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Blood Relations by Barbara Parker
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Blood Relations (1996)

by Barbara Parker

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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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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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Several rich and influential men are charged with raping a teenage model in a Miami night club. The hero is prosecutor Sam Hagen, who must navigate the political waters of the case. His boss wants the case dropped and the tourist industry does not want bad publicity. If he rubs these people the wrong way, Hagen could lose his chance to be Florida's next state attorney. By the author of Suspicion of Innocence.… (more)

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