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Disgusted by sleazy defense attorneys? Think some criminals get off easy?
Wait until you see how the greedy and corrupt California attorney Ashley Blackwood handles his cases. Follow the trials of Henri Laval, the murderous hockey star, Ramona Krafft, who videotaped the mutilation of her husband's private parts, and "Machine-Gun" Marty Vickers, the postal employee who left a trail of dead and dying on the streets of San Francisco.
Ashley's senior associate, Knute Rockne Olsen, thinks Ashley's a great man. What do you think? Hold tight as author Archie Spencer takes you on a satirical joyride through California's criminal justice system.
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Archie Spencer graduated from Harvard College with the degree of summa cum laude in English. He went on to Harvard Law School and spent his next 35 years practicing corporate law with the firm of Best & Flanagan in Minneapolis, where he was its managing partner.
Archie has served as chair of committees of the Minnesota State Bar Association and as an officer and director of numerous civic organizations, including The Loft, the largest writers' group in the United States. He took early retirement in 1990 to write full-time and has published several stories. Prosecutors Will Be Violated is his first book.
Archie is also a pianist and has composed sonatas for piano and songs for piano and voice. He was born in Milan, Italy, and has lived in the United States all his adult years.Review:
REVIEWER'S BOOKWATCH, June 1999
Archibald Spencer's Prosecutors Will Be Violated is a wry, satiric tour-de-force about sleazy California criminal attorney Ashley Blackwood and his most sensational trials. The narrator is Ashley's sycophantic and laughably obtuse associate who unwillingly exposes Ashley as a lawyer who flaunts the law, ethics, and morality in his pursuit of six-figure fees...Rarely has the judicial system...been so brilliantly satirized and engagingly showcased. --James A. Cox Copyright 1999, Reviewer's Bookwatch. All rights reseved.
THE REGISTER-GUARD, EUGENE, OR, June 1999
Prosecutors Will be Violated...is a tongue-in-cheek spoof of our system of law and the quirks of those who practice it. But it's more than that.
Spencer's satire benefits from the insights he gained in a lifetime of practicing civil law. His main character, Ashley Blackwood, is a caricature of the crafty criminal defense lawyer who will do anything to win...
The narrator is one of Blackwood's toady underlings, Knute Rockne Olsen, a lawyer whose inflated prose damns both his boss and the criminal justice system.
Rather than follow a single storyline, Olsen tracks Blackwood's unsavory tactics through a series of trials, each with an outcome more outrageous and implausible than the earlier ones.
There is Ramona Krafft, a dimwitted Lorena Bobbitt clone who is freed on appeal of a conviction for mutilating her husband because her life was shaped by the unreality of television talk shows and sitcoms -- the real guilty parties...
And Marty Vickers, a letter carrier accused of the machine-gun massacre of 14 people; in this case, Blackwood shifts the blame to inept bureaucrats who failed to stop him before he flipped out....
There are other similar cases in this delightful satire...--Arnold Ismach. Copyright 1999, The Register-Guard. All rights reserved.
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TREVANIAN
"The current three-ring-circus, justice-to-the-highest-bidder character of the American legal system begs for a lacerating examination in fiction, and Archie Spencer has given us just that, a book with wit and weight."
MINNESOTA LAW & POLITICS MAGAZINE, June-July 1999
...Archibald Spencer's first book is biting satire --combining a discerning vocabulary, delicious irony and tantalizing spoofs to both make fun of and demand a change in the criminal justice system...The book consists of a series of loosely connected trials and incidents in the career of Blackwood, whose success is based on the premise that 'no matter what crime you committed, it's nor your fault.'
Ashley believes that there is an excuse for every crime. When a dull-witted teenager shoots and kills a congressman in broad daylight, Blackwood successfully argues that 'society pulled the trigger.'
...The absurd world of Prosecutors Will Be Violated, where ethics and personal responsibility are replaced by self-pity and greed, is aptly portrayed. --Michael O. Freeman. Copyright 1999, Minnesota Law & Politics. All rights reserved.-- Reviews
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Book Description Trigance Pr, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0966627164
Book Description Trigance Pr, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0966627164