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In Her Defense (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. April 2001

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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperTorch; Auflage: Reprint (3. April 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061098752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061098758
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,6 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (17 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 707.489 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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In Her Defense is a sharply funny and ironic debut legal thriller that obligingly serves up all the best elements of the genre: a seemingly unwinnable case, mysterious forces conspiring against the attorney and his client, and a tumblingly relentless pace. D.C. defense attorney Frank O'Connell isn't climbing the career ladder anymore--he's been to the top, looked around, and then jumped. Deeply unsatisfied with his comfortable life, he's abandoned a successful partnership with his powerful father-in-law, jettisoned his marriage, and is clinging to an uncertain existence funded by court appointments to represent indigent shoplifters and drug dealers: "I was in trouble and I knew it. I'd come to rely on little tasks and routines, like closing the sofa bed each morning and washing the dishes as soon as I ate--not to mark my progress but as hedges against a backslide into oblivion."

Enter Ashley Bronson, a beautiful and wealthy socialite who stands accused of murdering her father's best friend, Raymond Garvey. Ashley claims that Garvey drove her father to suicide but won't explain how or why. Frank is a pragmatist, keenly appreciative of life's myriad ironies: "I could probably design a trial strategy around her physical assets alone--get a jury of men, put her on the stand, and have her look 'em in the eye and talk. Christ, she could read the phone book and we'd get a deadlock. It was too bad I knew she was guilty." Ashley's admission of guilt and Frank's desperate attempt to create a trial strategy over, under, around, and through that admission make for a cleverly Machiavellian legal procedural. Add to this Frank's growing conviction that something isn't quite "clicking" in this seemingly open-and-shut case, and you've got a narrative that accelerates toward an unashamedly over-the-top denouement. In Her Defense is a welcome addition to a crowded genre--we hope that Frank O'Connell (and Stephen Horn) will be around for many more pitched legal battles. --Kelly Flynn -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Stephen Horn was born in the Bronx, New York, and received an engineering degree from Rutgers University. He commanded an infantry company of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. As a prosecutor in the justice Department's Civil Rights Division, he tried criminal cases and participated in some of the department's most famous investigations, including the killing of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard and the assassination of Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Now in the private practice of law, he lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children. In Her Defense is his first novel.

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While driving in my car, I heard a wonderful review about this book on NPR. I was so excited about what was said that I promptly purchased a copy, fully expecting a great read!
Just like the movies I see, if the first few minutes have me scratching my head and wondering if the rest will be this bad, my initial reservations were indeed born out.
I expected and wanted to be swept into a grand mystery set in Washington, D.C., a city which I enjoyed living in for 3 years. What I found however, was a dismal attempt at writing; the only mystery was, - What were the reviewers thinking when they raved about it? -. No part of any page was compelling, interesting, fascinating or even remotely good.
My hopes of spending several hours savoring each page of a terrific book were dashed. For the very first time in my life I returned a book. The salesperson asked me why I was bringing it back - I told her what I've written here.
There are three primary reasons that caused me to dislike the book: style (instead of being fast-paced, it was tediously prolonged),character development (there was none) and plot development(it was simply obtuse). What there was of a plot was so stretched out and unbelievable that I didn't care about what happened. Characters were too flimsy, none had any substance; they were un-knowable. Consequantly they were simply names on a page that I cared nothing about. If an author can't elicit feelings for those s/he writes about then readers are left wondering if they mistakenly picked up a book on, say, computers, instead of one about people and their struggles.
I am an avid reader, I love discovering an author I haven't yet come upon, who causes me to recommend their work to friends. This book however, was so disappointing that I can only encourage my friends NOT to read it!
Unless you want to be bored, don't read this book.
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In Washington DC, no one in the legal profession or the judicial system quite understands why attorney Frank O'Connell has thrown away the silver spoon to become, ugh, a public defender. However, ethics aside, Frank wonders if he is heading to the pits of legal hell when he suddenly becomes the lawyer to renowned socialite Ashley Bronson, who admits she killed former Commerce Secretary Raymond Garvey.

Ashley blames Raymond for driving her father to suicide. Frank and private investigator Walter Feinberg make inquiries seeking a link between Garvey and Ashley's father. The duo also looks to see if someone else could have potentially killed the cabinet member in order to throw doubt in the minds of the jury. However, the more Walter and Frank dig, the more questions surface as the CIA becomes involved.

IN HER DEFENSE is a fabulous legal thriller that will place Stephen Horn near the top of the sub-genre list with his debut novel. Frank is a complex character struggling between personal ethics and the seeming failure of his career change. The support cast augments the tale with intelligence as they provide insight into the judicial system or into Frank's personal life and that adds depth and motives to the lead protagonist's personality. The story line is sharp whether the subplot augments the legal side or Frank's personal life. Fans of legal thrillers will toot the author's horn for this wonderful novel.

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Von Darlynne am 14. Mai 2000
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Legal thrillers are pretty much of a sameness--young, beautiful damsel in distress, down-on-his luck attorney, twists, turns, yawns. In Her Defense includes all these elements with the exception of the yawns and the addition of a genuinely likable protagonist. I admit to enjoying this book a great deal inspite of my reservations for the genre in general. Frank O'Connell's relationship with his ex-father-in-law is terrific and his "operatives," wonderfully, are people I would like to meet.
The flaw--and it's not a small one--is that Ashley Bronson is a complete throw-away. (Writers and publishers take note: the client needs to be neither young nor beautiful. In fact, if a book's dustjacket or blurbs include "beautiful" in a character's description, I won't buy it.) Anyone or anything, including goldfish that provide haircuts at reduced rates, would have been more interesting in place of Ashley, the obligatory femme fatale.
Having said that, however, I still recommend In Her Defense as an interesting, fast-paced legal thriller with very human and appealing characters (save one), and great plot twists. I hope to see more from this author.
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Von Pamela Stone am 20. Juni 2000
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Frank O'Connell has lost his family, his name, and a partnership in his father-in-law's prestigious Washington firm. He now has to comb the cellblocks for clients. One day while he is down in the cellblocks talking to a client, a woman in the next cellblock notices Frank, and when she gets out of jail, she goes to him and hires him.
Ashley Bronson is the client and she is accused of killing Raymond Garvey, former Secretary of Commerce. In the beginning, it appears to Frank that the most difficult thing about the case is that Ashley confessed. He soon finds out that there is more to this case that meets the eye, and it started years before the murder.
This is Stephen Horn's first novel and what a great read it is. This is not just your typical mystery. There are Russian American spies involved. The courtroom scenes were as up and down as a roller coaster. This was a fast-paced legal thriller with a tale of betrayal and murder all wrapped up in one suspenseful story.
Kudos to Stephen Horn. I cannot wait for his second book.
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