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Weighing the Truth Paperback – September 24, 2016
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"Weighing the Truth's legal suspense story opens with Natalya Drummond and her colleague's visit to their client in San Quentin Prison, as they work on his death-row appeal case. "But even in the beginning, all is not as it seems: Nat's determination to do a good job as a defense lawyer for some of the most dangerous people in prison is offset by her recognition that her job holds conundrums and special challenges other kinds of lawyers don't face every day . . . . It's this determination to not just perform a duty but do it well that lands Nat in trouble as events spiral out of control to challenge all her values and intentions. From little annoyances to big issues, Nat finds her carefully honed facade of control and efficiency being attacked on different levels . . . to the point that her professionalism and goals begin to erode. "From how appellate lawyers handle issues of guilt and innocence and develop a 'natural sense of justice' to Nat's suddenly questionable drive to be conscientious against all odds, Weighing the Truth is more than a legal thriller. It's a close inspection of morals, ethics, and values in the face of threats, gang involvement, attorney interactions, and a level of professional involvement that suddenly turns all too personal, unexpectedly placing Nat on the other side of the witness stand. . . . "Fans of legal thrillers are in for a treat: where competing books are driven by legal cat-and-mouse courtroom encounters, Weighing the Truth instead provides a riveting focus on the motivations, psychology, and sometimes-conflicting special interests of the criminal defense lawyer, surveying how this can spill into personal lives and choices. "Far more character-driven than most legal thrillers, Christine Z. Mason's approach will delight readers who look for more personal touches and protagonist development in their legal fiction."-D. Donovan, Sr. Editor, Midwest Book Review ." . . an emotionally supercharged domestic thriller. . . a fluid narrative that seamlessly fuses elements of mystery, women's fiction, and legal suspense . . . Drummond, Cropper, and even relatively peripheral characters, such as Hegner, are all fully realized and authentic, which makes the emotional aspect of the story feel intense and intimate. As a result, readers will experience the diversity of Drummond's feelings during her painful but redemptive journey of self-discovery. . . [Weighing the Truth] will have suspense fans turning pages until the very end."-Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
As an attorney, Christine Zilius Mason specialized in criminal law, including death penalty and other felony appeals, jury trials, and cases involving abandoned children and parental rights. Christine has also published a mainstream novel, Boundaries: A Love Story; a middle-grade novel, The Mystery of Nan Madol, an adventure story set in Micronesia; and short stories. Weighing the Truth is a character-driven legal suspense,