St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
Pickeral Point, Michigan has its share of famous people like defense attorney Charley Sloan and mystery writer Miles Dane. These two men become very acquainted on the night of Oct 21 when Miles calls Charley and tells him his wife Diana was murdered. When Charley arrives on the scene, he sees Diana beaten to death in her own bed and calls 911.
From the time the police arrive, Charlie knows that he is going to have an uphill battle on his hands. Diana was killed with one of Mile's weapons, the fingerprints on the weapon belong to the defendant, and Dane's clothes soaked with Diana's blood are found on a neighbor's boat. A lesser man would quit in face of such overwhelming evidence but Charley is the type of lawyer who likes to try to pull off the impossible.
Now deceased William J. Coughlin created the triumphs and tribulations of Charley Sloan. Upon the death of the award-winning author, Walter Sorrels, a fine mystery writer in his own right, has begun writing legal thrillers starring Charley. It is impossible to figure out without knowing the facts, which writer wrote the book. Mr. Sorrels has done an excellent job of staying true to the character with the courtroom scenes particularly are a study of excellence. Hopefully, Mr. Sorrels will write more Charley books in the future.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner