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The American Lawyer
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.
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.