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By Peter Israel. 1988
An attorney tries to protect a science fiction writer from a galaxy of would-be killers Thirty minutes north of Central… Park, Philip Revere finds himself in a world of spacious lawns, jogging suits, and extreme, unabashed wealth. He has come to confer with Raul Bashard, a titan of science fiction whose imminent death has been rumored for years. Revere represents Bashard's lawyer, Charles Camelot, an all-powerful attorney better known as the Counselor. Revere expects this to be nothing more than an errand--a contract dispute or a question of royalties--but Bashard has something deadly on his mind. After decades of being menaced by fans, Bashard has attracted the attention of a far more determined adversary: the Internal Revenue Service. Its attention has become so acute that the author has begun to fear for his life. Revere writes this off as artistic paranoia, but when Bashard is beaten to death in his sleep, the affair becomes a case only Camelot can solve.
By Howard Fast. 2011
A lawyer scrambles to save a judge-killing hooker from the gallows No women have been hanged in San Verdo since… 1921, but after four decades it looks like that's about to change. Helen Pilasky is far from a sympathetic defendant. She's a known prostitute, and there is strong evidence that she murdered Judge Alexander Knowton, a supreme court justice beloved statewide. More than one hundred thousand people live in San Verdo, and nearly all of them want Helen Pilasky's neck. It is Blake Eddyman's job to save her. A well-off lawyer whose once promising career has stalled, Blake is caught between his ambition and his fear of failure. Saving Helen seems impossible, but he can't refuse the job. She faces a charge of murder in the first degree. If convicted, the sentence is automatic. Only Blake stands between this enigmatic young woman and the hangman. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author's estate.
By Robert L. Fish, Henry Rothbatt. 1973
A lawyer agrees to defend an ex-baseball prospect accused of murder In 1964, nineteen-year-old Billy Dupaul was on his way… to stardom. A modest farm boy with a lightning fastball, he had just signed a record contract with the New York Mets when a single gunshot changed his life forever. Dupaul went down on an attempted murder rap, and the Mets washed their hands of him. Eight years later, the man he was said to have shot drops dead when a shard of bullet works its way into his brain. After eight summers in Attica, Billy is about to be tried for murder. After throwing him to the wolves in 1964, the vice president of the Mets shows surprising interest in the case and hires Hank Ross, one of the toughest defense attorneys in Manhattan, to save the boy from the chair. It's an impossible assignment, and Ross will find the case has more bite than any big-league curve.
By Carolyn Wheat. 1998
Two gut-wrenching cases draw Cass into mortal danger In her many years as a defense attorney, Cass Jameson has represented… every kind of client--male and female, good and evil, rich and poor. But rarely has she gotten the chance to work for the most unusual client of all: the innocent one. She comes to the second appellate court on behalf of one of these rare blameless victims, Keith Jernigan, to argue that corrupt police work convicted him of a robbery he did not commit. But when she learns that Keith is guilty of something far uglier, she realizes she has been fighting to keep an evil man on the streets--and putting his girlfriend in danger. While she tries to keep Keith's girlfriend safe, Cass takes a divorce case on behalf of a brilliant photographer whose husband has been abusing her for years. The divorce turns bloody, and it will take every ounce of Cass's strength to keep these two situations from becoming twin tragedies.
By Carolyn Wheat. 1996
In the highest-profile case of her career, Cass defends her ex-lover in federal court It's hard not to be charmed… by Matt Riordan. Ruggedly handsome, with a sharp wit and a voice like Belgian chocolate, he could woo any jury. His clients may be mobsters, but Riordan never seems to have any trouble winning sympathy for them. That charisma worked on Cass Jameson, too, even though she should have been smart enough to know better. A hard-boiled defense attorney who's made a living going toe to toe with the meanest bastards in Brooklyn, Cass nevertheless fell for the Riordan charm--right until he broke her heart. Not long after Riordan runs out on her, Cass sees his smiling face on the cover of New York magazine. The most powerful defense attorney in New York has been accused of taking bribes, and he needs Cass to keep him out of jail. When one of Riordan's most vicious clients gets involved in the case, a smile won't be enough to keep him alive.
By Stephen Becker. 1958
A corporate executive stands accused of a terrible crime in this searing legal drama from the bestselling author of A… Covenant with Death The managing director of a popular West Coast television network, Joseph Harrison has everything a man could want: a successful career, a loving family, the promise of a bright and prosperous future. His life is one happy circumstance after another--until the fateful evening he gets behind the wheel after drinking three martinis and hits a pedestrian. Arraigned on charges of manslaughter, Harrison knows that his perfect world is lost forever. But no one seems to think he should pay for his crime. Not the chairman of the network's board of directors, who immediately hires a slick Hollywood attorney to defend Harrison. Not the eyewitnesses to the accident, whose testimonies suddenly change when they step inside the courtroom. Not even the judge, who is pressured by the powerful interests that stand behind the defendant. Only Harrison believes that he should face the consequences--but is he brave enough to proclaim his guilt when the entire system wants to declare him innocent? A dramatic portrait of one man's moral crisis and a blistering indictment of the influence of money and power in America, Juice is a masterful novel of suspense from one of the twentieth century's most original and captivating authors.
By Carolyn Wheat. 1997
To save her brother, Cass must put a cop killer behind bars In 1982, Jan Gebhardt was smuggling illegal immigrants… across the Canadian border when a federal agent got in her way. Jan was arrested for his murder, and her boyfriend, Ron, was booked as an accessory. When Jan went into hiding, the charge against Ron was put on hold. Fifteen years later, she emerges to face what she's done--and drags Ron right down with her. Brooklyn attorney Cass Jameson wouldn't give a damn about Jan Gebhardt if it weren't for the fact that Ron is her brother. He's also a wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran. She is about to try a separate case when she learns that her brother is facing prison time. Cass gets a forty-eight-hour adjournment from the judge. She has two days to get Ron out of trouble, but he still has feelings for Jan, and this case will destroy a few more lives before it's through.
By Mark Lisac. 2020
Mark Lisac’s Image Decay returns to the pugnacious world of backroom politics laid out in his award-nominated Where the Bodies… Lie. Set again in that “unnamed capital city east of the Rockies,” where the Brutalist architecture of the downtown core reflects the body politic laid bare.When a cantankerous ex-government photographer seeks ownership of his prints, the powers-that-be are determined to prevent the release of certain sensitive photos. Set in the 1990s, this political thriller delves into questions of identity and memory, established power and its fears and secrets, old stock versus newcomers, belonging and alienation.Image Decay investigates the intricacies of political manipulation, personal anxieties, and how history must be seen to be confronted.
By Mary Burton. 2012
Merciless follows Senseless as the second in Mary Burton's thrilling two-part series. First you beg. Then you die . .… . No Pity Each skeleton is flawless - gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing . . . No Compassion When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath. No Escape Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed - or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy . . . Merciless follows on from Mary Burton's fantastic Senseless. Will Malcom Kier be able to piece together the clues that Deacon Garrison previously uncovered? Praise for Mary Burton: 'A twisted tale . . . I couldn't put it down!' Lisa Jackson 'Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel' Publishers Weekly Mary Burton is the critically acclaimed author of I'm Watching You, Dead Ringer, Dying Scream, Merciless and Senseless - all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family.
By Carolyn Wheat. 1995
Wracked by guilt, Cass searches for a young mother's killer On the western edge of Staten Island, not far from… the city dump, lies a watery patch of earth known as Fresh Kills. It's an old Dutch name, and it has nothing to do with violence--until now. A defense lawyer in private practice, Cass lets a friend talk her into handling something she wouldn't normally touch: an adoption case. It was meant to be open and shut, but it gets messy when the mother, Amber, decides to keep the child--a decision that will mean her death. She is found facedown in the mud of Fresh Kills, and Cass Jameson can't help but feel that it is all her fault. To wash her hands of guilt, Cass must find Amber's killer, a search that will take her into a brutal part of the underworld, where children are just another commodity to be bought and sold.
By Seymour Wishman. 1995
In Seymour Wishman's riveting novel about law, murder, and twisted justice, a woman accused of an unthinkable crime must put… her fate in the hands of an enemyWhen it comes to establishing reasonable doubt in the minds of a New York jury, defense attorney Michael Roehmer is the best in the business--and no one knows this better than rape victim Lisa Altman. She sat helplessly in the courtroom as Roehmer, smoothly and without mercy, shot gaping holes in her testimony. As a result, the man who brutally assaulted her walked free. Right and wrong, guilt and innocence, mean nothing to Roehmer. For him, winning is everything. Now Altman is sitting at a different table: Her rapist has been savagely murdered and she's accused of the heinous crime. Condemned by the evidence and with nowhere else to turn, the young actress needs the best legal help she can find. She needs Roehmer, because suddenly her freedom--and her very life--hang precariously in the balance.
By Chris Bohjalian. 1997
"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill… A Mockingbird." --PeopleWith a suspense, lyricism, and moral complexity that recall To Kill a Mockingbird and Presumed Innocent, this compulsively readable novel explores what happens when a woman who has devoted herself to ushering life into the world finds herself charged with responsibility in a patient's tragic death.The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?As recounted by Sibyl's precocious fourteen-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives--and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty. As Sibyl Danforth faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins.
By Amy Lane. 2016
PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights--and he doesn't trust cops, even though he… was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe. Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn't stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth--and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn't just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach--and deep into Jackson's troubled past. Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden's name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they'll have to deal with their personal complications... and an attraction that's spiraled out of control.
By Rachel Dylan. 2015
A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #1 High-powered attorney Olivia Murray faces the biggest test of her career when she is… assigned to represent Astral Tech, a New Age tech company, in a lawsuit filed by its biggest competitor. While Olivia is accustomed to hard fights in the courtroom, she arrives in Windy Ridge and discovers there is much more to this case than the legal claims--forces of darkness are at work. Windy Ridge quickly turns from quiet Chicago suburb to spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Although they are enemies in the courtroom, Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in opposing counsel, Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most. The battle between evil forces heats up in and out of the courtroom, pushing Olivia to the breaking point. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil, or will the town of Windy Ridge be torn apart?
By Rachel Dylan. 2016
A Selah Award Nominated Series Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #2 Attorney Olivia Murray hopes her life will get back to… normal after a hard fought trial. But she soon finds out that the forces of evil have not given up their pursuit to win the hearts and minds of those in Windy Ridge. An embezzling scandal breaks that rocks the community church to its core. The New Age groups are ready to declare victory when a high profile prosecutor files criminal charges against the local pastor. However, Olivia is not willing to give up on the community she’s come to love. She takes on the defense pro bono knowing it could destroy her career, but it’s a case that she is called to defend. The battle will be fierce, but she’s not fighting it alone. Her friend and fellow attorney Grant Baxter is by her side. Olivia must use all the tools in her arsenal to combat those who seek to destroy the believers in the community. If Olivia can’t prove the pastor’s innocence, more than her career is on the line. The entire community of Windy Ridge could fall to the forces of darkness.
By Rachel Dylan. 2018
When attorney Olivia Murray opens a legal clinic for victims of domestic violence in Windy Ridge, she knows she will… face legal and spiritual opposition. The New Age presence has grown stronger as alliances form between groups hoping to spread their destructive way of life and gain a stronghold in the community. While the forces of evil target Olivia’s new clinic and her relationships, she refuses to let them stop her quest for justice.Grant Baxter is facing legal woes of his own when a former client sues him for malpractice. His faith is shaken as he faces down the possibility that his legal career is over. While Grant struggles to save his once thriving law practice, he wonders if he truly deserves to be Olivia’s partner outside of the courtroom.With evil coming at them from all angles, Olivia and Grant’s relationship is put to the test. The two of them must come together and fight for the hearts and minds of those in Windy Ridge. Will their faith be strong enough—in God and each other—to prevail in the battle that threatens to bring darkness to the entire town?
By Carolyn Wheat. 1986
When her client is murdered, Cass must defend a man she loathes In the last three months, Cass Jameson has… made eleven appearances in Brooklyn family court, helping a secretary named Linda battle her ex-husband, Brad, for custody of their daughter. When the judge rules in Linda's favor, Brad flies into a rage, screaming threats so violent that a cop is forced to subdue him. It is an incident that Cass would like to forget. But when she comes home one night and sees the police outside the building where both she and Linda live, she knows she never will. Linda has been murdered in her apartment, stabbed repeatedly and left to die in a pool of blood. The prime suspect is her ex-husband, but Cass doesn't believe Brad was capable of murder. After months of fighting him in court, she takes Brad on as a client to prove that he was framed--and to ensure that his daughter has one parent left to count on.
By Tom Saric. 2020
One soldier thought he&’d outrun his past—until it came back to hunt him . . . A twisting international thriller… by the author of Compromised. In the midst of Yugoslavia&’s bloody civil war, a young soldier witnesses something horrific. Something he was never meant to see . . . Sgt. Luka Pavic fled to the safety of Canada after entering a home to evacuate civilians before a bombing raid only to find fourteen corpses—and being falsely accused of the murders. Years later, he has succeeded in keeping his true identity a secret from everyone, even his wife and child. But when a mysterious man knocks on Luka&’s door, the world he left behind comes crashing down around him—and to save himself and his family, he must return to Croatia to unravel a conspiracy . . .
By John Grisham. 2020
Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time,… returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers. <P><P>Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. <P><P>In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart. Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet. There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy. <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Peter Israel. 1989
To save his boss's wife, a clever lawyer must unmask a silent serial killer Another woman has died, just like… all the others who have been targeted by the so-called pillow killer--her life snuffed out without a sound. He smothers each of them carefully, and they seem to go without struggle, as though the killer were their friend. As each new body is discovered, the women of New York come closer and closer to outright panic. Finally, one of them is about to fight back. Philip Revere is a few blocks away from his office, the stately brownstone of brilliant attorney Charles Camelot, when he sees his boss's wife sobbing outside Central Park. A sex therapist, Nora is convinced that one of her clients is the pillow killer, and she has begun to fear for her life. With Revere's help, she will do whatever it takes to put the culprit behind bars.