Mystery Writers of America Presents The Prosecution Rests : New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law
After the crime is over, the real drama begins. That's what this riveting collection proves as it carries us from the Salem witch trials to Depression-era Chicago to today's highest-stakes legal dramas. These are thrilling stories of lawyers under pressure, of criminals facing the needle, and of the heartbroken families who hope for justice and who sometimes take it into their own hands.
In James Grippando's "Death, Cheated," a lawyer defends his ex-girlfriend against the investors who bet $1.5 million on her death. In Barbara Parker's "A Clerk's Life," a disillusioned clerk at a corporate law firm suspects the worst of his colleagues when one of the firm's employees is murdered. In Phyllis Cohen's "Designer Justice," an accused murderer thinks he's lucked out when he lands a high-priced lawyer, only to learn that there are worse fates than being found guilty.
A page-turning collection--filled with shocking twists, double-crosses, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
Bestseller Fairstein (Killer Heat) has put together a stellar anthology, presented by the Mystery Writers of America, that will appeal both to contemporary noir fans and devotees of Law & Order. The late Edward Hoch starts things off nicely with "The Secret Session," a concise whodunit centering on judicial corruption at the appellate level. In Barbara Parker's deliciously creepy "A Clerk's Life," a put-upon law clerk for a major Florida firm stumbles on two murders. Joel Goldman highlights the ethical challenges of criminal defense work in "Knife Fight," as does Eileen Dunbaugh in "The Letter." By way of counterpoint, Michele Martinez's "The Mother" and Morley Swingle's "Hard Blows" dramatize the challenges prosecutors encounter, even when the defendants they charge are, in fact, guilty. The consistently high quality of the 22 selections will lead many to hope the MWA will sponsor more volumes in this vein. (Apr.)
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Little, Brown and Company
April 13, 2009
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