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Bluebird rising
DeCure, John.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2003]

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371 pages ; 22 cm
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In this mystery, John DeCure once again brings the seemingly disparate worlds of law and surfing together with surprising results. J. Shepherd's life changes when a legal mentor in need of help turns up.

Author Notes

John DeCure was a deputy trial counsel with the State Bar of California from 1993-1998. He lives and surfs in Southern California, where he was born and raised.

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Booklist Review

This is the second entry (following Reef Dance, 2001) in DeCure's series featuring J. Shepard, a lawyer who surfs. If that seems an uneasy mix, rest assured that DeCure is becoming increasingly adept at switching from the courtroom to the beach. Whether he's arguing the finer points of his cases involving disbarring unethical lawyers in his work for the California Bar Association or riding big waves at his hometown beach in Christianitos, J. brings a deeply philosophical approach to the proceedings. Atmosphere and character take precedence over plot in a story centering on J.'s efforts to help former legal titan Dale Beeker, whose professional career took a nosedive after his family life imploded. The two become embroiled in a case involving the bilking of the elderly when it is discovered that Beeker's law license is being used to give the thieves access to seniors' bank accounts. J.'s distinctive narrative voice, which often digresses in interesting fashion to discuss surfing etiquette or Cuban food, is the highlight here, as are the crisply described surfing scenes. --Joanne Wilkinson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

California's surfing lawyer, J. Shepard, who debuted in DeCure's Reef Dance (2001), has a way of letting his altruistic impulses and a penchant for irregular procedures land him in trouble. In this, his second engaging outing, Shepard agrees to be the volunteer monitor for attorney Dale Bleeker, who inspired him to take up the law and is now on the skids after a bad run of personal and professional problems. Juggling his shaky personal relationships with fianc?e Carmen and her Down Syndrome brother, Albert, who have recently moved in with him, already has Shepard scrambling. Trying to add Bleeker and a wealthy but difficult client to the household may be too much. But that's what Shepard does as he tries to protect the client, who's often incoherent, and extract Bleeker from a scheme that threatens to ruin them both. DeCure takes plenty of whacks at the California legal system and its overseers within the profession and in the state legislature, but reserves the most venom for those who abuse the system at the expense of their clients. The skillfully drawn supporting characters, who include Shepard's Rottweiler, Max, help to make Shepard, whose many parts don't always add up to a well-integrated whole, more appealing than he might otherwise be-and a series hero to watch. (Dec. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved