Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: The Shyster's Daughter by Paula Priamos

The Shyster's Daughter
About the book:  A unique blend of coming-of-age tale and detective noir, The Shyster's Daughter tells a deeply personal and yet universal immigrant story about the strength of family ties and walks the SoCal mean streets of James Ellroy’s My Dark Places.

As the daughter of a defense attorney, Paula was raised in and out of courtrooms. Unbeknownst to her family, she witnessed her father––the very man who defended such criminals as suspected murderers, rapists, high-level drug dealers, and white collar criminals––become one himself. When her father mysteriously dies, Priamos starts to investigate into his death. Her findings reveal a side of her father that wreaks havoc with the image of the hard-working and honest man her family has come to cherish and lead to a stunning revelation on how we choose to remember our family.
Paula Priamos Bio:
Based in Los Angeles, Paula Priamos has written for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post. She teaches at California State University San Bernadino and lives in Southern California with her husband, author James Brown, and stepsons.
 For more info on Paula Priamos, visit: http://www.paulapriamos.com.

From the moment I started this book I could not put it down. Priamos pulls you into the world she lived, which was not always glamorous.  Priamos' life was full of disappointments and heartache.  But through the story she shares how she was not only able to forgive her father for all of his wrong doings, but also how she learned some very valuable lessons along the way. This memoir brought to light the mystery regarding Priamos' father's murder.  I really liked how every other chapter is quotes from family and friends – they add to the mystery of her fathers life and death and show the love  Priamos felt for her dad.  I really enjoyed this novel and rate is 4 STARS.


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