My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Identity Crisis follows former public defender Sam (Stephanie Anne) McRae as she works to clear her client of a murder charge which turns out to be anything but simple. The clues lead her into a case involving identity theft, ties to the mob, a fire in a school lab, and revenge.
Sam’s practice doesn’t make a lot of money. She shares an office building–and a receptionist–with an accountant, her car is an old beater that barely runs, she lives in a small apartment and has trouble paying her bills.
I got the impression that her lack of income has to do with her devotion to her clients, who aren’t necessarily corporate climbers. This makes her the kind of heroine we like to root for.
Not only is this a good mystery, but Mack–an attorney herself–is a good writer. Without slowing the story she makes her setting (Maryland during a hot sticky summer) come alive. She uses a few well-chosen words to give substance to the scenes and to the locale. She even puts in details about the accents of people from different parts of the state.
All in all, this is a good read. I highly recommend it.
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