It's February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. In the early hours of the morning after Valentine's Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead's ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field, an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, one of the town's women decides to take matters into her own hands, setting the stage for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.
Legal fiction (Literature)
- Auteur:Wetmore, ElizabethSommaire:
- Auteur:Lescroart, John T.Sommaire:
The beloved New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy series returns with this relentlessly twisty murder thriller. No one mourned when San Francisco DA Wes Farrell put Paul Riley in prison eleven years ago for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. And no one is particularly happy to see him again when he's released after The Exoneration Initiative uncovered evidence that pinned the crime on someone else. In fact, Riley soon turns up murdered, surrounded by the loot from his latest scam. But if Riley was really innocent all along, who would want him dead? To the cops, it's straightforward: the still-grieving father of Riley's dead girlfriend killed the former prisoner. Farrell, now out of politics and practicing law with master attorney Dismas Hardy, agrees to represent the defendant, Doug Rush and is left in the dust when Rush suddenly vanishes. At a loss, Farrell and Hardy ask PI Abe Glitsky to track down the potentially lethal defendant. The search takes Glitsky through an investigative hall of mirrors populated by wounded parents, crooked cops, cheating spouses, and single-minded vigilantes. As Glitsky embraces and then discards one enticing theory of the crime after another, the truth seems to recede ever farther. So far that he begins to question his own moral compass, allowing author John Lescroart to explore what The Washington Post calls "the genuine humanism that [is] central to his writing." Masterful misdirection, Lescroart's signature "enthralling...sharp dialogue" ( Publishers Weekly ) and a shockingly satisfying climax make The Missing Piece a first-rate thriller you'll savor to the last word.
- Auteur:Turow, ScottSommaire:
Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer ready to retire, is pulled back to the courtroom when an old friend faces criminal charges. But his belief in the power of the judicial system will face a final, terrible test.
- Auteur:Connelly, MichaelSommaire:
Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client--a prostitute he thought he had straightened out--he knows he is on the hook.
- Auteur:Bala, SharonSommaire:
When the rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and 500 fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches the shores of British Columbia, the young father believes the struggles that he and his six-year-old son have long faced are finally over. But their journey has only just begun. The group is thrown into a detention processing centre, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among "the boat people" are members of a separtist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks--and that these insurgents now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees are subjected to heavy interrogation, Mahindan fears that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.
- Auteur:Gauer, StephenSommaire:
One Friday, Vancouver lawyer Paul Brenner has dinner with his son, Daniel. They talk about work, health, money, and music, and part ways. The following evening, Paul receives the phone call that is every parent's worst nightmare: Daniel has been killed in Stanley Park. Hold Me Now is an unflinching portrayal of a father's grief, as Paul learns how very different the new world—a world without his son—will be for him. The investigation of Daniel’s murder, the trial, and the sentencing of the killer test Paul’s faith in the legal system. As both the media and public protest the overt role homophobia played in Daniel's death, Paul struggles to cope, and begins to form reckless and dangerous habits. But with the love of two people in his life who sustain him—his mother, Jean, and his daughter, Elizabeth—he begins to comprehend an incomprehensible tragedy, and forgive an unforgiveable crime.
- Auteur:Zener, Naomi ElanaSommaire:
Deathbed Dimes exposes the reality that if you can outlive your relatives, friends, and sometimes even strangers, your odds of hitting the inheritance jackpot are better than playing the lottery. Joely Zeller is a beautiful and ambitious 32-year-old attorney who is the only daughter of a Hollywood film royal. She’s determined to build a successful career, find love, and get married, all without her family’s help. To emerge from under her parents’ cloud of notoriety, Joely fled to New York upon graduation from Stanford Law School to practice Estates and Trust law at a blue-chip Wall Street law firm. Enduring 90-hour workweeks for the next eight years, she sacrificed her love life (jilted by her fiancé for his best man) only to have her career efforts foiled by her incredibly incompetent male counterpart. Joely then sees her golden ticket to self-actualization. A serendipitous encounter with a former professor reminds her that with the impending, inevitable demise of aging baby boomers, an unprecedented wealth transfer is beginning to take place. With her experience and her Hollywood connections, she could start her own law firm back in Los Angeles. Alongside her two best friends and former law classmates as partners, Joely sets about helping the recently disowned, dispossessed, and penniless sharpen their claws as they stake their claims to the fortunes of their dearly departed.
“A funny, acerbic, and raucous read” - Terry Fallis, author of award winning Best Laid Plans. “Will have you turning pages and up all night. Readers of Naomi Zener’s entertaining and hilarious debut will lose themselves in the fascinating world.” - Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth: A Novel. “Deathbed Dimes is a sassy and energetic novel about women making the best out of the worst. With Naomi Zener’s satirical edge, even ‘rock bottom’ is hilarious.” —Angie Abdou, CBC Canada Reads 2011 finalist, author of The Canterbury Trail. “Deathbed Dimes is an edgy and witty debut novel - I can’t wait for the sequel.” —Paula Froelich, NYT best-selling author of Mercury in Retrograde and Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Travel. “This book is a hilarious, incredibly well-written, shrewd insider’s look at the zeitgeist of greed predominating battles people fight to inherit wealth. Reminding me of Nora Ephron’s quick wit…I couldn’t put it down.” —Rebecca Eckler, author of How To Raise A Boyfriend and The Mommy Mob. “…a hilariously witty novel that proves you can’t keep a strong woman down.” —Bunmi Laditan, author of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. “The characters jumped off and page…so fun and suspenseful, I wanted to be in the story.” —Ophira Eisenberg, author of Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy and host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another”.