Marshmallow thoughts~The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive. Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows. What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.
In a small town of Texas, a majority of the people are working at the large oil refinery, PetroPlex. Many of the workers are getting sick and some even caught cancer. Gracie Miller lost her husband to cancer after working at the refinery. Chloe Taylor is trying to prove that the company is responsible for the pollution and deaths of the workers. But on the day before the trial, her expert witness was found dead, rather suspiciously. Then Chloe reaslises that she is in for a bigger game.
I love the fast pace action and seriousness (and funny!) this story brings. There's a lot of that 'James Bond moment' which I really like and of course Chloe didn't work alone. She have her own knight in shining armour, Nash and her ever loyal paralegal, Miles. I found Miles to be quite funny and Chloe can sometimes be quite sarcastic and funny too so you can expect quite a lot of funny moment and it won't be so serious all the time.This book brings a lot of action and there's a lot of legal information inserted but Castle write it in such a way that everyone with no lawyer degree could also understand. If you are into such books then this book will be perfect for you.
About the author:
Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism. She lives in Dallas with her husband and three dogs: Gracie, Lucy, and Mouse.
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