Designer Crimes

Designer Crimes

by Lia Matera

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San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma's new a solo practice is collapsing around her, thanks to her detested former boss. He's been slandering her to potential clients and scaring off those she already has. On the brink of ruin, she decides to sue him. But when she consults a labor lawyer, a masked man with a gun bursts into the meeting. A lucky accident keeps Laura from catching a bullet, but the other lawyer is not so lucky. As she lays dying, she whispers to Laura, "Designer crimes."

With the help of her private investigator and former lover, Laura learns that the labor firm's other partner may be sabotaging her clients' employers. Each crime seems specifically designed to ruin a bad employer in a way that highlights the employee-client's grievance. Did this secret sideline business lead to the gunman's attack? Or was the bullet meant for Laura?

This question makes Laura take a hard look at her one remaining case. An old friend in her home town is accused of murdering his girlfriend, who packed up and disappeared... except for a bucket filled with her blood. Unfortunately for Laura's client, the bucket is from his fishing boat. Laura's defense forces her to impugn the district attorney, a strategy that erupts into a public feud.

When Laura is almost killed again, it becomes a matter of life or death to discover whose enemies are out to get her--her own, her client's, or the dead labor lawyer's.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158192265
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Laura Di Palma Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 181 KB

About the Author

Lia Matera is the author of twelve novels, ten short stories, and a novella. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her novels were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Three were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. She has also published two anthologies. Her story "Dead Drunk," originally printed in Scott Turow's Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her latest work, Champawat, a novella about Democrats and Anarchists in 1919, placed third in the vote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's 2012 Readers Award.

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