by Debbi Mack


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Lawyer Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s stay in Ocean City for the annual convention of the Maryland State Bar Association becomes a busman’s holiday when her best friend Jamila is arrested for murder. All signs point to a frame-up, but Jamila’s local counsel advises her to plea bargain. This would permanently stain the ambitious attorney’s spotless record, unless Sam and a private investigator can find evidence to clear her.

Sam’s work is cut out for her, since the victim is the stepson of a local wealthy entrepreneur and poultry producer. No one will talk to her, including the lawyer's investigator. Even Jamila seems to be withholding information. Meanwhile, Sam is running from mysterious pursuers and comes under police scrutiny when another murder takes place.

With the clock ticking down to the convention and Jamila’s preliminary hearing, Sam must uncover secrets, lies, and fraud to find the real killer. Are the stakes too high for Sam?

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ISBN-13: 9780982950852
Publisher: Renegade Press
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Series: Sam McRae Mystery , #3
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Riptide 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Benjamin_Sobieck More than 1 year ago
Riptide, the latest in the Sam McRae series by Debbi Mack, launches its tough and sardonic protagonist head-first into a herd of sacred cows. Then it asks the reader not to get ran over by the stampede. The pay-off is a fast-paced, compelling crime novel that leaves the reader as buzzed and breathless as the Running of the Bulls. The herd of sacred cows includes racism, illegal immigration, factory farming, human smuggling, xenophobia, overseas tax shelters, crooked charities and good ol' boy-ism. They're corraled just below the surface of a coastal city commited to looking the other way. Author Mack weaves these social issues tightly around a whodunit involving the framing of Sam's friend Jamila for the murder of a notorious local. The fact Jamila is black, not a local and a lawyer makes her an easy target in a town where all three of those qualities is a crime unto themselves. Sam works to clear her friend's name, and unravels a larger criminal enterprise. Her investigation encounters the brutal conditions at a factory farm, the unapologetic mistreatment of immigrant workers, a double-standard for the rich of the city and so many conflicts of interest that nothing can be done about any of it. If all this sounds like a bit much for one crime novel to tackle, you'd be right. Yet author Mack found a way to conduct each of these parts into a pitch-perfect symphony. From the first page to the last, the story never stumbled over itself. Mack's writing is tight as a drum. I slammed this novel in two days. I couldn't wait to turn the page. Much of that has to do with the strong lead in Sam. She has a hard bark on her, but her sarcasm lightens the crushing seriousness of the mystery. Were it not for this balanced approach, the weight of the social issues in the story would diminish its readability. She's a hero to the story and the reader. Get dragged under by Riptide. If you're not already a fan of the Sam McRae series, you will be after this read.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Want a good, fast-paced mystery? Once again, Debbi Mack has scored a hit, this time with Riptide, the latest outing in the Sam McRae series. Here, attorney Stephanie Ann McRae (Sam) accompanies her friend Jamila, who is scheduled to speak at a Bar Association convention. Sam, who doesn't care about the boring convention, is looking forward to a nice vacation by the sea. It doesn't turn out that way, though, as Sam is roused in the middle of the night to see her friend taken for questioning in a murder. Sam and Jamila had encountered the murder victim, a racist redneck, in previous confrontations, and when personal items of Jamila are found by the victim, the locals assume she is the killer. She hires a defense attorney, but they're up against a powerful, vengeful local family-- of which the deceased was a member. Sam, of course, is not about to let her friend get railroaded, and starts investigating. Things just keep getting worse, as the weight of evidence mounts against her friend. Complicating things is the arrival of other people Sam has had encounters with-- some bad, some good, but of a nature Sam doesn't want to admit to. As Sam tries to unravel the threads of what happened, she runs into a number of hostile folk, and eventually stumbles across a web of secrets and corruption. She is dogged in her pursuit of the truth, and manages to pry little bits of the puzzle out of reluctant witnesses and put the pieces together. She finds herself enmeshed in an alien world. Suffering hounding reporters, shadowy people following her, and malicious vandals, Sam tenaciously ferrets out the truth. Another murder raises the stakes, and Sam must then race against time to expose the killer, as she herself comes under suspicion. Sam is a great character, nice to the nice people, but sassy and snappy to the jerks. She has a quick temper for injustice, and is not afraid to speak her mind. She bribes, cajoles, and confronts people in an effort to find information. She even marches right into the lion's den, unstoppable in her quest to exonerate Jamila. This is the third outing of Sam McRae. You'll want to read the first two, Identity Crisis and Least Wanted.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Stephanie (Sam) McRae is attending the annual bar association convention .. something she really didn't want to do. But here she is ..and sure enough .. trouble is brewing. Her best friend, Jamila, is arrested for murder that she says she didn't do. Sam thinks that all the 'evidence' they have points to Jamila being framed for this crime. Sam teams up with a private investigator and finds that no one will talk to them. The victim is the stepson of a very wealthy local businessman. And thinks only get worse when Sam realizes the Jamila may be keeping secrets. It's like wading through quicksand to cut through all the lies, secrets, ,,, and then another body is found. I confess .. I haven't read the first two books in this series.... something I will soon be doing. Same is a great series character. She's a strong woman, fearless in he determination to see justice done, and she is so likeable. She's willing to go wherever she needs to in order to fight for her friend's innocence .. and bring closure to the families of the victims. This is well written with credible characters, and some surprising twists along the way. This one kept me glued to the pages and left me wanting more. Many thanks to the author/ BooksGoSocial / Netgalley for the digital copy of this mystery. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
KenL4 More than 1 year ago
Sam and Jamila get harassed by some locals. One of these men, Billy Ray was killed. Someone planted evidence to make it seem like Jamila was the killer, especially since she had a run in with Billy Ray. Sam does her own investigation since this is a closed community to outsiders. A surprise ending to this mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago