Motion To Kill Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kensington, Feb 2002, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0786014474

    In Kansas City, Senior partner Richard Sullivan of the Sullivan and Christenson law firm asks company trial lawyer Lou Mason to destroy documents that make Client Victor O'Malley look guilty in a federal case. Only three months with the firm, Lou says no and plans to quit because of the illegal and unethical request of his superior.
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    That weekend, the entire staff of Sullivan and Christenson travels to a nearby Pope County lake area. Not long afterward, Sheriff Kelly Holt informs Lou that Richard mysteriously died. Soon someone tries to kill Lou, who concludes the unknown assailant believes he obtained damaging information from Richard. When the firm's lawyers learn that US attorney Franklin St. John is using the power of the grand jury to look at Sullivan and Christenson, the leadership asks Lou to not only stay, but handle the case. He finds connections that would shock a conspiracy buff even if some of the links look wrong to only Lou.

    Anyone who reads MOTION TO KILL will be surprised that this novel is Joel Goldman's debut tale. The story line never skips a beat as Lou show courage and conviction while investigating two homicides, the Federal inquiry into his legal firm, and the role of his client in both. Lou is a fascinating lead protagonist and his “nemesis” Kelly provides a sexual counterpoint. Lou's constant quotes from his idol, his aunt, provide an interesting gender bender role model. Fans will set in motion a plea for Mr. Goldman to return with more Mason (Lou not Perry) legal thrillers.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   fighting evil law firm    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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