William Bernhardt, author of seven bestselling novels featuring attorney Ben Kincaid, asked ten of his fellow lawyer/authors to contribute their most fiendishly clever short pieces for this anthology, and told them their imaginations were their only guides. The result is Legal Briefs, a smorgasbord of stories boasting a wonderful variety of themes and styles. From John Grisham's exploration of a doctor's guilt in "The Birthday" to Richard North Patterson's story of a lawyer's loyalty to his mentor in "The Client," to Grif Stockley's tale of a divorce lawyer who learns the hard way that things are not always what they seem, these pieces showcase the extraordinary depth and breadth of talent among the new breed of legal thriller writers.
Some of these stories feature twisting and inventive plots; some illuminate the moral dilemmas and psychological complexities faced by the modern-day lawyer; some are good, old-fashioned yarns. But for all their diversity of approaches and characters, these writers understand that the courtrooms and law firms from which they came offer the raw material for the most dramatic, suspenseful stories you can read.
Legal Briefs will be a delight for fans of all these bestselling authors, and a splendid introduction to their talents for readers new to the genre.
Author proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Children's Defense Fund.
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Bernhardt's collection of short stories by the most popular writers of legal thrillers benefits from its translation into audio. The readers have been chosen carefully, and, for the most part, enrich the stories selected for the recorded edition. Philip Friedman's "Roads" is especially enhanced by Cotter Smith's reading and brings to life the desolation and desperation of driving along the isolated interstates wired on caffeine and too little food. George Grizzard similarly animates Phillip Margolin's "Jailhouse Lawyer" and matches the tones of both the chatty radio talk show host and the flashy defense attorney he convinces to tell the story of his best opponent.
One of the appealing characteristics of the audio edition is that the stories speak for themselves: their literary merits (or lack thereof) are unclouded by Bernhardt's introductions or the authors' explanations of inspiration. The primary disappointment is that there was not room on the tape for the entire collection. Lisa Scottoline's "Carrying Concealed" is wittier and less topical than Steve Martini's "Poetic Justice" and might have made the jump to tape more effectively. Still, Legal Briefs is an amusing enough collection and one that provides easy and useful introductions to the author/attorneys included. (Running time: 4.5 hours, four cassettes) --K.A. CrouchFrom the Publisher:
From an all-star team of legal thriller writers, eleven stories of top-flight suspense:
"What We're Here For" by William Bernhardt
"Stairwell Justice" by Jay Brandon
"Roads" by Philip Friedman
"The Birthday" by John Grisham
"Voir Dire" by Jeremiah Healy
"Cook County Redemption" by Michael A. Kahn
"The Jailhouse Lawyer" by Phillip Margolin
"Poetic Justice" by Steve Martini
"The Client" by Richard North Patterson
"Carrying Concealed" by Lisa Scottoline
"The Divorce" by Grif Stockley
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