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For state prosecutor Bradlee Aames, psychosis is a fact of life, a waking nightmare from which modern medicine’s soulless jargon and mind-numbing meds have offered little relief. Bradlee stays focused by winning trial after trial, even while she’s self-medicating with booze, dope, and midnight surfing sessions at a classic LA point break. But when a thick fog of delusions engulfs her, she blows a case, and her reputation and competence are called into question. To rehabilitate her career, her boss gives her an easy assignment: Dr. Don, a popular TV shrink and former state Medical Board expert, now stands accused of sexually exploiting a vulnerable female patient, yet the broken woman won’t testify. If Bradlee can settle the matter quietly, the board, avoiding further embarrassment, will be pleased. But Bradlee Aames doesn’t do things the easy way—not when a predator like Dr. Don is primed to debase more helpless women.
Illusive LA is the gritty, sun-blasted setting for He Said, She Said, a thrilling story of trust, betrayal, truth, and deception. Told from multiple perspectives, it affords the reader a front-row seat to a tense legal battle while exploring the many human consequences of power and corruption.
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More is decidedly less in this meandering legal thriller from DeCure (Reef Dance). Deputy attorney general Bradlee Aames, whose "life is an endless, all-consuming struggle with perception," goes after the licenses of bad doctors for the California medical board. But she's been covering only minor cases after she mishandled an assignment while stoned. Her married boss, Raul Mendibles, is obsessed with Bradlee, whom he views as a walking reminder that he's just a "weak little sinner." The two clash over the sexual misconduct case of psychiatrist Donald Fallon (aka Dr. Don, a former TV personality). Board president Everett Coughlin insists that Dr. Don, who helped the board recently, get just a slap on the wrist, an outrageous outcome that Bradlee fights tooth and nail. Unfortunately, DeCure tells the story from not just the viewpoints of Bradlee and Mendibles but also those of multiple supporting characters, none of whom are sympathetic or engaging.