Overview

The Daily News calls The Good Fight "compelling," and says, "Matera writes with passion about debts to old lovers and old causes." If San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma can't find a way to honor those debts, she'll lose everything she's worked for and everyone she loves.


A week ago, Laura Di Palma had it all. Then she awakened to find her significant other unable to walk or speak, even to say why he was ...
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The Good Fight

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Overview

The Daily News calls The Good Fight "compelling," and says, "Matera writes with passion about debts to old lovers and old causes." If San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma can't find a way to honor those debts, she'll lose everything she's worked for and everyone she loves.


A week ago, Laura Di Palma had it all. Then she awakened to find her significant other unable to walk or speak, even to say why he was crawling out of their apartment. Now he's missing from the hospital. He's out there somewhere homeless or dead, and Laura will do anything to find him. But there couldn't be a worse time for her to ignore her work.

The top partner in her firm is making furious threats. He'll fire Laura if she doesn't drop her controversial new criminal case and start toadying to their corporate clients. But she can't abandon Danny Crosetti, her political activist friend. He's accused of shooting his closest comrade…who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent sent to entrap him. Laura was with Danny years ago when a military truck was ordered to drive through--and in Danny's case, over--protestors blocking its path. He lost his legs that day. Laura can't bear to watch him lose his freedom, too.

Fighting for her job, torn between her client and her lover, Laura is forced to reconcile the person she used to be with the lawyer she's become.


Find out why Kirkus Reviews says, "Tight plotting, good characterizations, and page-turning suspense…make Matera one of the best contemporary mystery novelists. Matera is too good to miss."
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Editorial Reviews

Sara Paretsky
Lia Matera just keeps getting better.
Kirkus Reviews
More proof that some of the leanest, most tough-minded prose is coming from women... With emotional zingers throughout and no easy answers.
Pittsburgh Press
A satisfying blend of emotion, suspense, and mystery.
San Diego Union
Matera has her own distinctive voice...Her off-beat plots, quirky style and hard-to-pin-down characters make for a novel both unique and entertaining.
Mostly Murder
By any standard, this is superior mystery fiction. The author's sensitive depiction of the fall-out from Vietnam and the Sixties adds a poignant quality to a detective story with more than ordinary dimension, featuring a heroine who is warm, capable, tough and appealingly feminine. Skillfully plotted, expertly written...its story compelling and satisfying, as befits all first-rate writing.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013519862
  • Publisher: Lia Matera
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 621,762
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lia Matera is the author of twelve novels, ten short stories, and a novella. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her novels were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Three were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. She has also published three anthologies. Her story, "Dead Drunk," originally printed in Scott Turow's, Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her latest work is Champawat, a novella about Democrats and Anarchists in 1919 (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2012).
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