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Final argument : a novel

by Irving, Clifford.

Format: Print Book 1993
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Clairton Public Library Fiction F IRVI
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F IRVI
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC IRVING
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC IRVING
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction FIC Irv
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  FIC Irv
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ted Jaffe is a successful lawyer with a nice family, a six-figure income, and an expensive house. Then a series of events changes his life forever. Twelve years earlier, just after Jaffe had ended a torrid affair with rich, sexy Connie Zide, he had successfully convicted a young black man of killing Connie's husband. Now, one of the men who testified at the trial says he was bribed. Jaffe's interest is piqued, but the truth is elusive. Witnesses are reluctant to talk, and when they do, they end up dead. The case quickly becomes an obsession while Jaffe's personal life disintegrates: his son's on drugs, his wife drinks too much, and his boss is furious that Jaffe is frittering away time better spent on billable clients. Jaffe triumphs in the end, but in his quest for justice he discovers some uncomfortable truths about himself and the life he's been leading. Irving has concocted a compelling story from start to finish, and, in the process, he has given us an unforgiving look at the criminal justice system and the ease with which the wealthy may slither through it. The real meat, however, is in Jaffe's painful personal transformation. What could have turned into a facile melodrama in less able hands is carried off with talent and polish. ~--Emily Melton"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Irving's 11th novel (after Trial ) is a fast-moving legal thriller noteworthy for its virtuoso interweaving of story lines, numerous plot twists and superior characterizations. At age 48, Ted Jaffe seems set for life: he's a partner at one of Florida's most prestigious law firms, and has a devoted wife and two children who love him. Then Elroy Lee, arrested on a cocaine charge, phones Jaffe because his name looks familiar in the Sarasota Yellow Pages. Lee testified 12 years earlier in a case involving the murder of rich Floridian Solomon Zide; Jaffe, then a state prosecutor, obtained the conviction of a young black man named Darryl Morgan who still sits on death row. Facts now suggest that Lee lied on the stand, but if the trial is reopened, Jaffe's wife would find out that he was having an affair with Zide's socialite wife, Connie. Jaffe ponders why he became a lawyer and races for a new trial before Morgan's fast-approaching execution date. Culminating in an edge-of-the-seat courtroom showdown with plenty of surprises, this superior thriller is a top example of the genre. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club alternate. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1993
Language English
Description 333 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 0671748688 :
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