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Shoot the Lawyer Twice (Rep and Melissa Pennyworth #4)
When a frat boy finds himself on trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for piracy on the high seas, Lawyer Rep Pennyworth, suspects he's being used as an unwitting accomplice in a cheap publicity stunt. Meanwhile Rep's wife Melissa, a professor, gets caught in the middle of a verbal firefight between two colleagues that soon escalates into burglary, theft, jury-tampering, forgery ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Five stars for the dialogue, but just one for the plotting and construction--the numerous plot complications conceal some real flimsiness, and the speed of the plot is partly a reflection of the scantiness of the background material in between the dialogue clips. The reader isn't given all the information needed to follow and accept what's going on, much less guess at the circumstances behind the crime. For instance, only two or three sentences are allotted for information about the actual murde ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Mascanlon rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Copyright attorney Rep Pennyworht and his English professor wife, Melissa deal with a cast of obsessive, eccentric characters inside and outside academia. I enjoyed this book more than 3 but not quite a 4 because some of the plot twists are so convoluted you almost need a diagram to keep track of whats happening and to whom. As Kirkus reviews says ..."as usual in this waggish series, you'll need a scorecard to follow the cascading complications." I just found some of it to be overdone and a dist ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: puzzle lovers, fans of good reading
Another of Bowen's intelligent, witty novels. Lawyer Rep and his wife, academic Melissa, become entangled with some of her colleagues and students, and a woman whose father owned a machine tool company. Also involved are some of Rep's lawyer friends and adversaries, plus a few other Milwaukans. There are several trials, more than one murder, and confusion that only the Pennyworths can resolve.