Richard Dooling Brain Storm

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Brain Storm

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9780099274834: Brain Storm

Joe Watson has been to court exactly once - to be sworn in as a lawyer. He's a Webhead, a research geek who sits in front of a screen all day in the plush officers of his smart firm, looking for copyright violations in video games. But there's been a murder, a 'hate crime' and the fearsome Judge Stang has assigned the case to Watson. Hie wife and the senior partners are as eager as he is to have the case transferred to another lawyer - but Judge Stang's decsions are never revoked and Watson finds himself hurled into a maelstrom of Bigotry, murder and seduction. In a legal nightmre defending a violent client whose guilt seems certain, Watson's only allies are a diminutive, foulmouthed punk defence lawyer, and a brilliant, deliviously sexy neuroscientist whose interest in the case drifts unsettlingly between the pseronal and professional. And when his wife and kids leave, his firm disowns him and his client's gung-ho militia 'friends' start to creep out of the woods, Watson feels he's having a very bad time...

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It's 2002, and Joe Watson, who came straight out of Harvard Law to a job doing online research at one of St. Louis's top law firms, has never spent a day in court. Now he's been appointed to defend a sleazeball accused of killing a deaf African American, which violates not one but two tough new Federal hate-crime statutes. At their first prison meeting, this Client from Hell not only demands an extra blanket and two-ply toilet paper, but also that Watson get him permission to have a racist tattoo removed before it gets him killed. "There are a lot of Afro-Americans of color in here," he tells Watson. "I don't mean anything by that. Some of my best friends are friends of people who have talked to friends of Afro-Americans. You maybe saw on the news where a lot of men of colored end up in here because they are discriminated against or whatever..." Richard Dooling's combination legal/medical thriller and deadly satire of political correctness is a pure delight, as Watson has to juggle everything from a sexy scientist doing brain research who seems bent on destroying his marriage to a growing conviction that maybe the murder victim died just because he was a bad guy. Other examples of Dooling's artfully hilarious fiction available in paperback are Critical Care and White Man's Grave. --Dick Adler

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"Brilliant...A superior tale, a thinking man's John Grisham thriller." --Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

"Hilarious...subtle, entertaining...a serious novel of ideas." --George F. Will, The Washington Post

"Exuberant...deeply pleasurable....Here is a whodunit that achieves a comic fugue-state mastery of the language of our sexually charged, violent, technocratic society." --Colin Harrison, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] beautifully crafted legal thriller...Brain Storm establishes Dooling as one of the more skilled craftsmen working in this genre." --Keith Schneider, Detroit Free Press

"Fast-paced and engaging...If you've tired of Grisham and Turow, try this instead." -- Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times

"Richard Dooling has done it again. With Brain Storm he has written a wacky, offbeat, zany, and wildly funny novel...Dooling writes superbly." --Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Dazzling...[Dooling's] satirical wit rules every page." --Holly Hildebrand, Houston Chronicle

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