Volcano Verdictby Jonathan Miller
Dead Lawyer. Drugs. Dormant Volcano? Disgraced former prosecutor Luna Cruz has one chance at redemption, defending her only client and only friend, Jen Song. Jen is a legal secretary accused of killing her boss and leaving him atop an Albuquerque volcano. During the investigation, Luna uncovers a conspiracy involving lawyers and illegal prescription drugs coming
Dead Lawyer. Drugs. Dormant Volcano? Disgraced former prosecutor Luna Cruz has one chance at redemption, defending her only client and only friend, Jen Song. Jen is a legal secretary accused of killing her boss and leaving him atop an Albuquerque volcano. During the investigation, Luna uncovers a conspiracy involving lawyers and illegal prescription drugs coming across the border. Luna journeys into Texas, and then down to Mexico only to find hat her friend might be the real volcano and she's ready to erupt.
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Jonathan Miller is an award-winning author and attorney who practices criminal law in New Mexico. He is a graduate of Albuquerque Academy, Cornell University, the University of Colorado Law School, and the American Film Institute.
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Edward Hobbs was an attorney, who was about to be disbarred for transporting illegal drugs from across the border to America. He pays the price of one-million dollars for freedom, but never realized that wasn't enough. He was the boss of Jen Song, a legal secretary, who was accused of killing him, and leaving his body on top of an Albuquerque volcano. The fireworks were about to begin in Albuquerque at the same time Jen falls, and cuts her hand on a sharp edge of volcanic rock. The blood from her hand drips on the dead body of Edward Hobbs, as she stares at the strangle marks on his neck, while anticipating her first phone call. Jen becomes hysterical, realizing that her dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder were minor problems as compared to facing the gruesome murder of her boss. During the impending investigation for the murder of Edward Hobbs, former prosecutor Luna cruz defends her only client, and friend, Jen Song. The nightmare begins for Luna, while she uncovers a conspiracy, involving lawyers and their connection to transporting illegal drugs from across the border. The author creates a legal thriller that becomes a masterpiece from his expertise in criminal law, combined with knowledge of the Southwest detention centers. Jonathan Miller pulls no punches, while describing the horror of a career in which he lives, and speaks pure truth as he tells the story through reality. His unique background, keen sense of humor, and detailed description of crime through the eyes of an insider, makes quite an interesting read. There's never a dull moment, from the beginning of an investigation of a brutal murder to the verdict. The journey for Luna Cruz from Texas to Mexico adds more drama to the story with a twist and surprises, while she desperately attempts to put the mysterious puzzle together, but the pieces don't fit. The dialogue in this story is rich in color. The strange characters draw a picture of the Southwest detention centers, and what goes on behind closed doors. A home for prisoners where there is no mercy, whether your found guilty, or possibly innocent. I would recommend this book to all mystery lovers, who enjoy chilling stories that are packed with drama. 'Volcano Verdict' is as witty as 'My Cousin Vinny.' Suspense blossoms like a flower throughout this thriller, as good as it was in 'Presumed Innocent.' Jonathan Miller manages to light-up the story, like fireworks on the fourth of July, and the volcano does erupt!
I purchased this book because it was set in Albuquerque and New Mexico, two of my favorite places, as I do not live there anymore. I thought that the author was establishing his characters in the beginning by the frequent use of vulgarity. But it only got worse. I tossed it after 120 pages, about 120 too many. I liked the story line and setting and would have liked to see how it played out, but simply could not because of the extreme use of gutter language. I'm a sailor and have heard the worst but do not want to pay good money to read it.