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by Irving, Clifford.

Format: Print Book 1991
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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A couple of years back, Houston attorney Warren Blackburn got a one-year suspension (it could have been disbarment) for letting an incomplete affidavit get signed. Since getting back into practice, he hasn't been successful enough to please his wife, so she's filing for divorce just as things start looking up in a big way. For suddenly, Warren's in charge of two murder defenses. One's of an illegal Mexican immigrant charged with shooting a man before robbing a convenience store. The other's the plum of the season, keeping the hostess of Houston's most successful topless bar, former beauty queen Johnnie Faye Boudreau, out of stir for plugging her boyfriend. As the plot thickens, Warren discovers that one of his clients is innocent and the other's guilty of more than has been brought to court. Despite one judge with a heart of carborundum steel, everything comes out fine at the end of Irving's efficiently written, if hardly outstanding, double-courtroom melodrama. ~--Ray Olson"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The courtroom scenes are breathtaking in Irving's ( The Angel of Zin ) new novel. Warren Blackburn practices criminal law in Houston, in the same Harris County courthouse where his late father was a respected judge. When he executes a perjurious affidavit on behalf of a client whom he foolishly trusted, Warren is suspended from practice for a year. Upon his return, he is relegated to the detritus of criminal defense work, until he suddenly becomes counsel to two defendants in murder cases, one celebrated. Warren discovers that one of his clients was likely the actual murderer in the other case, but lawyer-client confidentiality prevents disclosure, and he is trapped in a Kafkaesque dilemma. Although the plot holds few surprises, Irving's development of the trial-related issues is masterful, providing gripping suspense. Similarly, while some of the extralegal parts of the narrative (Blackburn's marital problems, his predictable affair with a court stenographer) are rather contrived, the court proceedings, strategy and testimony are authentic and first-rate; and the cross-examination of the one pivotal ``eyewitness'' is riveting. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Defense (Criminal procedure) -- Fiction.
Legal stories.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Dell,1991
Language English
Notes Originally published: New York : Summit Books, 1990.
"A Dell book."
Description 374 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 0440210178 (ec.) :
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