Invasion of Privacy begins, oddly enough, with an invasion of privacy court trial. Jonathan and Jessica Sweet are suing to stop Terry London from releasing her movie. Where is Tamara Sweet? focuses on the mysterious disappearance of the Sweet's 18 year-old daughter over a decade ago. It seems the film portrays the parents in a very negative light and they don't want others to see it.
Nina Reilly defends Terry London and her right to show the movie. It turns out the filmmaker is a mean, unstable, vindictive woman. Nina regrets ever representing her client and attempts to remove herself from the case.
Meanwhile, on the homefront, Nina's 11 year-old son, Bob, starts asking questions about the father he's never known. Nina fell in love with Kurt Scott twelve years ago. He left abruptly, never knowing he had a son. Nina moved on raising Bob alone. The young boy starts a dangerous ball rolling when he sets out to find his dad without the consent of his mother.
Nina is quite surprised when she learns that Terry London has been shot and killed. The real shocker comes with the naming of a suspect: Kurt Scott. It seems Kurt was once married to Terry and their break-up 12 years ago was quite nasty.
It's been a while since she saw him, but Nina knows Kurt is innocent. She disregards past feelings in order to defend the father of her child.
The case against Kurt doesn't look good. The evening of the murder, he was picked up by the police with blood on his clothes. The arresting officer reports that Kurt said "She's been shot." On top of that, Terry had the camera rolling as she died, supposedly after Kurt shot her and left. Her haunting final words implicate Kurt.
What starts as a simple civil case quickly evolves into a murder investigation. Who would want to kill Terry London? There are plenty of suspects, including the Sweets, Tamara's old friends, and Terry's old hippie neighbor. The answers are there, if only Nina can find them.
Invasion of Privacy chronicles Nina's search for the truth. This is the second installment of the popular O'Shaughnessy series. Motion to Suppress introduced Nina Reilly and her cast. The first book explains how the leading lady got to Lake Tahoe and set up her own legal practice. This second installment picks up the story several months later. The characters from Motion to Suppress are back including Nina's brother and sister-in-law, Sandy the cranky assistant, Collier the tough-but-fair prosecutor and Paul the private-eye/possible love interest.
The plot is moderately suspenseful. Nina's family has a big role in this crime and it's resolution, making the sequence of events look like a generous coincidence. The characters are either good or bad because the author says so and nothing else. Even the reasons behind the crimes aren't exactly convincing. The final showdown isn't too shocking.
Still O'Shaugnessy, the singular pen name of two sisters, has created a fun series. Nina Reilly is a lawyer with heart and guts. Readers should enjoy this set of legal thrillers. As a teaser at the end of this book, Nina is given another possible love interest to explore.
Though Invasion of Privacy isn't the best of the series, it still must be read. The book provides key information about Nina's past that helps readers develop a complete background of the leading lady. The relationship between Kurt and Nina is hinted at in the first installment and the beans are fully spilled here. Learn why Kurt left so long ago and why Nina is willing to defend his life regardless.