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In the Mail: Afraid of the Dark

Afraid of the Dark (Jack Swyteck) by James Grippando

Publishers Weekly

In Grippando’s rousing ninth Jack Swyteck legal thriller (after Born to Run), Jack successfully defends a supposed Somali prisoner in his mid-20s held at Guantánamo. But then the prisoner is identified as an American, Jamal Wakefield, and is transferred to Miami, Fla., where he’s charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend, McKenna Mays, three years earlier. In his defense, Jamal offers a wild story of kidnapping and covert interrogation. As witnesses who could confirm Jamal’s alibi are eliminated, Jack and his dwindling circle of friends, and not always trustworthy allies, must race to uncover a sadistic killer and his bosses before the conspirators can silence everyone who might speak against them. Working with a cast that includes depraved sexual deviants, corrupt private military contractors, and wannabe jihadis, Grippando transforms what might have been a conventional genre novel in lesser hands into an exciting tale of revenge.

 

In the Mail: Justice in June

Justice in June by Barbara Levenson

From Booklist

With two new clients, Miami defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz has a full plate. Criminal Court Judge Liz Maxwell is under investigation, reportedly for dismissing drug cases prematurely, and Luis Corona, a young “cousin” of Mary’s sexy boyfriend, real-estate developer Carlos Martin, is spirited away as a possible terrorist because of his behavior on the plane from his native Argentina. In an atmosphere in which informants in a drug-trafficking case are being murdered and even a hint of terrorism brings bad press, Mary is personally threatened and attacked. Then Carlos is sued by buyers of his condo under construction. And, as if that weren’t enough, a dinner is arranged with their parents, who have yet to meet. Nearly overwhelmed both professionally and personally, Mary works and schemes to land on her feet. In this sequel to her debut Fatal February (2009), Levenson, herself a judge, provides a nice sense of place, a feisty protagonist, and a satisfying conclusion.

In the Mail: Supreme Justice

Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin

Publishers Weekly

In this entertaining if predictable sequel to Executive Privilege (2008) from Margolin, policewoman Sarah Woodruff, who’s on death row in Oregon, has been tried twice for murdering her lover, John Finley. Sarah’s life depends on an appeal to the Supreme Court, but her appeal, if heard, could expose a criminal plot within the CIA. An unexpected vacancy in the court provides one opportunity to quash Woodruff’s attempted appeal. For the man at the center of the plot, however, this isn’t enough, and a Supreme Court justice becomes a target for assassination. Once again PI Dana Cutler and law clerk Brad Miller find themselves investigating dastardly doings in Washington, D.C., involving a host of conventional characters, from scheming Beltway sachems to a ghetto-raised African-American justice. Thriller fans who like to see the villains receive their just rewards and the good guys come to no harm will find this a comforting read.

In the Mail: Frame Up

Frame Up by John F. Dobbyn

Description

After graduating from Harvard Law with his closest friend John McKedrick, Michael Knight takes a job with his mentor, legendary trial attorney Lex Devlin, while John becomes sole associate of a notorious mob lawyer.

Michael never lost hope that John McKedrick would escape to ‘cleaner pastures’ -until John is murdered in a car bombing bearing the signature of his questionable clientele. How could two friends who were so close have taken such wildly divergent paths?

In the wake of McKedrick’s murder, three men who took their own deviating paths will meet for the first time in forty years. Matt Ryan, a priest, Dominic Santangelo, a mafia don, and Lex Devlin put the past aside to focus on a present concern: Dominic’s son has been charged with John McKedrick’s murder.

At Lex’s urging, Michael Knight reluctantly agrees to represent the alleged bomber. In building a defense, Michael is drawn into a high-stakes art fraud that leads him from the seediest parts of Boston to the sophisticated Amsterdam inner sanctum of international crime.

In the Mail: Frame Up

Frame Up by John F. Dobbyn

Description

After graduating from Harvard Law with his closest friend John McKedrick, Michael Knight takes a job with his mentor, legendary trial attorney Lex Devlin, while John becomes sole associate of a notorious mob lawyer.

Michael never lost hope that John McKedrick would escape to ‘cleaner pastures’ -until John is murdered in a car bombing bearing the signature of his questionable clientele. How could two friends who were so close have taken such wildly divergent paths?

In the wake of McKedrick’s murder, three men who took their own deviating paths will meet for the first time in forty years. Matt Ryan, a priest, Dominic Santangelo, a mafia don, and Lex Devlin put the past aside to focus on a present concern: Dominic’s son has been charged with John McKedrick’s murder.

At Lex’s urging, Michael Knight reluctantly agrees to represent the alleged bomber. In building a defense, Michael is drawn into a high-stakes art fraud that leads him from the seediest parts of Boston to the sophisticated Amsterdam inner sanctum of international crime.

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