Hostile Witness (Victor Carl #1)
Hard-luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue-blood attorney from one of the city's most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman's aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It's...more
Victor Carl is a weaselly lawyer of no repute who digs his own legal grave by getting involved with people he shouldn't. Never much to begin with in his ratty office on 21st st. in Philadelphia, by the end he's forever disgraced in his first major courtroom appearance.
So why should we care? Because Carl's a better man than he ever admits to himself, and in most things his instincts and intuition lead him to a level of truth that his more cerebral ...more
This very long book masterfully written with some sense of humor and fine prose, portraits one situation any lawyer may confront any point in his working life, to decide to follow ethic principles and be financially strained or grab the opportunity that comes once in life, quick career advancement and social prestige working in association with the top company of the city in the litigation field performing dishonest maneuverings in order to protect the shady deals of the powerfu ...more
This is my second William Lashner novel and now I am hooked. What reeled me in is the marvelous complexity of Victor Carl, the lawyer-protagonist-everyman. He is, contrary to the grishamlike model, a man who has been dealt a hand that is not quite up to his ambitions. He is the prototypical American hero with a dose of realistic ambivalence thrown in.
Hostile Witness also gives Carl a sex life. Lashner doesn't exactly write sex scenes, what he does is give us the protag's view of what's happenin ...more
I'm not convinced that was such a great idea. It wasn't until the last 100 pages that I cared about anything going on in this book -- I even started to really like it, actually. But 80% of the way through a book is far to ...more
Savor the words, and the writing, but this is a long book, longer than some would care for. Worth reading.
Under the pseudonym Tyler Knox he wrote the noir novel, Kockroach.
* Victor Carl Mystery