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Loss haunts Charlie Cahill. He has lost his belief in the great game of the law, a game that is fixed from the beginning. He lost his father, who drowned during Prohibition smuggling whiskey across the Detroit River. He lost his left arm below the elbow to German machine-gun fire on D-Day. And he may lose the one thing that still matters to him, the woman who rescued him from his own despair.
That woman is Sarah Maynard. She has chestnut hair with a single white streak, a wicked laugh, a thirst for love, and a corrupt state senator for a husband. With a probe into corruption at the state capital about to begin, the police find the senator dead in the middle of a cornfield.
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Judge WILLIAM C. WHITBECK writes for a living. For years the legendary Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals one of the country' slargest and busiest appellate courts he still sits on that court, authoring opinions ranging from the simplest slip-and-fall cases to the murder conviction of Jack Kevorkian. During his long legal and< political career, he s been a counselor to three Michigan governors. He and his wife Stephanie live in historic downtown Lansing in a renovated 1878 home just blocks from Michigan s Capitol, a brooding presence in his riveting first novel. As a practicing attorney and a judge, he has seen the legal system from both sides enabling him to lay that system bare.From Booklist:
A deathbed confession involving a decades-old family crime is at the center of this fictionalized account of the still-unsolved murder of a Michigan state senator. Lawyer Charlie Cahill, back from the war in 1945 after losing his left arm in the assault on Normandy, has just shot corrupt and depraved state senator Harry Maynard, with whose wife, Sarah, Cahill is having an affair. Cahill’s new job, working on a grand-jury investigation with politically ambitious lawyer Hubbell Street, provides the opportunity to implicate state treasurer Wade Fleming, who was known to want Maynard dead, for the murder. In the wake of Prohibition, bribery is a way of life in Michigan, and corruption abounds. Can Cahill play the system well enough to get away with murder? Whitbeck, who is chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, clearly knows his state history as well as the law. And he can write. This is an accomplished first novel, with dialogue that rings true and a twisting and turning plot that finishes with some stunning hairpin curves. A must for legal-thriller fans. --Michele Leber
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