jobs as the Head of Radar Engineering of Marine Electronics and as the Director of Engineering of McAllen BlackGold, his powerful father-in-law Douglas McAllen's extreme engineering company in Oil & Gas. He loves his two sons from his first marriage and is amicably divorced from his beautiful first wife Marianne Connor. Their delicately balanced lives are shattered when sexy Michelle Williams, with whom Jack is having a secret affair and who is pregnant with his child, is found dead and Jack is arrested on suspicion for the murder.
Jeremy Stone brings London's top defence attorney, John Stavers, to handle his best friend's defence.
Who is the bald man with the tattoo of a skull seen entering the victim's house? Who is "KC" who Caitlin makes secret calls to from a untraceable mobile? Has powerful Douglas McAllen already killed his daughter's first partner and is he capable of killing again? Is Caitlin's brother Ronnie McAllen's power struggle with Jack for the control of McAllen Industries so intense that he is prepared to kill and frame his brother-in-law? Is the divorce from Jack's first wife as amicable on her part as they believe it to be? Are his sons prepared to kill for their vast inheritance? Who are the ghosts from Caitlin's past in Aberdeen, Scotland haunting the marriage? What is the involvement of Jack's manager at Marine Electronics?
The cast of characters is made even more colorful by the supporting entourage: the big Scott and his gang, Hosé and Heineken, who carry out Douglas McAllen’s “troubleshooting;” McAllens' bumbling solicitors McKinley and Magnus Laird; Caitlin McAllen’s handymen, Cossack and Levent; and Jeremy’s sidekick, the gay black actor working in the London West End.
While Jack is charged and his murder trial proceeds in the Crown Court under barrister John Stavers’ expert care, Jeremy runs a race against time to find the real killer and save his friend's life, if he is in fact innocent, in a tense saga of love, desire, power, and ambition.
My Review: So who likes murder and mystery stories? I enjoy reading mysteries, with the occasional no murder involved. (Yes some mysteries have no murder, shocker!) Though this book does involve murder. This book was thrown together very well and will make you think of some old time quotes, if you have ever read some older mystery books.
You get the fun sexy and seductive mistress of a very well know engineer. Then out of the blue she is found dead by poison. Who to blame? The engineer, his friend, or some complete stranger? Well of course Jack is the one to get blamed. Obvious? Maybe, or maybe they just want an easy person to blame. You will be surprised who is really behind, or maybe you are a good detective and will know who it is, before you get to that part. Watch yourself, this book will twist and turn, just when you least expect it.
So when Jack is blamed, he seeks the help of a top attorney. So attorney Harry will start his own investigation, to put the right person behind bars. You know how that goes. Starts off slow and then things get crazy and twisted, things aren't so safe anymore. All these things lead to a good investigation, because it always gets the real bad guy.
I did enjoy this book and the flow of it. With all the twists and turns this book has, you will not stop reading until you get all the answers and the truth behind the real killer of the engineers mistress.