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Against the Wind

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  350 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Four members of an outlaw motorcycle gang stand accused of the gang-rape of a motel chamber maid and the brutal murder of her friend in the mountains outside Santa Fe. But they claim they are innocent--and only a brilliant yet down-on-his-luck defense attorney believes them. What develops is sure to be one of this fall's most talked-about thrillers, packed with courtroom d ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published September 3rd 1991 by Viking Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Manugw
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FREEDMAN HAS MADE AN EXCELLENT NOVEL FOR AVID READERS

A lawyer has chosen to defend a motorcycle gang which stands accused of a murder that carries the death penalty. He is convinced they are innocent and that is how the story starts. Though the tale keeps a steady firm pace, I can affirm that then ending is the best and richest part of the book, it is full of intrigue, twisty and features something I have not seen in another mystery books and that is the deftly sudden alteration of the profile o
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Susan
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember how this got on my ToBeReadNext pile, but wow. I don't remember ever reading anything by this guy but that will change. This is a far better than average legal thriller. It's a big fat book and the story takes some major, fascinating twists and turns. Will Alexander is a lawyer at the end of his rope - drink and sex are ruining him. His partners kick him out of the firm. His only case is defending four mean, nasty bikers in a murder case. They say they are innocent and they look ...more
Liz Bonnet
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out and could not put it down. Author's first publish and it is a gripper! If you like legal thrillers you will like this book. This is the story of Will Alexander a defense attorney who is hired to represent the leader of a motorcycle gang. There are many twists and turns dealing with the case as well as all those with Will's personal life. I started to read this back in 2002 on the way to WIU to visit Jenn. I was hooked on his writing. At that time I read al ...more
Adrienne
Good Story and hard to put down. I do not recommend it for any one that is strongly against detailed violence and swearing. If it were a movie it would have a R or NR rating. You must have a strong stomach.
Marianne
Well, the language is still raw, but the main character is gritty, realistic, introspective to a fault, too brilliant for his own good, a work in progress for sure, relationship dwarfed, but trying, promiscuous, and a damn good lawyer! What else can I say.
Kate MacKinnon
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I read this book years ago and still remember how intense & gripping it was. Some scene was horrific and left me drained. However, the book was so good and the story so well written....
Cathleen
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to me by a library patron this story of a gruesome crime and the trial that follows was so detailed I could have been sitting in the courtroom. Gripping right until the last page. However, It was wordy in parts and could have been a tad shorter. First novel written in 1991 I will definitely check out what else the author has written since.
chris johnson
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read in its soul

Written with words that a person can reflect on itself.The trial and tribulations are well written and the story carries the facts forward.
Steel Jo
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome.... From start to finish. Vulgar?? No big deal!
Twila Forsyth
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent book, quick pace, would be a great movie, and a better series!
Aleixander
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gran novela de temática judicial
Mantiene el suspenso y la esperanza de ver a los protagonistas hasta el final
Eric_W
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ Against the wind” is apparently a common phrase used to describe motorcycle riding. Since my sole experience on a motorcycle was riding a small one around the fields to occasionally bring in the cows, this was totally lost on me until it was explained. Sigh.

Will Alexander is a first-rate criminal defense attorney in Santa Fe who has just been kicked out of his firm for excessive drinking. He’s asked (demanded would be more like it) by four biker “outlaws” to defend them against charges of murd
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Adam
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 100 pages of this book are amazing. First off, the main character has a wonderfully distinct voice, and his almost stream-of-consciousness narrative about being a burned out, alcoholic, soon-to-be-twice divorced defense lawyer learning about and dealing with a one-night stand, his betrayal at the hands of his law-firm partners, and a set of bizarre new clients, accused of murder, that fall into his lap is giddy and unrelenting. The brief, somewhat horrifying, omniscient narration of th ...more
Joan
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The language in the book was both its strong point and its weakness. The excessive use of vulgarities, especially the "f-word" (which was used hundreds of times)is usually an automatic turn-off for me. I did find it distracting, and it certainly lowered the quality of the read; however, the other vocabulary was a very strong recommending point. I have a strong vocabulary and admire writers who can use precise expressive language effectively. This author certainly did that - using dozens of words ...more
Larry
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tulay
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good and interesting book.

Will Alexander is forty years old lawyer, drinking problem and second divorce completely took him down. Forced by his partners to leave the law practice he build. He was called by biker Lone Wolf to take there case, all four bikers are accused of murder. Will character has many flaws, trying to the right thing by his daughter. I like this character and author's writing style. But if you don't like graphic sex, you might skip this book, don't. Maybe I don't know how
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Beth
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like legal thrillers you will like this book. This is the story of Will Alexander a defense attorney who is hired to represent the leader of a motorcycle gang. There are many twists and turns dealing with the case as well as all those with Will's personal life. I started to read this back in 2002 on the way to WIU to visit Jenn. I couldn't put it down and was hooked on his writing. At that time I read all of his books. This by far is my favorite of his books but I see that he has several ...more
Kate
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trial-fiction
Surprisingly gripping. It’s not particularly well constructed or even believable. The “hero” is unsavory and kind of a jackass; the guys he’s defending are truly unrepentant outlaws. The murder is almost deus ex machine. It’s a little bizarre, but there’s a hint of hope that our jackass lawyer – who’s not even particularly brilliant, just lucky – will turn things around and make good. Pretty slim appeal really, and yet I had a hard time putting it down.
MARGO
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this riveting novel, it was full of twists and turns and surprises. The main character although very very flawed was likeable nonetheless in my opinion. This is the first novel I have read from this very talent writer but I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. I do have to tell you that there is a lot of sex and violence and it not a good choice for the faint of heart.
Karlene Elliott-mclean
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This book is centered around the life of Will Alexander. His battle with life in itself. Messing up his life due to being a drunk and a his being able to keep a steady relationship. Somewhere around the middle of the book he starts to put his act together because he suddenly realizes that he has to save his client's life and ultimately change his own.
Sagbodje Precious
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thrills
"All the world's a stage. This one's mine. The vaulted room, the judge seated up there in his black robes that go back to antiquity, the prosecution's team waiting their turn, my partners in this case seated at our table, the defendants. Watching me, listening to me. Real life and death theater. I'm pumped the adrenaline flowing"
I truly enjoyed reading this, with the up's and down.
Kay
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grisham fans
Shelves: legal-fiction
Very interesting story! This is only the second book I've read by this author but he has been added to my list and I'll read all his other books. I didn't like the main character Will at first but 450 pages later I found I had changed my mind. I look forward to other books with Will in them.
Corri
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
(Read by David Colacci)

Good mystery. Great portrayal of biker life.
Stephani
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very gritty, kind of like Sons of Anarchy in a book!
Read (Think) Books
One of our regulars said this book was "great". She and her husband both loved it. She said you will never guess the twist at the end.
Jen
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book but a little gruesome and graphic
Bobby Bucy
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am impressed

four may be a bit high but l was kept in the rhythm and liked no real mystery but fun
Kathryn
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical lawyer mystery. You can tell it's written by a male author - lots of sex and violence.
Bryan Chapman
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its been a long time since I read this book, but it still sticks in my mind as being a book that I read in about two days. One of my top five books ever.
Gerard
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard-hitting!!!
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J.F. Freedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Against the Wind, The Disappearance, House of Smoke, and In My Dark Dreams, among other titles. He is also an award-winning film and television director, writer, and producer. He lives in California.
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