Book #12 in the DeMarco series. This time DeMarco is hunting down a “jury consultant” who makes it her business to interfere with witnesses so that they either cannot testify or change their testimony. When the son of DeMarco’s boss is murdered in a bar one night with 5 witnesses, the suspect is immediately caught, and the case seems open and shut. But the suspect’s father is super-rich and has his lawyer hire the jury consultant to ensure that his son is acquitted.
I found the plot of this story to be very creative and not a routine legal thriller at all. This is the first book I have read from this series and I had a little trouble warming up to DeMarco. I think it may have been because the first half of the book focuses primarily on the consultant and setting up the drama. Once DeMarco reluctantly decides to pursue this person though I really started to like him. In this installment he borrows a law intern from the District Attorney on the case and I really liked her. She’s a little quirky, but very efficient and plays off of DeMarco well. The twists and turns along the way for engaging and kept the story moving at a good pace. I found this to be a good story, but didn’t really wow me.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 3.5 stars!
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I loved this book! This is book 2 in the Samantha Brinkman series. I am now totally hooked on this series. In this installment Samantha has 3 problems to resolve. She is defense attorney for a 16-year old girl who’s accused of killing both her parents and her brother. Making a repeat appearance in Sam’s office is DeShawn, a part-time drug dealer who she previously defended, and the Orozco’s who want to know who killed one of their own and they won’t take “No” for an answer. Alex and Michelle, her investigator and best friend, are also back and better than ever. Last, but not least, is the return of Dale, Sam’s father. He’s back on the police force and proves to be integral in solving the mystery.
So what is it about this book that I love so much. One of the most important things for me in making a good story is that the characters must be believable and relatable. I find every character in this series to be that way, from the Orozco thugs to Sam herself, every character could be a real person. In addition, I enjoy female protagonists who are tough and confident professionals but not afraid of their softer, feminine side, and I find Sam to be exactly that. She cares deeply about her friends but is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I also like the way that Samantha’s personal story is gradually unfolding with each book and that she continues to work on her relationship with her father even though it can be awkward at times. Best friend Michelle is perfect as the voice of reason in her life. Alex is charming and endlessly surprising Sam with what he can discover with a few keystrokes. This book is full of great characters, legal drama and thrills. I highly recommend you check out this series.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!
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Dan Sorenson, NYC lawyer, has had a rough 18 months. He won a high-publicity case, his wife and daughter are killed in an auto accident, he quits his job with a prestigious firm, and then sinks himself into the bottle. Until he meets Nina. Nina has a high-profile case and she needs an experienced defense lawyer. The accused is Legally Dead, a rap artist, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Roxanne, another singing star. L.D. says he’s not guilty. After some persuasion, Dan agrees to take the case. He and Nina form their own firm and the battle lines are drawn. Together they have to sift through the lives of L.D. and Roxanne and build a defense. With a rising star ADA as the prosecutor and a camera hungry judge this trial is going to be a bumpy ride.
I was intrigued by Dan Sorenson from the first page. His story is tragic but I couldn’t help cheering him on. Nina is a beautiful young woman who just wants to pull him up out of his despair, while at the same time save a man she believes to be innocent from a life in prison. The dynamic between the two was very engaging. The courtroom drama was really well written and I liked how the author took the reader through Dan’s thought processes throughout the trial. He is constantly analyzing to determine his next move and how every word spoken will affect the jury’s opinion. I think this really helped me to feel a part of the action and kept the story moving forward at a good clip. This is the second book I’ve read from this author and it’s another winner for me.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
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“The Wicked Wives” is an intriguing work of fiction based on actual events that took place in Philadelphia in the late 1930’s. A man named Giorgio Disipio is running an insurance fraud scheme that involves assisting wives in killing their husbands in order to collect on their life insurance policies. This book takes the reader through several of the murders and the District Attorney’s investigation and efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The author has done a great job of bringing the story to life. The main characters are well developed and you can just feel the tension between the conspirators as the circle of wives grows and the law starts to get closer. There is some sexual content so it may not be suitable for younger readers but if you’re like me and enjoy the lesser known bits of history I think you will really enjoy this book. This one get a 4 out of 4 star rating from me.
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Thoroughly enjoyable! Packed with action and intrigue! Those were my first thoughts upon reading Irreparable Harm. I was completely taken in my Sasha McCandless. Here’s this delicate, petite woman, who appears to be as harmless as a fly, but threaten her and you’ll find yourself flat on the floor. Sasha trains in Krav Maga which she uses more than once while investigating this case. Sasha is also a highly respected lawyer who is about to made a partner in her firm, but only if she handles this case properly.
A commercial aircraft has crashed killing all onboard. The airline who owns the plane is Sasha’s client. As she and her team begin to dig into the lives of the passengers they uncover information that is very suspicious. Did somebody plot to bring down that plane deliberately? An employee at a technology firm inadvertently sends Sasha critical information that was supposed to be kept secret. Now Sasha has two thugs after her trying to get the information back, at any cost. Sasha must use all her resources to untangle this spider’s web.
I found it very hard to tear myself away from this book. The characters were wonderfully believable. I even enjoyed the action scenes. I loved the idea of this small woman taking down the big thugs. There also a fair bit of courtroom drama too. I felt like there was a really good balance of the action, intrigue and drama. This book is part of a series which I have added to my reading list. I highly recommend this legal thriller.