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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Tenth Case

by Joseph Teller

The number one advise I hear for writers is to write about what you know. That's what Teller has successfully done. He was a criminal lawyer for 35 years before retiring and writing his first novel featuring defense lawyer Harrison J. Walker, better-known as Jaywalker.

The Tenth Case is a top-notch debut with the second in the Jaywalker series planned for release in 2009. That is very good news to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this court drama, meeting the intense Jaywalker, learning so much more about court 'footwork' than I already knew, and wondering clear to the end of the book who the guilty party was.

There were two main characters: Jaywalker and the case, more than the woman, he was defending. I found Jaywalker to be very likable. He is excellent at his job, preparing and working out every wrinkle that may present itself in court. He is obsessive in his desire to win each case, but he's also willing to put in the time to do so.

As the book begins Jaywalker has just been suspended for using "creative" tactics and receiving "gratitude" in the courtroom stairwell from a client charged with prostitution. He convinces the judge to let him complete ten of his cases. It's his last case that truly tests his abilities - and his acquittal record.

The tenth case is defending a young , petite and sexy woman accused of stabbing her 61-yr-old, billionaire husband. The major part of the book deals with Jaywalker's methods in solving this case with it's overwhelming evidence against the defendant. We learn much about Jaywalker as he deals with the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and the defending of such a case.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, court drama, and good writing. This is an author you are going to be hearing good things about. I think he'll be in the bestseller category real soon.

9 comments:

Joy said...

This is the second raving review I've read of this and it sounds like my type of book. Woo - I'm getting excited to get it. Thanks, Booklogged!

Booklogged said...

Joy, my bet would be that you would really enjoy it.

Literary Feline said...

I enjoyed this one too. I really liked Jaywalker. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Great review!

elizabethwillse said...

I posted a review of this one too. I did an author interview by e-mail.

jenclair said...

I love courtroom drama! Thanks for a great review -- I'm adding this one to my list.

Carrie K said...

This does look good. A series too.

Framed said...

This sounds like a great mystery. One I will have to read.

Sunny said...

'just passin'
Enjoyed your blog.....
During my struggle with sickness
I was helped by writing.....
I hope you may read some of my short stories & prose......
Their are also more pics about me on my other blog:
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If you wish to leave comment would be most welcome on this blog @ blogspot... also e/mail HERE no longer relevant...
Blessings.....
Sunny(Freye)

Marg said...

Hi Booklogged. I just wanted to stop by and see if everything is okay with you as you missed your day on the Advent Tour. Hope there is nothing wrong.

Marg