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False witness
Kelly, Lelia.
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New York : Kensington Books, [2000]

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312 pages ; 24 cm
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"A novel of legal suspense"--Cover.

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Lawyer Laura Chastain decides to prove her talents as Atlanta's new District Attorney, a career that leads her into the heart of a case involving the murder of Christie Stanley, a victim of an apparent burglary gone wrong, but Laura soon begins to suspect that the real culprit is Christie's husband,

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Booklist Review

Kelly's name isn't as well known as Grisham or Turow, but she can hold her own with any of the heavy hitters in the legal thriller world. Laura Chastain returns from Presumption of Guilt [BKL F 1 98], now an assistant district attorney for Fulton County in Atlanta. Struggling to deal with the recent tragedy in which her lover, Tom, was killed, Laura throws herself into her first major case. The husband of a murdered woman appears to have an airtight alibi, but the more Laura digs, the more leaks she finds in the husband's story. Kelly is to be commended for keeping the suspense level high yet providing outstanding character development: we see enough of Laura off the job to care about her, but the personal details never slow the story. Likewise, the many plot twists are surprising yet plausible. Kelly is a name legal-thriller fans need to know. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

An elaborate scam based on a conspiracy between two men with the same name lies at the heart of this placid mystery featuring novice assistant DA Laura Chastain (Presumption of Guilt). Wealthy Christine Stanley has been murdered in her upscale Atlanta residence, leaving behind two shocked and bewildered children. Suspicion falls upon her husband, financial manager James T. Stanley, even though his alibi seems airtight (he was out of town on business). James has been living beyond his means, skimming his children's trust funds and defrauding his clients. Two weeks before her death, moreover, Christine had seen a divorce lawyer. But Laura and her demanding if supportive boss find that the road to convicting James is fraught with pitfalls. For one, James's lawyer is extraordinarily shrewd. For another, Laura's chief witness--the other Jim Stanley, who says he stood in for James during the suspect's out-of-town trip--appears to be a consummate liar. Who is deceiving whom? Laura is alternately energized and baffled by the myriad complexities engendered by the two Jim Stanleys. Kelly presents an interesting puzzle, and she buoys her narrative by giving Laura a sweet, low-key romance, despite her ongoing recovery from the trauma of seeing her lover and mentor murdered four months earlier. Nonetheless, the novel's slow pace and convoluted plotting will tax most readers' patience. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved