Barbara Sattler Dog Days

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Dog Days

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Dog Days explores relationships between men and women, mother-daughter, friends, and dog and humans. It is a time of crisis for Kristin White. Twenty-five year old Kristin is released from prison after doing time for a crime she didn't commit. Kristin is involved with two men. Self-centered Josh who lets her take the rap for his drug deal, and Kelly, a good but judgmental man she meets while on parole. Written by a former criminal defense attorney attorney and Superior Court Judge, Dog Days follows Kristin's journey through the criminal justice system from arrest through sentencing with a focus on her relationship with her lawyer and cell mate. On parole Kristin struggles to find employment. She is finally hired by Sara, a psychic and dog communicator who owns The Dignified Dog, a dog training and day care business. There she meets Samantha, a smart, sensitive black lab and Theodore, a brown dog of mixed parentage who thinks with his stomach. They help Kristin learn about loyalty and compassion. WIth the help of Sara, her co-workers and various canines, Kristin starts to grow up and find out what matters in life. Kristin's growth is tested when Josh once again causes a terrible event in Kristin's life.

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Criminal justice and dogs, Barbara Sattler's passions, come together in her first novel. She is a retired criminal defense lawyer and Superior Court Judge who spent 30 years in the courts. She is at work on her second novel about a public defender who faces an ethical dilemma in the middle of a high profile murder case Barbara lives with her husband, a retired law professor, and Toby and Teddy, two of the many dogs, who have enriched her life and her books.

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In Sattler’s (Dog Days, 2013) courtroom drama, a veteran public defender revisits an old case as she faces the end of her career. Anne Levy must decide whether to resign or be fired after two decades working as a public defender in Tucson, Arizona. The immediate cause of her downfall is a personality conflict with a recently arrived, by-the-book boss, but it quickly becomes clear that Anne also has a number of personal and professional secrets. Sattler uses frequent flashbacks to show Anne’s neurological disorder, her many failed relationships, and the case that nearly brought an end to her career. Despite Anne’s prickly, often abrupt attitude toward other people in her life, she’s an engaging character as she grows to accept her humanity without ever losing her edge. The author also vividly draws the supporting characters, including Gina, Anne’s secretary and staunchest ally; and Brian, who broke up with Anne when she always put her work first, but remains a reliable, platonic friend. The descriptions of the jails, courtrooms and public defender’s office are also strong, leaving readers smelling the stale coffee and fearing the short-tempered judge, just as the characters do. It’s sometimes difficult to tell when the narrative moves between a flashback and the present, and these transitions could have been more polished. But Sattler is skilled at dialogue, effectively using it to develop the characters: “Look Alberto, I’m not your social director. I’m here to help with your case,” Anne tells a new client; in another exchange, her advice is: “If you’re going to hide out in Mexico to avoid trial, stay there.” The end result is an enjoyable, realistic depiction of one woman’s midlife reassessment of herself and her choices. A highly readable novel of courtroom and interpersonal drama

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