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Lawless (Nikki Hill #4)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A rising star at a prestigious African-American law firm must defend an L.A. cop who shot and killed his lover-and confessed to it. The case seems impossible to win-until two more cops kill their spouses in cold blood, raising suspicions of a bizarre and deadly cover-up.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Onyx (first published 2004)
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I admit it, I saw the name on the cover and picked it up...

...and after the first 50 pages I thought to myself, "Uh-oh. He's done it again and screwed up for all of the world to see." In case you were under a rock during the O.J. Simpson trial - Darden was the male prosecutor. And, it first it did seem that Lawless was floundering and going to be another bust for Darden.

However, what I mistook for floundering was actually the plot being carefully laid out - including intricate subplots, betray
It's another tough case for ambitious young lawyer Mercer Early, who first appeared in 2002's The Last Defense, when he's assigned to defend a cop accused of killing his lover. Plot-wise, Darden and Lochte's crackerjack crime yarn offers an embarrassment of riches. As the book begins, Mercer, a junior partner in "the most powerful black law firm on the West Coast," is confidently defending an inner-city youth on trial for murdering a police officer, while mentoring two of the firm's promising ne ...more
A gritty suspense novel by Lawyer Christopher Darden. Its set in LA and features lawyer Mercer Early, who starts out defending a LAPD cop who is charged with killing his live in partner. The cop is giving all appearances of being off mentally and Mercer is looking into an insanity defense, but begins to have doubts as several murders by LAPD officers occur and the circumstances are similar. As Mercer and his investigator delve into the case he is approached and threatened by a mysterious group c ...more
My library had a table with books wrapped up in newspaper. You chose which category you want (mystery) and then pick a book without knowing what it actually is. I chose this book. It was Grishamesque, but not as focused on the courtroom as the investigative process. Interesting, quick read. A little far-fetched on the story line, but kept me reading. Language and some sex.
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Christopher Allen Darden is an American lawyer, writer, lecturer and practicing attorney. He was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, where he was assigned to the prosecution of O. J. Simpson. Darden gained fame during the O. J. Simpson murder case when he asked Simpson to try on the once-blood-soaked gloves.
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