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…  See more details below

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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

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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

ISBN-13:
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:
3,790
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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