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Putnam, Jun 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0399151907

Harvard Law School graduate Joseph Antonelli agrees to come back for a reunion only because his old roommate Thomas Browning, the Vice President of the United States, asked him to attend as a favor. At the reception, Thomas says glowing but untrue things about Antonelli. Afterward Antonelli meets Jimmy Haviland, who blames Thomas for the death of another student, Annie Malreaux who fell to her death from the eighth floor of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. The police ruled it an accident.
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Later that night Antonelli meets Browning who asks for his help. Apparently, the death of Annie is being reopened as a witness has surfaced claiming murder occurred. Browning feels his run for the Oval office could die with the scandal that he was part of a cover-up even if it proves false later. He wants Antonelli, the best defense attorney in the country, to defend whoever is accused of the homicide. Antonelli wants to say no, but agrees to handle the case especially since the accused is Jimmy, a person who never really recovered from the death of his beloved Annie.

Fans of legal thrillers will take immense delight from the wonderful BREACH OF TRUST. The story line is loaded with action in and out of the courtroom and the White House. The cast is fabulous and is led by a remarkable caring hero though much of the show is stolen by the charismatic VP. Readers will never guess who did what to who as the ending is so buffed.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   lover Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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