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Chasing Justice (A Matt Royal Mystery) Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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“At the start of Griffin’s excellent eighth Matt Royal mystery (after 2013’s Found), Royal, a “lawyer and mostly retired,” is enjoying life on Longboat Key, Fla., with those whom he considers “the best people on earth.” One is his lover, J.D. Duncan, the island’s lone police detective, who’s investigating the murder of a beautiful nude woman found in a ritzy beach house. Another is Abby Lester, the local police chief’s wife, who’s arrested for killing a shady developer. Though Matt has nothing to gain and maybe much to lose, he agrees to defend Abby. Meanwhile, J.D. uncovers sleazy connections that link her case to Abby’s. Griffin, a former trial attorney, often contrasts how things used to be with how they regrettably are now, showcasing today’s “devastated hell” of Florida’s “forgotten ones” and damning a system where too many lawyers are unscrupulous, too many policemen are corrupt, and politicians dare to threaten honest judges. Even so, Royal ensures that justice triumphs in this highly satisfying courtroom drama.”
―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
About the Author
H. Terrell Griffin is the award winning author of ten Matt Royal mysteries set on Florida's Suncoast. Prior to succumbing to his lifelong yen to write, he earned degrees in history and law from Mercer University and was a board certified civil trial lawyer based in Orlando for thirty-eight years. In his youth, Terry served three years in the U.S. Army, much of it as a medic in an Armored Cavalry regiment on the East German border.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like Matt Royal. Chasing Justice has Matt going back to defend his good friend Police chief Bill Lester's wife Abby Lester from a murder charge. It reminds me of the Longboat Blues. Where is more a legal mystery case.
I loved the trial part of the book. I wanted to be there and watch him work and cheer him on. Wanted to boo the prosecutor too.
The suspense was good. Did not know who to trust till revealed. Matt tried to prove Abby innocent and try and figure out who the real murder was. Was Abby and Bill cheating on each other like some people believe.
J.D. also had a murder case working as a police detective. J.D. is a strong female character and has a good sense of humor. She hear
Some of the police and lawyers I found sad. There was also ones that I admired. Like any organization some good and others bad.
As other Matt Royal books there is lots of drinking and lots of bars that everyone goes to.
There is a lot of murder and attempted murder.
There are some good twists to the plot most came as a surprise and some you could guess were coming. I read it in one setting because I did not want to stop reading till I was down.
I will continue to look for more H. Terrell Griffin novels in the future.
I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Oceanview Publishing. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Chasing Justice.
During that investigation, another commences in Sarasota. Seems someone shot Nate Bannister, a shady real estate developer that has a slew of people who would want to off him. But Sarasota PD can't investigate. Police Chief Bill Lester's wife Abby is charged for the murder, her fingerprints found on a wine glass in the victim's condo. The respected couple are Matt Royal's friends, and Matt, though retired, is asked to put on his attorney hat to defend her. Matt is "an icon of the Bar, a lawyer of impeccable standing, the epitome of all that's right and good."
Adding intrigue, Florida Department of Law Enforcement sends Agent Wesley Lucas as a special investigator, and egotistical prosecutor George Swann. What, an egoistic attorney? Matt, however, "could turn him into a raving lunatic before this trial was over."
University professors Julie and Mark Erickson "share a chair that Jim Favereaux endowed to the tune of a million dollars." But the Ericksons can't offer J.D. or Matt any information, they've not heard from the Favereauxes since a shared dinner the previous week.
A background search of one victim leads J.D. and Matt to New Orleans --- and a ragtag neo-Nazi group. The plot experiences more twists than a bowl of pretzels served at the Haye Loft bar. Even "Jock Algren, my lifelong best friend," makes a bone-crunching appearance.
Matt has become jaded by the legal system, thinking "Lawyers spent more time chasing the dollar than they did justice." Ultimately justice prevails, "and a lawyer can ask for no better result than that."
Bestselling author H. Terrell Griffin's novels lean heavily to the action side, but Chasing Justice is a rocket-ride legal thriller with shrewd investigative acumen. The courtroom drama rivals Matlock and Perry Mason, with the cunning of Atticus Finch tossing a glass to Tom Robinson. Matt portrays himself as a beach bum attorney, but his investigation techniques and demeanor resemble those of Columbo.
Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy for Bookreporter