As the year winds down and Christmas preparations hit high gear I’m just going to knock out short thoughts about these three books I’ve finished recently.
Rogue Lawyer. Finished 11-2-17, rating 3/5, fiction, pub. 2015
Unabridged audio read by Mark Deakins. 11 1/2 hours.
Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior. from Goodreads
Jason and I listened to this on a road trip and it was okay. Sebastian was a fun character and the cases he found or that found him were fun, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into each of them. I didn’t realize at the beginning that it was more a series of short, sometimes connected short stories, and that took away some of the enjoyment for me. Jason liked it better than I did.
Friction. Finished 12-6-17, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 2015
Unabridged audio read by Stephen Lang.
A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them? from Goodreads
I haven’t read Sandra Brown in years and I really enjoyed this thriller. I could have done without the (few) sex scenes, but I really liked Crawford, a Texas Ranger, and Holly Spencer, the judge deciding his child custody case. There were layers to the mystery and the narration by Lang was excellent.
E is Evidence. Finished 12-13-17, rating 3/5, mystery, 200 pages, pub. 1998
Being a twice-divorced, happily independent loner has worked like a charm for P.I. Kinsey Millhone—until holiday weekends like this one roll around. What she needs is a little diversion to ward off the blues. She gets her much-needed distraction with a case that places her career on the line. And if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, her ex-husband, who walked out on her eight years ago, pops back on the radar…
It all begins with a $5,000 deposit made into Kinsey’s bank account. Problem is she’s not the one who deposited the money. But when she’s accused of being on the take in an industrial arson case, Kinsey realizes someone is framing her… from Goodreads
I like Kinsey. She’s fiercely independent, successful, but also a bit lonely. Some of her personal relationships were missing in this one. but we did get to meet one of her ex-husbands so that was fun. I thought this one dragged a but did pick up the pace with a letter bomb. These mysteries are always quick which is another reason I like this series.