Persuasive Evidence: A Jordan La Fontaine Legal Thriller

R. Barri Flowers
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It is five years before the millennium and Multnomah County
Deputy District Attorney Jordan La Fontaine is in line to be the next Chief of
the Homicide Division Bureau. But Jordan’s world turns upside down when her teenage
son is accused of a double homicide and her competition for the post, Jerrod
Wresler, is assigned to prosecute the case. She enlists the services of Simon
McNeil, her late husband’s law partner, to defend him.


the same time, Jordan is preparing to try a decorated Portland police detective,
Graham Turner, accused of viciously murdering his ex-wife. Causing Jordan
further grief is Turner’s hardnosed partner, Detective Harry Coleman, who will
stop at nothing to prove his innocence.


Jordan moves back and forth between the two tough cases and deals with issues
in her personal life, she must use all of her resources to clear her son’s name
and convict a cop of murder.


EVIDENCE is the first in an exciting new legal crime series from the
bestselling author of STATE’S EVIDENCE and JUSTICE SERVED.

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About the author

R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of more than sixty books, including thriller fiction, young adult mysteries, true crime, and criminology titles.


Bestselling mystery and thriller fiction, including Seduced to Kill in Kauai, Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, Killer in The Woods, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, State's Evidence, and Justice Served. Other novels by the author include the bestselling romance, Forever Sweethearts, and young adult novels, Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter, Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay, and Danger in Time.


Flowers has also written a number of bestselling true crime books, including The Sex Slave Murders, The Pickaxe Killers, Serial Killer Couples, and Mass Murder in the Sky. He was also editor of the bestselling anthology, Masters of True Crime.


The author has been interviewed on the Biography Channel and Investigation Discovery.


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Assistant District
Attorney Beverly Mendoza appears to have an open and shut case when she
prosecutes Rafael Santiago for the murder of a judge and the sexual assault of
his wife in Eagles Landing, a town in Northern California. Santiago was
recently released from prison and had a grudge against the judge. But her case
against the suspect is put in jeopardy when career criminal Manuel Gonzalez,
arrested for the murder of a young woman, also confesses to killing the judge.


As Beverly and Wilameta
County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Stone Palmer try to sort out fact from
fiction, a case of mistaken identity becomes a real possibility. Or is it more
likely that two violent men with close ties are trying to beat the system?


Further complicating
matters is Beverly’s romantic involvement with criminal lawyer turned judge,
Grant Nunez, in an apparent conflict of interest. She also battles personal
crises, including a father with Alzheimer’s disease.




 “An electrifying and enthralling legal
thriller that will appeal to readers of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg and Barbara
Parker. The courtroom scenes are very realistic and the heroine is someone
readers will empathize with and admire as a role model for minorities and
women.” — Harriet Klausner


“Flowers once again has
written a page-turner legal thriller that begins with a bang and rapidly moves
along to its final page. He has filled the novel with believable characters and
situations.” — Midwest Book Review


“This legal thriller will
have you on the edge of your seats. The courtroom scenes are unforgettable and
very believable.... State’s Evidence is a must have for any fan of suspense
books.” — Shades of Romance Magazine


“A well-written thriller
with an opening scene that would cause anyone to keep turning the pages....
It’s fast-paced, intriguing, satisfying, and I highly recommend it to you.” —
Romance Reader At Heart


“A mixture of murder,
mystery, madness and mayhem. The story was well-written and believable, and at
times erotic. Flowers inflicted the characters with human flaws, among them the
desire for love and revenge.” — RAWSISTAZ Reviewers


“Just when you think you
have figured the plot out, R. Barri Flowers throws another curve.... It was
well worth the time taken to read it.” — Roundtable Reviews


“Has a varied,
multicultural cast of interesting characters, both good and evil.... Plot is
clever and intriguing with unusual twists, with the suspense escalating
rapidly.” — Romance Reviews Today


“An intriguing story of
murder, madness and mayhem, with a slight blend of mystery. Flowers depicts
believable characters in this suspenseful legal thriller.” — Romantic Times

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State, from the author hailed as “the best thriller writer alive” by Ken Follett

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe?
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. It is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout United States history. And now he wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. When the case is assigned to Lacy, she immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

Praise for The Whistler

“[A] main character [who’s] a seriously appealing woman . . . a whistle-blower who secretly calls attention to corruption . . . a strong and frightening sense of place . . . [John Grisham’s] on his game.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“[John Grisham is] our guide to the byways and backwaters of our legal system, superb in particular at ferreting out its vulnerabilities and dramatizing their abuse in gripping style.”—USA Today
“Riveting . . . an elaborate conspiracy.”—The New York Times Book Review

From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and international bestselling
author of legal thrillers, Persuasive
Evidence, State’s Evidence, and Justice Served, comes a gripping new legal
suspense novel
, Fractured Trust: A
Renee Steele Legal Mystery.


It is 1982 and assistant prosecuting attorney
Renee Steele works for the Sex Crimes Unit of the
County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Sparrow’s Crossing, Michigan.


In her latest case, Renee prosecutes wealthy
businessman Kurt Bochner, who is accused of raping a young woman during a date.


Alice Prescott, a cocktail waitress and aspiring
model, claims the former local college star quarterback date raped her.


The case hits close to home for Renee, who was
the victim of date rape thirteen years earlier while in law school. She never
pressed charged against her assailant, but the crime has affected both her
professional and personal life.


She is currently dating corporate attorney,
Lawrence Quinn, but finds herself attracted to
Crossing police detective, Paul Kelly, an investigator
for her current rape case.


Renee is thrown for a loop when Paul’s separate
investigation into an international escort service operation yields unexpected
results that lead to a shocking betrayal.


In the meantime, she is pitted in court against a
formidable opponent, defense attorney Deana Krane, who has never lost a case
and is determined to win an acquittal for her client Kurt Bochner.


In Fractured
Trust, date rape and prostitution are put under the microscope. The results
are anything but certain, and there is a


Don’t miss an original essay by John Grisham in the back of the book.

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began. One of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
Praise for Sycamore Row
“Powerful . . . immensely readable . . . the best of his books.”—The Washington Post
“Welcome back, Jake. . . . [Brigance] is one of the most fully developed and engaging characters in all of Grisham’s novels.”—USA Today
“One of [Grisham’s] finest . . . Sycamore Row is a true literary event.”—The New York Times Book Review
Deadly Defense: A Grace Gaynor Christian Mystery is a powerful psychological suspense and legal thriller by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers. 

Three years ago, Miami defense attorney Grace Gaynor was the victim of a violent sexual assault in which she killed her attacker. She has been undergoing therapy to deal with the trauma. 

When her therapist Doctor Austin Winchester, whom she had begun to develop feelings for, is arrested and charged with the violent murder of her friend Kara Pedrosa, Grace reluctantly takes on his case for her law firm of Kendall, Francois, and Larosa. 

She goes up against brilliant Miami-Dade prosecutor Perry MacAlister, a former colleague whom she still considers a friend. He's as tough as they come and believes he has a slam dunk case against Dr. Winchester, a highly respected psychiatrist. 

In order to prove otherwise, Grace must call upon all of her skills, faith, and gut instincts to win an acquittal in the face of uncertainties and mixed loyalties. 

The intriguing and complex storyline, three-dimensional characters, and shocking conclusion will keep readers engrossed from beginning to end. 

Bonus material includes two mystery short stories by the author. 

In "Target of a Killer," a journalist is targeted for death by a drug kingpin whose operation she had exposed. Staying alive becomes a real challenge when not knowing who to trust, with a ruthless killer taking aim. 

In "PhD in Murder," a doctoral student's independent study reenactment of the well-known and still unsolved murder of Marilyn Sheppard ends with a modern-day murder and a killer on the loose.

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