In Joyce Strand’s earlier Jillian Hillcrest novel, On Message, we followed our intelligent, determined protagonist through the perils of a criminal conspiracy she encounters while attempting innocently to do her professional best as a PR executive for the biotech company Harmonia. The plot of Fair Disclosure follows a similar path except that this time, the crime in question at first seems to have nothing at all to do with the company or with Jillian’s position. I don’t think I’m giving too much away here by repeating the key phrase “at first.”
Several of the On Message characters reappear here, and how their lives have progressed since the earlier novel as well as how they integrate with Jillian’s life make for fascinating subplots as well as important elements of the action. Strand introduces new faces as well, including a fascinating and well-concealed villain whose identity you won’t (at least I didn’t) i.d. till near the very end.
To me, Strand’s at her best when interfacing the intricacies of the criminal plot with the in’s and out’s of a corporate environment to which few of us have been exposed. By the way, Jillian manages to extricate herself from her dangers this time without resorting to help from her underwear. (that’s a tease to get you to read On Message, which you’ll enjoy every bit as much as this one.) Beginning to end, this is an engaging read. Go for it.