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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Genre: Legal Thriller
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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Looking for a little legal drama? This story is packed full of it! Jacob is an ordinary middle schooler with an extraordinary problem. When one of his classmates is found murdered in the park next to his school, Jacob becomes the prime suspect. “Defending Jacob” tells the story of his arrest and prosecution from the perspective of Jacob’s father, who happens to be the Assistant DA assigned to the case. As the evidence begins to come in, a new DA is assigned, one who seems to have it in for Jacob’s family. The DA thinks that because Jacob’s grandfather is a convicted murderer Jacob must be also. Will the Barber family be able to make a defense? How does a family recover from this kind of accusation? You’ll have to read the story to find the answers and this one is full of twists you won’t see coming.
I found this story really intriguing. The description of Jacob’s arrest just made me feel so scared for him, and the story feels so real that I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if this happened to my son?.” This one will pull you in right from the start and keep you guessing right up to the last page.
Who would enjoy this book?: Lovers of legal dramas and mysteries would enjoy this one.
What age group is it appropriate for?: This might be a little traumatic for younger teenagers but fine for mature audiences.
Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP!
“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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