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Blood Relations (1996)

by Barbara Parker

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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… (more)

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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 profile party at a club by her on and off again drug dealing boyfriend. He gives her some pills and leads her up to the VIP lounge. Ali the young model is just in awe of the people that she is surrounded by. The next thing she remembers is that she is being gang-raped by three men in the room it's pretty brutal and when she tries to fight back she's tossed out of the club like garbage. Two of the men are pretty prominent players in the area. Her friend, Catelyn takes her to the hospital where she is treated and notify the police to what has happened.

The new State Attorney doesn't want to take the case because of the players involved and hands it off to one of one of his prosecutors, Sam Hagen who has been in Felony crimes for eighteen years and knows his way around a courtroom. The State Attorney is convinced that this will amount to nothing that Ali, the victim will realize that it's best to keep quite and the charges against these men will go away. But it only gets bigger until the case blows up in everyone's face.

Ms. Parker's books have a lot of characters each with their own POV. But they are all come together seamlessly. She really goes into detail regarding the court system and how it works. The many cases that the prosecutors are trying at once, she leaves out no details, but they aren't boring at all so you're not stuck in a slow rut with her novels. I think her novels stand out because of the time she spent in the Florida State Attorney's office as a prosecutor. She knows her stuff and that's one of the reasons her novels are so good because she writes about what she knows. Her novels are gritty, believable and she is missed.

This novel was written in the 90's so its fun to go back into time when things weren't so convenient.

But one thing for sure Ms. Parker's writing style is timeless. ( )
  sj1335 | Oct 27, 2015 |
PS3566 .A67475 B58 1996 (VJH Recreational Reading shelf)
  Farella | Mar 30, 2011 |
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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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When a rape case threatens some wealthy south Florida citizens, prosecutor Sam Hagan is under pressure to bury it. Sam, of course, won't be persuaded. As he forges ahead, however, stakes lead to murder. A fast-paced story with some graphic sex.
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