Bear Is Broken (Leo Maxwell Series #1)

Bear Is Broken (Leo Maxwell Series #1)

by Lachlan Smith
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Bear Is Broken (Leo Maxwell Series #1) by Lachlan Smith


A Kirkus Reviews and Deadly Pleasures Best Book of the Year

Leo Maxwell grew up in the shadow of his older brother Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney. As children, their father was jailed for their mother's murder, and Teddy was left to care for Leo, who eventually followed him into the legal profession.

The two are at lunch one day when Teddy is shot in the head—in public, in cold blood. As Teddy lies in a coma, Leo realizes that the search for his brother’s shooter falls upon him and him alone, as his brother had enemies not only on the street but in the police department as well. As he begins to examine the life of a brother he barely knew, Leo quickly finds that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have imagined.

The deeper Leo digs into Teddy’s life, the more questions arise: about Teddy and his ex-wife and about the murder that tore their family apart all those years ago. And somewhere, the person who shot his brother is still on the loose, and there are many who would happily kill Leo to keep it that way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802122261
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Series: Leo Maxwell Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 898,809
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Lachlan Smith was a Richard Scowcroft Fellow in the Stegner Program at Stanford, and received an MFA from Cornell. His fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Bear Is Broken 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read with lots of action, lots of interesting plot, and an intelligent look at the world.  I am waiting for the next book and another romp through the streets of the Bay Area.
blondelawdawgie More than 1 year ago
Terrific plot! A real who "dunnit!" Great for those of us who love a good mystery.  AND FOR THOSE WHO INSIST ON WRITING A COMPLETE SYNOPSIS, PLEASE STOP! WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK! A CUSTOMER REVIEW IS JUST THAT, A REVIEW, NOT THE ENTIRE PLOT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent plot and character development i certainly was interested in the characters and whodunit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely disappointed in this book. It started or semi okay but the end was ridiculous. It just stopped like the author decided not too write anymore. What a waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was slow to develop and the characters hard to follow. Would not recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like the writing style. Could not get into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring. The book is 242 pages, but should have ended sooner. The books main character as another commenter mentioned was inept as a lawyer and a wimp. Will not be reading anymore of this authors books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read it to see what would untwist. Ok, but not a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not very good. The characters were awful. The writing was amateurish. Not worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book to follow.the ending did not make any sense. I do not think i will read anymore books from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line though complicated, was well deveolped. This writer can only get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this author has great potential
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like the way it ended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed who done it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a lot fo twists & turns but not a bad read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a very good story and it took a long time to tell it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you come behind someone's shadow how do you prove yourself? His mother was murdered, his father accused of her murder and is in prison, and now his brother the famous defense attorney has been shot and lies in the hospital fighting for his life! Leo now has to take on his brother's clients and find out who shot his brother! Leo has a lot to learn in a short period of time and found nothing comes easy. He makes mistakes along the way but this helps him to become his own man! You can't help but feel sorry for Leo and push him on to succeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read, but unlikable characters and a convoluted story. Too many loose ends left dangling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. It was fast and engrossing. Although I still have yet to figure out how the title relates to the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Quick easy read that keeps you involved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3 times post this 3 times and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were unlikeable. You feel bad for Leo, the protagonist, because everyone keeps leaving him out of the loop, treats him like a fool, and behave beyond rude towards him. Then they act like he has no right to be distrustful of them even though they give him every reason to not trust them. Ugh. I found Leo to be frustrating because he keeps making very bad choices throughout the story and doesn't stand up for himself. The positive thing about the book is that it is fast paced so I give it an extra star for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the whole thing waiting for the big reveal. The explanation was more complicated than the plot and the "unraveled" explanation was weak.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA