Moral Defense ] has it all: a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops as well as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants pacing and page-turning twists. The Associated Press
For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it s not about guilt or innocence it s about making sure her clients walk.Read more...
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Moral Defense] has it all: a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops as well as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants pacing and page-turning twists. The Associated Press
For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it s not about guilt or innocence it s about making sure her clients walk.
In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left the teenager s father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It s a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something?
As Sam digs in to find the answers, she s surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she d have to make."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Book two in Clarks series featuring Samantha Brinkman finds the envelope-pushing L.A. defense attorney adding young Cassie Sonnenberg to her client list after the 15-year-olds father and brother die from knife wounds. The assumption is that the fatal home break-in was payback after Cassies mother Paula, a city councilwoman who was hospitalized and remains in critical condition, helped to pass new anti-gang legislation. But Samantha soon realizes that the motives may be a bit more devious than that. Clark fills her heroines narration with caustic wit and breezy, moderately slangy patter that reader Dawe delivers naturally and effortlessly. Samanthas bottom-line-focused office manager, Michelle, sounds properly exasperated by her bosss freewheeling and free-spending style. The forlorn Cassies responses are whisper-soft and tentative, while another client, a scuzzy drug dealer, and a leader of a California-based drug cartel sound as if theyre fairly bursting with bravado. Dawe is equally effective in finding voices for the novels many characters who exist in the attitudinal middle ground between these two extremes. A Thomas & Mercer hardcover. (Nov.)