Plea of Insanity

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Overview

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn't hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David ...

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Overview

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn't hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.

But the state suspects that Marquette's insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well---murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.

It's Julia's first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty---death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past---a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she's not sure she ever wants to see it.

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In this gripping legal thriller from Hoffman (Retribution), Julia Vacanti, a 28-year-old Miami assistant state attorney, helps to prosecute David Marquette, a Miami surgeon accused of stabbing his wife and their two older children as well as smothering their baby in Coral Gables, Fla. David's plea of insanity finds the prosecution team working double time to prove he's just a clever psychopath faking schizophrenia to avoid Florida's death penalty. Meanwhile, the conflicted Julia obsesses about her schizophrenic brother, Andrew Citro, who was convicted of the fatal stabbings of their parents when she was 13. When Julia learns Andrew was committed to a center for the criminally insane in New York, she re-establishes contact, which results in some major courtoom drama. Hoffman's intriguing plot snakes around both cases as Julia questions her own mental health and a future only a nail-biting sequel might fully answer. Author tour. (Apr.)

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"[A] gripping legal thriller." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400181377
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida, with special assignments to the Domestic Violence Unit and the Legal Extradition Unit. She has advised more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime.

Her novels include the bestselling Retribution, Last Witness, The Cutting Room, Plea of Insanity, and Pretty Little Things. Originally from Long Island, New York, she presently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

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    could not put the book down!

    very well researched! cant wait to read her other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Jillaine Hoffman has hit the mark this time . . .

    . . and provided the reader with a taunt legal thriller. The author's attention to detail regarding schizophrenia and her sensitivity towards it is unlike most writers treatment of the subject in a courtroom drama. This reader has a family member who has suffered from schizophrenia most of her adult life. I wept during the passage between Julia and the priest handing her brother's funeral. The plot was tighter in this book than her last one and it renews my faith in this writer. Good job!

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    Weak and teary

    What a disappointment. I finished the book, but frankly, reading a book about a silly woman who lets herself be used by an assortment of people was not what I was expecting from this author. The premise that this weepy, hysterical, foolish woman could actually give any kind of forceful opening argument in a trial court was only one of the unbelievable events in this sad little story. Just one more example of how far wrong fiction authors can go if instead of telling a story they try to sell a cause. Sadly, this almost looks like a set up for a future novel - one I would advise against wasting money on...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    excellent book - I highly recommend it!

    As always, Jilliane Hoffman holds your interest throughout the book. Her characters are bigger than life. She offers twists and turns at every corner. I would definitely recommend reading this book!

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Nothing to like.

    There was nothing to look forward to through the entire book. Of course she would stay involved with the worthless guy. Of course the case would unhinge her. Of course her brother was in the situation he was in. The woman cried the entire second half of the book. Enough already. Give me something that lets me think and gives me a reason to continue reading. This was not it. Latarroni was the only real and likeable character in this muddy mess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    A disappointment

    Ms Hoffman's previous books were excellent reads. The latest effort seems just that- an effort. The characters never really came "alive".

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Thrilling, a must read

    A page turner with twists & turns along the way. Couldn't put down.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    This book far surpassed anything I had expected.

    Julia Vacanti had been raised by her aunt and uncle from the time she was thirteen. Her brother, a schizophrenic, had killed their parents. At twenty-eight, Julia was a DA in Miami and sleeping with Rick Bellido, the big shot in the DA's office. Rick requested Julia as the back-up in the case of a doctor who was pleading insanity in the murder of his family. The author's descriptions of the murders, her interactions with her brother, and the personality clashes of the main characters, make this a book you have to race through. After reading this book, I feel that I have gained insight into a frightening illness and a new respect for the "little" people in the law.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    This excellent legal thriller focuses on the title subject, but does so with a fabulous creative twist

    In Miami twenty-eight year old Miami assistant state attorney Julia Vacanti leads the prosecution team in the highly visible homicide case of surgeon David Marquette. The doctor stands trial in the stabbing deaths of his wife and their two older children, and in the smothering thing of their baby. The defense team admits he killed his family, but plea insanity due to schizophrenia.<BR/><BR/>While the prosecution tries to prove Marquette knew right from wrong and is just faking a mental illness to elude the death penalty, Julia thinks of her sibling Andrew Citro, who when she was a preadolescent and he a teen was convicted of killing their parents. He remains locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane in New York. Feeling the cases are similar although the prosecutor also ponders if Marquette is a clever serial killer who committed homicides long before his mass murder of his family, Julia contacts Andrew for the first time since he killed their parents.<BR/><BR/>This excellent legal thriller focuses on the title subject, but does so with a fabulous creative twist as the heroine wonders if schizophrenia is genetic. The gripping courtroom scenes are top rate, but it is the communication between the siblings for the first time in over a decade and a half that grabs the audience. The former brings legal tension and insight into the trial process; but the latter brings greater tension and insight into the fears of Julia. Jilliane Hoffman provides an excellent character driven tale with a profound look at a PLEA OF INSANITY.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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