Amy Wu is an associate in Hardy's firm. She is dealing the the four month old death of her father by looking for love in all the wrong places when she receives a call from a wealthy couple who's son she has represented in a minor juvenile matter to inform her that "Andrew is in trouble again." That, it turns out, is an understatement.
It seems that Andrew was rehearsing for the school play with the teacher who was directing the play and with his girlfriend. The play is "Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Andrew and his girlfriend have the leads. While taking a break from rehearsing, Andrew takes a break to go for a walk to work on his lines. When he returns he finds them both shot to death.
Two months later the police have decided to charge him with murder. His parents (actually Mom and Step-Dad) are horrified. "He said he didn't do it," says Mom. "I know he didn't do it." ..."Andrew is not that type of person."
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December 28, 2004
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Excerpt from The Second Chair by John Lescroart
"Amy Wu, please."
"This is Amy."
"You sleeping? I wake you up?"
"No. Just lying down for a minute."
"So Friday afternoon, you're not at work?"
"No. Right. I'm not feeling too well. Who is this anyway?"
"Hal North. You remember me."
"Of course, Mr. North. How are you? How'd you get my home number?"
"You gave it to us last time, remember?"
"Right. That's right. I gave it to you. So how can I help you?"
"Andrew's in trouble again."
"I'm sorry to hear that. What kind of trouble?"
"Big trouble. The police just came and arrested him for murder. You still there?"
"Yeah. Did you say murder? Andrew?"
"Yeah, I know. But right. Two of 'em, actually."
"I'm sorry. Two of what?"
"What did I just say? You paying attention? Murders. His teacher and his girlfriend."
"Where is he now?"
"They took him to jail. I mean, to the Youth Guidance Center. He's still not eighteen, or it would have been the jail."
"Is that where you're calling from, the YGC?"
"No. Me and Linda, we got a benefit tonight, so we're still home for another two hours at least. We could probably be late to the thing and make it three if you . . ."
"I could be over in, say, a half hour."
"Good. We'll be looking for you."