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“Tireman was caught between his desire to be good and his demand for justice. He’d come to America for the dream, and his dream was now tarnished.” When lawyer Merit Bridges catches wind of Tireman’s predicament, she places herself firmly in batting position. Fighting for the underdog is her game and her legal team of slightly nontraditional members loyally stands firmly by her side. She even finds a role for her latest sexy boy toy before professional greed clouds his otherwise perfect existence in her world. When Tireman’s legal defense gets far uglier than Merit expected, thoughts of any youthful sexual diversion fall by the wayside, leaving her determined to keep her family and friends safe.
First things first, though. Merit must learn to use a gun and, in doing so, work on exorcising the demons that plague her thoughts. Since her husband took his own life with a hand gun, Merit is not altogether sold on wielding her own. Cryptic text messages, an evident home break in, several close calls on the highway, and reports from her son of a strange man reappearing at odd times in equally odd places encourage Merit to pay attention to the weird prickling in her arm pits and take heed of these premonitions of danger. Maybe she really does need a gun.
In this highly energetic story told in the fashion of bestselling author Sue Grafton, Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King provides a believable and twisted story of revenge and legal consequences. Author Manning Wolfe makes her mark among female crime story tellers with what could be the next big series on the market. The sentence structure and use of relatable language make this an exciting read for fans of mainstream crime fiction. Even with a firm emphasis on the story plot, Wolfe incorporates a fun parallel with the main character’s personal life that lends a necessary human element to the story.