MacIntyre, son of firebrand lawyer Andy MacIntyre, smells something fishy about one of his mother's cases. And it's not just that there are sea lice in the coffee. When Cyril starts investigating the death of a millionaire inventor, he gives a whole new meaning to the term "legal aid." Long on smarts and short on, well, just plain short, Cyril tangles with deranged criminals, indulges in a little bit of B&E and confronts the scariest person in the world -- his mother.
|Publisher:||Orca Book Publishers|
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|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children.
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The guy had his hands around my neck and was slamming my head against the floor. I guess he couldn't decide whether he wanted to strangle me or bash my brains in. Either that, or he'd just got tired of killing people the usual way.
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Res Judicata based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book is thoroughly entertaining. Cyril McIntyre is roped in to helping his crusading lawyer mom by finding clues to win her case. Cyril's commentary on life is absolutely hilarious as he goes from one improbable and dangerous situation to another.
Cyril MacIntyre is furious at his mother, Andy. That's not unusual. She is always doing things that infuriate Cyril. She is careless, competitive, cheap, she's a constant worrywart, and she is forever involving Cyril in her crazy legal cases. Andy is an overzealous attorney who gets wrapped up with some of the most bizarre cases and weird clients, and somehow Cyril ends up helping her fight her courtroom battles.
Andy's most recent case has her defending a local college custodian. Newspaper stories first heralded Chuck Dunkirk as a hero, but his attempt to save the life of a famous scientist was quickly turned into an accusation of murder. It seems that Chuck was present when a small laboratory fire ignited, and when he came to the scientist's rescue by throwing a substance known as Power Powder in an attempt to put out the blaze, the opposite happened, resulting in an explosion that killed the poor man. Now the scientist's widow is pressing murder charges. Cyril's mother has taken the case.
Having helped with so many previous cases has given Cyril a certain knack for recognizing when things don't look quite right. That, combined with the fact that he has decided to use this case as the subject for a school project, cause Cyril to examine the details of the case even closer, and he soon begins to question the true identity of Chuck Dunkirk.
There are certain facts that don't quite add up.
RES JUDICATA, which in legal terminology means "the thing has been decided," is filled with quirky characters and great detective work. Cyril's off-beat life provides a colorful backdrop for the action, and readers will be kept on their toes right up until the end.
Cyril's adventures can also be enjoyed in another novel by Vicki Grant called QUID PRO QUO.