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Cried For No One (The Jace Forman Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Hubert Crouch
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Book Description

WHO WOULD STEAL A BODY FROM ITS GRAVE AND WHY? A beautiful University of Texas Student, A Wild Night of Partying, A Mysterious Death, A High-Stakes Courtroom Drama Where Truth is Elusive and Justice Hard to Find.

In this best-selling debut, flamboyant Fort Worth trial lawyer Cal Connors is hired by distraught parents after their daughter’s body is found beneath an inverted crucifix on the altar of a rural church. Hard-nosed in the courtroom and well-connected to the local media and judiciary, Cal sues the cemetery for millions. Hot on Cal’s trail is Leah Rosen, a young journalist closing in on the truth and willing to put her career on the line for justice. Defense attorney Jace Forman takes on his rival Cal and won’t rest until he finds out who could have committed this macabre crime and why.

“In the well-plotted tale, the author adeptly explores the complex interrelationships among politicos, the media and various legal and law enforcement professionals…Well-crafted with an authentic Southwestern setting…” - Kirkus Reviews

“If your preference in fiction leans toward courtroom drama and mystery, you will love Hubert Crouch’s Cried For No One.” - Founding Editorial Director of USA Today and Founder, the First Amendment Center.

"As a former state district judge, I was riveted to the book. I know Hubert as a top-of-his-class trial lawyer -- now I know him as a top-of-his-class author. Just as he could effectively present his case in a winning manner to persuade a court or jury, he has used these same accomplished skills on his reader -- he captivates, holds our attention and, with all the flair of great suspense writers, weaves a story that you can't put down. Well worth the read!" – The Honorable Alvin Zimmerman, Former Texas State District Judge

With its intriguing characters shocking twists and turns, and sizzling Texas flavor, this legal thriller will keep readers enthralled until its heart-stopping climax!


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"Readers interested in courtroom drama and fast-moving thrillers will find much to like here..." - Publishers Weekly
 
"In the well-plotted tale, the author adeptly explores the complex interrelationships among politicos, the media and various legal and law enforcement professionals...There are a number of thriller chestnuts, too...Well-crafted with an authentic Southwestern setting..." - Kirkus Reviews
 
"If your preference in fiction leans toward courtroom drama and mystery, you will love Hubert Crouch's Cried For No One." - John Seigenthaler, Founding Editorial Director of USA Today and Founder, the First Amendment Center.


 
"Rich with dialogue and well developed characters, the tale reveals surprising twists and turns all along the way...Grab a copy of this book and take a ride through its gripping plot, intriguing characters and shocking conclusion, all seasoned with a hearty dose of Texas flavor." - Dallas Bar Association

 "Crouch spins a compelling courtroom drama...a fast-moving narrative which, interestingly, hinges not on a guilt-or-innocence criminal trial, but on a big-money civil case.  He's created colorful characters by splicing together a motley assortment of tics and traits he's observed during his 40-plus years of litigating toxic tort, commercial, and personal injury cases."  - Pursuit Magazine
 
"Characters are well-defined to the point where the reader can begin to imagine actual public figures on which they might be based.  Their intriguing relations intertwine with startling twists of events that keep the pages turning straight to a powerhouse Texas size finale.  ...[W]ell worth the read."  - The Islander Magazine, Galveston, Texas

From the Author

Stay tuned!  Expected release date for book two in the Jace Forman Series is 2015!

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  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481239473
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNNIKAK
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cried for No One August 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
Having met Hubert prior to picking up his first novel, I left impressed by the author's legal acumen, his university-law school professorial responsibilites and requisite pedigree, his lexicon, and his exuberance for crafting a story that had fermented for many years as he moved from one case to another, one court room to another. . . while nonetheless finding time to be an accomplished rocker amidst it all. So, why would one expect anything less than a well-crafted, spell-binding story that brims with descriptive detail, character depth and intrigue, with a crescendo at the close serving up the book's most interesting twist. Written by a domain expert and very well done; a most enjoyable guided tour through the Texas legalscape.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cried for no one March 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
Page turner. Read it in two sittings. Author clearly has tried many cases and has lived the life of Jace, the high powered defense lawyer. He probably outlined the story line while sweating juries in courthouses around Texas. Fast paced, with plenty of unsuspected twists and turns. Plus, set the stage for a sequel with the border line high flying plaintiff lawyer. lawyers who read this book will know nearly every character in it. A new Gresham in the making. Looking forward to next event.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from cover to cover December 31, 2013
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Cried for No One by Hubert Crouch is an entertaining story filled with death, intrigue, bribes and some downright interesting characters. Two opposing lawyers whose personalities and ethics couldn’t be more different go head to head in a civil case that has more twists and turns than Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Admittedly, when I was in school, I made the decision not to continue with law school because I found the ethics of some of my instructors (practicing lawyers) questionable. So much so that I knew I didn’t want to associate with people like that on a day to day basis. And Cal Connors is just such a lawyer in all his brashness and flair. He is a character that if I ever met in person would dislike instantly and for that, the storytelling was brilliant. Comprised of characters you would pity, cheer for and detest, Cried for No One is terrific storytelling from start to finish. And if I’m not mistaken, this is his first book. Assuming future stories are told this well, I am a new fan. And for those of you who may read some of my other reviews, I will add in here that the editing was excellent. Any issues were negligible and didn’t distract me from my reading.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than mediocre November 22, 2013
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I bought this book because of the multiple five star reviews. The only reason I didn't give it one star is that the story did hold my interest some of the time. I'm sure Mr. Crouch is a fine attorney but he is not a good writer. Characters don't just make a phone call, they 'tap their iphone', they don't just have blue eyes, they have 'crystal' blue eyes. The establishment of characters was like something out of a 'how to write a book 101 course'. It was confusing and I did not really care about any of the characters. It felt like I was reading a bad comic book. There was one line of the story that had potential about a reporter and what she was going to do - that got completely dropped. I guess he got tired of writing or his editor got tired of reading the book.

Please if you really want to read this book, take my copy. I want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ! April 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best I have read in a long time! Keeps you in suspense! I could not put it down and finished it in two sittings! Definitely was Texas and Texan through and through and very typical of the Attorney/Court System in this GREAT STATE! Can't wait for the sequel! Get Busy Hubert and Doris! MLR
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK October 11, 2013
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The characters are black and white, without much nuance. The part of the plot involving the reporter is never really completed and turns out to have almost nothing to do with the main story line---not well woven into the overall tale. The writing is OK but not terribly sophisticated. Generally a fairly enjoyable read, but certainly not at the top of my list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read overall! December 26, 2013
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I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I loved the setting (being from TX), and the easy and faced paced read. Herbert Crouch did a remarkable job developing these characters and love his attention to the smallest details.

What would you do if your daughters body was found out of her grave? Exactly what the the Stone family did. Start a civil suit against the Caring Oaks Funeral Home. Cal Connors is their attorney, and he has more problems then just the case. Leah Rosen, spends every waking hour investigating the trial so she can expose him for the "fraud" he is in her magazine.

Overall great court room drama! 5 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Courtroom Drama! December 25, 2013
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Cried For No One by Hubert Crouch is a fast paced courtroom drama set in the bigger than life state of Texas. Fortworth Trial Lawyer Cal Connors is known for settling big for his clients. He is known as a philanthropist who fights for the little guy. Little does everyone know that his philanthropic ways are a façade and all this man really cares about is the money.

Cal Connors is representing the Stone family in a Civil Suit against Caring Oaks Funeral Home for allowing their newly deceased daughter’s body to stolen from her grave. Leah Rosen spends every waking hour investigating Cal’s trials in order to expose him for the fraud he is in an expose for her magazine. And his rival Defense Attorney Jace Forman will do anything to find out who would do such a thing to a poor girl.

Anyone who likes fast paced courtroom drama will love this story. Well worth the read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING
Not well written. No discernible plot or story line, very short and there doesn't even seem to be an end to the story.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much
It's a page turner. Enjoyed it very much.
Published 4 months ago by ABC
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
I found Crouch's first book exceedingly fun to read and loved the writing style. It is refreshing when a writer actually has command of the English language. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scott Drescher
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Legal Thriller
Legal thriller with several interesting subplots. Crouch does a good job of explaining civil litigation concepts and procedure in the context of the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ron Reneker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well written and enjoyable to read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel. Well done Hubert Crouch
Published 7 months ago by Lori Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very nice twist at the end of story. Writing was pretty basic, good storyline if you are into political and/or courtroom drama.
Published 7 months ago by Natalie E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
This story moves fast and in totally unpredictable ways. It compels you to follow it to the end. Crouch's insights into the world of high stakes litigation are fascinating and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Willliam W. Blunt, Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Read
A very solid first book. Nicely placed, good plot, but could have used a bit more suspense. I would like to have seen more "unraveling" of the plot as oppose to the quick, neat... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TMJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but writing was not super sophisticated
I enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down because I kept wondering where it was going to go and ultimately I did like the book but the writing was more simple than I had read... Read more
Published 8 months ago by carleyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Well then...
I didn't exactly see that one coming. All too often, we see books written about law that have no knowledge of the law. Thankfully, this is not the case. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
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Visit my website at www.hubertcrouch.com

THE LAW

I graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A. 1973) and then obtained my law degree, Order of the Coif, from the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (J.D. 1976). Since graduating from law school, I have been a practicing trial lawyer in Dallas, Texas. I am a founding member, and partner, of Crouch & Ramey, L.L.P. More information about my practice, as well as the firm's, may be found at the firm website, www.crouchfirm.com

THE BOOK

"Cried For No One" was inspired by (though not based upon) an actual case I handled years ago. Under cover of night a young co-ed's body was disinterred and later discovered on the side of a rural county road. Understandably, the case generated considerable media attention with reporters inquiring as to who could have committed such a horrid crime and why. I retained retired FBI psychological profiler, Clint Van Zandt, to review the police investigatory files with an eye toward answering those questions. In the interim, I filed, and argued, a motion to have the case dismissed on substantive grounds. The presiding judge granted my motion and the case was dismissed. No one was ever charged with the crime. The "who" and "why" questions were never answered.

Months after its resolution, I continued to think about the case. As a result, I decided to write a work of fiction in which I would create the characters and actually solve the crime. Finding time to write while juggling an active trial docket and the day-to-day responsibilities of managing a law firm proved difficult. As a result, it took me over fifteen years to complete the manuscript.

As stated earlier, the novel is not intended to solve the crime that formed the basis for the actual lawsuit. It is entirely a work of fiction, the only common thread being that a young co-ed's body was stolen and a lawsuit ensued.


THE MUSIC

I have played guitar since 1964. My first guitar was a "candy apple" red Fender Mustang (the same guitar currently played by Norah Jones). I was a member of various bands throughout my teenage years. I worshipped the Stones and The Beatles (and still do). After graduating from law school, I formed a band composed primarily of lawyers. We played for over thirty years for private parties and wedding receptions throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, our repertoire consisting of rock and roll from the Sixties. About five years ago, one of the band members suggested that I give songwriting a try. Since that time, I have written, or co-written, over twenty songs, five of which (and one Beatles cover) are featured on this website and will be available for purchase on iTunes later this month.

THE CLASSROOM

Approximately five years ago, I treated one of my Vandy professors to dinner. He had made such a favorable impression on me during my Vandy years, and was largely responsible (or to blame) for my decision to attend law school. During our dinner, he suggested that I consider teaching. Subsequently, I submitted my resume to the chair of the Communications Department at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, who elected to give me an opportunity to teach one class. Two and a half years later, I had taught Free Speech and First Amendment, Legal Advocacy, Public Speaking, and had served as faculty advisor for the undergraduate mock trial team. I was also part of a faculty team that developed the curriculum for an undergraduate pre-law minor. In the spring semester of 2012, I received the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award - an award voted upon solely by the students. Being able to interact with, and influence, these young men and women in a positive way has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my professional career.

THE FAMILY

I have a wonderful wife who tirelessly and intelligently edited the book manuscript throughout the entire process. We are blessed to have three happily-married children and six healthy grandchildren.

We split our time between Dallas and our mountain retreat in Monteagle, Tennessee.

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