DEFENSE LAWYER BOBBY EARL RETURNS TO FACE HIS TOUGHEST CASE YET
When Bobby Earl meets the beautiful but vulnerable Kate Carlson, a prominent LA lawyer who awaits trial in a small town jail for a murder during a prison break, he thinks he knows what’s at stake: negotiate a decent plea deal for a guilty client, pocket his fee and move on. But Kate insists she’s been set-up. To find the truth, Bobby must risk his own life, career and everything he loves by dredging up the secrets of the billion-dollar prison industry and the powerful California prison guards union, in a desperate battle against a powerful and expanding conspiracy.
For decades, Ed Rucker was one of our most prominent criminal defense lawyers. His Bobby Earl novels have been praised for their authenticity, as well as gripping suspense. During his career, he represented numerous high profile clients, including John Orr, the greatest serial arsonist in American history, a trial memorialized in Fire Lover, by Joseph Wambaugh; Laurianne Sconce, the matriarch of the Lamb Funeral Home, whose trial that was the subject of the book Ashes, by James Joseph; Eddie Nash, a prominent nightclub owner, who was portrayed in the film, Boogie Nights; and William Harris, a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, who kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is the second in the series but even if you didn't read the first one you are able to jump in and enjoy the story like I did. The exploration of the private prison system and how they work are the subject of this book and the twists and turns along the way help to shine the light on the issues. The characters are well developed and bring the story to life with their personalities and dialog..
When Kathkeen Collins, a respected California lawyer, is charged with smuggling a gun to a prisoner that is used to murder a guard in cold blood, she hires Bobby Earl, Rucker' s Fla anchorage series hero, to defend her. Convinced she's being framed because of her advocacy on behalf of an initiative to bar private prisons from lucrative contracts with the state, a possibility that would dramatically deplete the coffers and members of the prison guards union. There are few twists and turns in the somewhat creaky plot - this is a serviceable mystery but not one of the author's bests.