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Above the Law

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A book by J. F. F. Freedman

Luke Garrison, a former D.A. who has abandoned the problematic morality of convincing juries to send criminals to the gas chamber, first appeared inThe Disappearance, in which his old mentor wanted Luke to take on a sensational murder case that had the … see full wiki

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Author: J. F. F. Freedman
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Righteous lawyer investigates botched DEA raid

  • Feb 8, 2000
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A stellar performer as both prosecutor and defense attorney, Santa Barbara lawyer Luke Garrison, enjoying a recent happy marriage and new fatherhood, fights nightmares over the act of heroism which opens J. F. Freeman's "Above The Law." When an old friend asks him to investigate the murder of a drug dealer during his escape from custody after a botched DEA raid in rural northern California, Garrison is reluctant but his wife convinces him it will banish his demons. While Garrison sympathizes with DA Nora Ray, the old friend whose promising life has badly fizzled, her sexual advances force him to shut her out of the progressing investigation. Gathering evidence from high officials and ruthless gang leaders, uncovering old secrets and new, Garrison puts together an explosive and controversial case and tries to keep any surprises from developing in his orchestrated prosecution. While at times overwritten, the story is absorbing, sparking new interest with a succession of twists and turns. Freedman ("The Disappearance," "Key Witness") also explores legal ethics and conflicts between a lawyer's obligation and the truth. Garrison, while sometimes overly self-righteous, demonstrates both lawyerly zeal and conscience in an interesting mix.

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