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This is the first book in the series about Joseph Antonelli, the Oregon criminal defense attorney who never loses a case. Judge Leopold Rifkin, asks Antonelli to represent Johnny Morel. Morel is accused of raping his 12 year old stepdaughter. Antonelli is fairly sure that Morel is guilty, but he defends him and gets a not guilty verdict.
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A few years later, Morel is murdered. His wife, Diane, is accused of the murder. She asks Antonelli to represent her. He declines because he has found out about many bad things that Diane has done.

A few years later still, Diane is murdered in Judge Rifkin's house. The Judge is accused of the murder and Antonelli represents him. The question is : "Who really murdered Diane?".
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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    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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