Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons
November 8, 2011 / ISBN 978-1593156848
by Linda Morelli
AJ Palladino and Elizabeth Hardy are partners in a consumer advocacy
firm dealing primarily with environmental issues. One day Owen Grandel,
the owner of a nuclear plant in Colleton River, South Carolina,
asks for help. His is the only US plant that creates medical isotopes,
but recently it has suffered a series of mishaps. Owen has taken
measures to insure the accidents won't reoccur, but he wants their
firm to investigate the cause of the accidents. He especially needs
AJ's help in interfacing with the community and anti-nuclear groups
that are still protesting the plant. The decision is difficult for
AJ and Elizabeth, because it means betraying everything they believe
in, but they can use the money and the plant·s medical isotopes
can save millions of lives.
The job also means that AJ must leave her 9 year-old son, David,
with her ailing parents, a concern because the boy's father is dead
and the paternal grandfather would do anything to gain custody of
David. This latter sub-plot added tension to an already taut story,
especially when David goes missing. I felt a few scenes were a bit
far-fetched, but otherwise, the plot is solid and the pending danger
from terrorists realistic.
The dialogue is well done, though I found the authors' frequent
switch from first person perspective to third person a bit distracting.
The character descriptions and scenes were well-handled and visual,
thus enabling me to feel as though I was part of the action. The
plot is engrossing, the sub-plots entertaining, the action fast-paced,
and the story far too feasible for comfort.
Hot Water is an edge-of-the-seat page turner, an exciting
environmental thriller and a fast, enjoyable read.