Final Argument - A Legal Thriller of Courtroom Justice [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Only a handful of American authors have ever been able to transform murder and infidelity into poetry, and Irving is one of those writers ... Not to be missed, this book has best-seller stamped on every page."-- Donald Porter, Mystery News

"A courtroom thriller, a mean streets thriller, and an Everyman study of good and evil all rolled into one. And every part of it is terrific. What a wonderful piece of storytelling!"-- Donald Westlake, The New York Times

FINAL ARGUMENT is the dramatic story of a district ...
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Final Argument - A Legal Thriller of Courtroom Justice

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Overview

"Only a handful of American authors have ever been able to transform murder and infidelity into poetry, and Irving is one of those writers ... Not to be missed, this book has best-seller stamped on every page."-- Donald Porter, Mystery News

"A courtroom thriller, a mean streets thriller, and an Everyman study of good and evil all rolled into one. And every part of it is terrific. What a wonderful piece of storytelling!"-- Donald Westlake, The New York Times

FINAL ARGUMENT is the dramatic story of a district attorney who sends a convicted murderer to Death Row, and returns to the same courtroom ten years later to save that same man's life. A masterly tale of murder, guilt, and infidelity, set in the rarefied world of Florida beachside multimillionaires and featuring the rarest of heroes - a criminal lawyer with a conscience.

The London Daily Express hailed it as "a spellbinding courtroom drama."

"Two cliffhanger trials, a moral crisis, real love ... it's all here." -- Mail on Sunday (London)
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Donald E. Westlake
“A courtroom thriller, a mean streets thriller, a Florida cracker thriller, a gritty prison thriller, and an Everyman study of good and evil all rolled into one. And every part of it is terrific. What a wonderful piece of storytelling!”— Donald Westlake, The New York Times

Mystery News - Donald Porter
“Only a handful of American authors have ever been able to transform murder and infidelity into poetry, and Clifford Irving is one of those writers. Not to be missed, this book has best-seller stamped on every page.” -- Mystery News
Mystery News - Donald Porter
“A courtroom thriller, a mean streets thriller, a Florida cracker thriller, a gritty prison thriller, and an Everyman study of good and evil all rolled into one. And every part of it is terrific. What a wonderful piece of storytelling!”— Donald Westlake, The New York Times

“Only a handful of American authors have ever been able to transform murder and infidelity into poetry, and Irving is one of those writers. Not to be missed, this book has best-seller stamped on every page.”
Mail on Sunday (London) - Beverly Pendleton
“Two cliffhanger trials, a moral crisis, sex, love ... it’s all here.” — Mail on Sunday (London)
Mail on Sunday (London) - Beverly Pendleton
“Two cliffhanger trials, a moral crisis, violence, love ... it’s all here.” — Mail on Sunday (London)
Publishers Weekly - Review Staff
"A fast-moving legal thriller noteworthy for its virtuoso interweaving of story lines, numerous plot twists and superior characterization ... culminating in an edge-of-the-seat courtroom showdown ... this superior thriller is a top example of the genre."
Kirkus Reviews - Editorial Staff
A potent threat to your reserves of midnight oil!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149250417
  • Publisher: Clifford Irving
  • Publication date: 3/16/2014
  • Series: Clifford Irving's Legal Thrillers , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 4,928
  • File size: 482 KB

Meet the Author

Hello. I’m Clifford Irving. I was once on the cover of Time Magazine, and Hollywood made a movie about part of my life, with Richard Gere playing me.

I traveled twice around the world before most people living in it today were born, stood guard in an Israeli kibbutz, crewed on a 56' three-masted schooner that sailed the Atlantic from Mexico to France, smuggled whisky from Tangier to Spain, and one spring I lived on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir from where I rode horseback intoTibet.

Growing up in Manhattan, I studied painting at the High School of Music & Art. At Cornell University I chased beautiful but unconquerable Ivy League coeds, rowed on the crew, and dreamed of becoming a great writer. I sailed to Europe, settled on the decadent Mediterranean island of Ibiza, and wrote my first novel. I sent it to a literary agent in New York. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published it.

Was it really as easy and as quick as that? Of course not. I was lucky. And determined.

I taught at UCLA graduate extension school, with Betsy Drake and Cary Grant among my pupils. I became a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC. And I kept writing books.

In 1970, I created a writing event which became the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax. Many believe that the threat of the book’s publication, with its revelations of the Hughes-Nixon bribes, caused Nixon to approve the Watergate break-in.

My reward in 1972 for these accusations (and lunacy) was 16 months in three federal prisons.

Over time I wrote write 20 books that were published to varying degrees of success in many languages. (In the USA by Putnam, McGraw-Hill, and Simon & Schuster.)

Almost all of my books are on Nook and Kindle, and at affordable prices: $2.99 to $5.99. That’s cheaper than a paperback and a lot cheaper than a movie. A good read is one of the amazing pleasures offered to us by civilization.

“Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more”– so said the New York Times Book Review about “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa,” which I believe is my best book, although “Trial,” by far, followed by “Daddy’s Girl,” and “Final Argument” – all legal thrillers – are the top sellers.

My manuscripts, notes, journals and correspondence are stored permanently at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which acquired the archive in 2013.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    I love the legal thriller genre: the courtroom drama; fantastic

    I love the legal thriller genre: the courtroom drama; fantastic factoids of law that are often revealed; and the
    credence the proceedings sometimes give to the shameful saw, “Justice is blind in only one eye.” In his book
    The Final Argument author Clifford Irving presents a dilemma so rich with possibility I couldn’t figure out the
    embattled defense lawyer’s next move much less the ending. Along the way, a bright light was shone on the
    underbelly of the Sunshine State and its apparent fixation with capital punishment.
     
    Final Argument was a mesmerizing tale of righting a wrong at any cost. I recommend it highly, not just for legal
    thriller buffs but for anyone seeking a novel with meaty characters, crisp pacing, and soul.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    This is not the typical courtroom drama you read today. The char

    This is not the typical courtroom drama you read today.
    The characters are intriguing and 3 dimensional.  The story
    is not one that has been written before.  The writing is
    superb and engaging.  It is a fast read, but I didn't want
    the world Irving created to end, so I savored it.  Hadja 4/6/14

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent

    Enjoyed. Easy to read. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    A masterly tale of murder, guilt, and infidelity, set in Florida

    A masterly tale of murder, guilt, and infidelity, set in Florida and featuring that rarest of heroes –
    a criminal lawyer with a conscience and an all-abiding belief in securing justice.  Can a lawyer represent a murderer he once prosecuted?
    The legal establishment says no. But Ted Jaffe refuses to accept that verdict, and he goes to war to free a man he believes is innocent –
    a man he sent to Death Row.  A brilliant premise. Masterful cross-examination, behind-the-scenes finesse. A finely-crafted novel.     

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    Posted June 22, 2014

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