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A Fool for a Client
by Parnell Hall


Overview - Now Richard's in court fighting for his life, and Stanley's out on the firing line trying to dig up some evidence in his favor. It won't be easy. The murdered woman was a law clerk for a prominent judge, and everyone Stanley needs to question is currently tied up in a high-profile Global Banking trial As Stanley races back and forth between two courtrooms, searching for the key to the mystery through investigative techniques that could easily get him charged as an accessory, every fact tends to point to Richard's guilt: DNA evidence proves he is the man who had sex with the victim just before she died, eyewitnesses put him at the scene of the crime, and his fingerprints are on the murder weapon In desperation, Richard resorts to a series of courtroom tactics so outrageous they would make Perry Mason blush.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Now Richard's in court fighting for his life, and Stanley's out on the firing line trying to dig up some evidence in his favor. It won't be easy. The murdered woman was a law clerk for a prominent judge, and everyone Stanley needs to question is currently tied up in a high-profile Global Banking trial As Stanley races back and forth between two courtrooms, searching for the key to the mystery through investigative techniques that could easily get him charged as an accessory, every fact tends to point to Richard's guilt: DNA evidence proves he is the man who had sex with the victim just before she died, eyewitnesses put him at the scene of the crime, and his fingerprints are on the murder weapon In desperation, Richard resorts to a series of courtroom tactics so outrageous they would make Perry Mason blush. Before the case is over, everyone in the courtroom will be convinced that not only does Richard Rosenberg have a fool for a client, but the client has a fool for a lawyer

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605988832
  • ISBN-10: 1605988839
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 336

Series: Stanley Hastings Mysteries (Hardcover)

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Edgar-finalist Hall’s frenetic 20th mystery featuring New York City PI Stanley Hastings (after 2014’s Safari), Stanley’s boss, leading negligence attorney Richard Rosenberg, decides to defend himself after being charged with his girlfriend’s murder. It’s up to Stanley to uncover the evidence that will clear Richard. The rapid-fire banter between the pair may owe a lot to the Warner Bros. flicks of the ’30s (when Stanley asks Richard if he’s in trouble, Richard answers, “No, I fell going into my office and I’m suing myself for negligence”). In fact, most characters converse as if auditioning for a remake of His Girl Friday. Stanley’s investigation pauses periodically for deconstruction by his acerbic wife, Alice. Nora Charles, she isn’t. Once Hall moves into the courtroom for the trial, pleasures can be found in Richard’s swashbuckling style and canny, if farfetched, legal maneuvers. But here, too, Hall employs too many arch exchanges. This overreliance on sarcastic dialogue may leave the reader ready to sue for less zip and more substance. (Oct.)

 
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