NO SHOW OF REMORSE: A Malachy Foley Mystery

David J. Walker, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur $23.95 (292p) ISBN 978-0-312-25240-3

The fourth novel in Walker's Malachy (that's Mala-key) Foley series (Fixed in His Folly, etc.) takes a while to warm up, but once it's got up a head of steam, it moves nicely along. Chicago-based Malachy is a man of great principle—or is simply pig-headed, depending on how you look at it. Years ago when he used to be a lawyer, he promised a client that he wouldn't reveal a confidence. Although the court ruled that under the circumstances the attorney-client privilege didn't apply, Malachy refused to go back on his word. The court took his license to practice law, but Malachy wasn't particularly upset (and he found he liked playing private eye). But when he later petitions to have his license reinstated, the case comes back to haunt him. On the one hand, someone is determined to discourage him with threats; on the other, it seems that some people in high places want to help his case for no good reason. It all comes back to an old drug deal gone bad, one that got three crooked cops shot while someone who was involved made off with a half-million dollars and a load of cocaine. Whoever it was thinks Malachy knows too much, but Malachy would be content to forget everything—that is, until a friend of his winds up nearly beaten to death and his principles get the better of him again. This may not be the best in the series, but it's still a solid read. Agent, Jane Jordan Browne. (Mar. 25)

FYI:Walker is also the author of The End of Emerald Woods (Forecasts, Nov. 6, 2000) and other novels in the Wild Onion, Ltd., series.

Reviewed on: 02/04/2002
Release date: 04/01/2002
Genre: Fiction
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