Trials

Trials

by Anne Tolstoi Wallach
     
 

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For two female Manhattan judges, the bond that has existed between them since childhood is about to be put to the ultimate test, as a high-profile case thrusts them both into the media spotlight. Already forced to compete for the same coveted seat on the appelate court, the stakes get even higher as they must battle for the heart of the same man - a charismatic…  See more details below

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For two female Manhattan judges, the bond that has existed between them since childhood is about to be put to the ultimate test, as a high-profile case thrusts them both into the media spotlight. Already forced to compete for the same coveted seat on the appelate court, the stakes get even higher as they must battle for the heart of the same man - a charismatic defense attorney who could force one woman to betray the other!

• 1.5 million copies of Anne Tolstoi Wallach's books in print!
• Over 30,000 Dutton hardcover copies of Trials in print!
Trials ia an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month-Club
Women's Work was a New York Times bestseller and a Main Selection of the Literary Guild

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boilerplate sociology and stock characters drive Wallach's workmanlike third novel (after Private Scores and the bestselling Women's Work). New York City trial Judge Pax Peyton Ford is called upon to exercise the cool composure of Portia and the wisdom of Solomon in both her personal and professional lives. She's drawn the custody case of Caitlin California, the six-year-old daughter of billionaire artist Johnny California, whose death has left the child torn between her father's gay lover, famous ballet dancer Tom D'Arcy, and her aunt, the high-strung and narrow-minded Ba Bishop. Making matters trickier for Pax is Ba's marriage to John Talcott Bishop, a member of the screening panel for appointments to the Appellate Division, promotion to which Pax desperately desires. On the personal front, Pax's budding romance with Leonard Scholer, her son's father-in-law, is placed on hold when Leonard signs on as D'Arcy's defense counsel. And Judge Rosa Macario, an old friend of Pax since childhood (when her mother was the Ford family's maid), is becoming both a romantic and a professional rival. In the end, one of the women gets the man and the other gets the coveted appellate judgeship. Wallach keeps the pages turning, albeit at the expense of deep character exploration, but that's less likely to bother readers than the fact that this agreeable entertainment wasn't available for the beach. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Wallach's (Private Scores, 1986. o.p.) latest novel is undistinguished. Pax Ford and Rosa Macario are beautiful, competent Manhattan judges who are competing for a higher court appointment. Pax, from a long line of judges, has mentored the younger Hispanic woman, whose mother was a maid for Pax's parents. Complications involve their mutual attraction for Leonard Scholler, an attorney, whose firm is trying a celebrity child custody case involving a gay partner, in Pax's court. Although the plot is interesting, it isn't a barn-burner; nor is there enough scandal to generate big sales. The characters also seem to suffer slightly from ethnic and gender stereotyping. Although billed as contemporary women's fiction, the novel reads more like a typical romance. Purchase only if readers demand by title or type.Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Hts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525940913
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Pages:
371
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.81(d)

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