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Joyce Strand brings to life the ins-and-outs of a how a biotech company works, from funding to research to setting up and running the trials to getting the media on board. It's a competitive ruthless world out there, with money and reputations and people's lives at stake, yet Jillian manages to live in it with ethics and compassion. Jillian is also passionate about her career in public relations, and, in addition to her job, spends a lot of time promoting her field.
When Jillian is pulled into the investigation by a San Francisco police detective, she doesn't think she could be at risk. But when there's a second murder, the stakes get higher, and Jillian finds herself in danger. There are plenty of twists and turns and red herrings in this mystery and I was guessing until the end. I liked Jillian and as I live near the Bay Area, I loved reading about San Francisco, Redwood City, Woodside and places in between. OPEN MEETINGS, the next in the series, is on my to-read list.
If there was a storyline here, I missed it, between flashbacks and bits of information that might have been storylines eventually and overexplanation of irrelevant bits of Jillian's history and even sports references. It didn't help that an ethical PR person overstrained my willingness to suspend disbelief. Strand really needs to learn to apply the "is this necessary to develop the plot?" rule and ruthlessly toss out everything else, rather than falling in love with her writing and boring the reader. I got about a quarter of the way through and then couldn't stand it any more. Spelling, grammar, and formatting were okay, and the title was somewhat related to the events in the book.
I understand there is another book on its way, and I'm looking forward to its arrival!