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On the night before the 2008 Army-Navy Game, a midshipman is found stark naked and barely alive in the lobby of a cheap motel near the Naval Academy. The plebe's closest relatives are Ole and Lena Lindstrom, a pair of aging but still scrappy Wisconsin political activists who want lawyer Rep Pennyworth to help them get copyright protection for an audacious package of campaign ideas that put rich and ruthless gambling interests in the cross-hairs. The political neophyte they have in mind as a candidate heads a think-tank at UWM, where she is exploiting for her own political purposes the sensitive issue of domestic violence.
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Micheal Bowen, a trial lawyer practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconcin, is the author of numerous mystery novels. He wrote the entry on "The American Legal System" for the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing.From Publishers Weekly:
Bowen's convoluted fifth mystery to feature Rep and Melissa Pennyworth (after 2008's Shoot the Lawyer Twice) finds the Milwaukee lawyer and his English professor wife pursuing a couple of cases with a family connection. Rep is doing trademark and copyright work for political activist Ole Lindstrom, while Melissa is investigating the mugging of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, found naked and unconscious in an Annapolis, Md., motel, who happens to be Ole's nephew. Meanwhile, the authorities charge Ole's wife, Lena, with attempted murder after someone—Lena claims it was an intruder who entered their house—sneaks up on Ole and whacks him over the head with a skillet. Ole's subsequent murder raises the stakes. Set between December 2008 and May 2009, this up-to-the-minute whodunit is filled with topical allusions that will either amuse or irritate, depending on your politics. The light tone and easygoing dialogue make for a quick read. (Sept.)
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Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1590586670