Vital To The Defenseby Jerry Banks
Barry O'Shea is back and he's smokin'! When O'Shea joins a team of high-powered lawyers in a mega-watt arson case, the old legal beagle find him self jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Ouch! As if facing off against a polished opposition wasn't tricky enough, O'Shea isn't even sure if his own client is on his side. And that's just the first twist of the trial. If O'Shea doesn't want to get cooked in the court room, he has to rely on his gritty talents and wit like never before. Vital to the Defense sizzles with courtroom drama.
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Author Jerry Banks, a former trial lawyer, knows his legalities and knows Oregon. In Secret Agenda he's crafted a thrilling tale of how a strange new cult tries to carve a strange new county out of deserted farms and run-down towns. Portland lawyer Barry O'Shea, well-known in the community for his investigative skills and legal prowess, becomes involved when newcomers vote out all incumbents in an election and proceed to buy or drive everyone else out of town. It would be nice to think these things can't happen, but the author makes them sound all too plausible, building legal precedent and argument into a convincing, scary whole. The newcomers rebuild business and tourism, turn ghost towns into resorts, run saw-mills and river-rafts, and generally seem to do good, except for the guns they carry and the way, somehow, it's always them, not old-timers, who gain the benefit. Then there's the highway that turns into a toll road, and it's time to act. The law, in Jerry Banks' hands, is a powerful tool carefully wielded by honorable men. The story keeps the reader glued to the page, wondering just how justice will ever be done. And if the writing's a little obscure at times, well, he is writing about lawyers. The odd change of tense is easily excused in a story as tense as this, and the resolution, though it may seem a little too easy, is nicely done, rounding out the tale in a very satisfying way. Oregon has known its cults in the past, which may have provided inspiration for this tale, set in the 1980s. But the story's new and refreshing, giving an intriguing look at the law and lawyers and the business of doing good. Disclosure: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.