The Senator's Daughter (G K Hall Large Print Book Series (Cloth))

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The murder of union strongman Joseph Sessio shocks all of Boston. Taylor Brooks is the young attorney assigned to defend Tommy Washington, the black youth accused of the murder. In the course of her investigation, Taylor discovers a massive cover-up that involves Boston's bluebloods, the union docks of Boston Harbor, and corruption at the very heart of the American legal system.

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Who better to write a mystery novel about the mob than a mobster's daughter? In her first novel, Victoria Gotti, daughter of the Teflon Don, John Gotti, dishes up a heady brew of sex, violence, and murder necessary in the genre. The heroine of The Senator's Daughter, Taylor Brooke, is as beautiful as her name implies, and smart, too. She is an attorney assigned to defend a young African American man accused of making a hit on a union boss and racketeer. Taylor soon finds herself torn between the dead man's shady but undeniably attractive son, Michael Sessio, and her former lover, John Stark, who happens to be the DA assigned to prosecute this case. Before the book's end, Gotti has embroiled her heroine in the ruthless doings of a powerful politician, the mysterious death of her own mother years before, and the murderous activities of her psychotic ex-husband. All this is more than enough to keep both Taylor Brooke and the reader busy for some time to come.

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Eye-catching Victoria Gotti, daughter of Godfather John Gotti, debuts as an accomplished thriller writer. Does Gotti's first novel feature her ties to her father? Well, John Gotti is here, but only psychically, in the form of two characters in conflict with each other. In DeCiccio's Restaurant on Boston's wharf, union strongman Joseph Sessio (read: John Gotti) is shot twice through the head. The power vacuum is filled by distinguished Senator Frank Morgan of Massachusetts (read: John Gotti), who was ushered into prominence long years before with union money derived in part from his father's old ties with the union as a bootlegger (the union moved his booze). The heroine is blond Taylor Brooke, a serious young lawyer with a pricey Boston firm who is tapped to defend Tommy Washington, the 19-year-old black busboy accused of shooting Sessio. But word is out that the rubout was set up by Sessio's son Mike, who wanted to take over his father's empire. Taylor finds herself befriended by the handsome, sensual, art-fancying Sessio, who tells her that he doesn't believe Washington killed his father. Thus, the murdered man's son is helping the defending attorney get his falsely accused father's murderer acquitted, although this points the finger only more strongly at himself. Taylor's background: Her mother was abandoned by her married lover, Frank Morgan (before he became senator), then became the alcoholic victim of a vehicular homicide. Taylor was raised in a Catholic girls' orphanage in Fall River, married and then fled from an abusive husband, assumed a new identity in Boston and, her career secretly underwritten by her guilt-ridden father, became a lawyer. Now dad hopes to mend fences. But bad people and a car-bomber are out to kill Taylor, as is her knife-bearing husband. Surprisingly effective throughout, until the parricidal final pages, which fly by too fast for credibility even for melodrama. Flashy but powerful. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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