Overview - As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. Some turn to drugs, some quit the profession, and occasionally one quits altogether. According to the medical examiner, Sari Bashir quit for good on leaving work one Thursday night when she fell to her death from the eighth floor of the downtown garage adjacent to her firm. Read more...
More About Face Value by Michael A. Kahn
As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. Some turn to drugs, some quit the profession, and occasionally one quits altogether. According to the medical examiner, Sari Bashir quit for good on leaving work one Thursday night when she fell to her death from the eighth floor of the downtown garage adjacent to her firm. The police rule her death a suicide and move on. However, Stanley Plotkin, the law firm s eccentric mailroom clerk, is sure that Sari was murdered. Stanley, a genius afflicted with Asperger s Syndrome, cannot read emotions from other s facial expressions. To compensate, he studies the voluminous facial action coding system to help him navigate social situations. His mastery of that system has convinced him that Sari was not suicidal. Armed with evidence that only he can see, he turns to Rachel for help. Rachel had been close with Sari, who worked for her during law school. She also knows Stanley because their mothers are friends. When he calls Sari s death murder as Rachel drives him home from Sari s memorial service, she listens. And when Sari s grieving father pleads with Rachel to review the police file on his daughter s suicide, she reluctantly, though with consummate skill and deploying unlikely colleagues, starts an investigation that will lead into the heart of a dark criminal enterprise rife with collateral damage. Like Sari "
- ISBN-13: 9781464202803
- ISBN-10: 146420280X
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 253
- Reading Level: Ages 14-10
Rachel Gold Mysteries
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At the start of Kahn’s engaging ninth mystery featuring lawyer Rachel Gold (after 2013’s The Flinch Factor), a security guard finds the broken body of Sari Bashir, a young attorney at St. Louis’s Warner & Olsen law firm, in an alley. Did the demands of Sari’s job drive her to jump off the top of a 10-story parking garage? Stanley Plotkin, an employee in the Warner & Olsen mail room with Asperger’s syndrome, thinks that Sari was murdered. Stanley, a devoted student of the Facial Action Coding System, which allows one to read emotions from facial expressions, is sure Sari was agitated and upset right before her death, but not depressed or suicidal. Rachel agrees to investigate, and gathers a team to do so. Rachel and company soon uncover details about murky cases, financial improprieties, and not-what-they-seem coworkers. Ample humor and skillful dialogue—about legal, financial, and scientific matters—are a plus, as is the expertly evoked St. Louis locale. (June)