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NAL, Jan 2003, 24.95, 368 pp.
ISBN 045121109x

Mercer Early is a junior partner in the law firm of Carter and Hansborough, one of the most powerful and well respected companies on the west coast. After obtaining a not guilty verdict for his client, he is assigned a case involving a male LAPD officer who shot his male live-in lover. When Mercer goes to talk to his client, the man is incoherent and clearly not in his right mind. The victim is the District Attorney's godson so Mercer knows he has to have an awful case.
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Two other LAPD police officers have also killed their significant others sharing in common paranoia, incoherency and clearly not in their right minds. The three men are tied to a shoot out in which a police officer shot another cop who was ready to kill him. A black box was taken out of the victim's car and given to someone high up in the LAPD. Federal agents are also involved in the case and warn Mercer off which makes him only more determined to find out what is going on and exonerate his client.

LAWLESS is one of the better conspiracy thrillers this reviewer has read in a long time and I have read a lot of them lately. It is hard to tell the heroes from the villains because both groups wear the label patriot and sincerely believe they behave in a responsible manner. Mercer is an honest, likeable person who believes in justice; his determination to win his client's freedom by trying to find a link to all the interested parties endears him further to the audience. Christopher Darden and Dick Lochte score big time with this exciting investigative thriller.

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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   law enforcement gone bad

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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