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Title:
Court of lies / Gerry Spence.
ISBN:
9781250183484
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2019.
Physical Description:
349 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Abstract:
New York Times bestselling author Gerry Spence is one of the greatest trial lawyers of our time. In his novel Court of Lies, Lillian Adams is going on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband before Judge John Murray. Prosecutor Haskins Sewell, however, is consumed by political ambition and sadistic hatred for the judge. Murray is everything Sewell isn't--both an honorable man and an incorruptible jurist. Sewell plans to advance his own career by framing Lillian and the judge, wrongfully convicting Lillian of murder in the first degree and then railroading the judge himself into prison. But he may have underestimated Murray. A fast-paced, up-all-night courtroom thriller, Court of Lies is also a harsh indictment of today's legal system. The country has 2.3 million people behind bars and 7.5 million more on parole or probation. A major reason for so much mass incarceration is the dominance of politically motivated prosecutors, who over-sentence defendants for the sake of winning votes in their own elections and advancing their careers.
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From Gerry Spence, one of America's greatest trial attorneys and the New York Times bestselling author of How to Argue and Win Every Time, comes an explosive courtroom thriller of murder, passion, and the twists and treachery of law and justice.

Gerry Spence is one of the greatest trial lawyers of our time. He has not lost a jury trial in fifty years and has never lost a criminal or a capital case. He has also represented many celebrated defendants and appeared on countless national TV talk shows .

Spence now presents us with beautiful Lillian Adams, who is going on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband before Judge John Murray. The prosecutor, Haskins Sewell, however, is consumed by political ambition. He plans to advance his own career by framing Lillian for murder one and by railroading the judge into prison.

A fast-paced, up-all-night courtroom thriller, Court of Lies is also a harsh indictment of today's legal system. The country has 2.3 million people behind bars and 7.5 million more on parole or probation. A major reason for so much mass incarceration is the dominance of politically motivated prosecutors, who over-sentence defendants for the sake of winning votes in their own elections and advancing their careers.


Author Notes

Gerry Spence was born in Wyoming on January 8, 1929. He graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1952. He never lost a criminal case and has not lost a civil case since 1969. After he evaluated what was important to him, he founded Trial Lawyer's College, which trains young lawyers to beat corporate bigshots in the courtroom. He also founded Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, which specializes in public interest cases.

He has written more than 15 books including Gunning for Justice, With Justice for None, From Freedom to Slavery, How to Argue and Win Every Time, The Making of a Country Lawyer, O.J.: The Last Word, A Boy's Summer, Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power, and Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder. He also wrote Gerry Spence's Wyoming: The Landscape and the novel Half-Moon and Empty Stars.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Attorney Spence (Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder) makes his fiction debut with this enthralling courtroom drama set in 1954 Jackson Hole, Wyo. The integrity of Judge John Murray, a fair and thoughtful man, comes into question when he presides over the case of Lillian Adams, who's on trial for the murder of her rich husband. Murray has known Lillian since she was a child, and he and his wife look upon her as the daughter they never had. "Yes, he was in conflict... But such was the challenge of every judge in the thousands of small one-horse towns across the land." As the case unfolds, episodes from the lives of the protagonists-the judge, the defense attorney, the prosecutor, and the defendant-reveal their tangled histories and the genesis of their animosities and loyalties. This witty and insightful novel also raises questions about the true nature of justice. As the judge observes, "Justice must find ways to trump the law." Spence is off to a promising start. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.