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Riddled with knowing banalities ("In most cases, D.A.’s and defense lawyers choose different kinds of jurors") and bad prose: hackwork unredeemed by occasional bursts of courtroom energy.
Posted February 19, 2006
I like Grisham, Sheldon, Patterson, Lisa Scottoline, Pearl Cleague, Sandra Brown, the team of Virginia Berry and Donna Grant, Gloria Malette and Dan Brown, to name a few. They write what I call a 'good read', books that will probably never win a Pulitzer or Nobel prize, but they are a good, fun, entertaining read and worth the buck. That said, I liked 'Last Defense' enough to buy me a copy 'cause I know I'll read it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Mercer Early has everything a man could want. He is a defense attorney at one of the most prestigious law firms in the country; he¿s in love with the boss¿s daughter; finally one of the two senior partners thinks he¿s got a bright future ahead of him. He has just won an acquittal for doper Darion Mayfield by proving that the lead detective on the case, Detective Burris beat a confession out of the defendant and then perjured himself on the stand. <P>Before Burris is taken into custody, he threatens to get even with Darion. Only a few days later the doper is found dead in a dumpster with a witness placing Burris at the scene. The detective¿s lover blackmails Mercer into defending Burris who believes his client is innocent and is being framed. Mercer is getting insider information from Internal Affairs Detective Mingus who is investigating an officer who may be responsible for a frame. <P>THE LAST DEFENSE is an exciting legal thriller that will appeal to fans of John Grisham. It¿s obvious that Christopher Darden knows his way around a courtroom as he proves to be a winning writer when paired with veteran author Dick Lochte. The story line is fast-paced hooking the reader from the early courtroom drama to the strong climax. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.