Blood Relations

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Dutton, 1996 - Fiction - 374 pages
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"The girl is beautiful, the crime ugly. A seventeen-year-old model alleges she was sexually attacked in the VIP room of a South Beach nightclub by three men - a drug dealer, a film star, and a wealthy player in the international fashion industry. They say she's lying. It's up to Sam Hagen, head of Major Crimes for Dade County, to decide if they should be put on trial." "Hagen's ambition to become the next state attorney outweighs his reluctance to be drawn back into the moral twilight of South Beach, where his son died the year before in a tragic accident. A veteran prosecutor, Hagen knows how to play the odds in a system where reality can be shaded and justice subverted. Still he is unprepared for the quicksand that awaits when he steps into a case that becomes darker at every turn. Nor does he suspect how the case will intersect with his own very vulnerable private life - passion at war with duty, a damaged marriage, and the mistress he gave up but cannot forget."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - sj1335 - LibraryThing

The setting for this novel is the glitzy South Beach area, where all the models and high rollers like to come out to play at night. This is where the novel begins, a young model is invited to a high ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A high-profile rape case lands the prosecuting attorney in more trouble than the victim or the defendants ever dreamed of. Rookie model Ali Duncan, 17, sure didn't pick the right people to get ... Read full review


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Barbara Parker was born in Columbia, South Carolina on January 28, 1947. She studied drama at the University of South Florida. Before graduation she switched her major to history and then went to law school at the University of Miami. She worked as a prosecutor in the state attorney's office in Miami and then went into private practice. She also received a master's degree in creative writing from Florida International University (Miami). Initially, she began writing stories for her son, but it soon became a hobby and eventually her new career. Her first mystery, Suspicion of Innocence, was published in 1994 and became a CBS Movie of the Week entitled Sisters and Other Strangers. She wrote 12 novels during her lifetime including Blood Relations, Criminal Justice, The Dark of Day, and the Suspicion series. She died on March 7, 2009 at the age of 62.

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