Somebody is killing the sleazy lawyers of Los Angeles. LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Joanna Davis matches wits with a serial killer who tailors each murder to a specific legal abuse. His victim profile: attorneys who use the law to achieve outrageous results. His murders: vehicles for poetic justice: · a lawyer who won big bucks for careless coffeeservers is parboiled in his hot tub · another who got a food-poisoning caterer off dies of botulism.
The clever, efficient murderer, with meticulous preparations and many disguises, is reminiscent of the assassin in The Day of the Jackal. However, Det. Davis is a immensely sympathetic opponent, an experienced professional at the top of her powers.
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The Ultimate Lawyer Joke
“A brightly malicious tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
Open Season on Lawyers is a mystery thriller in which serial murder of lawyers becomes poetic justice. How many of us have cringed when celebrity killers walk, when manipulated juries vote outrageous awards, when sleazy shysters screw the little guy? Vicarious relief is at hand in this entertaining and intelligent crime novel.
LAPD Detective Joanna Davis investigates the death of Lawrence Benton, an attorney made famous by winning a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a fast food chain whose coffee caused third-degree burns to a customer with Parkinson’s Disease. (This case echoes the real-life judgment against McDonald’s, where the plaintiff was originally awarded $2.7 million.) In Open Season on Lawyers Benton is found dead—parboiled—in his hot tub. This is only one of a series of pointed, almost witty murders of attorneys by a serial killer the media call the Atterminator. The reader will have difficulty not rooting for this clever, efficient murderer, whose meticulous preparations and many disguises and aliases are reminiscent of those of the assassin in The Day of the Jackal.
However, Detective Joanna Davis is an immensely sympathetic opponent, an experienced professional in midlife at the top of her powers, with a true commitment “to protect and serve.” Her dogged detection and perseverance ultimately bring her to a face-to-face confrontation with the Atterminator—with an ironic outcome that further defines poetic justice. As BookBrowser said, “Open Season on Lawyers is a page-turner with depth and wit...the humor is wry, dry, and never forced.... A magical combination of tale-spinning and character development...one heck of a good novel.”From the Back Cover:
Advance Praise for Open Season on Lawyers
"Tight writing, razor-edged wit, dead-on L.A. Open Season on Lawyers is a page-turner wrapped in real life. Which goes to say it has a beating heart. Taffy Cannon has the touch: cops, lawyers, all her characters. Prepare yourself for a deliciously diabolical read."
Shamus Award-winner and author of The Innocents and Blackheart Highway
"Taffy Cannon's Open Season on Lawyers hits the bull's-eye with an engaging heroine, a clever plot, and victims you love to hate."
Anthony Award-winner and author of Shadows of Sin and Dead Air
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Book Description Daniel & Daniel Pub, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1880284510
Book Description Daniel & Daniel Publishers, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111880284510
Book Description Daniel & Daniel Pub, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1880284510