Prey to All by Natasha Cooper
(Trish Maguire Mysteries)

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Barrister Trish Maguire has too much on her plate: not only is she swamped with work, but her father has just suffered a heart attack and he's not likely to pull through. The last thing Trish needs now is a seemingly unsolvable case, one closer to her heart than she ever would have thought possible. But inconvenience has never stopped this tenacious, young lawyer from taking on a case.

The woman Trish chooses to defend, Deb Gibbert, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her father. With almost no one on her side, not even her public defender, Deb cannot hope to see the light of day ever again. That is, unless she can convince someone like Trish of her innocence. But Trish needs no convincing-upon hearing Deb recount the details of the night her father died, Trish comes to believe that circumstantial evidence convicted this innocent daughter and mother of four. Staying up nights in the intensive care unit to watch over her unconscious father gives Trish time to reflect upon the case against her client. As Trish delves deeper into the case, doubts begin to cloud her judgment: perhaps Deb is a ruthless killer who deserves her sentence. But Trish's nerves are stretched to breaking point when one of Deb's only supporters is shot dead at his own front door. With an unflagging faith in equal justice, Trish finds herself face to face with several truths, each tantalizing her further into a giant hall of mirrors. Prey to All is as rich in compassion as it is in anger, and the interwoven subplots turn what seems a simple case into a test of faith.


About Natasha Cooper

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Natasha Cooper is an ex-publisher, past chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and lifelong Londoner who sets her novels in the city that she loves. She also writes for a variety of newspapers and journals, and has contributed to many radio programs in the UK. She regularly speaks at crime writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, including an appearance as toastmistress at Bouchercon 2004. In 2002, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that goes to “the author whose work has given most pleasure to readers.”
Published December 14, 2000 by Minotaur Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Trish Maguire's never had much to do with her dad, who abandoned her and her mum years ago and is now in the hospital fighting off the effects of a coronary.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Prey to All (Trish Maguire My...

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Readers who persevere with this somewhat languid contemporary British mystery will find it picks up speed toward the end. Comely barrister Trish McGuire usually argues child abuse cases before the bar

Dec 04 2000 | Read Full Review of Prey to All (Trish Maguire My...

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