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Guilty as Sin (Jaywalker #5)

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Did career criminal Alonzo Barnett, in and out of prison since age fifteen, commit the latest drug deal he's accused of? Yup, he's guilty as charged. But is he guilty as sin? That‘s the question criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker, the maverick known as Jaywalker, has to answer as he takes the court-appointed case. As Jaywalker is well aware, one wrong move, eve...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jaywalker, of course, is different.”

I have to admit to really enjoying the Jaywalker series. They have a certain insouciance and impertinence toward the legal system that’s refreshing. At the same time, Jaywalker’s tenacity and effort on behalf of his clients, often indigent, is admirable. I’m not a lawyer so I can’t speak to the courtroom authenticity, but given other books I have read about the legal system and especially public defenders, they appear authentic. Jaywalker‘s respect for his cli...more
This novel was okay, but I kept feeling like it would have been better as a novella or Kindle single. Although well written, for me, the story went on much too long. It had a simple premise. The criminal defense attorney, Harrison J. Walker aka Jaywalker tells this story, how in the late 1980s, he defended in court a man named Alonzo Barnett who admitted he was “guilty” for buying and selling drugs. But, Jaywalker wondered if he was “guilty as sin.” Even a man admitting his own guilt deserved a...more
I have always liked Teller's books. Jaywalker has a great sense of humour and usually gets me very excited to keep reading. I admit, though, some of these 'toss back' books, where the narration is not in the present, really get to me. I prefer the action of the present, the shock of what will happen. This one seemed more like a legal fable, or a life lesson for us all.

The story is decent, the characters are ok, but we don't really get anywhere with them, save the 'Charlie Brown-esque' wife who i...more
Redemption. That's the theme of the book. The message and the motive. But there's something else about this book. Don't get all excited, it's not something extraordinary at all. The book necessary isn't rich in plot as I hoped, but I "guess" the characters are. I'm going to keep this review short and end it in a few sentences. I kept hoping throughout the book there would be that certain plot twist or that "oh my god what just happened" moment. But there was none of that. I didn't like the way t...more
I'm sort of grading on a curve here, because this book is MUCH better written than anything else I've picked up at a rest stop on the PA Turnpike. It's a fast, enjoyable read, with a fun, basically plausible legal plot. (At least, it seemed pretty plausible to me. I'd be interested to know what my lawyer relatives think.) Also, I'm really glad that the hero was unapologetically trying to get his client off, and we're supposed to want him to get off, not because he didn't sell heroin (he did), bu...more
Most of the time I shy away from courtroom dramas but I saw that this book received good reviews so I thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed. The main character, Jaywalker was appealing, the defendant and judge were likable, and the main prosecutor was an ass. This made you cheer for the main character as you should but this book wasn't mainly about guilty or not guilty. It was about the process which I enjoyed.
Joseph Teller spins a story about his hero Jaywalker who is a criminal defense attorney. His use of language is remarkable and he adds in bits that are downright funny. His had a good handle on the use of law enforcement and legal language since he is speaking from his own life experience. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who likes criminal law stories and really good reads.
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Joseph Teller was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio and the University of Michigan Law School. He returned to New York City, where he spent three years as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (the precursor of the Drug Enforcement Administration), doing undercover work. For the next 35 years, he worked as a criminal defense attorney, repres...more
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