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Every Reasonable Doubt (Vernetta Henderson Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Samuels Young
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Book Description

When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client—charged with the brutal murder of her husband—is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.

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About the Author

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and bestselling author of multiple legal thrillers, including Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Buying Time, and Attorney-Client Privilege. In addition to writing novels and working as an in-house employment attorney for a major corporation, Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A., an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers. A former journalist, she is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law.

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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Goldman House Publishing (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPW55EW
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (RAW Rating: 4.5) - It Is What It Is. . . Or Is It? February 1, 2006
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A man's infidelity can cause a woman to do many things. The hurt, pain, and betrayal of it all may or may not reach the boiling point. In EVERY REASONABLE DOUBT, debut author Pamela Samuels-Young, presents Nina Montgomery, a wealthy African-American socialite who knows of her husband's inability to stay committed to her and their marriage. Yet, she loves him. When he's found dead in a luxury hotel in town, she becomes the prime suspect.

Vernetta Henderson is a lawyer at the top of her game. After winning a five million dollar verdict for her client in a discrimination case, she's sure she is on the fast-track to partner at the law firm. Despite her husband's urging to spend more time with him and start having children, she isn't quite capable of prioritizing her life so that her home life comes first. When she's handed the Montgomery case, she keeps it a secret, waiting to tell him at the right moment. Unfortunately the right moment doesn't come before the media announces her role on the case and Vernetta isn't sure her marriage will outlast the trial.

Neddy McClain is a criminal defense attorney and the only other African-American female at their law firm and seems mad at the world. She's going through a messy divorce with a man who betrayed her more times than she cares to admit, so in working on Nina Montgomery's case, it's easy for her to understand just what the other woman is going through. Though her client says she's innocent, she doesn't worry over the guilt or innocence, but teaches Vernetta that their job is to show the lack of evidence needed for the jury to find reasonable doubt and find their client not guilty.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a New Sheriff in Town . . . October 26, 2006
drum roll . . . Pamela Samuels-Young

This story takes place in my neck of the woods (Cali). The comparison of Mrs. Young's writing to that of Terry MacMillan and John Grisham is understated. It is my opinion that she is a much better writer than the above-referenced duo. Her writing may have been compared to MacMillan because of the chicklit dialogue; and Grisham because of the legal aspect. I think it's a good combination and a helluva new genre she's created where chicklit meets legal drama. Although Grisham writes more in a legal "thriller" manner and Young in a legal "drama" aspect.

I loved the way she created the character Jefferson. He seemed so real. I cannot begin to explain the vendetta I carried for David -- the conniving, backstabbing, skeezer! However, his character was inevitable. I truly enjoyed the way Young dialogues Jefferson in chapter 40 (I think) when he talks to this "johnson." What an interesting concept. What surprises me is that during this awakening conversation and confession, Vernetta never once threw any of his prior sexual encounters in his face. I guess she felt that all of his sowing oats was before her time.

My absolute favorite part of all was the fact that Vernetta could be so naive to believe anything David could say. She knew that he was low enough to set her up in any situation. His agenda was so obvious. Particularly, during the preliminary hearing where he coerced her into saying "objection . . . hearsay." That snake! I actually scowled at the reading of that scene. The prosecutor, Julie, wasn't as mean as her character was written. Actually, I admired her to some degree.

Although I had it figured out after the first few chapters "who really done it." Even before it was mentioned, I knew about the "maid.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not the trial of the century May 9, 2006
Pamela Samuels-Young obviously draws from her experience as an attorney in Every Reasonable Doubt. Vernetta, a young employment attorney is paired with Neddy, a more seasoned criminal attorney in a high profile case. They are tasked with defending Tina Montgomery, scorned wife of local businessman Max Montgomery.

In the midst of the trial we learn of Neddy's pending divorce and loss of her only trial. To top it off, Neddy's husband Lawton is found dead and Neddy becomes a prime suspect. Vernetta, has her own share of troubles and her marriage is in trouble.

I kept thinking that this book had one more turn to take. I was way off. I don't want to give too much away but I think I would have enjoyed more suspense and thrills at the end. The conclusion was way too predictable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a thin line......... March 17, 2006
Every Reasonable Doubt by Pamela Samuels-Young is a wonderful way to introduce a debut novel to the literary community.

This debut mystery/suspense novel by Ms. Samuels-Young is a page turning thriller that has you vacillating between suspects.

Vernetta Henderson is a high powered African American female attorney with a very prestigious law firm. The story starts with her winning a monumental case that makes her as recognizable as the late Johnnie Cochrane, not to mention placing her on the fast track to partnership. The excitement of winning such a large case has Vernetta on cloud nine, but she receives a wake up call when her husband tells her that this is the perfect time to become parents and presents her with a beautifully wrapped ovulation kit.

Vernetta's husband, Jefferson Jones, is a hard working electrician that is feeling neglected because his wife spends most of her time in court or at the office. He realizes that if they don't start a family soon, it may never happen. Unfortunately, Jefferson discovers that Vernetta's career is the least of his opposition.

Tina Montgomery, suspected of murdering her husband, has retained the legal services of Vernetta's law firm. The firm has sold her on the concept of their newest "dream team" which consist of two very talented African American attorneys; Vernetta being one and the other is ex- public defender Neddy McClain.

Neddy McClain, attorney extraordinaire, and Vernetta have what you would call a hate- hate relationship. Both women dislike one another for reasons unknown, other than the normal female jealousy issues which in my opinion were based on sex and race.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Kept me very interested throughout
Great Book. Kept me very interested throughout. Great character development and story line!
Published 11 days ago by Randy Schwager
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An easy read with lots of twist; loved it.
Published 12 days ago by beverly williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This book was enlightening and fun to read at the same time. I liked all of the characters. I laughed at her friends' reasoning about men and the back and forth with her colleague. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I cannot recall why I downloaded this book, but I am glad I did. The characters had depth and the storyline was easy to follow yet not a foregone conclusion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TLee
5.0 out of 5 stars because this one was good and a great page turner
I have never been a fan of mysteries, but Pamela has definitely changed my mind. I made sure I had all of her other books, because this one was good and a great page turner.
Published 1 month ago by Shannan Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE!!
If you are into courtroom drama then this book is for you. I felt like I was actually at the trial. I like how the author took you through everything from the arrest of the suspect... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Larkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really liked this book. It was well written. It has some slow parts,
but some chapters you can't put the book down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angie Timler
4.0 out of 5 stars Every Reasonable Doubt
I thought the book was good. There were a couple of surprises, and I really enjoyed the main character Vernetta. The only downfall was the secondary characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Book kept me engaged from start to finish!

Can't wait to read more from Pamela Samuels Young!

I definitely recommend this book!
Published 2 months ago by Debi
5.0 out of 5 stars very good. It caused me to purchase another book by ...
I was glued to this book. Very. very good. It caused me to purchase another book by this author.
Published 2 months ago by James Love
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