Wilkes on Trial

Wilkes on Trial

by Charles Sevilla
     
 

"[A] marvelously crafted tale of life, lust and ludicrousness that embodies every known lawyer joke....There are pllenty of murder suspects and twists of fate in WILKES to keep you guessing. And there is plenty of tongue-in-cheek, downright fun in this fiction to keep even a courtroom neophyte chuckling."
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE As usual John Wilkes… See more details below

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"[A] marvelously crafted tale of life, lust and ludicrousness that embodies every known lawyer joke....There are pllenty of murder suspects and twists of fate in WILKES to keep you guessing. And there is plenty of tongue-in-cheek, downright fun in this fiction to keep even a courtroom neophyte chuckling."
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE As usual John Wilkes takes on an impossible case: the victim is pretty, blind, and white, and the accused is anything but. On top of that he's the longtime leader of a notorious gang. Unfortunately, Wilkes feels he's more likely to get justice from the former KGB than from Judge Y. Knott and his reputable chamber of horrors. The hatred and contempt between the two is vocal from the start. But Judge Knott won't be getting the last word: he's soon found slumped over his desk with a knife in his back. And Wilkes is the prime suspect from a drunken night he can barely remember....

Editorial Reviews

Denise Perry Donavin
Schoonover (a pseudonym) writes as if he were the sidekick of John Wilkes, a highly paid, much-disrespected New York City criminal attorney. In his Dr. Watson role, Schoonover files motions, sobers up the attorney for speaking engagements, and marvels at his cohort's virtuosity in the courtroom. "Unlike the first book, "Wilkes: His Life and Crimes" [1990]," Schoonover states in the preface, "this one has a plot, more or less." The story lies in the murder of a judge, a murder Wilkes himself had motive and opportunity to commit. When Wilkes represents the accused, the judge's former clerk, the lawyer demands all book and movie rights, in lieu of his usual gargantuan fee. It seems impossible, with a confession, fingerprints, and witnesses looming against him, that Wilkes will succeed. But he has justice, of a sort, on his side. Often vulgar, this nervy look at courtroom drama is outrageously comic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345386755
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/1994
Pages:
35
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.89(d)

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