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Shorn of their trees – an environmental disaster

Gray Mountain Book Cover Gray Mountain
John Grisham
crime, thriller, mytsery, legal
Hodder Paperbacks; 01 edition (2 July 2015)

Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia.

Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast.

Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line . .

A very apposite read as Trump trumpets about jobs for Coal – Make Coal Great Again! Which is the last thing of course that environmentalists want to happen, especially if retrieving that said coal means strip mining off forests and taking the top of mountains!

Coal is one of the worst air pollutants (see London Smog) and burning it and mining it is a sure way to ill-health and eventually death for the miner – my husband’s grandfather was a coal-miner.

The lack of legislation still, in the US, about health insurance, working conditions and environmental responsibilities makes me very glad I don’t live there. And this novel is a telling tale that reminds us why not to go and live in the Appalachians.

So not a fun read, but a worthy read and one that reminds us that the technological revolution has brought misery to many as well as life improvements to others, and that we humans are raping our planet’s riches and destroying our life giving eco-systems.

Rant over.

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Quickly to an answer?

Snap Judgment Book Cover Snap Judgment
Samantha Brinkman #3
Marcia Clark
Crime Fiction, Legal
Thomas & Mercer
August 29, 2017
460

In the third installment of Marcia Clark's bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman's investigation into a family's deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past. When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman's spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he's as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman. It's Sam's obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she's prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it's always worked...so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

Sam has a problem client – or two. Two brothers in fact – nasty pieces of work, want her to find out why and who ensured that their brother, also her client, got put in the wrong jail section. and thus got killed by the presiding gang – their gang’s enemies. And they were getting nastier at each meeting.

In the meantime, Sam is trying to earn a living. And helping a family who were being systematically abused by the step-father. As was typical. Too much work and not enough time or resources or money.

This is an excellent series written by a lawyer so you know the legalities are pretty much accurate (for US law).

A must read series for fans of John Grisham in my opinion.

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Defending family morals

Moral Defense Book Cover Moral Defense
Samantha Brinkman #2
Marcia Clark
Crime Fiction, Legal
Thomas & Mercer
November 8, 2016

For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it's not about guilt or innocence--it's about making sure her clients walk. In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left her father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It's a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar--and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something? As Sam digs in to find the answers, she's surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she'd have to make.

I found this book to be even better than ‘Blood Defense’. It seems to me that the author, Marcia Clark, is really developing a great style for this series with interesting storylines.

Just as you think you understand the plot, Marcia throws in a curveball, a twist, that throws you, so that you no longer know what is the truth and what is a lie.

Reading the author’s bio it is clear where her storylines come from. You understand why you empathise with Sam and how believable the storylines are.

After all the author was the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson’s case which demonstrates her knowledge of the subject matter. Even though the trial cost her dearly personally and made her legal career very difficult – only now is she working – like Sam as- as a court appointed defence lawyer – when not writing of course!

 

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