Lawyer/mountain-biker Hannah Dain battles fraud, family secrets, and murder in the blazing Arizona desert.

Winner, Mystery Category, Colorado Gold Writing Contest
Nominee, Calavera Award (Best Regional Mystery), Left Coast Crime
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This book sizzles and it’s not just the Arizona heat!

Sue Grafton, EdgarŽ Award-winning author

Twist Phelan knows of what she writes. Family Claims is as full as a lawyer’s briefcase with character and good storytelling. Phelan is on her way!

Michael Connelly, EdgarŽ Award-winning author

Phelan . . . vividly evokes the Arizona desert and thrills with convincing legal detail. . . . Hannah [Dain] makes a sympathetic and appealing heroine likely to have an interesting future.

Publishers Weekly

Phelan creates appealing characters and paints a vivid portrait of the Arizona desert. A nice alternative for legal-thriller fans tired of the Grisham high-concept steamroller.


Phelan’s writing has a spare toughness and lack of sentimentality that barrels you through the rough spots like a good road bike. Best of all are the legal details, those tiny moments of advice and decision that fill a lawyer’s day.

Chicago Tribune

Satisfying, well-plotted mystery.

Florida Sun-Sentinel