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MEET BILLY STROBE–a lawyer and an ex-con, a man who believes in the law but always seems to be on the wrong side of it—in this "powerful [and] satisfying" (Publishers Weekly) suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alternate. You are likely never to forget him. Read more...
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In a dazzling display of courtroom bravado, Seth "Cowboy" Cameron wins a ticket to the prestigious firm of Miller and McGrath. But he soon becomes a pawn in a power struggle between the firm's senior partners. Surviving on adrenaline and broken promises, Seth is primed to beat them at their own game. But then they send him Elena Barton.Read more...
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In an opulent San Francisco mansion, a beautiful woman lies dead. Her husband stands accused of her murder and two ambitious lawyers step into the courtroom for the most challenging trial of their careers. The defendant is an ex-congressman whose alibi is as questionable as his past. But disappearing evidence, witnesses, and even jurors, soon spin the trial out of control. Read more...
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The pristine blue-chip law firm of Stafford, Parrish & MacAllister stuns the nation by agreeing to step down from its ivory tower and litigate a shocking and sensational plaintiff's class action. For ambitious attorney Rachel Cannon, this is her make-or-break chance to earn the firm's first female partnership. For SP&M's best and brightest litigator, Kevin Stone, it is the greatest trial challenge of his career..... Read more
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  The American Lawyer is an international legal thriller about political corruption, runaway ambition, murder, redemption, and a 400 year-old letter that could change the course of Central American history as well as the life of a young San Francisco lawyer named Jesse Hall. It's a wild ride through the untamed jungles of Guatemala, the treacherous Bay of Honduras, a shocking murder in Shanghai, forbidden love, a San Francisco law firm with dark secrets, and a foreign courtroom so tense at times a spark could set it aflame.

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Guatemala City–2006
   As the final residuum of life leaked out of Marisa Andrade, shock mercifully
muted the pain from her multiple knife wounds.
  But not her despair.
  Nobody would come home in time to save her, not now. Not in the middle of the day. And who would take her place as Executive Director of La Causa, just when they were so close?
  Her thoughts drifted to Teo, her shaggy bear of a husband, who had pleaded with her to stop courting danger.

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  Jesse Hall is a 29 year-old lawyer who grew up in poverty and learned about injustice first hand. Upon graduation, he picked Caldwell & Shaw, a preeminent San Francisco silk-stocking firm, determined to learn about the use and abuse of power, then build a war chest, enter politics, and fight for the disadvantaged.

  The firm sends Jesse to Guatemala to vet the local lawyer defending the son of C&S's biggest client, Calvin (Cal) Covington. Young Kevin is accused of murdering a popular Guatemalan human rights advocate, Marisa Andrade. Jesse is to ensure that the local lawyer is the very best and to find a replacement if he's not. Seems simple enough.

  But Jesse quickly sees that the man is incompetent, and when no other local lawyer will take the case, he has no choice but to take it on himself, aided paradoxically by the victim's own husband, Teodoro Andrade, an elderly alcoholic law professor. Teo believes Marisa was killed under orders of the current VP and Presidential candidate, Victor Carano, her prime journalistic target, and that Carano has framed young Kevin Covington. Teo wants revenge, so agrees to help the American lawyer reveal the truth. Together, this odd couple will take on drug lords, corrupt judges, murderers, the government—and their own fully justified fears and self-doubts.