Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: When the Devil Whistles
Author: Rick Acker
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Los Angeles CA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Rick's Website/Blog: www.rickacker.com
This is an edge-of-your chair read. Excellent plot, characters and a lot of action.
Connor Norman is a lawyer with a prestigious firm in Los Angeles. He does a lot of work for the California Department of Justice and Deputy Attorney General Max Volusca helping to sue companies that try and cheat the State of California on big projects such as roads and buildings. Allie Whitman is a professional whistleblower who works as a temp in large companies and tries to find out if they are cheating the State and when she does, turns over the information that she finds to Connor. Connor is Allie's lawyer and they have formed a company called "The Devil to Pay." The two of them love to make corporate America pay their dues. Unfortunately, Allie makes some mistakes and is found out by the company she is currently working for. They blackmail her into working for a rival company and giving the State wrong information to lose a big contract for them. Allie's recent actions have destroyed Connor's trust in her and she is on the way to destroying her livelihood and perhaps her life.
This book is very convoluted but, if you pay strict attention, you will enjoy it. The fact is there are a lot of whistleblowers out there that try to find evidence of fraud in Government contracts. They have to be very good at it not to get caught. If you enjoy a good mystery, you will love this book. I liked the fast-paced actions scenes in the book and the way everything was settled. So, enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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