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Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf Hardcover – September 30, 2014
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- Publisher : Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596066679
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596066670
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,918,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1994 the eight existing Ehrengraf tales were compiled in one volume. Four more were written since then, and this book includes the complete set, with all except the final story having been published elsewhere. I remember reading a few of these in other Block anthologies, and enjoyed them. And because of this, I can see that the one problem with an Ehrengraf anthology is repetition. Which is not to say that Block rehashes the same details over and over again – he’s always been a genius at coming up with enough variations on a given theme to make it interesting. But there’s a definite template to these stories that Block sticks to, from set-up to conclusion – and it’s glaringly obvious when you binge-read them rather than when they’re published individually a year or more apart.
That only really matters in the sense that the reason the first Ehrengraf story you read (whichever one it is, but perhaps especially the first one, “The Ehrengraf Defense”) makes such an impact is that you don’t see the twist coming. Once you’ve established the MO, the twist doesn’t have the same shock value, especially when you read them all at once. That said, most of these stories are quite good on their own merits. Still, I was sort of hoping that the final story would open with Ehrengraf being the one charged with heinous crimes and in need of a lawyer as good as he is. Now that would be a plot twist. I hope Mr Block writes that one someday.
Ehrengraf works hard behind the scenes to make it so.
These dark little tales, a dozen to date, finds a lawyer that makes his clients innocent by whatever means necessary. He doesn't like courtrooms and leaving the decision to twelve people. As a result, he rarely appears in court, commanding large fees payable only if his client is absolved of all guilt. One fee, no billable expenses or charges for anything else.
And don't even think of deciding not to pay when it's over. Ehrengraf makes it clear from the beginning he gets paid whether he seems to have done anything or not. He doesn't like client who pull that one.
One new tale in this collection, eleven previously published stories.
A lot of fun.
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Ehrengraf works on a contingency basis; if he gets a criminal off he collects a hefty fee, if he doesn`t, the fee is waved. The latter never happens, because, no matter how guilty the party, Ehrengraf ensures it never comes to trial, the charges are dropped before that ever happens. How the unscrupulous little lawyer accomplishes this is the subject of these highly entertaining and unusual stories.
There have been many books about fictional lawyers, but none like this one!