The Dark of Day

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Fiction - 574 pages
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Miamis hard-partying culture is the backdrop for Parkers latest, a stand-alone featuring CJ Dunn, defense lawyer to the rich and famous. CJ knows a lot about partying, having done her share with boyfriend Billy Medina, who throws some of the classiest galas in town. When pretty Alana Martin disappears from one of them, Rick Slater, bodyguard-driver of a local politician, is tagged as the last to see her, and CJ, with a possible CNN gig to entice her, agrees to manage the fallout. Slater claims he is innocent, but as curious CJ investigates, she finds herself not only becoming more skeptical of her client but also recalling her own youthful mistakes. Parkers earlier novels, especially her Gail Connor series, have earned kudos, but this one is less successful. The multiple story threads mostly come together by the close, but not without some stretching, and the prose this time sometimes verges close to clich. That said, Parker has her fans, and female lawyers are a hot commodity in the genre at the moment.
 

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Contents

chapter THREE
30
chapter FOUR
47
chapter FIVE
61
chapter SIX
76
chapter EIGHT
101
chapter TEN
118
chapter ELEVEN
132
chapter THIRTEEN
154
chapter SEVENTEEN
217
chapter NINETEEN
247
chapter TWENTYONE
266
chapter TWENTYTHREE
288
chapter TWENTYFOUR
306
chapter TWENTYFIVE
323
chapter TWENTYSIX
338
chapter TWENTYSEVEN
354

chapter FOURTEEN
172
chapter SIXTEEN
199

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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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