James Crosson is in the fight of his life. Recently widowed, the once well-respected criminal defense lawyer is facing financial woes, a failing practice, a Mount Everest of gambling debts, and disappearing witnesses who are key to a wrongful death lawsuit against a crooked corporate conglomerate, Move-It-Express. The down and out lawyer thinks his day can’t possibly get any worse. Then he’s framed for murder. The big questions in this high octane legal thriller are Why and By Whom?
Crosson has taken on a wrongful death case involving an auto transport trailer. The case alleges that Move-It Express “fecklessly and deliberately” failed to properly maintain the rental truck driven by Robert Jackson. Jackson crashed into Davis Thompson when Jackson tried to make an emergency stop in a construction zone, only to find the truck’s brakes were inoperable. Thompson was killed. Now Thompson’s widow, Claire, wants justice.
The case hinges on the credibility of tow truck driver Willie Wormser. When Wormser arrives on the scene of the collision, he swears that the trailer’s brake reservoir is empty. But when state troopers inspect it later, the reservoir is full.
Something doesn’t smell right to “ambulance chaser” James Crosson. After taking the case, he soon finds himself “in the midst of a human maelstrom pitting the righteous and the good against the wicked and the bad in a timeless ancient struggle for supremacy.”
The former includes Crosson, his formidable secretary, Eunice, Crosson’s faithful canine companion, Bailey, and the enigmatic, Schwinn-riding Michael Jessup. The latter includes malevolent Move-It owner Talbot Jr. and his ruthless gang of thugs and miscreants. Talbot is “the contemporary embodiment of a medieval tyrant.” (This guy makes the Marquis de Sade look like a piker.) Talbot will stop at nothing to protect his company and boost his bottom line. Nothing.
Indeed, Talbot’s thugs have already gotten to recently retired Move-It maintenance chief Eldridge McCaffrey. Wormser is likewise in their crosshairs. So is Crosson and anyone associated with the struggling lawyer.
Crosson needs a miracle to win in this riveting David vs. Goliath courtroom drama. Will he get one? Will truth win out? Will justice prevail? Will Crosson survive long enough to see a verdict?
I was totally blown away by this book. I was unfamiliar with the title and the author, but decided to take a chance on both. Talk about a surprise! This book grabbed me in chapter one and didn’t let go until the final page. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end! As a dog lover, I found the interaction between Crosson and Bailey especially touching. Well done! (Favorite quote from this book: “The measure of a man’s life is taken by the love he gives to others here on this earth.”)
A compelling and engrossing legal thriller, The Lawyer’s Angel is a towering achievement, especially for a first-time author. This gripping page turner is a stunningly solid read. In fact, it’s one of the best books of the year.
So move over, John Grisham. There’s a new talent in town. Name’s Benkie. Scott Allen Benkie. Remember that name. Because this guy’s going places. Count on it.