When the Devil Whistles   -     By: Rick Acker
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When the Devil Whistles

Abingdon Press / 2010 / Paperback

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Professional whistle-blower Allie Whitman and gifted litigator Connor Norman work together filing lawsuits---and collecting a generous salary when defendants settle. But when one of their targets turns the tables and comes after Allie, can the two partners win against a shadowy company that has secrets darker than just padded bills? 400 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426707673
ISBN-13: 9781426707674
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“I didn’t have a choice. I didn’t.” That’s what Allie Whitman tells herself every night as she lies awake. Sometimes she even believes it. But mostly she knows deep down that her inability to make a hard choice has put millions of lives at risk, including her own. Now the only one who can help her is her lawyer, Connor Norman. Unfortunately, Allie’s actions have destroyed Connor’s trust in her—and may destroy much, much more.

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Rick Acker is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. He prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits like those described in When the Devil Whistles. He has led confidential investigations into a number of large and sensitive cases that made headlines in and out of California. Rick holds law degrees from the University of Oslo and the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. In addition to his novels, he is a contributing author on two legal treatises published by the American Bar Association. Rick lives with his wife in the San Francisco area. Visit him on the Web at: www.rickacker.com.


When the Devil Whistles, a thriller by Rick Acker, tells the story of a “whistleblower” and her lawyer as they get themselves into more trouble than they know how to handle. The story focuses heavily on the legal issues surrounding the protagonist’s career as a whistleblower (someone who gives insider information to the IRS or other government agencies when money or materials are mishandled or used illegally), and sometimes gets a bit bogged down in detail. Though it is clear the author is knowledgeable in his field, the story sometimes pays the price in the overzealous descriptions and explanations.

There is also a clear lack of spiritual focus in the story. One of the protagonists occasionally will mention God and send up a short prayer for guidance, but this seems out of character for him or her and almost appears to have been added to fill space. Nevertheless, the characters themselves go through clear and beneficial changes, gaining, at the very least, a more Christian morality.

I would recommend this book mostly for those who already have a basic understanding of legal practices and have the time for a lengthy and sometimes slow story. – Jordan A. Rockey, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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