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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.
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.
A funny and quick read, sometimes full of wit and suspense but nothing special: Good for a long and lazy afternoon. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2002 von dieleseratz
Move over John Grisham...The new legal thriller sensation is here! Stephen Horn debut novel, In Her Defense, has it all: great characterization, daring plot lines, edge-of-your... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2000 von Ruby L. Cheesman
I haven't enjoyed a book like this since John Lescroart's"The 13th Juror" which was expertly plotted. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von Nancy Sapir
Stephen Horn's In Her Defense, is debut novel, is a terrifically written and plotted book about a woman accused of a murder she did commit. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2000 von Laura Ellis
I respectfuly disagree with other customer reviews of this book. While Horn is a good writer, he has written in a plot that is absolutely unbelievable. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 15. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
In Her Defense, Stephen Horn's debut novel, is a compelling legal thriller you won't be able to put down, no matter how hard you try. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2000 von Roz Levine
Stephen Horn has created a unique blend of characters so real that you can see them vividly in your mind's eye. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
What do books by Stuart Woods, John Sandford, Dennis Lehane and a few others have in common? I pre-order all their titles because of their quality of writing. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2000 von t von thelen
Stephen Horn's In Her Defense is as good as the best of Turow, Patterson, Grisham or other established authors of legal thrillers. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2000 von Ron