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Armchair InterviewsReady for the Defense offers an entertaining story and is a very quick and easy to read. It is a perfect weekend read to curl up on the couch with.
—Nicole M. Boals
Mac got out of the limo and buttoned his gray double-breasted suit. As I did the same, a man called to Mac from across C Street. He wore a charcoal suit and had slick silver hair, a long sharp nose, a square cleft chin and a clenched-toothed grin. A genteel Kirk Douglas. He extended his hand, a gold Cartier on his wrist, glinting in the waning sun.
"Lawrence Marshall," he said, "Vicky's better half."
Mac introduced us, even though I was the one who'd told him about Dr. Marshall back at the office, how he'd founded a small but wildly successful pharmaceutical company. Behind him appeared Senator Serling, just as she looked on TV. She wore a slim blue suit and had short blonde hair, soft high cheekbones and smart brown eyes. She was indeed, as one pundit had once quipped, a corporate version of Jessica Lange. She flashed Mac a hydrogen-peroxide smile.
"Sorry to tear you away from the gym. This must be Mr. Fisher. For someone so clever, he certainly is handsome. Even with a black eye."
I took her hand by the fingertips, resisting the impulse to bow. "I'm handsome ... I mean, Hank."
"And nervous. How charming."
Dr. Marshall reached up and clapped Mac on the shoulder. "Recognized you from the news. Great job getting Bustamonte off."
"It's easy when they're innocent."
"Innocent, right." Dr. Marshall jerked his thumb toward Senator Serling. "That's why I told her to hire you. You're a true believer."
Mac looked back at the limo, which still sat at the corner, waiting for the light to turn green. "I'd give you a finder's fee, but it doesn't look like you're missing anymeals."
"You never know. My other car's a Chevy."
Mac didn't laugh; he drove a Blazer.
Senator Serling glanced over her shoulder down First Street, two perfect worry lines appearing on her forehead. "We probably shouldn't stand here."
Mac craned his neck. "Don't tell me you're that worried about eavesdroppers."
The senator continued to stare over her shoulder.
Dr. Marshall put an arm around her. "Darling, you're imagining things. No one would attack a senator on Capitol Hill."
"Hold on," Mac said. "Attack? I thought this was about a tax violation."
"That's why I wanted to talk to you," the senator said. "It's a little more complicated than I first thought."
"How much more complicated?" he said, and I knew he was thinking of increasing her retainer.
As she started to explain, Mac listened intently, knitting his eyebrows and cocking his head. Then his face lit up, and he shoved his briefcase into Dr. Marshall's chest, sending him flying off his feet. At first I thought he was reacting to something the man had done. Then I heard Mac cry, "Car!" and I saw him lunge at the senator, whose head was turned away from the impending blow.
Over my shoulder an engine roared. I whirled around just in time to see an SUV bearing down on us: headlights dead, vertical grill slats looking like teeth.
Posted August 9, 2008
The plot for this book could have been ripped from the headlines. Political scandal, campaign smears, and attempted murder. What more could a diehard legal thriller fan want? In the tradition of our favorite old time TV lawyers, Hank Fisher is known for solving his cases in court. Mike Langan has character development down to a fine art. His writing style is flamboyant and over the top, which makes for exciting reading. Langan¿s expertise adds to the legitimacy of this novel. This is the beginning of a new series I suspect Hank Fisher to be around for a long time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2008
Ready for the Defense far exceeded my expectations. The witty and comical dialogue throughout the book combined with an ending that you could never expect made for a great read. The real life experience of a lawyer that Langan brings to the table is something that is intriguing as well as imperative to the story. Keeps you on your toes throughout it and with each new twist in the story line you find it hard to put down. Great book looking forward to his next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2008
The media is going to have a field day with this. It seems that Senator Victoria Sterling¿s election campaign included an illegal contribution of $50,000 from PEACE (People for the Education of Arabic Children Everywhere), a group suspected of being a front for a middle-eastern terrorists organization. Being as the senator has been short-listed for the director position of the CIA, it¿s just a matter of time before the information comes out. The plot thickens. Someone attempts to kill the senator. All of the key players in the act either feign ignorance or they¿ve mysteriously disappeared. Who is framing the senator and how does this tie-in with the newest super bug? Ready for the Defense feels like a true crime novel. Being as the author was a lawyer, I expected the behind the crime scenes to be true to life, which they were. What I didn¿t expect was that the characters were going to be so well fashioned, including smooth dialogue that fit each individual, well developed background stories for each person, and characters that actually grew with and were affected by the story. Add to this a story that is timely and extremely well integrated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.