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Posted June 15, 2010
Written by a lawyer and publisher of law books, this novel fills Savannah with legal chicanery from the Southern point of view. Several characters operate just under or above the law and leave the good guys scratching their heads. The author even imports outside talent to contribute, but he does not need to. Locals handle devious all by themselves and do so liberally. How else could they get rich? How else can they put their not-so-great relatives in prominent positions? After all, there's family tradition to uphold and money to be made.
Savannah Law also abounds in Southern culture and ambiance. Descriptions of Victory Drive and Tybee Island ooze charm and atmosphere. The questionable characters do, too, when it serves their purposes. Knowledge and flouting of laws move the novel through all sorts of tidewater muck and keep it interesting. Scenes play out in courtrooms and the already hallowed halls of a new law school.
Although the plot is sometimes improbable, the South is capable of breeding the improbable. A young female legal team wins a competition by unbuttoning their blouses for the judges. Southern blond law student, Jennifer, wishes to become a criminal lawyer. She finds herself kidnapped by a tow truck driver but does not report his crimes - twice. She doesn't have the time? The bad-guy proves useful plot-wise, but he could have been just as useful with an even longer criminal record. After all, jumping bail and disappearing happens.
I suspect the novel is a collection of some of the more colorful law stories and legal charades this author has encountered. Playing them out in the cultural paradise of Savannah makes for an enjoyable novel.
Posted May 29, 2010
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Savannah Law is a great read. It hooked me from the moment I started reading about the lovely town of Savannah and the law school bearing its name. William Eleazer gives you a novel full of suspense, with characters you can love and hate. I could not put this one down. Every night I stayed up longer and longer, reading more and more, finding myself captivated by a well written legal thriller with a twist. What more can you ask for from a novel?
The story moved at a brisk pace, but lingered long enough to let you believe in and fall in love with, some of the characters. His descriptions of school life and the town atmosphere made you feel as if you really were there. I eagerly await his next work. Perhaps it can be the sequel to Savannah Law and we can learn more about Jennifer, Scott and Jaak.
Sam Hendricks, author of Fantasy Football Basics and Fantasy Football Tips
Posted February 8, 2010
Savannah Law by William Eleazer was a fast paced well-written fiction novel. I enjoyed this book from the first page to the epilogue. Of course, I was eager for it to end so I could find out what happened but I was sad at the same time that there was nothing left for Mr. Eleazer to divulge. From the very beginning, I was consumed with the energy of this fast past thriller as it twisted and turned while the drama unfolded. The characters were vividly portrayed as were the scenes where most events took place. I was able to see the story as I read along--sitting at the bar-The Library-near the campus, the arrogant lawyer parading around the court room, the judge's flared nostrils reflecting his extreme distaste of this pompous lawyer, and the nights Jennifer's life was at risk--which is a reflection of Mr. Eleazer's superb storytelling ability.
One of the main characters, Jennifer, appeared to be extremely intelligent yet flighty. Many people ignore events that are uncomfortable but her responses or lack thereof, left me in awe and at times angered by her indifference to frightening events that occurred to her. At times, I wanted to "shake" some sense into her!
The author created believable characters allowing the story to flow easily as each character was clearly connected to the other. When the trials occurred in the court room I felt an array of emotions--Scott's anxiety, the judge's anger, Professor Nolan's fear, sadness,and contempt--while also visualizing the media circus playing out in the court room.
I have never attended law school but know people who have and this book was a clear depiction of their experience. I highly recommend this novel. It is an exciting journey in the life of a law student which coupled with Mr. Eleazer's knowledge of this profession creates a great story. I highly anticipate his next piece of work.