A Body in the Yard

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Frank May's law practice is mostly estate planning. Nothing is further from his mind than murder ... but mysterious deaths somehow seem to pursue him. This time, it's the body of a woman, murdered and hidden on the grounds of the home in Los Altos Hills, California, owned by a new, young client, Freddy Lucas. Freddy was adopted by a couple who disappeared in the Amazon jungle; he was raised by his immensely rich great-aunt, Clara Fisk, who left him most of her money — but who also left a sizable gift to Freddy's mother, if she turned out to be alive. 

Many women come out of the woodwork to claim this fortune. One of them, with the most plausible story, becomes the murder victim. Who on earth could have killed her, and why? And what role, if any, was played by Aunt Clara's sensational diary, which seemed to describe yet another murder? Almost in spite of himself, Frank seeks to find the solution to this tangled affair. 

Part of the series The Frank May Chronicles, by Stanford law professor Lawrence M. Friedman and published by Quid Pro Books.

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A professor of law at Stanford University, Lawrence Friedman has written more than 35 acclaimed books of nonfiction on law, crime, and history. He has published 10 previous works of fiction as well.
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Jan 22, 2018
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
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Lawrence Friedman
Frank May is back and more hesitant than ever to get involved. But a mystery finds him anyway, too bizarre for him to ignore. Many people believe in life after death, but how many believe in murder after death? Or at least the revelation of a murder from a dead mother? 

Frank’s rich client Morris Gross firmly believes he had an out-of-body experience and went to heaven, where he met his dead mother. She makes the startling statement that somebody killed her—that she didn’t die a natural death as everyone assumed.

Morris freely shares his story with a polite but skeptical Frank May. If that isn’t strange enough, Morris soon joins his mother—thanks to the bullet from a murderer's pistol. Now Frank has to deal with the estate of a murder victim, who may have been killed by someone who also dispatched his late mother. He also has to deal with the sometimes greedy, and always eccentric, heirs to Morris's fortune. Led by the free-living nephew Sebastian, the family confounds Frank and tests his patience, all while he strives to uncover the truth about the mother's death . . . so he can solve the mystery of her son’s murder. It may be just one loose thread too many for the lawyer-turned-reluctant-detective to spin together into a fabric that makes sense.

Law professor Lawrence Friedman's latest novel is in the series The Frank May Chronicles, from Quid Pro Books. Previous mysteries in the series include The Book Club Murder, Death of a One-Sided Man, Who Killed Maggie Swift?, An Unnatural Death, and Death of a Wannabe.

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