The Professor [NOOK Book]

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A retired Professor of Law who hasn’t tried a real case in forty years teams up with a former student who’s yet to trial a case at all, in order to clear both of their names…

The Professor introduces Thomas Jackson McMurtrie, a longtime law professor at the University of Alabama, who, 40 years after giving up a promising career as a trial lawyer to teach law students at the request of his mentor, Coach Paul ...
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The Professor

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Overview

A retired Professor of Law who hasn’t tried a real case in forty years teams up with a former student who’s yet to trial a case at all, in order to clear both of their names…

The Professor introduces Thomas Jackson McMurtrie, a longtime law professor at the University of Alabama, who, 40 years after giving up a promising career as a trial lawyer to teach law students at the request of his mentor, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, retires to his farm an angry and bitter man, betrayed by both a Board member he mistook for a friend and his own failing health. Meanwhile, the young family of one of Tom’s oldest friends is killed in a tragic collision with an 18-wheeler. 

Believing his career is over, Tom refers his friend to a brilliant, yet beleaguered, former student, Rick Drake, who begins to uncover that the truth behind the tragedy is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery and greed. When a key witness is murdered on the eve of trial, the young attorney, in over his head and at the end of his rope, knows he needs help…and there’s only one man who can help him.

The Professor is the first in a series of tense legal thriller featuring the unusual and compelling legal team of McMurtie & Drake, combining the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.
 


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"Taut, page-turning, and smart, The Professor is a legal thriller that will keep readers up late as the twists and turns keep coming. Set in Alabama, it also includes that state's greatest icon, one Coach Bear Bryant. In fact, the Bear gets things going with the energy of an Alabama kickoff to Auburn. Robert Bailey knows his state and he knows his law. He also knows how to write characters that are real, sympathetic, and surprising. If he keeps writing novels this good, he's got quite a literary career before him."  
- Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky, New York Times Number 1 bestseller.

“The Professor is that rare combination of thrills, chills and heart. Gripping from the first page to the last.”
-Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

“Robert Bailey is a thriller writer to reckon with. His debut novel has a tight and twisty plot, vivid characters, and a pleasantly down-home sensibility that will remind some readers of adventures in Grisham-land. Luckily, Robert Bailey is an original, and his skill as a writer makes the Alabama setting all his own. The Professor marks the beginning of a very promising career.”
- Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

Move over, John Grisham. There’s a new kid in town, and he’s come well armed with a book that grips readers from the first page until the last and leaves them wanting more. “The Professor,” a legal thriller by Robert Bailey, will have readers asking, “John who?”
-Loretta Gillepsie, The Decatur Daily

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909223592
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 3,809
  • File size: 752 KB

Meet the Author

Mr. Bailey is a civil defense trial attorney. He represents health care providers and nursing homes in medical liability cases. He defends trucking companies, insurance carriers, the insured, and businesses in injury-related lawsuits. He defends employers in workers' compensation lawsuits and has defended employers in actions filed by employees under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. He has litigated matters in Alabama state trial courts, federal trial courts, and arbitration.
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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    Thomas McMurtrie¿s been a Law Professor for many, many years. H

    Thomas McMurtrie’s been a Law Professor for many, many years. He was first attracted by a power politician and gradually built a reputation as a superb scholar, teacher, and writer. Now right when he’s having a tough time revising his latest edition on the classic legal text of legal evidence and having a tough time with a major physical problem, his world starts spinning totally out of control. The case is that against himself as a new, younger Dean of Students is trying to force Tom out of his teaching job at the University of Alabama. The Dean wants fresh young blood, not realizing that competence and legal brilliance don’t necessarily follow younger lawyers. It’s skill, experience and learning the ropes that makes the legal pro! Tom McMurtrie has all of those qualities – and more!
    Tom is about to refer a very important lawsuit case to his former friend and then opponent, Rick Drake. It involves a fatal crash between a gasoline container truck and a small private automobile. The result is devastating – families are bereft of their loved ones and all are afraid to pursue answers to their persistent questions. Was speeding involved? Has this been a pattern and who knew about it and is now covering it all up? Rick Drake is in way over his head and eventually may be forced to consult with someone with more experience!
    The story is simple in this phenomenally well-written first legal thriller, but the steps by which the topics of legal defense and legal community problems are handled is exemplary and bodes well for more exciting fiction from this new writer! Plot is everything in these pages – with enough insults, adventurous scenes, fights, misunderstandings, threats and more to sink a ship. But Tom McMurtrie is one hell of an investigator and lawyer, and that makes all the difference in the unexpected outcome of this mystery/crime thriller novel.
    Finely crafted, Richard Bailey – keep writing! This reviewer wants to read more of your style!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    In his debut novel, The Professor, author Robert Bailey utilizes

    In his debut novel, The Professor, author Robert Bailey utilizes his extensive legal knowledge and experience interwoven with his passion for his alma mater, University of Alabama, to weave a riveting and unforgettable legal thriller that will captivate the reader's attention from beginning to end.




    This is a fast-paced story about greed, bribery, betrayal, and a fight for justice. It is a classic legal chess game set in Alabama between evil big business and corrupt politicians versus a seasoned legal professor and his young protegee, that provides a powerful and compelling story with enough gripping thrills and chills interspersed with drama and suspenseful twists and turns.




    What more could a fan of college football and legal thrillers want then to lose themselves in between the pages of this emotional story? The author does a wonderful job of interweaving his legal experience and passion for 'Bama football with richly detailed and descriptive references that easily transports the reader to a small town Alabama courtroom and the Crimson Tide campus where the legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ruled supreme.




    With a complex and realistic cast of characters; witty dialogue and dramatic heart pounding interactions; and a fascinating mystery/crime storyline with an authentic style that flows seamlessly from beginning to end; The Professor is a thoroughly entertaining legal crime story that takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Good one although some of the supposed legal whizzes were disapp

    Good one although some of the supposed legal whizzes were disappointingly inept.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Loved this book!

    Excellent read, I coud hardly stand to take a break for sleep, work, or anything else. Would like to read more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2015

    Great read

    This was one of those books you can't wait to finish to know what happens, but the closer you get to the end, the more you hate to get there as you're so enjoying the read. Wonderful read with great characters. Totally realistic plot line. Will definitely look for more from this author.

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  • Posted November 30, 2014

    Loved the characters, loved the story, couldn't put it down, can

    Loved the characters, loved the story, couldn't put it down, can't wait for Mr. Bailey's next book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Fast- paced legal thriller

    Couldn't put this one down. Great courtroom drama.

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  • Posted October 25, 2014

    Very intriguing story

    Interesting story behind a captivating mystery. Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Exciting - Page turner

    Robert Bailey writes like John Grisham. Unexpected but believable twists that draw you in and keep you reading. Even a good ending! I want to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Excellent read

    Story is well written and has the element of justice prevails or does it!

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. very good!! I will look for more b

    I really enjoyed this book. very good!! I will look for more books from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Great!

    Love Grace Louise. Very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Great Legal thriller!

    Best book I have read recently - best legal thriller I have read in years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    Good...but

    Predictable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Interesting ..... but....

    The story was interesting and a good general concept .. but contain to many vulgar and unnessesary references and the use of profanity shows a lack of intelegent vocabulary.
    The author has potential but must present a more mature context if he hopes to graduate out of 2 bit stoties into serious scripts..


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Top notch

    Excellent, well written, unique plot, I hope we don't have to wait another 8 years for another from this new author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    An exciting and enjoyable piece of fiction.

    Robert Bailey has taken a few of the passions in his life and has woven them into a darn good story as his debut. Professor Tom has served the University of Alabama quite well over the years. First as member of Coach Bear Bryant's undeafeated 1961 football team, but more importantly as a distingushed Law Professor. Suddenly the rug is pulled out from under him. He is requested to meet with the University's Trustees. At this meeting, he is confronted by a former student who is the newly appointed attorney for the University. Recommended strongly for enjoyable evenings entertainment.

    J MLydon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Loved this book! WOULD LIKE MORE FROM HIM!Patricia from texas

    Would love more stories from this author,was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Simplistic

    Don't bother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

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