Conscious Bias

Conscious Bias

by Alexi Venice

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A legal thriller that explores visceral bias, cultural alliances, and the power of love in Apple Grove, Wisconsin.

The crime-
A month ago, in a drunken stupor, Trevor McKnight--son of the prominent McKnight family--punched Abdul Seif in the face at a college bar and left him unconscious on the sidewalk. Even though Abdul was rushed to the hospital, he died a few days later. Now, Trevor is on trial for the felony murder of Abdul, a Saudi foreign exchange student.

The client-
Monica Spade is a rising star among lawyers in her small city of Apple Grove. When the president of the hospital asks Monica to prepare high-profile physicians to testify at Trevor's trial, she eagerly agrees, thinking their heroic attempts to save Abdul's life will be straightforward testimony.

The defense-
Trevor's slick defense lawyer deploys a number of deceptive tools to obscure the facts and shift the focus of the prosecution, including taking aim at Monica's physician clients.

The bias-
Monica is shocked to find herself in the middle of a ferocious courtroom battle that uncoils demons of bias against a Muslim with dark skin who isn't from Apple Grove. Faced with death threats and her career in jeopardy, Monica is forced to make a choice--help the hospital and DA, or succumb to the pressure of her law firm and the powerful McKnight family.

The romance-
While in the public eye, Monica develops romantic feelings for Shelby St. Claire, a sexy art teacher who dazzles Monica with pantherine grace at CrossFit class. Struggling with her fear of being outed at her sexist, all-male law firm, Monica must decide whether to risk her career for love and justice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161269145
Publication date: 05/24/2019
Series: A Monica Spade Novel , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 53,932
File size: 868 KB

About the Author

Alexi Venice delights in offering readers the chance to escape the absurdities of our harsh, contemporary reality for the sanity of fiction. Her popular San Francisco Mystery Series is a crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.

Venice's 30-year legal career informs her medical and crime fiction. She also personally researches her adventure scenes, including flying a jet, shooting assault rifles, wake boarding in the Caribbean, testing her strength at CrossFit, doing yoga, and getting the crap beat out of her boxing.

Venice, who used to live near San Francisco, is married and now spends most of her time in Wisconsin.

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Reader1983 5 months ago
I stumbled upon this book and honestly jumped on it before really reading the synopsis of it. I actually glad I did. Now, I usually read romance novels where everything is pretty predictable, a happily ever after better be in store for the mains, and there is the usual drama/angst and so on and so forth. I don't usually read books where the romance is second and the legal/political issues are first. In essence this is what this book is...not really a romance but a high profile murder for a small town in Wisconsin. The topic may get some people turned off to the book but try not to. Though the case is between a white elitist and a Saudi Arabian student, a political topic that may have many up in arms, it doesn't take that hard road, if that makes sense. That being said, I rather enjoyed my first reading of an Alexi Vence novel and am very tempted to read her previous ones. This one is about young lawyer Monica (28) who is is vying for a partner position at her good ol' boys club firm, which means she has not one but two strikes against her in that quest (she's a woman and she's gay). What I really liked about the novel was that though the main case was a serious one, there was lots of subtle comic relieves that made me smile and laugh a little bit. The monkey was really fun and the messed up idioms throughout made me laugh "from the gecko" (hahaha). There was a lot in the book that was not fully addressed, little threads that were not fully explored or finished. I wonder if there will be more novels about Monica. I would really like more about her relationship with Shelby and the law firm. It seems the relationship moved really fast but didnt really go anywhere...kinda like running in place and then was all of a sudden at the finish line. Anyway, I enjoyed the book. If more come out and this becomes a series, I will more than happily read them.