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- Publisher: Cheetah Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IFM2RHI
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Alienation of Affections: a legal comedy (Family Court Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The Ducklingburg universe has outlived its usefulness. In Porter's first book, the fictional location helped to set a wink-wink sort of tone while the book revealed the failings of a legal system that unscrupulous readers could abuse (if only they could find it). In the second book, it is a distraction. There are plenty of elements worth developing for great stories. There's no need to build up a fictional state as a setting for legal hi-jinks, because there are already plenty of states that readers will readily believe have disfunctional legal systems.
And in this case, that wife - Martha Grimm - is willing to pay handsomely to accomplish exactly that. But what she wants to avoid at all costs is suing her husband. When she puts that challenge to her attorney, though, the initial reaction is something like, say WHAT? Putting their heads together - and realizing that no solution to their client's request means no fees - the attorney and her associates come up with the notion of putting the state's little-known (and probably never used) law called "Alienation of Affections" into play. As such, the firm can sue the wayward husband's mistress - herein known as "The Floozy" - thus taking the husband out of the equation and allowing for a trial by jury instead of the more typical judge's decision.
What happens behind the scenes in divorce court is revealed in this very short novel (I read it in one sitting and one-and-a-half glasses of a decent sangria). But most interesting to me were the characters, beginning with the Floozy, who's desperately trying to dress the part in court (using her paramour's credit card, of course) and the height-challenged judge who's just trying to get in 10 years so he can retire with a hefty pension for life. Then there's the Great Negotiator, a.k.a. the Floozy's lawyer, who always delivers results (whether or not he'll manage that here I'll never tell). Even "The Dress" - the ill-fitting number Floozy picked for her day in court - plays a significant role.
All in all, it's a fun look inside the workings of divorce court. I thank the author for providing a copy for me to read and review.
2. Considering marriage.
4. Considering divorce.
5. Law student.
6. Considering law school.
7. Cheating on your spouse.
8. Considering cheating on your spouse.
9. Have a cheating spouse.
10. Having an affair with a married person.
11. Considering having an affair with a married person.
If you pick up this book for one of the above or some other reasons, I can guarantee a face-palming and eyebrow-raising experience. Frankly, I think it should be a TV series.
When reading it, I certainly did not see the directions that it might take.
I laughed at some of the visuals that were so obvious at the start of the book. With character names like Raccoon, and the description of him along with several other clever and descriptive names it made me laugh from the first chapter. The court scenes were a little more aggravating than funny. But the last portion of the book once again had me invested in the comedy. I like the recurring cast of characters and I can see that there is more to the legal profession that I ever thought possible.