Spurred Ambition [LARGE TYPE EDITION] (Pinnacle Peak Series)

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9781590581742: Spurred Ambition [LARGE TYPE EDITION] (Pinnacle Peak Series)

After her first attempt at breaking and entering, business attorney Hannah Dain heads for the cliffs of Pinnacle Peak, Arizona to rock climb—and winds up in the middle of an anti-Indian protest turned violent. She escapes, but makes an enemy. This is the least of her worries, as a recent shocking family revelation sends her on a hunt for someone who has been gone for almost thirty years—someone who may not want to be found.
Then Hannah meets Tony Soto. From the moment he saves her from a climbing mishap, Hannah is beguiled by the Native American/Latino who is passionately committed to the betterment of his tribe. What becomes a near-fatal attraction jeopardizes Hannah's relationship with her boyfriend, Cooper Smith, and enmeshes her in a kidnapping tied to a complex securities fraud.
Is Tony an innocent victim, or is he part of an elaborate financial hoax where more than money is at stake? When murder ratchets up the ante, only by taking a gutsy chance can Hannah unravel the scheme and find the key to the mystery of her past.
After her first attempt at breaking and entering, business attorney Hannah Dain heads for the cliffs of Pinnacle Peak, Arizona to rock climb—and winds up in the middle of an anti-Indian protest turned violent. She escapes, but makes an enemy. This is the least of her worries, as a recent shocking family revelation sends her on a hunt for someone who has been gone for almost thirty years—someone who may not want to be found.
Then Hannah meets Tony Soto. From the moment he saves her from a climbing mishap, Hannah is beguiled by the Native American/Latino who is passionately committed to the betterment of his tribe. What becomes a near-fatal attraction jeopardizes Hannah's relationship with her boyfriend, Cooper Smith, and enmeshes her in a kidnapping tied to a complex securities fraud.
Is Tony an innocent victim, or is he part of an elaborate financial hoax where more than money is at stake? When murder ratchets up the ante, only by taking a gutsy chance can Hannah unravel the scheme and find the key to the mystery of her past.

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Twist received her bachelor and law degrees from Stanford University, completing her undergraduate studies in two years. Success as a plaintiffs' trial lawyer enabled her to retire in her early thirties. Since then, Twist has been a world traveler and endurance athlete. A different sport figures into each of her legal-themed mysteries, which are set in the fictitious Arizona town of Pinnacle Peak. www.twistphelan.com.

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Rock climbing is the terrifying amusement of choice in "Spurred Ambition," the third mystery by attorney and extreme sports enthusiast Twist Phelan, whose Hannah Dain could probably whip any wimpy lawyer hero created by the likes of John Grisham or Lisa Scottoline with one arm tied behind her back. Taking a break from the affairs of her family, who make King Lear's outfit look like a Hallmark production, Dain is working out some of her anger and angst on a challenging cliff outside of her Arizona hometown, Pinnacle Peak. Then a shoulder gives out; she is in big trouble--a long way from the ground. Fortunately, another climber--a handsome and muscular fellow--hears her cries for help and gets her down. As luck would have it, her lifesaver, Tony Soto, is a leader of the local Indian tribe for which Dain has agreed to do some legal work. A budding romance between them is interrupted by Soto's kidnapping--either because he has been too passionate about tribal rights or because he's involved in a major swindle. Dain copes admirably--and keeps us a few breaths short of hyperventilation once again. – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune (2/5/2006)

The view from the top of the mountain isn't at all what Hannah expected....

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a Calavera Award nominee...
"Phelan vividly evokes the Arizona desert and thrills with convincing legal detail. Hannah [Dain] makes a sympathetic and appealing heroine likely to have an interesting future."
-- Publishers Weekly

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