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From the Publisher
After the custody dispute, Bo arrives home drunk to find his old professional foe, Helen Lewis, the district attorney general, waiting for him with a desperate plea. She’s been accused of killing her ex-husband and needs his help. Realizing that Helen’s murder trial is a chance to resurrect his career and life, Bo decides to take the case.
I’m so excited for readers to get their hands on this new legal thriller series from Robert Bailey. Returning readers of his McMurtrie and Drake series and new readers alike will be thrilled to see fan favorite Bo get his own story and witness his continued fight for justice.
- Megha Parekh, Editor
About the Author
Robert Bailey is the bestselling and award-winning author of the McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers series, which includes The Final Reckoning, The Last Trial, Between Black and White, and The Professor. Legacy of Lies is his fifth novel. For the past twenty years, Bailey has been a civil defense trial lawyer in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, where he lives with his wife and three children. For more information, please visit www.robertbaileybooks.com.
- ASIN : B07YKTYZJ6
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (June 1, 2020)
- Publication date : June 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3328 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #356 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I had some concerns when I saw that this Kindle First choice was Book 1 of a two book series. Too often that seems to mean that a reader is left hanging with the only alternative to purchase the next book in the series in order to have a conclusion. I was happy to discover that this is a freestanding book and the story is wrapped up neatly with no loose threads. However, I enjoyed the book and the characters so much that I look forward to another book in the series.
There is more mystery and investigation than courtroom drama but this is a good legal thriller. There is nothing that I noticed that readers sensitive to language, graphic violence or sex would find objectionable.
I definitely recommend this as an entertaining and fast paced read for anyone looking for a character driven mystery and legal thriller.
With Legacy of Lies, Bailey’s newest book, he proves he is at the top of his game. While prior books had adversaries threatening the lives of protagonists, this time a dominant threat to the main two characters comes from within. Which is not to say they aren’t in danger from outside forces, only that the enemy within is as dangerous as the enemy without. This makes Legacy of Lies even more compelling and richer for the deep humanity Bailey captures in a finely wrought thriller and stirring story of redemption.
Helen Evangeline Lewis, aka The General, is the district attorney general for a four-county area in Tennessee. Attractive, confident, and tough, she is haunted by a devastating event in her past that causes a kind of PTSD fugue at a critical junction in the story. Her ex-husband, Butch Renfroe, threatens to reveal his version of that event in order to blackmail her. He wants her to drop statutory and forcible rape charges against Michael Zannick, who is powerful, unscrupulous, and rich. She recognizes Butch must be in Zannick’s clutches but refuses to drop the charges. In the heated argument that follows, she threatens to kill her ex-husband. Her threat is overheard by her assistant district attorney.
The night after their argument, someone kills Butch—and a neighbor witnesses Helen coming and going from his house. Traces of his blood are found in her vehicle. Her DNA is found on the victim. In short order, the local sheriff reluctantly accepts that he must arrest Helen, despite his long-time respect for her. It might all be circumstantial, but it’s a tight case establishing motive, means and opportunity.
Knowing arrest is imminent, Helen seeks out Bo Hayes to be her defense attorney. She believes that only Bo—with his courtroom skills, personal dedication and fierce drive—can save her. Bo is a tall, broad-shouldered black man who gained early fame as a football player under legendary coach Bear Bryant at The University of Alabama. However, when Helen finds him, Bo is a drunken mess, having just lost custody of his two children to their grandparents. Bo has never recovered from witnessing the murder of his beloved wife a year before and has slid into a self-pitying, useless remnant of the “wide-ass open” attorney he used to be.
Bo must not only find a defense for Helen, he must redeem himself. Increasingly the odds seem stacked against them both.
A stunning discovery, a triple twist, and dramatic courtroom scenes all make for a riveting, satisfying read in what might well be Bailey’s best book to date. While the twists come as a surprise, they also seem inevitable once the shock wears off—and that is a hard thing for an author to pull off, but Bailey does it exceptionally well.
I did receive a free Advanced Readers Copy, but this is my honest and voluntary review.
Legacy of Lies is a grand story with a morality tale vibe, gripping and thrilling throughout. It showcases Bailey once more as a writer who knows how to keep the suspense high, the pacing fast, the narrative strong, the characters compellingly complex, and his plot full of white-knuckle tension and twists.
This book is unusual as far as legal thrillers go. We expect to have external villains that muck up the story. But in this novel, the main characters--the prosecutor heroine and the lawyer she had to hire to defend against an erroneous murder charge--had past and present demons they had to wrestle with to pull off what they needed to to do against all odds that seemed increasingly unbeatable. The courtroom drama is what you hope a legal thriller will have. I will admit to being surprised at some of the twists and turns of the plot, yet once I looked back, I could see where those came from. The author had baked them into the story very cleverly. I don't think this is easily done, so hats off to the author on that one.
Don't listen to one-word, negative reviews! I always think that ANY review, especially very negative ones, need to be backed up with why the reviewer thought the way they did. If I dislike a book, I tell you precisely why.
If you like legal thrillers, this is a good one.
Top reviews from other countries
Stripped back, the storyline follows a Attorney General Helen, known as the General, who is on trial for the murder of her ex husband, Butch. Her defence lawyer is Bo. He’s wealthy and competent but has been suspended, previously. Bo has taken on the case to get his life back in line.
Unfortunately, a great deal of the background information of Helen and Bo are skimmed over; never thoroughly explained. Also, the so many named characters confuse matters with their input, which at times is irrelevant. There’s the usual corruption in both the judicial and police services and a man, Michael, using wealth, blackmail and power to squirm his way out of a rape charge.
Parts of this book were enthralling but the aforementioned points disappointed me. Each to his own. Obviously, the few reviewers that have published already have found more to please than I did.
The flashbacks which served as backstory for the main character was too disjointed and thrown in at points. Turns out the main character has appeared in other books but you wouldn't know that as this is titled as book 1 of a series. Lastly, the dialogue for the too short trial wasn't very believable. I'm sounding like I'm being harsh on this, but as I said, the main story was compelling for the most part.
As the start of a series I recommend it but I look for more imagination in the next.