- Series: Rattlesnake Lawyer - Luna Cruz Thriller
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cool Titles (March 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096739208X
- ISBN-13: 978-0967392080
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,034,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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La Bajada Lawyer: A Rattlesnake Lawyer - Luna Cruz Thriller Paperback – March 17, 2009
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About the Author
Jonathan Miller is the author of the award-winning Rattlesnake Lawyer books. His last novel, Luna Law, was a co-winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman award for fiction at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. He is an attorney who has practiced criminal law in New Mexico for over 17 years. He is a graduate of Albuquerque Academy, Cornell University, the University of Colorado Law School, and the American Film Institute. He currently practices criminal defense around New Mexico.
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"La Bajada Lawyer" takes the reader for another journey through the
closed doors of crime, and the opened doors where justice is served.
Dan Shepard is an attorney from Santa Fe, and La Bajada is the descent
where Santa Fe ends and Albuquerque begins. Dan finally makes it to the
top of the ladder with success in his career, but his law practice, and
good reputation becomes threatened when he is informed that his girlfriend Ophalia is involved in a murder case. His life is about to
change as quick as a lightbulb with major decisions he needs to make
as he desperately tries to protect his career and reputation, while
attempting to defend Ophalia. He finds himself in a sinking ship
after he hires a beautiful, seductive Luna Cruz to help him with the
case as he falls in love with her. What strings must Dan pull in the
world of politics to save Ophalia? Will Luna drown with him in his
sinking ship? Is Ophalia innocent, or guilty of killing the governor's
wife, and dumping her body in a ditch? Will justice be served, and for
whom? I recommend "La Bajada Lawyer" to all thriller lovers and for
reader's who enjoy suspense, and drama in a colorful dialogue, entertained by strange characters with a sense of humor. Jonathan Miller's expertise as an attorney in the field of criminal law,
combined with his admiration for Albuquerque shines through in his
writing. He leads the reader by the hand to the inside scenes of the
courts where justice is served, after walking in from the outside
world that's covered in crime. He clearly describes the good, the bad,
and ugly from the eyes of an experienced criminal attorney who has seen
it all. For the icing on the cake, he adds a great deal of wit through
all the drama, with his keen sense of humor. "La Bajada Lawyer" is a
page turner from beginning to end as the reader becomes extremely
curious to find out the verdict. This novel is one that would indeed
light up a movie screen with its intense drama, packed with twists-and-turns, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat. It's a
suspenseful whodunit, an engrossing thriller, and is as intense as
"JOHN Q" with Denzel Washington!
Geraldine Ahearn, AIOM, HonDG (IBC)
Founding Member ABI Women's Review Board
CCRN/ Author of 6 books
"La Bajada Lawyer" stars the Rattlesnake Lawyer Dan Shepard, an attorney who is on the brink of becoming a major player in the state. La Bajada is the descent "where Santa Fe ends and Albuquerque begins."
The book starts off with Dan being bonded out of jail and tongue-in-cheek asks to be sent back when he finds out who is doing the bailing. We then go back to where the story begins - at an election night party with a governor who has hopes for national office. Sound familiar?
But his opponent has run a tough campaign, and on the night of the election the underdog, C de Baca, announces that his wife was murdered and he suspects the current governor's camp is involved.
What Dan doesn't know is how his new girlfriend is involved in the whole mess. Is she guilty of killing the wife of the new governor or is she innocent?
Complicating things further, Dan is on the verge of "making it" by becoming a full-fledged Santa Fe lawyer, rather than a "La Bajada" lawyer - traveling from Albuquerque to the more sophisticated Santa Fe. But will his new relationship muddy up his plans for success? Should he defend his girlfriend or is he falling in love with the lawyer he turned to for help?
Much of the book contrasts the two major New Mexican cities and Dan's two love interests. The interests are the slightly-flaky girlfriend Lia and the venerable fellow attorney Luna Cruz, who has previously starred in a few of Miller's books.
"La Bajada Lawyer" is hilarious and as a practicing attorney from Albuquerque, Miller certainly knows his stuff, which gives more authenticity to the story. Miller has an insider's knowledge of the state and of court dealings, which are both detailed nicely. If you live in or are from New Mexico, you'll smile knowingly when reading about the familiar settings.
If you read any of Miller's books, you will notice Heidi Hawk, a Native American woman, make another guest appearance in this one. She is in each of his fiction books, which include Miller's debut "Rattlesnake Lawyer," and his follow-up "Crater County," as well as "Volcano Verdict."
Some of his recurring characters are also in the book including Jen Song and the New Mexico superwoman Luna Cruz, of course. I did wish there was more of Luna in this book since she is such a great, strong character and the world of the people Miller created is moving rather quickly. She needs another book of her own, like "Volcano Verdict."
"La Bajada Lawyer" is fast-paced and full of suspense. If you enjoy thrillers, legal fiction, crime or books set in New Mexico, try Jonathan Miller.