Bear Is Broken

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Everything seems backwards with this case: a lawyer falls victim to a crime, the police seem to be advocating for the wrong side of the law, and young attorney Leo Maxwell is forced to do an investigator’s job in pursuit of the man who tried to kill his brother.
 
 Leo had been raised by his older brother, Teddy, a top criminal lawyer both renowned and notorious for his talent and ruthlessness. Though different in character and ...

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Overview

Everything seems backwards with this case: a lawyer falls victim to a crime, the police seem to be advocating for the wrong side of the law, and young attorney Leo Maxwell is forced to do an investigator’s job in pursuit of the man who tried to kill his brother.
 
 Leo had been raised by his older brother, Teddy, a top criminal lawyer both renowned and notorious for his talent and ruthlessness. Though different in character and viewpoint, Leo always tried to emulate Teddy, striving to be recognized by his brother as a fellow lawyer in his own right.
 
 The two are at lunch when Teddy, supposed to give the closing argument of his current trial that afternoon, is shot—in public, in the middle of the bar. But the shooter escapes without Leo catching even a glimpse of him. While Teddy lies in a coma, Leo searches for the shooter, soon realizing that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have possibly imagined.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Bray delivers his reading in a clear, pleasant, and mostly reportorial voice. . . . A fine . . . performance.”
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BookPage
“Sensitive, ingenious, and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed.”
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A Bookworm's World
“A debut novel that reads as if the writer has toiled at his craft for ages. . . . You will find yourself pulling for [Leo Maxwell]—and more importantly, strongly hoping he survives for a second installment.”
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Strand Magazine
“This debut San Francisco noir is so atmospheric you can practically hear the cable cars and fog horns on the bay. . . . R.C. Bray performs skillfully.”
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“Bray was an easy voice to listen to. . . . A solid debut.”
A Bookworm’s World

“Muscular and engaging. . . . Reminiscent of early John Grisham or later-career Michael Connell. . . . An excellent springboard for a series.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611749212
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 8.25 hours
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

R. C. BRAY has performed Off-Broadway in New York City, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and many stages in between. In addition to audiobooks, his work is heard in promos for The Biography Channel, A&E and CNBC. He lives in New England.

LACHLAN SMITH was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and received an MFA from Cornell. His fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    This was a great read with lots of action, lots of interesting p

    This was a great read with lots of action, lots of interesting plot, and an intelligent look at the world.  I am waiting for the next book and another romp through the streets of the Bay Area.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Terrific plot! A real who "dunnit!" Great for those of

    Terrific plot! A real who "dunnit!" Great for those of us who love a good mystery. 
    AND FOR THOSE WHO INSIST ON WRITING A COMPLETE SYNOPSIS, PLEASE STOP!
    WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK!
    A CUSTOMER REVIEW IS JUST THAT, A REVIEW, NOT THE ENTIRE PLOT!!!!

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    This is just a suggestion to "anonymous" posted today:

    This is just a suggestion to "anonymous" posted today: nobody makes you read the entire review. If it's more than 5 sentences, the writer is probably just showing off. Quit reading!

    12 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    I wish these rude plot spoilers would stop giving away every detail of the book. Some of us would like to read it for ourselves.

    11 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    Leo Maxwell has just formally become a member of California Stat

    Leo Maxwell has just formally become a member of California State Bar. He is a man who does not think “ethical criminal defense attorney” is an oxymoron, perhaps putting him in the minority, certainly among the San Francisco police and the District Attorney’s office. His older brother, Teddy, is a member of that fraternity, a brilliant lawyer and one of the most sought-after criminal defense attorneys in northern California. As the two men share a lunch while on a break from the trial just nearing its conclusion, with Teddy’s closing argument due that afternoon, a man enters the restaurant and shoots Teddy in the head at point-blank range, then quickly exits before anyone can make a move.

    So begins this first novel from Lachlan Smith, apparently the first in a series, and an impressive debut it is. Teddy lies in the hospital in a coma, and Leo and Teddy’s ex-wife and former law partner, Jeanie, now working at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office, are left to grapple with the prognosis and the knowledge that they may at some point in the not-too-distant future have to decide whether to remove him from life-support systems. But the most urgent task for Leo is to find the gunman. His first move is to examine all his brother’s case files, to see if a disgruntled client, or a victim or witness in one of his headline-making cases has sought revenge. There are several viable suspects as his investigation continues.

    Leo has been haunted most of his life by the death of their mother 16 years before (“the abscess at the center of his life”), apparently at the hands of her husband, the boys’ father. It was Leo who at age ten had returned from school to find her badly beaten body, the weapon Leo’s baseball bat. Despite having protested his innocence, the father was convicted and is serving a life term at San Quentin.

    Leo must prove himself, to others and to himself, having been raised by and stayed in the shadow of his well-known, and in many circles reviled, brother. In his insecurity, as a youngster he had a Batman symbol tattooed on his upper left arm.

    I loved the author’s description of a nurse in the hospital as having “the self-sufficient look of someone who spent most of her time with people who didn’t talk back.” Deftly plotted, the only flaw this reader found was perhaps too many possible culprits, in what turns out to be three killings, by the end getting a slight case of whiplash as the novel names one, and then another and then another, and the possibility that one, or perhaps more than one, is guilty. That said, the novel is a fast and engrossing read, and is recommended.

    11 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    A good read

    Decent plot and character development i certainly was interested in the characters and whodunit

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    New years

    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!!

    4 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Thought I was missing part of the book

    Extremely disappointed in this book. It started or semi okay but the end was ridiculous. It just stopped like the author decided not too write anymore. What a waste of time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    This book was boring. The book is 242 pages, but should have end

    This book was boring. The book is 242 pages, but should have ended sooner. The books main character as another commenter mentioned was inept as a lawyer and a wimp. Will not be reading anymore of this authors books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Confusing

    Had to read it to see what would untwist. Ok, but not a favorite.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Good grief

    Boring and poorly written. "She had smooth skin the color of scalded butter." Huh? Archived. End of story.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Poorly written.

    I thought the story was slow to develop and the characters hard to follow. Would not recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Glad it was free.

    Did not like the writing style. Could not get into it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Refreshingly Talented!

    Story line though complicated, was well deveolped. This writer can only get better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Better than I expected the title misleading

    I think this author has great potential

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I gave this five stars even though I haven't read it to make up

    I gave this five stars even though I haven't read it to make up for the one star rating from the anonymous reader who was complaining about plot spoilers! I totally agree with you...I can't stand those long winded reviews that give away the entire plot! That being said it is also not fair for a person to give one star because they don't like a reviewers view. It's not fair to the author!
    I did however get this book on a Free Friday deal and am looking forward to reading it as soon as I climb off my soapbox!
    Thank you for listening...

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Not too bad

    Action packed who done it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Good read....

    although I knew who did it from the first mention. Glad I didn't have to read more than 241 pages to know for sure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    not bad

    a lot fo twists & turns but not a bad read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Good reading

    When you come behind someone's shadow how do you prove yourself? His mother was murdered, his father accused of her murder and is in prison, and now his brother the famous defense attorney has been shot and lies in the hospital fighting for his life! Leo now has to take on his brother's clients and find out who shot his brother! Leo has a lot to learn in a short period of time and found nothing comes easy. He makes mistakes along the way but this helps him to become his own man! You can't help but feel sorry for Leo and push him on to succeed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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