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Privileged information
Lewis, Terry, 1951-
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First edition.
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Sarasota, Fla. : Pineapple Press, [2003]

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337 pages ; 24 cm
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Terry Lewis's second courtroom novel features Ted's partner, Paul Morganstein. While defending his late brother's best friend on a murder charge, Paul obtains privileged information (which he is ethically bound not to disclose) leading him to conclude that his client committed another murder thirty years ago. The victim? Paul's brother. Paul takes on the biggest company with the deepest pockets in the Panhandle, defending a client who, incredibly, seems less concerned than his attorney that he's facing murder one. The deeper Paul digs, the more likely it seems his client not only killed the vice president of Pinnacle Paper Company but knows a lot more than he'll say about the death of Paul's brother, David. Investigation into the Pinnacle case is turning up new evidence that reveals more about David's life--and death--than Paul can deny. Does Paul honor the sacred oath of confidentiality and allow his brother's murderer to go free, or does he breach that duty in the interest of a higher morality, a greater justice? Moreover, will his client decide that there is really only one way to be sure that Paul doesn't disclose this "privileged information"?

Author Notes

Florida circuit judge Terry Lewis devotes much of his spare time (when not writing and judging) to law-related education, both for active judges through the Florida Judicial College and for young people through programs like Teen Court and Mock Trial Competition. He is well known throughout the state in judicial circles.

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Booklist Review

It's been some time since Lewis' debut novel, but readers will find the wait has been worth it. Whereas Conflict of Interest (1997) featured Ted Stevens, the hard-luck Tallahassee attorney, this time Ted's partner, the more grounded Paul Morganstein, takes the lead. Though Paul's not battling alcoholism like Ted, he's not having such a great time, either, what with the rent past due and his weight out of control. When he's asked to help defend a long-time family acquaintance of murder, he reluctantly takes the gig. Sure, he can use the work, but defending J. R. Conley stirs up too many memories of his own brother, who was J. R.'s best friend and who died by apparent suicide. Paul never quite accepted that conclusion, and as he begins to investigate the case against J. R., he uncovers details that make him suspect a connection between the two deaths. Lewis draws full-bodied characters, people with strengths and flaws not unlike our own, giving his legal thrillers a satisfying depth. --Mary Frances Wilkens Copyright 2003 Booklist