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Powers of Attorney Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671869167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671869168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,363,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

First-time novelist Latt delivers a terrific thriller ripe with romance, intrigue and legal convolutions. When Kate Alexander decides to defend Sandra D'Arcy, accused of enticing her construction-worker lover to kill her wealthy husband, the beautiful, intelligent lawyer finds her personal and professional lives intertwined in an intricately woven tapestry of love, deception and betrayal. A competition between old law school chums for the office of District Attorney and the battle for a coveted partnership at Kate's prestigious firm combine with a spicy series of sexual liaisons to create compelling commercial fiction. Latt's quick, easy narrative voice makes an effective contrast with the slow, tense pace at which the courtroom drama develops. Kate and Sandra head a cast of intriguing, multifaceted characters that also includes Kate's lover, a partner in the firm, and her murder-trial nemesis, a female deputy D.A. More stereotypical figures--a snotty Southern belle, the D'Arcy clan's controlling matriarch and a handsome, self-serving criminal defense attorney--slightly detract from a generally high level of intrigue but do serve to keep the action moving towards a surprising and satisfying happy ending. Latt makes her mark among the recent pack of lawyers turned novelists with this juicy read. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Finally, a distaff legal thriller--attorney Latt's debut--in which the male bodies are as lovingly described as the female: three law-school classmates duke it out, in and (mostly) out of court, over the murder of fabulousy wealthy James D'Arcy. Classmate #1, Kate Alexander, is the politically minded defender hired, through her married lover and Manning & Anderson mentor Charles Rieman, by D'Arcy's ancient, iron-willed mother to defend his young, beautiful, foul-mouthed widow Sandra. (Not that the D'Arcys are terribly enthusiastic about the defense--especially after the revelation that Sandra was carrying on with grimy Tommy Bartholomew, whose footprint at the scene makes him the obvious police suspect.) Classmate #2, Madeline Gould, is the assistant D.A. determined to nail Sandra, though she tries to maintain her friendship with Kate throughout. Not so classmate #3, poisonous Texas belle Lauren Cunningham, who begins as Kate's leading competition for the vacant partnership in Manning & Anderson and then gets down and dirty when she thinks Kate's stealing her beau Andrew Stewart, Tommy's attorney. There's less action in the courtroom than between the sheets, as Andrew takes Kate to bed en route to quizzing her about a possible plea Sandra may be copping, as Kate agonizes about a future as Charles's other woman, as Madeline hesitates between her unexciting boss Philip and her erratic, passionate colleague Gary, as Andrew and Lauren (back in his muscular arms again) take turns satisfying each other's innermost fantasies. Eventually, Kate uncovers a background of abuse against Sandra that suggests a burning-bed defense--but then an even more ideal (and readily foreseeable) resolution turns up. Despite its title, this isn't much of a courtroom drama, or much of a detective story--but if you can't decide whether to pack a mystery, a legal triple-decker, an Ecstasy romance, or a soap opera, it'll take up less room than the four of them together. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grooce on December 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I should've paid attention to the review that compared the love story in this book to Danielle Steele's. The plot of "Powers of Attorney" is so uninteresting, the characters are so shallow, I cannot really believe the book got published in the first place. This might be only the second or third book that I've left unfinished in my entire life, it was so bad I could not bring myself to turn the pages and keep reading...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loni Brower on March 1, 2001
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After reading Ultimate Justice I had to read Ms. Latt's first two books. In fact I read all three of her books within 1 week. This book got me so hyped up I actually wanted to find Lauren and punch her!!! What a B*****!!! BRAVO Ms. Latt for getting into the heart and sole of wealthy law firms and their clients who sometimes think that because they have money they are above the law. Another wonderfully suspenseful surprise ending. My heart was in my throat once again!!! Thank you!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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After reading "Pursuit of Justice" I decided to read her first book, "Powers of Attorney" and wasn't disappointed.
Mimi -- I hope you are working on book #3!
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