Women Before the Bench

Women Before the Bench

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This ingenious anthology of legal drama and suspense features all-new tories by some of the top writers in the field, featuring:
Perri O'Shaughnessy
Margaret Maron
Margaret Coel
Jonnie Jacobs
Taffy Cannon
Michael A. Kahn
Claire Youmans
Rochelle Krich
Carroll Lachnit
Sarah Caudwell
Terry Devane
Nora DeLoach
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This ingenious anthology of legal drama and suspense features all-new tories by some of the top writers in the field, featuring:
Perri O'Shaughnessy
Margaret Maron
Margaret Coel
Jonnie Jacobs
Taffy Cannon
Michael A. Kahn
Claire Youmans
Rochelle Krich
Carroll Lachnit
Sarah Caudwell
Terry Devane
Nora DeLoach
Carolyn Wheat

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Womanhood is modeled for gentler and better things... than the profession of law," wrote Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Edward Ryan in 1875 so begins a collection of 13 short fictional narratives disproving him. New York Times bestselling authors such as Perri O'Shaughnessy, Margaret Maron and Margaret Coel each contribute. The stories feature female protagonists in various positions within the legal system and all are carefully crafted and plotted. In O'Shaughnessy's "Juggernaut," creepy Neal Meurer has hidden his gambling addiction from his trophy wife, Juliette, for years. A minor auto accident nets him enough money to live for the next several months, so he arranges another "accident" with the help of Juliette's brother, an insurance agent but things don't turn out as planned, especially when tenacious lawyer Nina Reilly gets involved. Readers will find familiar characters, such as bar investigator Nan Robinson, revived by Taffy Cannon in the simple yet likable "Restitution"; fans of Carroll Lachnit can accompany law student Hannah Barlow in "Blind" as she investigates the details of a drive-by shooting that kills one teenager and leaves the only witness blinded. Jonnie Jacobs contributes "Built Upon the Sand," in which a scheming, spoiled daughter attempts to gain control of her recently deceased father's estate by declaring her stepmother insane. Claire Youmans also thrills with "Mortmain" (literally, "dead hand"), in which the death of an Italian matriarch leaves two grown children finagling themselves into the good graces of the estate executor. Short enough to appeal to a reader on a timetable, but lacking the plot depth of full-length mysteries, these stories are perfect commuter-flight fare. (Mar. 6) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425183878
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/05/2002
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.82(d)

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