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UNDER FIRE by Margaret McLean

A Boston firefighter is shot and killed in the line of duty while rescuing Amina Diallo and her fifteen-year-old son, Malick, from their burning store. Diallo, a Senegalese Muslim immigrant, is arrested for arson and murder, and will likely be convicted in record time.

Attorneys Sarah Lynch and Buddy Clancy face more than racial and religious prejudice in this impossible courtroom battle. Diallo is targeted by a gunman in open court, a key defense witness is attacked, and documents are stolen. Someone is trying to stop Sarah and Clancy from winning the case. They must find out who and why. A dangerous pursuit of the truth becomes Amina's only chance in Margaret McLean's Under Fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765393739
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

MARGARET MCLEAN was born and raised in Rome, New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and earned her law degree from Boston College Law School. She practiced law as a criminal prosecutor. McLean currently teaches law at Boston College's Carroll School of Management. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts, with her three children. Under Fire is her first novel.

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Under Fire 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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One horrible night in Boston, there is a fire that demolishes a store run by a Muslim immigrant, Amina Dialo and her 15-year-old son Malick. She and her son are rescued from the burning building by the Boston Fire Department. Sadly, the fireman who got to her first was shot and killed and Amina is charged with arson and murder. Considering Boston's extremely uneasy feelings about Muslims, the feelings about this crime supposedly by a Muslim against a city hero will eventually come to the surface and this woman will certainly be convicted. Sarah Lynch, a former prosecutor and her uncle Buddy Clancy, a criminal lawyer are hired to defend Amina. They are facing a barrage of troubles from the community of Boston, the Fire Department, the State Police and their own legal system to convict this woman who, the people think, deliberately set the fire in order to collect the insurance. This turns out to be an ugly fight as the two lawyers face a huge amount of racial and religious prejudices that are brought up again and again throughout the trial. However, Sarah and Buddy succeed in turning things around on the prosecution and begin to get through to the jury that the proof against Amina is full of holes. When the defense begins to convince some of the jury members of certain facts, Amina is attacked in open court and documents that might possibly see her in a new light are stolen. As the defense lawyers work against all odds, they discover a mass of political corruption implicating the Governor and a wealth of information concerning a casino project that will erase many working-class neighborhoods in the area. Sarah and Buddy go after these people and the result may be that this will be Amina's only chance of an acquittal. The author has written this very informative book based on actual cases that she prosecuted in Boston. There are parts of the novel that deal directly with the jury panel and their thoughts. Excellent research by Ms. McLean and the fact that she is a great story teller and certainly able to walk in the footsteps of Grisham and Turow. This is an exciting new legal thriller that will keep you on your toes for a great day of reading. Quill Says: An extremely readable book written by a former prosecutor in the legal system. A busy book that will keep the pages turning until the very last page. Readers will be reluctant to put this one down.
CBH More than 1 year ago
The author makes you actually feel as though you are in the story whether it is as a cop, a fireman, a defense or prosecuting attorney, a person on trial, the witnesses of the alleged crime, or just in the presence of all of the afore mentioned. "Under Fire" is written so you can't get lost, as some stories seem to do intentionally! You will find you are placing yourself in the capacity of a small storeowner as you discover your store is on fire and you think your son is trapped upstairs in his bedroom. What to do? The you hear amidst the smoke some crashing of something followed by lights from what turned out to be a fireman's belt flashlight as two of them attempt to get you out while searching the rest of the building for any others that might be trapped. Are you in this story yet? You will be if not! You figure more firemen arrive when you hear some sirens. You make it out of the building, as does your son who does have injuries from the smoke and fire. You watch feeling helpless as your own store burns. Then, as fast as your concern was on your store and your son, you are arrested for burning down your own store. It's a nightmare you want to be awakened from never to return. But a fireman has been shot during the attempt to fight the fire and he was killed. Sarah Lynch had formerly been a prosecutor. Her uncle, Buddy Clancy, was a defense attorney that used many different types of moods and words in his defense. When Buddy was asked to defend Amina Diallo, the owner of the ruined store, he contacted Sarah and talked her into helping in the defense despite the fact that Sarah had been a prosecutor. Amina's son, Malick, had been injured in the fire but he also was one of the suspects because of his proximity during the fire. Sarah had mixed emotions since some time ago she had lost one of her best friends who was a fireman in a fire. Now she was to defend a woman charged with killing another fireman. Sarah also knew other firemen and policemen very well, which also made her job more difficult. Many things came into play between a mortgage company and its owners/managers and the killing. Could they have been a part of a plan to kill Amina because of a dispute between the shady dealings with the mortgage company? The trial went on with a real good mixture of characters in the jury box that were from all sorts of different classes, political thinking, various outlooks on life as well as thoughts of each other. Sarah's friendliness with some of the firemen and members of law enforcement usually helped her get information that she otherwise wouldn't receive. She knew her law and knew how to draw information form many sources. You should have a great idea by now how tremendous this book is. The author has researched far and wide to become knowledgeable regarding the many facets of this book. "Under Fire" is a fantastic story written extremely well. Add to all the above the fact that Sarah loved skating and had been a hockey player that had played in the Olympics. I hope Margaret McLean continues to write because she has certainly made a big fan from me.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Boston firefighters Jack and Andy charge through the black smoke as flames engulf the Senegalese market. They manage to get the owner, Amina and her fifteen years old son Diallo out of the inferno. However, someone shoots Jack. The Boston Police Department arrest Amina as an arson-murderer. The detectives claim her motive was to collect insurance money since she was unable to make her mortgages. She shot and killed the first responder Jack to cover her torching of her store. Defense attorney Buddy Clancy convinces his niece, Sarah Lynch, who quit as a prosecutor after the fatal shooting of her lover, to defend Amina. Sarah has not been inside a courtroom in the four years since she left the prosecutor's office. The media and the politicians including the governor hang Amina, which leads to mobs wanting to lynch her. However, as the uncle and niece team begin to find counter evidence, someone needs to insure a conviction even if that means assaulting witnesses for the defense. This is an exiting legal thriller in which racism plays a significant role in the story line; in fact the jury is purposely hyperbole so that from the left and right are accentuated; perhaps too much. Although implausible incidents occur too frequently detracting from the tale, readers will enjoy Under Fire as justice is not blind or black and white, it is gray as agendas, prejudices and baggage play key roles. Harriet Klausner