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Trial and Terror

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The good news is that public defender Summer Neuwirth just won her first case, which involved a brutal rape and kidnapping.

The bad news? Her client was guilty.

What's more, he knows all about Summer's past.

As Summer pursues her next case, this time to keep an innocent woman off death row, elements of that past--a mysterious case of childhood amnesia, her police officer fat
Paperback, 262 pages
Published July 2012 by Wayzgoose Press
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Sep 04, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Summer Neurwirth is a Public Defender. She just won a case she wishes she hadn’t, she has just found out her client was guilty. She wouldn’t have won if the lead Prosecutor Grundy had shown up and they hadn’t lost the file on Marsalis, the rapist she was defending. At the defense table he started whispering all her pertinent data numbers, Social Security, birthday etc. He then attacked her in the women’s bathroom in the courthouse where his case is just dismissed.

Her next case is to defend a wom
Linda Strong
Public Defender Summer Neuwirth has good news ... she won her first case! She also has bad news ... her client is probably guilty.

And the client, once free, begins to stalk Summer .... tempting her with hints that he knows something very important about her past.

Her next case is to defend a woman she knows is innocent ...and if Summer fails, her client will go to death row.

There is so much that goes on ... Summer's mother is missing .... Her police office father, now deceased, was involved with
Feb 24, 2014 AudioBookReviewer rated it it was ok
ABR's full Trial and Terror audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Trial and Terror is not your typical thriller mystery as it has a horrible bend towards horror. A young woman, Summer Neuwirth, who is an upcoming public defender with a past of rape, successfully defends her first client - who is guilty. Knowing this she willingly jumps into a van to go places that are questionably safe; she also has a past that begins at 4 years of age and friends who are not all th
Masquerade Crew
Apr 22, 2014 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, detective, crime
Reviewer: Roy M.

4.0 on the Masq Scale

Fans of police crime drama will snuggle up with this entertaining yet undemanding story. The opening scenes are immediately recognisable. A rundown defending lawyers’ office staffed by those happy to earn bottom dollar or those unable to progress their careers beyond that lowly place. Our protagonist Summer Neuwirth for now occupies one of the cramped desks there. Haze County is a law-abiding jurisdiction that only makes a public defender’s life harder.

But Su
Nov 22, 2012 Krystal rated it liked it
What is the only bad thing that can come about a public defender winning their first case? The knowledge that their client is guilty.

Unfortunately for Summer Neuwirth the case involving the brutal rape and kidnapping of a young woman hits too close to home, and what is more unsettling is the client she just helped walk free knows entirely too much about her own past.

As Summer diligently works on her next case, this time a murder trial which will take everything she has to keep an innocent woman
Sep 21, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Trial and Terror in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Considering the author's esteemed writing career, it is no surprise that I found this novel to be engaging, polished and a highly satisfying read. The plot unfolds at a very satisfying pace; it's fast enough to keep you interested, but not so fast that it drags you along at a compulsive rate. The end is delightfully climatic, and pulls together all the threads that could be seen to be loose ends into a satis
Cheryl M-M
Oct 07, 2012 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
There seems to be a high number of misogynistic and sexist males featured in this book. Indeed finding a male character, who didn't try to rape, pillage or cop a feel isn't very easy.
The main character is subjected to an extraordinarily high amount of abuse and insults.
At times it felt as if this wasn't a finished product. The flow was not only inconsistent, it was also jumpy between chapter changes. On a more personal level I think it is totally unrealistic to assume Summer would go along with
Jun 30, 2016 Whitney rated it it was ok
I received this book free for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story at the beginning but as it progressed further along in the story it just got more unbelievable in certain situations. I’m sure some of the situations that take place could happen and also the characters reactions could happen, but in my opinion I just couldn’t wrap my head around this happening with this character. The main character Summer is a lawyer who should know the difference between right and wrong and she should ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Teressa rated it it was amazing
"A Sizzling Legal Thriller for the Summer"
I would highly recommend this book and will listen to it again. It was both entertaining AND suspenseful. Why would I listen to this book again? Because this book is like a good record. You want to listen to it again. This story had several really good and unexpected plot twists. I had a lot of fun listening to this book. The dialogue was extremely engrossing. It was well written with good flow. This is my first time to listen to Jack de Golia. He is an
Sep 20, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the whole book. Through to the end. I love a well told mystery thriller. The biggest drawback was the name of the main character Summer. It just seemed off to me. Some of the story points seemed cheesy to me as well. Or maybe a better word would be cliche. But all stories have something cliched and borrowed from somewhere else. For the most part however it was a page turner. I wanted to know what happened next. It wasn't overly predictable. It ended in a good place. Didn't leave ...more
The TBR Pile *Book review site*

Every once in a while a truly great thriller comes along that holds your attention and blows you away. This was just such a book! Summer is an excellently devised character whose story
quickly pulls you in and before you know it, you are hooked! This is a book that is difficult to
talk about without giving anything away but suffice to say there are some great twists and turns here. The plot moves at a ferocious pace leading to a shockingly brilliant climax
Newbee (JoAnn) Brown
Oct 20, 2012 Newbee (JoAnn) Brown rated it really liked it
Good book!

A very unique ending, I kinda thought about that but then said, naw couldn't be! And then when I found out at the very end I thought wow what a twist!

This book is well written, the only bad thing I could say, and that wasn't really bad is.... That the ending could have been a bit smoother... It was kinda abrupt. The story seemed to be going full tilt, then bam it was over. You do get all the answers... Just not sure how to explain it... Just smoother.

I did enjoy this book and feel it i
Nov 22, 2013 Marti rated it liked it
Public Defender Summer has a lot of personal baggage, which makes defending other people more of a chore. She finds that she has gotten a rapist off, and then there is a whacko woman who seems to actually have committed the murder of which she is accused. The whole cast of characters are rather off the wall. She gets to find out that her mother had still been alive, and then sprinkle her cremains in the water where she died. It is rather far fetched.
Jan 02, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I haven't read many books on legal thrillers, but if this is an inclination of how they are, I plan on reading more. This story was very good. Well written. A cast of characters that ranged from good to pure evil. This book will take you through the life of an attorney, Summer, who ultimately writes her own ending. Very good twists and turns. The ending was a mouth dropping moment for me. Absolutely great. I recommend reading this book, Trial and Terror.
Lynda Kelly
Dec 04, 2012 Lynda Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This sounded interesting but I couldn't get into it at all. It all seemed a little too unbelievable and I only got around 20% in. It seemed to jump around a bit and all the Public Defenders mentioned seemed to be very lax and not characters that seemed true-to-life. Not for me, I'm afraid. On a plus note I hadn't happened upon any errors nor grammatical mistakes before I packed it in.
Apr 18, 2013 Vince rated it liked it
Decent book, engaging characters, written well... twist ending seemed to come out of nowhere though but not in a good way. Not enough to ruin the story, not something that I thought "Whoa! I didn't see that coming"... just didn't seem to fit the rest of the book. Certainly worth reading though.
Oct 15, 2012 Bettie rated it it was amazing
one great mystery thriller, well written!
Paul Long
Not bad for a free Kindle book. A quick read and an entertaining story. Too many characters introduced at the beginning, and too many cliched characters. But hey, it was a free book.
Nov 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Well written. Ending surprised me!
Betty Harris
Oct 31, 2015 Betty Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good read

great and lots of twist and turns a book u can't put down and great court case keeps you guess ing .
Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
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Ann Wilcox
Apr 05, 2014 Ann Wilcox rated it really liked it
Good beach read. Enough plot surprises to make a mystery reader happy. Good development of all major characters, including the women.
Sep 04, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it
A nice mystery thriller. I enjoyed it.
Oct 12, 2012 Therese marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University who has written for Fast Company, Forbes, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, Slate, Playboy, and the Economist. A former senior editor at Forbes and a reporter for, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of the New Republic. Penenberg’s story was a watersh ...more
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