Witness for the Defense [NOOK Book]

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With her unique blend of courtroom drama and feverish suspense, critically acclaimed author Jonnie Jacobs has won a legion of fans for her Kali O’Brien thrillers. Now the edgy San Francisco attorney is back to handle a simple adoption – and winds up defending her client for murder . . .

Straightforward and short term: that’s precisely the kind of case Kali O’Brien needs at the moment. Yet the Harper adoption makes her uneasy from the start. ...
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Overview

With her unique blend of courtroom drama and feverish suspense, critically acclaimed author Jonnie Jacobs has won a legion of fans for her Kali O’Brien thrillers. Now the edgy San Francisco attorney is back to handle a simple adoption – and winds up defending her client for murder . . .

Straightforward and short term: that’s precisely the kind of case Kali O’Brien needs at the moment. Yet the Harper adoption makes her uneasy from the start. Maybe it’s because psychologist Steven Cross – a man whose path hasn’t crossed hers since the tragedy that shattered his life and their forbidden relationship years ago – unexpectedly referred the couple to her. Or could it be that Ted and Terri Harper’s previous brush with parenthood ended in heartache when the birth mother changed her mind?

This time around, the former star quarterback and his lovely blonde wife aren’t taking any chances. They’ve even moved pregnant Melissa Burke into their lavish Pacific Heights home. As Kali watches her determined clients shower the lonesome teenager with love and attention, she can’t help wondering just how desperate they are to claim the unborn child. When Melissa delivers a health6 baby girl and promptly signs the final adoption papers, Kali breathes a sigh of relief . . . until Bram Weaver surfaces.

The controversial, chauvinistic radio talk show host announces he’s the baby’s father – a claim Melissa can’t dispute. With a sinking heart, Kali prepares to defend the Harpers in a bitter custody battle that’s certain to end in the birth father’s favor – until the case takes a shocking turn when somebody murders Weaver. Despite Terri Harper’s staunch denial, the police have compelling evidence linking her to the crime, leaving Kali to wonder how far an emotion-fraught new mother will go to protect her child.

Once again, Jonnie Jacobs delivers an explosive, fast-paced thriller infused with authenticity and well-drawn characters. Witness for the Defense is a razor-sharp ride through the ethical dilemmas ripped from today’s headlines.
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Editorial Reviews

Les Roberts
“Jacobs hits her stride. . ..The characters are fresh, the suspense delicious and the mystery’s double solution will surprise everyone.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
Martha Chamberlain
“. . . clever, fast-paced murder suspense.”
– Tampa Tribune
editor march 15, 2001
"Jacobs has a knack for pacing and making the law suspenseful and compelling."
- Booklist
editor March 26, 2001
". . .swift pacing, multiple motives and twisting plot lines will satisfy and keep readers guessing."
- Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013148826
  • Publisher: jonnie jacobs
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Series: Kali O'Brien mysteries , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 167,802
  • File size: 279 KB

Meet the Author

Jonnie Jacobs is the bestselling author of twelve mystery and suspense novels, and the forthcoming Paradise Falls (early 2012.) A former practicing attorney and the mother of two grown sons, she lives in northern California with her husband. Email her at or visit her on the web at http://www.jonniejacobs.com.
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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Loved it!

    Love it! Could not put it down. I have become addicted to Jonnie Jacobs books. I can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    Pleasantly Surprised! Very Good Read...

    I picked this book up on a bargain book sale, and didn't expect it to be this good. But I was pleasantly surprised. It kept me guessing!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting legal thriller

    In the Bay area, former professional football star, Ted Harper and his wife Terri hire attorney Kali O¿Brien to expedite an adoption. The teenage single woman Melissa Burke is living with the Harpers until she gives birth. Not her usual case, Kali could use the easy fee and begins to insure all the papers are properly signed including obtaining the signature of the father, Gary Ellis. Melissa gives birth to a healthy girl named Hannah. Case closed. <P>Case reopened when obnoxious anti feminine radio talk show host Bram Weaver claims to be Hannah¿s father. He demands the Harpers hand over his child. Kali begins preparation for what seems like a sure shot losing custody battle. However, that preparation changes when the same night that Bram spent a court ordered hour with Hannah, someone kills him. The obvious motive lies with Terri, who already attacked Bram in court, leaving Kali to defend her from a charge of murder one. <P> WITNESS FOR THE DEFENSE is an exciting legal thriller that twists and turns from a simple adoption to a relatively simple custody case to a complex homicide. Kali in her fourth appearance remains a refreshing attorney. The key secondary players (Harpers, Melissa, and Bram) provide the depth to the story line that turns this into an exhilarating tale. With this legal suspense series and her Kate Austen murder mysteries, Jonnie Jacobs continues to provide some of the best genre entertainment. <P>Harriet Klausner

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