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.
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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But now Charley steps into a case with the opportunity to do some good. The high stakes include a literal matter of life and death. And, as he quickly discovers, they also include the sinister stench of corruption that reaches to the highest levels of jurisprudence-including Charley Sloan's respected mentor. Suddenly, a rock and a hard place never looked so good.
It was a one-way ticket out of his self-imposed isolation and into the courtroom on the right side of justice. It was a favor for his old friend Judge Horace Woolner. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve as special prosecutor in a case against a man sworn to uphold the law, Marshall Goodwin, the chief deputy district attorney accused of having his former wife murdered. It was an opportunity Joseph Antonelli couldn't walk away from.
But Antonelli is walking into more than he bargained for. The Goodwin case renews his appetite for the practice of law, and although Antonelli is determined to remain on the side of justice, there are many shades between right and wrong. And Antonelli may be over his head when Russell Gray, an urbane, worldly, and wealthy man from a prominent Portland family, is found murdered in his living room. Horace Woolner's wife stands accused of the crime. With justice and love on the line, the stakes couldn't be higher. In this stunning look at our legal system and our hearts, D. W. Buffa delivers on the promise of The Defense and takes us into the dark recesses of our courtrooms and our souls, where there are no easy answers.
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?
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
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 Akers
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 Sparrow’s
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.
Trust, date rape and prostitution are put under the microscope. The results
are anything but certain, and there is a stunning
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.