Sullivan's Law (Carolyn Sullivan Series #1)

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Monday mornings are hell.

That's what Carolyn Sullivan is thinking as she arrives at her office at the Ventura County Probation Department. One of her probationers has just been arrested for rape.

Just when Carolyn should be lying low, instead she's assigned a sensitive case that's sure to have everyone breathing down her neck - supervising convicted killer and paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Metroix.

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Overview

Monday mornings are hell.

That's what Carolyn Sullivan is thinking as she arrives at her office at the Ventura County Probation Department. One of her probationers has just been arrested for rape.

Just when Carolyn should be lying low, instead she's assigned a sensitive case that's sure to have everyone breathing down her neck - supervising convicted killer and paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Metroix.

Twenty-three years ago, the son of the police chief was pushed into the path of an oncoming car, and Metroix went to prison for the boy's murder. Everything in Metroix's file indicates that he's unpredictable and dangerous. But what's more unsettling is his claim that he's innocent - a claim that crawls under Carolyn's skin and stays there, especially when a routine meeting erupts into an inferno that nearly kills them both. Protecting him is Carolyn's only chance to defend herself and her family - and to right a wrong that may have sent an innocent man to prison, while letting a killer go free.

"A gutsy heroine, a fast-moving plot, an insider's look at the justice system - Sullivan's Law is everything a legal thriller fan could hope for. As always, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg delivers the goods. This will be another bestseller." - Nelson DeMille

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Publishers Weekly
Single mom, part-time law student and overworked Ventura County probation officer Carolyn Sullivan is Rosenberg's (Mitigating Circumstances; Interest of Justice; etc.) latest heroine to find herself staring danger in the face. Sullivan's troubles begin when one of her probationers, Fast Eddie-whom she hasn't seen in months-rapes an eight-year-old girl. New parolee Daniel Metroix presents a different challenge: the brilliant schizophrenic might be innocent of the crime that put him in prison, the murder of the then police chief's son. Despite warnings from her ex-boyfriend boss, Sullivan investigates that 23-year-old crime as well as the former police chief, his family and his henchmen. After Metroix's hotel room explodes during Sullivan's visit, destroying his notes for what may be a brilliant invention, Metroix's enemies threaten Sullivan, too. Her career's in jeopardy, her life and children are in danger, and Sullivan has no one to turn to except the sympathetic judge who teaches her law class and the handsome professor who just moved to her neighborhood. Rosenberg uses her firsthand knowledge of law enforcement to create convincing sketches of criminal predators, mental patients and hardworking civil servants in this fast-paced romantic thriller. Often sacrificing authenticity for drama and subtlety for sentiment, Rosenberg crams her stories with coincidences (e.g., the professor teaches physics, which is also the hobby of Sullivan's 15-year-old son and Metroix). But readers will overlook these flaws, especially since Sullivan is so human and determined that it's almost impossible not to race to the end to see what happens to her next. Agent, Arthur Klebanoff. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild selections. (May) Forecast: Nelson DeMille's not making a tough call when he notes on the back cover that Rosenberg's latest "will be another bestseller"-all of her novels have hit the lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Caroline Sullivan, probation officer, part-time law student, and single mom, finds danger overtaking her life when she is assigned to new parolee Daniel Metroix. Daniel, a brilliant schizophrenic, has just been paroled after 23 years in prison for allegedly killing the then police chief's son. After interviewing Daniel, Caroline begins to doubt his guilt and starts investigating the case, endangering her career as well as her life and the lives of her children. Rosenberg (Mitigating Circumstances) gives authenticity to her justice-system characters and builds suspense that culminates in a thrilling conclusion, though the coincidences strain believability. Sandra Burr reads clearly, even if at times she conveys more melodrama than is credible. Recommended for those who enjoy a fast-moving if somewhat contrived thriller.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
New series debut in which a probation officer's life turns out to be just as full of menace, romance, and violence as that of any Rosenberg cop or lawyer. Twenty-three years after he was convicted of killing high-school football star Tim Harrison, schizophrenic Daniel Metroix is back on the streets again because somebody at Chico State Prison missed a call. Tim's father, the former Ventura police chief who's now deputy chief at the LAPD, is so furious that he hires a couple of bent ex-cops to do Daniel dirt. Into this mangle walks Carolyn Sullivan, Daniel's new probation officer, whose last client, pedophile Eddie Downly, has just disappeared after raping little Luisa Cortez and leaving her for dead. Despite juggling law school, single parenthood-her writer husband showed an unlovely side under the influence of drugs and drink-and a full caseload, Carolyn can see that Daniel tells a pretty convincing story of innocence for a guy who hears voices. And she's not too busy to notice that her new neighbor Paul Leighton, a physics professor her son John idolizes, is interested in John's mother as well. Can she keep Paul at bay long enough to prove Daniel's innocence to the skeptical police and judiciary, protect John and his kid sister from bad guys who've already trashed her car and tried to blow her up, and uncover a conspiracy that seems to involve every crook in Ventura County? Only readers new to Rosenberg's brand of imperiled law-enforcement dames who specialize in frontier justice (Conflict of Interest, 2002, etc.) will wonder. Apart from a finale that finds Carolyn distributing armaments to her troubled client, her son, and her neighbor's housekeeper, this supercharged, undernourishedcase is most notable for Carolyn's response to Paul's profession of love: "Isn't a statement like that a little premature? We haven't even had sex."Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club/Mystery Guild selection. Agent: Arthur Klebanoff/Scott Meredith Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786266203
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2004
  • Series: Carolyn Sullivan Series, #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s fourteen-year career in law enforcement included jobs with the Dallas Police Department, the New Mexico State police, the Ventura Police, and the Ventura County Probation Department, where she was a superior court investigator. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won acclaim for her novels. They have been translated into almost every language and have been bestsellers in many countries. Her writing program for inner city youths, Voices of Tomorrow, has received national attention. She lives in the Los Angeles area.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    A great thriller

    Raising two children alone and attending law school part-time would fill up most people¿s days and nights, but Ventura County probation officer Carolyn Sullivan also is overworked with a caseload of over two-hundred offenders. However, the media and the public do not care about her workload when one of her probationers, Eddie Downly rapes an eight year old girl. Everyone at work suggests a low profile until the media feeding frenzy calms down............................................. Carolyn is too dedicated of a civil servant to hide. Instead, she wonders if her latest assignment, schizophrenic parolee Daniel Metroix might be innocent of the murder conviction that put him behind bars for over two decades. While someone wants Daniel dead; Carolyn makes inquiries into what happened to the victim, the son of the former police chief. Soon Carolyn reconsiders, wondering if her investigation is worth the lives of her children as someone wants to stop her from learning the truth........................................ Legal thriller fans will enjoy Nancy Taylor Rosenberg¿s latest tale that focuses on a hard working, caring person trying to do the right thing amidst an overwhelming inhuman caseload. Readers will appreciate what the media and the politicians blithely ignore when they place blame on the bureaucracy that many of our government employees work impossible jobs hampered by ridiculous laws. The insight into the parole system is a close look at what an officer deals with. Still melodrama aside, SULLIVAN¿S LAW is a terrific glimpse of a broken system....................................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Love all her books

    A must read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    Fantastic and meaningful thriller

    Carolyn Sullivan is a hardworking probation officer who stumbles across a grave injustice; a brilliant but schizofrenic man who was wrongly imprisoned. Rather than let sleeping dogs lie, Sullivan puts her life and the lives of her children on the line to see justice served. If you enjoyed A BRILLIANT MIND, about Nobel Prize winner, John Forbes Nash, you will be enthralled with Sullivan's Law.

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