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Casey Jordan is a successful Texas criminal defense attorney who likes to take on the kinds of cases that grab headlines and CNN interviews. Her ambition is stoked when she gets an opportunity to represent her former law professor in a capital murder case. Eric Lipton has been accused of the mutilation death of a young law student with whom he was sexually involved. Although the evidence points to his guilt, Casey is confident that she can get him off and certain that he is innocent. It's a promising setup for a legal thriller, but a seemingly unrelated murder in the novel's opening pages will nag at readers. By the time the relationship between the two crimes is teased out, the solution to the first crime seems like an anticlimax.

Lipton is a truly evil man. Casey is not particularly likable either: her hardscrabble background has propelled her into a sterile, loveless marriage to a wealthy man, and her childhood dream of defending indigent clients now seems like a remnant of youthful idealism. The novel's more interesting figures are Donald Sales, the law student's father, a traumatized Vietnam veteran whose grief and rage fuels the narrative, and Bob Bolinger, an Austin cop who believes that Lipton is a serial killer responsible for other, similar crimes across the country. Like Lipton's pathology, which is unveiled long after his guilt is proven to the reader's (if not the jury's) satisfaction, Casey's change of heart--about her client, her husband, and her ideals--is late and lukewarm. Before it occurs, Tim Green has a chance to showcase his heroine's courtroom skills and illustrate why she's among the fastest legal guns in the Lone Star state. A workmanlike addition to a popular genre, Letter of the Law won't keep you up at night, but it's a satisfying hammock read on an Indian summer afternoon. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Former NFL star and current attorney Green takes his fiction (Double Reverse, etc.) in a new direction with this rough-but-ready read, offering not his first legal thriller but his first novel to be set apart from the gridiron and the pigskin. Green's plotAhotshot female attorney gets accused killer off the hook, then learns he did it and is menaced in turnAfeels as dated and clapped-together as a jalopy, but it runs fast, powered by crude narrative energy and carrying within its rickety frame a host of comfortably familiar characters. When Casey Jordan defends her smarmy former law professor, Eric Lipton, against charges that he slay-mutilated law student Marcia Sales (Lipton was seen fleeing the crime scene), she attacks the case with the same ambition that has swept her from a dusty Texas farm to the pinnacle of Austin legal and fine society; Casey even insinuates in court that the victim's father, Donald, killed his daughter out of jealousy. But seconds before the jury foreman announces, "Not Guilty," Lipton whispers to Casey that he did the deed. Is he joking? Apparently not, as evidence surfaces that he's a crazed serial killer. Character motivation isn't Green's forte: Casey is persuaded that Lipton is evil and that she should help the vengeful Sales p?re (and the cops) track him down only after Sales kidnaps, binds and terrifies her to show her what his daughter went through. Casey's change of heart after such treatment defies credibility, as do the novel's over-the-top climax, which sounds loud echoes of Night of the Hunter, and the killer's persona, which is so cartoonish you expect his dialogue to appear in balloons. Other charactersAparticularly an aging cop and an over-the-hill FBI agentAare handled with more nuance. This novel wilts next to any Grisham or Baldacci, but for brisk airplane entertainment, it'll do fine. Agent, Esther Newberg. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour; simultaneous Time Warner Audio. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446609951
  • ASIN: B00B55UMN4
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,738,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim is the NY TIMES BESTSELLING author of fourteen highly successful suspense novels, including soon-to-be-released FALSE CONVICTIONS and national bestseller ABOVE THE LAW, as well the non-fiction New York Times Bestseller, THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME which was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. His last five novels have all been national bestsellers hitting the charts between #22 and #30 on the NY Times Bestseller list. While his first five novels used professional football as their backdrop, his most recent works have drawn more on his experiences as a lawyer exploring the themes of ambition and revenge.

Tim is also the author of a memoir entitled A MAN AND HIS MOTHER: AN ADOPTED SON'S SEARCH which was featured in PEOPLE magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC's Prime Time.
His writing career began at Syracuse University where he was a Rossman Scholar for Humanities, a Syracuse Scholar, an NCAA Top Six Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and co-valedictorian of his class. While studying English Literature, Tim became acquainted with the renowned minimalist Raymond Carver, and had the opportunity to study under the award-winning writer and professor Tobias Wolff.

During his studies, Tim also played football for the Syracuse Orangemen with a career that included a consensus All-American honors as well as his recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a star defensive end for eight years. During his NFL career, Green began his thirteen year career as a commentator for National Public Radio, wrote columns for USA Today, and received his law degree with honors at Syracuse University. Because of his accomplishments both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times have called Tim Green the "Renaissance Man" of sports. After his playing career, Tim spent eleven years as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and recently hosted FOX's nationally syndicated news magazine, A Current Affair. His other broadcast experiences have included ABC Good Morning America's legal commentator, Court TV's Pros and Cons, host of FOX Sports Net's Emmy nominated show NFL TOTAL ACCESS, and Comedy Central's Battlebots. Recently, Tim hosted the ABC Prime Time reality show, FIND MY FAMILY.
In 2007, Tim wrote FOOTBALL GENIUS, his first novel for young readers, and an instant NY Times Bestseller. The success and enjoyment of working with his own kids on the project resulted in FOOTBALL HERO, which was released in 2008. In both novels, Tim models the main characters after his own children, submerging them into a suspenseful world that blends adolescent life and sports with the visceral realm of the NFL. FOOTBALL HERO was selected as a Junior Library Guild choice and a GMA summer page turner for young adults. Most recently he released BASEBALL GREAT, another NY Times Bestseller, as well as FOOTBALL CHAMP. Tim's newest young reader novel, RIVALS, will be released in stores in March 2010.
Tim lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York. More information about Tim can be found at his Web site

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jacque McConnaghy on September 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unlike his previous novels that are set in the NFL arena, Tim Green takes you into the inter workings of the legal system. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride.
Eric Lipton a famous law professor is accused of a bizarre murder, the evidence is stacked against him. Enter Casey Jordan, his former student whose beauty is only surpassed by her brains. Lipton picks Casey to defend him knowing that she has the ability to create reasonable doubt in the minds of the twelve jurors selected to judge him. Casey takes the case thinking is will launch her into the national spotlight and give her the recognition she desires. She gets more than she bargined for, not only is she fighting for justice, she is fighting for her life.
The roller coaster ride begins and you are left trying to figure out who the guilty and innocent are. This is an non-stop thriller that is the best work from the author to date.
Loved the book, couldn't put it down.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In Austin, the police have a witness who swears seeing law professor Eric Lipton running from the murder-mutilation of law student Marcia Sales. Eric hires a former student Casey Jordan to defend him. Believing in the innocence of her former mentor, Casey pulls out all the stops to prove a shadow of doubt, turning the spotlight on the victim's violent father Donald as the possible killer. As the chief juror reads the verdict, the pompous Eric informs his attorney that he in deed did the crime.

Stunned by Eric's confession just as he is acquitted, a distraught Casey is abducted by an irate Donald. He plans to teach the lawyer first hand what happened to his daughter before she was killed. Already convinced her former instructor is a psychopathic serial killer, Casey joins with Donald to try to bring down Eric before someone else dies.

Tim Green known for his NFL days and his sports mysteries turns to a serial killer legal thriller with his current novel, THE LETTER OF THE LAW. The story line is filled with raw action that never eases up until the final page. However, the characters and their motives never fully develop and some of their actions require leaps across the Grand Canyon. Mr. Green shows the energy of a blitzing linebacker targeting the hit, but the quarterback suffers a concussion before the game is over. This tale filled with action and excitement is for those readers who enjoy hard hitting from the blind side.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Casey Jordan is the best defense lawyer in Texas and is looking to stretch that claim to best defense attorney nationwide. To that end she likes big, headline making, provocative cases, those with the biggest clients and the biggest risks. When Eric Lipton, nationally known criminal law professor, is accused of brutally murdering a former student, he hires Casey to defend him and she's thrilled. Though a tough case, Lipton was arrested leaving the country with the victim's bloody underwear in his luggage, it's just the kind of headline grabbing, career advancing trial she likes. And Casey does an admirable job, tearing apart defense witnesses and even laying suspicion on the victim's father. Just before the jury foreman reads the not guilty verdict, Lipton leans over and whispers into Casey's ear..."I really killed her". Now as other bodies begin to pile up, Casey is caught in a real bind, her duty to her client as an attorney and her need to see justice done. Tim Green has written a fast paced, page turner with well developed, interesting characters, powerful, riveting scenes and enough twists and turns to keep you off balance and guessing to the very end of the book. As a practicing attorney, his knowledge of the ins and outs of our criminal justice system, lend real credibility to the story. The Letter of the Law has it all, great characters, an action packed tight plot and a very satisfying ending with a few surprises thrown in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on June 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I admit it. I love legal thrillers. Even if it's poorly written, I still love them. And fortunately, this one is well-written and it grabs you by the throat and won't let go till the last page has turned.
Casey is a star defense attorney who takes pride in being number one, till a sordid murder trial made her take stock of her life and where she was going with that life. Casey was asked by her old professor, Dr. Lipton, to represent him in this horrorific murder trial and he claimed that he was innocent of this woman's murder. Casey won the case for him ... only to have the serial-like murders continue to happen. And the adventure has just begun.
It is a quick read ~~ I finished it in one day. It's also a page-turning read as well. If you're looking for a good book to read on that long airplane flight, I'd recommend this one. Green will keep you guessing throughout the book ... and you better make sure that you didn't miss your connecting flight ... it's that good that you can't just put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2004
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This is my first Tim Green book and I was delighted. After putting off reading this book for months, I have to kick myself for not reading it sooner. The book is about a lawyer named Casey who is asked to represent her law professor. He is accused of killing a student by cutting her up and removing her gall bladder. Pretty disgusting.
The whole premise of the book is how Casey manages to get the professor acquitted to then find out that he may have done it. In order to free the professor, she had to attack the character of the dead girl's father on the stand. In freeing her professor, Casey is now stuck between a serial killer and the dead girls father's hatred.
What makes this book unique is that Casey is not that likable for heroine. She is shown as being very materialistic and doing whatever she can to win a case. However that all changes when she sets a killer free and she starts questioning where she went wrong.
Good book and Tim Green does a great job of laying out the plot.
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