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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561641324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561641321
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In spite of some corny dialogue and narrative, first-time novelist Lewis delivers an effective, often riveting legal thriller. Attorney Ted Stevens introduces himself as a man trying to cope with a pending divorce and a history of alcoholism. When assigned by the court to defend the convicted murderer of his one-time lover (and the source of his divorce), Ted is aware of the potential conflict but nonetheless accepts the case, figuring it might offer one way of working through his personal problems. Wrong. His problems only worsen when he starts getting anonymous phone calls from the real killer, who is threatening to divulge Ted's affair with the victim and, in so doing, make Ted a suspect. The real strength of this first novel lies in the relationship that develops between lawyer and client. The writer, a judge himself, sketches the unique alliance with candor and verisimilitude. A good, quick read for courtroom drama fans. Mary Frances Wilkens

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Lewis's first novel is a legal thriller in which most of the conflict is between a Florida trial lawyer and his own worst instincts. When the public defender's office refuses the case of Bobby Jackson because it represents a potential witness against him, the case falls into Ted Stevens's lap. He'll be getting paid a reduced rate, but he agrees to represent Jackson anyway--even though he not only represented the victim, reporter Patty Stiles, in her divorce action last year, but was also her lover (as was Bobby Jackson). Why doesn't Stevens--reasonably well-fixed and well-known, secure in his partnership, but immersed in the pain of his own divorce, which he suspects was provoked by jealous Patty--duck the assignment? The man seems to have zero survival instinct, as he demonstrates by a plunge into reckless drinking (endless hangovers, a DUI case that drags on and on, a scary blackout on the night of the murder) that throws the murder case he's defending into the shade. Oh, there's still the outrage when the prosecution loses some key evidence, the search for loopholes in the witnesses' stories, and the endless quest to find another suspect: Patty's shadowy ex, the drug dealers she may have been writing about for the Tallahassee Times-Union, their nameless higher-ups. And there's the obligatory spate of threatening anonymous phone calls. But the real story here isn't whether Stevens will do the right thing for a client who seems considerably more powerful than his attorney is, but whether he'll even be free to show up in court instead of locked up on the DUI charge. But if the hero's problems are so much more pressing than the criminal defense (readers looking for courtroom razzle-dazzle will walk away disappointed), Lewis does catch, better than most entries in this overcrowded genre, the way lawyers actually talk and act--especially when they've had too much to drink. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Hink on August 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
A fun read and thriller - the legal aspects were accurate (for a change) and exciting. For a first book, very good. I hope he'll write more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book was hard to put down for a couple of reasons. The story itself of a down on his luck trial lawyer was filled with suspense and surprise. The charactor descriptions were full of depth and originality and made me feel as if I really knew them. The author also revealed his knowledge of courts, lawyers, judges, police officers, and others in the judicial system with accurate situations and portrayals. Most interesting to me however, was the geographical setting in which the story takes place. I grew up in the same town as the author and have spent a lot of time in the cities and towns described in the book. Armed with this familiar point of reference it was easy to journey, in my minds eye, with the protagonist on his quest for the truth, and for his life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The main character is a character that you hate to love. He has made such a mess of his life. As things get worse, he continues to make such bad choices. Despite the bad choices, the dumb things he does, I still couldn't help but like him.<P...The book is tight enough that the ending remains a surprise. I would recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Burch@sunco.com on September 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this fantastic book for the third time and will read it again soon! The best I have read yet describing Tallahassee scenes to a "T"...having lived there many years ago, made me a bit "homesick!" Knew of many places Lewis described in his book - glad to see that some things haven't changed in this great City of Florida! The characters are interwoven in the suspense story that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book and the ending is blockbuster material! A first book by a true Florida native and this reader has high hopes that it won't be his last!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Terry Lewis is someone I highly respect, and bought this book for a friend. It will be autographed before I give it to her, and she will love it!
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Format: Hardcover
The author of this book is a Florida state trial judge who, as another reviewer noted, wrote a key opinion in the Bush v. Gore cases in 2000. He is a gifted writer and the tale he weaves in this book is riveting. Most court-based novels make lawyers, court reporters, and others familiar with the legal system wince because they keep thinking, "Well, THAT would never happen," or "That's not how that is done!" Not surprisingly, Judge Lewis gets all the legal details correct. While that won't matter to many readers, it eliminates an annoying distraction for readers with a legal background. Even for those who have never set foot inside a courthouse, this novel is a must-read.
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