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A Radical Departure (Willa Jansson #2)

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"Has almost everytrhing a good mystery needs...a complex plot, social commentary, loads of atmosphere and a cast of unusual characters...The reader wants to hang out with Jansson and see more of her clear-eyed view of the world."
Working for a fat-cat San Francsico law firm, Willa Jansson thought she'd seen everything. Then her boss dies from hemlock po
Mass Market Paperback, 181 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Bantam
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Matera, Lia - 2nd in series

From Fantastic Fiction: Laura Di Palma finally has it made. Eleven years ago, she ran from a broken marriage and her small northern California town in search of fame and fortune. As the smartest and most controversial young defense attorney in her high-class law firm, she found it. But she's got an old grudge back home that she can't let die. So she's moving back to ruin her ex-husband's career by taking the
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Nov 14, 2010 Jimmy Tarlau rated it it was ok
A friend gave this to me because it was a mystery involving the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and she knows I am a union activist. I had never read any of the Matera mysteries but I gather she is an attorney and this is part of the Willa Jansson series. Willa is a young attorney in SF and the daughter of two 60s activists. I didn't mind the plot but found the book to be very jumpy and the character descriptions to be pretty lame. I doubt I'll read any more of her books.
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Lia Matera is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law, where she was editor in chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She was also a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer of legal mysteries. Prior Convictions and A Radical Departure were nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards. The Good Fight and Where Lawyers Fear to Tread were nominated for Anthony and Maca ...more
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