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Women before the bench
Wheat, Carolyn.
First edition.
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2001.
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ix, 287 pages ; 22 cm
Civil wars. Juggernaut / Built upon the sand / Restitution / Strange bedfellows / Mortmain / Criminal docket : the prosecutors. "You win some--" / Blind / Criminal docket : the defenders. Triumph of Eve / Decoys / A well-respected man / Victim by consent / Only good judge / View from the bench. Mixed blessings
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PS648.L3 W65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sharp, shrewd, and skillfully presented, this ingenious anthology of legal drama and suspense features all-new stories by some of the top writers in the field-and a special introduction from renowned attorney Linda Fairstein. Each story captures the twists and turns, the emotions and the intellect behind every legal battle, from the beginning of a lawyer's investigation to the tense moments before a jury's verdict. Whether working on a small-scale civil case, or a high-stakes criminal trial, the women in this compelling collection are dedicated to the law-and will do whatever it takes to see that justice is served…Was it a tragic accident-or cold-blooded murder? New York Times bestselling author Perri O'Shaughnessy introduces a lawyer who's questioning a dead man's family and friends to find out the truth about the car crash that killed him.Defense attorney Mairead O'Clare wonders if divorce may have been a motive for murder in Jeremiah Healy's provocative tale of sex, greed, and sin.Vicky Holden defends a Native American ranch hand who stands accused of murdering his wealthy, powerful boss in a story by national bestselling author Margaret Coel.In Margaret Maron's story, a man travels through the Bible Belt with a glowing red cross strapped to his back. Everyone knows he's a little strange. But now that he's been caught with stolen credit cards, a district court judge has to decide if he's guilty.Edited by award-winning mystery writer Carolyn Wheat, this fascinating collection offers hard evidence of mystery fiction's best legal minds at work.

Author Notes

Carolyn Wheat , a former defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, is the author of four previous Cass Jameson novels, including Where Nobody Dies , the Edgar Award-nominated Dead Man's Thoughts , Fresh Kills and the Edgar Award-nominated Mean Streak . Her short story, "Life, for Short" published in the collection Sisters in Crime 4 , was nominated for a Macavity Award, and her short story, "Accidents Will Happen" published in the collection Malice Domestic 5 was nominated for an Agatha Award.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Womanhood is modeled for gentler and better things... than the profession of law," wrote Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Edward Ryan in 1875 so begins a collection of 13 short fictional narratives disproving him. New York Times bestselling authors such as Perri O'Shaughnessy, Margaret Maron and Margaret Coel each contribute. The stories feature female protagonists in various positions within the legal system and all are carefully crafted and plotted. In O'Shaughnessy's "Juggernaut," creepy Neal Meurer has hidden his gambling addiction from his trophy wife, Juliette, for years. A minor auto accident nets him enough money to live for the next several months, so he arranges another "accident" with the help of Juliette's brother, an insurance agent but things don't turn out as planned, especially when tenacious lawyer Nina Reilly gets involved. Readers will find familiar characters, such as bar investigator Nan Robinson, revived by Taffy Cannon in the simple yet likable "Restitution"; fans of Carroll Lachnit can accompany law student Hannah Barlow in "Blind" as she investigates the details of a drive-by shooting that kills one teenager and leaves the only witness blinded. Jonnie Jacobs contributes "Built Upon the Sand," in which a scheming, spoiled daughter attempts to gain control of her recently deceased father's estate by declaring her stepmother insane. Claire Youmans also thrills with "Mortmain" (literally, "dead hand"), in which the death of an Italian matriarch leaves two grown children finagling themselves into the good graces of the estate executor. Short enough to appeal to a reader on a timetable, but lacking the plot depth of full-length mysteries, these stories are perfect commuter-flight fare. (Mar. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved