Claire Matturro Bone Valley

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Bone Valley

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In her never-ending quest to log more billable hours, Sarasota lawyer Lilly Cleary agrees to defend Angus and Miguel, two fervent environmentalists who are being sued for libeling . . . an orange! In the Sunshine State, people take their citrus seriously—and there are powerful interests that refuse to sit idly by while a pair of whistle-blowing rabble rousers demean Florida's main cash crop.

Though the orange affair isn't quite the juicy case Lilly was looking for, it gets a lot stickier when one of the defendants is blown to bits right in front of her. Not one to take losing a case—or a client—lightly, whole-grain-loving, toxin-phobic Lilly will stop at nothing to get to the truth behind this and assorted other related murders. Which won't be easy, since everyone is lying—including the surviving environmentalist, who just happens to have an advanced degree from the University of the Streets . . . in bomb-making.

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A former appellate attorney and former member of the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law, Claire Hamner Matturro lives in Georgia.

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In Matturro's entertaining third legal thriller to feature Lilly Cleary, a cute Sarasota, Fla., DA with an obsessive compulsive disorder and an active libido (after Wildcat Wine and Skinny-dipping), Lilly takes on another eccentric client, activist Angus John Cartright, who has been sued for fruit libel by an orange grower. Lilly later discovers that Angus's partner is her creepy former boyfriend, M. David Moody, whose corpse turns up floating in a phosphogypsum stack ("a big lake full of toxic waste") in Manatee County. After Angus educates Lilly about endangered wildlife and toxic sludge, Angus dies in a suspicious explosion and Lilly must solve whodunit or be next on the endangered list. Florida's phospate-rich "bone valley" region provides the scary background, while Lilly's fearless exuberance under pressure adds comic relief to an intricate tale that underscores the catastrophic effects abandoned phosphate mines and deadly gyp stacks can have on people and the environment. (Nov.)
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