Mean Streak

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Riordan broke Cass's heart when he left her for a younger - and blonder - woman. Now he wants her to defend him - but not before he arranges a makeover, a new wardrobe, and a crash course in federal law for her. Controlling, manipulative, and dangerously sexy, Riordan is guilty of many things. When the charge is bribery, however, Cass believes Riordan is innocent - the pawn of an ambitious D.A. But when witnesses start turning up dead, Cass has to convince herself that the man ...
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Overview

Riordan broke Cass's heart when he left her for a younger - and blonder - woman. Now he wants her to defend him - but not before he arranges a makeover, a new wardrobe, and a crash course in federal law for her. Controlling, manipulative, and dangerously sexy, Riordan is guilty of many things. When the charge is bribery, however, Cass believes Riordan is innocent - the pawn of an ambitious D.A. But when witnesses start turning up dead, Cass has to convince herself that the man she loves didn't pull the trigger...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Law enforcement emerges as a dirtier and much more interesting sport than mud wrestling when Brooklyn lawyer Cass Jameson, last seen in the well-received Fresh Kills, agrees to defend an ex-lover charged with bribery. Attorney Matt Riordan, who defends mob clients, claims he did not buy secret grand jury records of testimony given by minor criminal Nunzie Aiello: the charge-and possibly some of the evidence-has been handcrafted by federal prosecutor Nick Lazarus, ostensibly as a way of permanently getting rid of Matt. Since Nunzie has gone missing, the key is to prove that the prosecution's key witness, police officer Eddie Fitzgerald, is not as squeaky clean as he seems, a great idea until the drug dealer who could bring Eddie down turns up in the city morgue. In the meantime, the wheels of justice grind on frustrating macho Matt, who says "adjournments are for losers"; and Cass, a convincing blend of shrewdness and emotion, watches her first high-profile, media-circus trial wobble toward increasingly likely defeat. Spurning a simple world of absolute good and evil, Wheat dexterously depicts a complex urban society where justice is not the uncontested province of the courts and it's best to keep a sharp eye on even those you think you can trust. May
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Ex-love means never having to say, "Guilty, Your Honor." At least that's what Cass Jameson hopes when she agrees to defend her onetime lover, Matt Riordan, against the charge of bribing a court clerk for the grand jury minutes in the indictment of Nunzie Aiello, the latest in Riordan's endless stream of mob clients. Manhattan federal prosecutor Nick Lazarus and his assistant Davia Singer (like Cass, a Brooklyn emigrée) are hot to nail Riordan, and their star witness, Brooklyn vice cop Eddie Fitzgerald, is saying the kinds of things that could get him disbarred even if he beats the rap. But an invisible informant is quoted as confirming Cass's cherished suspicion that Eddie Fitz is bent and Lazarus knows it. How to prove the heat on Riordan is hot air? It's not easy when Nunzie Aiello is dead; the informant soon follows him; and two more deaths put the icing on the cake, guaranteeing Riordan a mistrial—the witnesses are getting bumped faster than his counsel can cross-examine them—but putting him in the greater peril of getting charged with murder.

The thoroughly corrupt cast may include too many killers, but Wheat (Fresh Kills, 1995) juggles them all with tart control in a first-rate case that would've taken anybody else twice as long to close.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425155776
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Cass Jameson Mystery Series, #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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