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Courthouse Cowboys: A Modern Tale of Murder in Montana (Defalco Law, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

P.A. Moore aka QUATMAN
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Book Description

Murder dogs Jack and Paige Defalco from their days as California prosecutors to their newfound careers as Montana defense attorneys. Never mind that they’ve uprooted their kids, caravanned 2,000 miles to the hinterlands of Kootenai County, kissed goodbye to their fat salaries, or vowed to avoid homicide.

At Deer Lodge State Prison in 1999, murder sits before Paige in the guise of a skeletal, bloody-lipped, broken-nosed teenager who grins out one side of his mouth as he stares at her through a swollen eye. Evidently his fellow criminals brook no mercy for a convicted killer, regardless of his age or feeble intelligence.

This kid’s parents have no money and the local legal eagles have warned Paige to let the conviction stand … or else. Yet that threat, a gauntlet thrown down, fuels her addiction to criminal law. It makes her flip the bird at those in authority and go to trial anyway. So, as she returns the kid’s stare, her nod conveys her agreement to defend mentally disabled Ben Stagg.

Is it coincidence that soon thereafter anonymous callers threaten her? That the local media excoriates her? That the State Bar investigates both Defalcos? Is Paige crazy to rat out the corrupt criminal justice system to the ACLU and the Montana Supreme Court? Is she foolhardy to challenge the powerful judges, lawyers, and cops who comprise the Courthouse Cowboys?

And with the discovery that Ben Stagg suffers from Klinefelter’s syndrome, a common but rarely diagnosed genetic disorder, will a jury acquit him of murder when presented with a never-before-used insanity defense?

This legal thriller rocks the reader with suspense, gallows humor, and a finale filled with redemption.

Editorial Reviews


From Kathy Dunnehoff, Amazon best-selling author of The Do Over
April 27, 2012:
If John Grisham was a mom... he'd be P.A. Moore. In Courthouse Cowboys, Moore gives us a legal thrill ride that keeps us reading to the end. In Paige Defalco, Moore has given us a character both tough and sweet, invincible and painfully human, in short... a real woman doing what she believes in her soul to be right.
There will be other cases for Paige Defalco, and I can't wait to read the next one!

From Medic 319, 
March 22, 2012:
I was hooked by the story immediately. What a great read! I loved the author's writing style. I found myself easily connecting with the characters. The story of small town politics and prejudice, standing up to the the "good old boy network", and one woman's relentless drive to speak for someone who could not speak for himself was captivating. The relationship with her husband, her children and her father were well developed in the book, and I found myself pulling for Paige as she encountered and attempted to overcome many struggles. What a courageous, yet vulnerable woman she is!

From the Author

While I wrote this as a fictional memoir, much of the story is based on actual instances and cases occurring in my law practice here in Montana. The trial involving the disabled teen with Klinefelter's syndrome was featured on Dateline, NBC, City Confidential, Discovery, TLC, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. 
As you follow Paige Defalco's one woman quest for justice in small town Montana, you'll ride with her in the front car of the roller coaster, wondering if this former cynical prosecutor turned defense attorney will recover the soul she misplaced, 'somewhere between the Catholic Church and the Courtroom.'
Thanks for checking it out and please let me know, through your honest review, what you think!
P.A. Moore

Product Details

  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: P.A. Moore Incorporated (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the medical and personal side..... June 18, 2012
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As a parent with a son who has been diagnosed with the genetic condition 47,XXY (often referred to as Klinefelter Syndrome) and experienced his own difficulties with the law (thankfully not as serious as the main character in this book), P.A. Moore's story is absolutely right on target relative to the challenges and issues that can exist with KS. These guys often have neurobiological systems that are wired differently. It doesn't mean they cannot learn or be successful but it often requires educational and medical support to make sure they reach their potential. If you throw them into dysfunctional families or marginal educational programs and then not provide adequate medical management, all sorts of personal disasters can take place. The executive decision making part of their brains often does not mature until later in their lives and sometimes is even more significantly delayed if they're never treated with testosterone. This is the more common situation XXY individuals face today, with more than 75% of them going undiagnosed. With 1 out of 500 men in the world having this genetic makeup, you would think there would be more awareness and appropriate treatment but it remains very unrecognized and mismanaged. The horrible results of this are thousands of men ending up in prison or living marginal lives along with suicides, homicides and other serious crimes. This book brings out all of these issues in a story that is captivating, informative, revealing and personal. Great writing, excellent imagery and amazing insight into the dark side of our legal profession. Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I too am XXY August 6, 2012
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I read "Courthouse Cowboys" over the weekend, the book about among other things the retrial of an XXY for murder in Montana, USA. It's only $3.99 as an E-book at Amazon, a bargain! I couldn't put it down. I neglected my wood cutting work and slash clean up and instead spent the weekend in my hammock reading. I was to go to a party Saturday between 2PM and 6PM but wasn't ready for it until 3:20 PM. As I went out the door my wife said to me, "you're never late for parties!" I grumbled, "it was this damn book I just can't put it down!" I finished it about midday today.

It's the first novel I've read that describes the XXY condition I have though Ben in the book has much more severe symptoms and other problems than I had, I recognized a lot of my tribulations that he also shared. It was sort of like I was reading about me.

I highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal Drama with an Engaging Heroine - and a Heart September 11, 2012
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Courthouse Cowboys by P.A. Moore is an engrossing page-turner set in Big Sky Country.

As the story begins, Paige Falco is an angry, highly-stressed Bay Area lawyer in the midst of serious career burnout. In order to focus on raising her kids, she moves her family to Montana, where she hopes they can live a safer, less stressful life. But fate has other plans.

Within a few months of arriving in Montana, Paige receives a job offer to become a public defender for Kootenai County. In her new role, she immediately makes enemies of several county judges, as well as her own colleagues, by refusing to go along with their corrupt practices. And then, she takes on the murder case at the heart of this story: An 18-year old boy with Klinefelter's Syndrome who has been convicted of a murder he didn't commit. In taking on his case, Paige must also deal with discrimination, an investigation by the State Bar Association, and threats to her safety and the safety of her family.

An exciting and insightful story told in a conversational style and peppered with smart, dark humor, Courthouse Cowboys is an entertaining and informative read. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative August 15, 2012
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Grateful that "Ben" had an angel over his shoulder and that people are being educated about klinefelter syndrome. Hopefuly there will be more programs available to help keep kids like Ben out of jail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew47xxy July 25, 2012
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Frist I'd like to thank God for bringing this book to my attention. It is a great book.. As a mom with a son that has KS she got the facts right and it help me to understand that not all law people understand then so thank you for writing this book I recommended it to all my friends and KS moms.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! September 10, 2012
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This book was a page turner for me. Not the type of book I would purchase and read normally, it came highly recommended by a friend so I decided to add it to my growing Kindle and I am very happy I did.

Taking place in the late 90's early 2000's, the main character, Paige is a lawyer who moves from California to Montana in order to take a break from being a practicing prosecutor, but ends up setting up shop with her husband and fellow lawyer as a district attorney. Switching sides, so to speak, allows Paige to see a side of humanity she had dismissed as a prosecutor. Her world no longer black and white, she sees many shades of grey and her compassion for the flawed human begins she represents shows through.

Taking on a particularly tough case, one where the defendant was already tried and convicted for murder, Paige goes to great lengths to help and defend her client, discovering and proving significant details that were all but missed in his first trial. Her tenacity and absolute allegiance to her clients is admirable and the results she produces speak for themselves.

Through all of this Paige faces daily contempt and persecution from the "courthouse cowboys" for uncovering and standing up against the unjust legal system that has been in effect far too long, remaining committed to upholding the law no matter the consequences.

More than worth the purchase price this book will inspire you, educate you and satisfy you. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Sometimes after a long battle...things do work out for the best. Hope to read more of the series by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars courthouse Cowboys
This was a very good read especially as the book was ending. I really enjoyed the story line and characters. They all felt real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Gisi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It was an enjoyable read. Kept me interested throughout.also learned a lot about the law and how it can be misused.also interesting about Kleinfelter's syndrome.
Published 2 months ago by Angelyn A. Giambalvo
Published 5 months ago by Alec Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I want to read all of the books in this series. I am looking forward to the next book to read.
Published 5 months ago by Mike West
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read lets you see what most courts are really like
Published 6 months ago by gayle pearson
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Good reading
Published 6 months ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy this book.
A lady with a mind of her own and the right husband to go along with it. She manages to get into a lot of trouble and wrangles her way out. I truly liked this book.
Published 6 months ago by Kay Salter
3.0 out of 5 stars Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently ...
Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently and have a large selection on hand so I am prepared. Also part of my Hurricane prep. Once read I shall update the evaluation.
Published 7 months ago by B. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting to me as I live in the area this story is about.
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A Navy brat, P.A. Moore (the author's pen name) spent her early years traveling from one military post to the next before her family settled in Colorado. At 27, P.A. married her husband, a young prosecutor in the San Francisco Bay Area, who inspired her to enter U.C. Hastings law school when their daughter turned three. In the middle of her second year, P.A. gave birth to their son. After she passed the California bar exam, P.A. started her own career as a deputy district attorney, trying over 90 jury trials to verdict, mostly felonies, involving every conceivable crime against humanity. Still, spending 60 hours a week in the bowels of the criminal justice system while parenting two young children eventually took its toll. P.A. and Jack packed up the kids, sold their house, quit their jobs, and moved to Montana, where they knew no one. They opened a mom-and-pop law firm in the little town of Whitefish, then switched sides of the courtroom - from putting the 'bad guys' in jail to getting them out. In their new law practice, the couple rocked the boat down at the local courthouse, irritating the good old boy network in the process, but leveling the playing field, at least a bit.

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