The Identity Thief by R. Franklin James is the sixth book in the “Hollis Morgan” mystery series. Publisher: Camel Press, February 2018

Probate attorney Hollis Morgan is branching out into criminal law. Pardoned after serving time for her then-husband’s white-collar crime, she knows something about the workings of the criminal mind.

Hollis’ first criminal case quickly gets complicated. Her client is a young man initially accused of identity theft, but his charge soon includes murder. Hollis has a knack for detecting lies, and although Justin Eastland lies with every breath, she doesn’t believe he is a killer. Eastland is let out on bail as bait, and Hollis struggles to keep her client alive. She enlists the services of her young friend Vince, a former addict she helped get back on track, telling him to not let Eastland out of his sight. At the same time Hollis is handling a sensitive probate matter for a whistle-blower hiding from a revengeful cartel.

It has not been easy for Hollis to learn to trust again, and in both these cases, a surprising number of people are not telling her the whole story. She thinks she can sort the truths from the half-truths and the outright lies, but how reliable are her instincts? Hollis’ sense of justice does not always consider the law. If she’s wrong, her clients aren’t the only ones who could lose their lives.

The sixth and final book in the Hollis Morgan mystery series.
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A new chapter awaits Hollis as she takes on a criminal case. Also doing a favor for a friend results in a death and this is just the tip of the iceberg that sits on Hollis’ plate. From the first page until the last, the fast-paced and well-written drama immediately pulls me in and I don’t want it to stop. The suspense kept me glued to the pages as I had to know what was going to happen next. From Lindsay, to Justin to Leo, all wanting something but it’s those secrets that sets this story apart when they are uncovered. Kudos to the author who tells a story with great aplomb and narrative that had me peering into all the descriptors and dialogue just to get an idea of how this was all going to end. The intensity hits a frenetic pace as this drama winds down and all I could do is root that Hollis comes through. This is the best book in the series and I will miss Hollis and her friends.

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