Sunday, October 4, 2009

Depraved Indifference-Joseph Teller

Depraved Indifference
Joseph Teller
Mira, Nov 2009, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778326915

Six months remain left on his three year suspension handed down by the Judicial Panel to criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker for allegedly accepting a bribe from a client (see The Tenth Case). Jaywalker struggles with the countdown until he can officially practice law his style once again.

Amanda Drake, the estranged wife of the Audi Assassin Carter asks for his help. Carter is doing time for vehicular homicide when is reckless driving caused a van with eight children to crash; killing all the occupants. Jaywalker explains his situation, but when she seems still interested in his help, he accepts the case. As he begins to review the available information, someone else is involved who wants the barred lawyer to take a hike.

The third Jaywalker legal thriller (see Bronx Justice) is once again a great tense tale as the hero walks a thin line with an incredible twist that takes the audience back to The Tenth Case. Throughout the defense attorney does what he does sarcastically and in contempt best, but with some ego reduction in a nod to Agatha Christie. Fans will relish his latest while newcomers should read The Tenth Case first for an enhanced understanding although that is not necessary as DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE stands alone.

Harriet Klausner

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