One Must Wait (Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries)

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When attorney Carol Anne Gibson's corporate lawyer husband is brutally murdered, she investigates to uncover an unsavory conspiracy involving environmentalists, big money, race, and clandestine family ties. Reprint.

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One Must Wait, the first book in what is certain to be a new series about African American defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson, starts as she labors to convince a jury that her client, a Washington, D.C., cop named Tommy Griffin, really is innocent--unlike most of the criminals she gets off the hook. Carole Ann's husband, Alain Crandall, works for a corporate law firm with even nastier clients, especially an outfit called Parish Petroleum. Carole Ann and Al decide to quit their jobs and find some area of the law that they can stomach, but Al is killed in a mugging shortly after announcing his intentions. When a sympathetic cop looking into the mugging is shot in the back and paralyzed, Gibson realizes that something more than street crime is involved in her husband's death. Following Al's footsteps into the Louisiana swamps, Carole Ann untangles threads of oil, blood, and money. Fortunately, Penny Mickelbury is such a subtle and imaginative writer that she can take this venerable genre cliché and turn it into an extremely moving and exciting journey of ethnic and moral discovery.

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Mickelbury (Night Songs, 1995, not reviewed) kicks off a new series starring Carole Ann Gibson, a black D.C. lawyer who's got it all--a loving lawyer husband, a bungling bank account, a stack of pro bono acquittals (like her latest, a defense of accused cop/bagman Tommy Griffin)--and no job. After C.A. breaks her longtime public silence to scold the press for the way it's pilloried Tommy during his trial, her boss lowers the boom, and she resigns. Since her husband, Alain Crandall, is leaving his job, too--the latest revelations about his dirty corporation client, Parish Petroleum, are making him as sick as Parish's employees--it looks as if D.C.'s two wealthiest unemployed members of the bar will be able to do lunch every day, till Al is shot dead in an apparent mugging attempt that wouldn't fool a baby--or Metropolitan Homicide dick Jacob Graham, who gets shot and left for dead as a reward. But when C.A. follows the trail of Al's last trip to Cajun country, she uncovers, not just the usual Parish suspects, but an extended family as monstrous in its evil as it is unconvincing. The juicy Louisiana conspiracy is too big and evil and unexpected to yield as easily as it does to C.A.'s questions, even when those questions are put by an investigator with the most powerful motive in the world. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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