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****Case of Lies

by Perry O'Shaughnessy

Reviewed December 11, 2005.
Delacorte Press
, New York
, 2005.  390 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (MCN F OSH).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#4, Mystery)

A big thank you to my co-worker, Kim Schieber, for recommending this book to me.  She suspected I would like it because it features a mathematician who is trying to solve the mysteries of the primes.  She was right.  Though I liked it for more than that.  The heroine of the book, Nina Reilly, is a very likable character.

Nina, a lawyer who has moved back to Lake Tahoe, takes on a wrongful death lawsuit a couple of weeks before the two years to act have expired.  Sara Hanna was shot in a robbery of three college students who had scored big in the casinos and then left town.

I did especially enjoy the part about the robbery victims—MIT students with a system for winning at blackjack that matches the true story featured in Bringing Down the House.  That added an element of plausibility, even if I didn’t really buy the idea that someone would come up with a good method of characterizing primes and factoring large numbers.  However, I couldn’t have told you anything wrong with the mathematics, even with a Master’s in Math, so it was believably over my head!

Nina Reilly is a single Mom who wants to do the right thing and get to the bottom of the case.  Her search even takes her to Germany, and I liked that part, too.  There’s danger, mystery, and emotion.  I would like to read more of Perri O’Shaughnessy’s books.

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