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TRIAL - A Legal Thriller
     

TRIAL - A Legal Thriller

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by Clifford Irving
 
A Literary Guild selection and New York Times best-seller. The movie starred Beverly D'Angelo, Peter Strauss, Ned Beatty, and Jill Clayburgh as "Judge Lou Parker."

"The courtroom scenes are breathtaking ... gripping suspense ... riveting!"
-- Publishers Weekly

An adventure into the real world of criminal law, setting a new standard for legal

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A Literary Guild selection and New York Times best-seller. The movie starred Beverly D'Angelo, Peter Strauss, Ned Beatty, and Jill Clayburgh as "Judge Lou Parker."

"The courtroom scenes are breathtaking ... gripping suspense ... riveting!"
-- Publishers Weekly

An adventure into the real world of criminal law, setting a new standard for legal thrillers, Clifford Irving's powerful novel deals with murder, the perils of love, and the morality of justice,
Twisting and relentless, TRIAL follows Texas lawyer Warren Blackburn as he defends two accused murderers in two separate cases. One of his clients, Johnnie Faye Boudreau, is a former beauty queen and now owner of a topless nightclub, who shoots her multimillionaire doctor lover - she claims - in self-defense. The other, Hector Quintana, is a homeless illegal alien accused of killing a man for his wallet.
Without warning, the two cases merge and become one; as a result, Warren's entire life and career are threatened.
William Safire in The New York Times called this "the novel of the year."

"Don't begin this book at bedtime or you'll be up all night ... TRIAL is like a birchbark canoe or a seven-layer cake. You can go crazy trying to figure out how it's made, and it's made by a master." -- Caroline See, Los Angeles Times

"Riveting legal edge-of-the-seater, has Texas and American justice by the tail." -- Daily Telegraph (London)

"A lively plot ... the Texas atmosphere against which the story unfolds is sharply drawn. Fun, fast-paced, and solidly researched." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Jet-propelled ... colorful, down-and-dirty characters ... most readers will want to read this at one sitting." -- Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Caroline See
"Terrific! Don't begin this book at bedtime or you'll be up all night ... Trial is like a birchbark canoe or a seven-layer cake. You can go crazy trying to figure out how it's made, and it's made by a master."
Daily Telegraph (London) - Tracy Winston
"Riveting legal edge-of-the-seater, has Texas and American justice systems by the tail."
Publishers Weekly - James Haskel
"The courtroom scenes are breathtaking ... gripping suspense ... riveting!"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149250479
Publisher:
Clifford Irving
Publication date:
03/16/2014
Series:
Clifford Irving's Legal Thrillers , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
329
Sales rank:
18,905
File size:
450 KB

Meet the Author

Hello. I’m Clifford Irving. I was once on the cover of Time Magazine, and Hollywood made a movie about part of my life, with Richard Gere playing me.

I traveled twice around the world before most people living in it today were born, stood guard in an Israeli kibbutz, crewed on a 56' three-masted schooner that sailed the Atlantic from Mexico to France, smuggled whisky from Tangier to Spain, and one spring I lived on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir from where I rode horseback intoTibet.

Growing up in Manhattan, I studied painting at the High School of Music & Art. At Cornell University I chased beautiful but unconquerable Ivy League coeds, rowed on the crew, and dreamed of becoming a great writer. I sailed to Europe, settled on the decadent Mediterranean island of Ibiza, and wrote my first novel. I sent it to a literary agent in New York. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published it.

Was it really as easy and as quick as that? Of course not. I was lucky. And determined.

I taught at UCLA graduate extension school, with Betsy Drake and Cary Grant among my pupils. I became a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC. And I kept writing books.

In 1970, I created a writing event which became the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax. Many believe that the threat of the book’s publication, with its revelations of the Hughes-Nixon bribes, caused Nixon to approve the Watergate break-in.

My reward in 1972 for these accusations (and lunacy) was 16 months in three federal prisons.

Over time I wrote write 20 books that were published to varying degrees of success in many languages. (In the USA by Putnam, McGraw-Hill, and Simon & Schuster.)

Almost all of my books are on Nook and Kindle, and at affordable prices: $2.99 to $5.99. That’s cheaper than a paperback and a lot cheaper than a movie. A good read is one of the amazing pleasures offered to us by civilization.

“Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more”– so said the New York Times Book Review about “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa,” which I believe is my best book, although “Trial,” by far, followed by “Daddy’s Girl,” and “Final Argument” – all legal thrillers – are the top sellers.

My manuscripts, notes, journals and correspondence are stored permanently at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which acquired the archive in 2013.

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TRIAL - A Legal Thriller 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every one of Clifford Irving’s novels is worth reading, and I believe this is the finest of his contemporary legal/courtroom thrillers.   The premise – that a lawyer involved in defending two capital murder cases discovers one of his clients is responsible for both murders – and the lawyer is bound by confidentiality not to reveal that fact! – is riveting. It had me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Warren Blackburn, the hero, is a great man. Johnnie Faye Boudreau, his antagonist, is a superb villain.        
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
M. William’s review of Trial Rating: 5 stars Title: Gold Standard for Legal Thrillers Clifford Irving has crafted an intricate story of a lawyer clawing his way back from having operated on the wrong side of the law. When two dissimilar cases intertwine, he makes use of his legal degree and his diploma from the school of hard knocks to achieve justice that is being thwarted by the system. The plot twists and turns like a writhing snake and the cast of characters is impressively drawn. While lawyer Blackburn, the protagonist, is dynamic and sympathetic, the villain, Johnnie Faye Boudreau, steals the show! She’s a sleazy strip club owner who is ratcheted up to be a despicable femme fatale by the novel’s conclusion. A case of superb character development in the most negative sense imaginable. I loved Presumed Innocent and have read a lot of T. Grisham, but for me, Clifford Irving’s Trial is the Gold Standard for legal thrillers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my second Clifford Irving book and just purchased a third. I love legal thrillers and TRIAL did not disappoint. This writer is a true wordsmith. While reading this book, I could literally picture every scene unfold and could even smell the cheap perfume and whiskey. I could feel the Texas heat and the anxiety of each situation. I loved FINAL ARGUMENT and feared there be too many similarities but the story line is fresh and unpredictable. TRIAL is a great read!
Sandy_Munro More than 1 year ago
Irving is a real master of the courtroom drama and he draws the characters so well. You really care about the protagonist, and the sleazeballs are believable sleazeballs. The story is compelling, and you're propelled through it from page one. I can't think of a better writer in this genre. Fun read that leaves you satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two court room dramas, connected by the same lawyer and the real killer going on simultaneously. Beautifully developed characters, and humane backgrounds. A real page turner. Don't miss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing legal thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me up all night, would like to see the movie .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I couldn't put it down.
susan hamilton More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down.  By far one of the best books I've read in a long time. The characters were believable. Thw storyline was exciting. Loved the ending. So glad I found this author.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Great courtroom and lawyer drama.  Legal and personal character conflicts well described.  Good, though predictable, ending . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend
ClaireBH More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Grisholm's, Baldacci's, and Connelly's. The Trial was the best legal thriller I've read in a long time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caught the courtroom drama, ethical issues and humanity while remaaining real and riviting
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Irving will be my goto author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! He's another Grisham knows how to write and keep the story moving and intriguing. I rarely leave ratings or reviews, but this is a must read.
Georges_Sand More than 1 year ago
¡¡ Attention Content Department !! This might have been a decent book, but between the abominable proofreading and the ridiculous type size, I couldn’t tell! As far as I can tell, nobody copy-edited or proofread this text before it was published. The most glaring and offensive issue is the type size. It comes up in ±36 pt. You might be able to get that down around 24 pt. but that means you’re looking at ±5 words to the line, like a 1st grade reader. Changing the font doesn’t help and some fonts aggravate the problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good reading, entertaning and interesting ready
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this novel. Very tantilizing and suspenseful. I really got into each character and the plot was welll thought out. You will love Warren fighting with his ethics throughout the story. I had a hard time putting this book down. I will read more of his. Treat yourself.
Lucy19 More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me read until my eyes grew bleary.I couldn't wait to get back to reading it. One of the best courtroom stories I have ever read.Would read another book by this author.
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Don't pass this book ,! Good incite into what judges and Lawyers really think .Couldn't put it down .