Defense attorney Kevin Corvelli fled from New York to Hawaii after the sensational death of one of his clients three years ago. Now, in the wake of another client's death--a client Kevin had fallen in love with--Kevin would run again if only he could pull himself free from a couple of high-profile, high-risk cases.Read more...
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Defense attorney Kevin Corvelli fled from New York to Hawaii after the sensational death of one of his clients three years ago. Now, in the wake of another client's death--a client Kevin had fallen in love with--Kevin would run again if only he could pull himself free from a couple of high-profile, high-risk cases. The FBI is investigating the poisoning of a young woman who happened to be Governor Wade Omphrey's mistress. The governor was off the island at the time, but that doesn't mean that he didn't order the hit or that he doesn't need a hotshot lawyer like Corvelli defending him.
Then the DEA raids a local meth lab and Turi Ahina is picked up in the sweep. A career criminal, Ahina has set Corvelli up with plenty of client referrals, but Corvelli owes him for much more than that ever since Ahina saved his life. Now Ahina's only way out is to turn in the big man, and he can't just tell the FBI who it is--they already know that. He needs to find him and set a trap, a trap that won't succeed without Corvelli's help. The plan is simple, as foolproof and dangerous as a suicide attempt.
As the stakes rise, Corvelli gets drawn in deeper and deeper until the only way he can escape is to stick it out to the end in "Last Lawyer Standing," Douglas Corleone's most compelling legal mystery yet.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-06-04
- Reviewer: Staff
In Corleone’s overly busy third Kevin Corvelli mystery (after 2011’s Night on Fire), the criminal defense lawyer takes on two complex and dangerous cases, despite having become addicted to Percocet after surviving a stabbing six months earlier. First and foremost, Corvelli agrees to represent Hawaii’s governor, Wade Omphrey, after Omphrey’s mistress, Oksana Sutin, is poisoned with strychnine. Suspicion of murder would be seriously damaging at any time, but with an election looming, the unresolved homicide case is even more problematic. Meanwhile, the man who saved Corvelli’s life, drug dealer Turi Ahina, who’s been busted again, is facing serious federal charges, which leave Ahina little alternative than to cooperate with the government. Corvelli must also babysit an unlicensed investigator fleeing a mob contract, and confront rampant police corruption while identifying a shadowy criminal mastermind. Some tired genre tropes, including a love interest held hostage, cost the author some originality points. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Aug.)