A Maeve Malloy Mystery
by Keenan Powell
“A riveting legal procedural set in Anchorage’s mean streets, Deadly Solution introduces my new favorite fictional female defense attorney, Maeve Malloy.” – Hallie Ephron, NY Times bestselling author of You’ll Never Know, Dear.
Less than a year after drinking sidelined her career as a public defender in Anchorage, Alaska, Maeve Malloy is asked to defend an Aleut Indian accused of beating another homeless man to death. With no witnesses to the crime and a client who claims to have no knowledge of the night of the murder due to a blackout, the case is stacked against them.
As Maeve works to maintain her sobriety, she and her investigator Tom Sinclair search for answers in homeless camps, roadside bars, and biker gang hangouts. When they uncover more than a few people with motives all their own for wanting the victim dead, they are determined to prove their client’s innocence before he is sentenced to a life behind bars for a crime he swears he didn’t commit.
When Maeve and Tom discover there may be a link to an unusually high number of deaths among the homeless community, the search is on for a killer hunting among the most vulnerable members of society.
Born in Roswell, New Mexico, several years after certain out-of-towners visited, Keenan Powell, the daughter of an Air Force pilot, grew up moving from base to base.
The family ultimately settled in northern California where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. One summer during law school, she visited a friend in Anchorage, Alaska. Upon stepping off the plane, she picked the next place to go. The day after graduation, she moved to Anchorage.
Her first artistic endeavor was drawing, which led to illustrating the original Dungeons and Dragons (known as Original Dungeons and Dragons) when still in high school.
A past winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic grant, her publications include Criminal Law 101 in the June 2015 issue of The Writer magazine and several short stories. She is currently writing the legal column, Ipso Facto, for the Guppies’ newsletter, First Draft, and blogging with the Mysteristas.
Keenan still lives, and practices law, in Anchorage. When not writing or lawyering, she can be found riding her bike, hanging out with her Irish Wolfhound, studying the concert harp, or dinking around with oil paints.