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Fatal Flaw a novel by William Lashner

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Legal Thriller

Late one night Victor Carl gets a panicked phone call from an old law school classmate. Guy Forrest claims he has just found the body of his fiancee lying murdered in the house they shared. The victim is Hailey Prouix, for whose love Guy had abandoned … see full wiki

Author: William Lashner
Genre: Legal Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: HarperTorch
Date Published: March 30, 2004
1 review about Fatal Flaw a novel by William Lashner

Very Entertaining!

  • May 11, 2009
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Victor Carl, the most unorthodox lawyer outside of Andy Carpenter (from the Rosenfelt novels) really goes overboard in his courtroom tactics, his lawyer integrity, and his warped sense of right and wrong in this fun novel. He is summoned to the home of a man (Guy Forrest) who Victor assumes has murdered Carl's clandestine love interest who was Guy's girlfriend. Victor, in a breach of his ethical responsibility to be free from any personal prejudices with his client agrees to take the case. His first subconscious thought is to sabotage his client's defense so he receives the maximum penalty.

As things progress, Victor realizes that his client may in fact be innocent and he may have ruined his client's chance for any acquittal. With a few leads, from some objects that Victor has secretly taken from his client's home on the night of the murder, Victor tries to track down some answers that may come from a "questionable" accident that had happened many years before.

With courtroom scenes reminiscent of "My Cousin Vinny," Victor pulls off many theatrical tactics (ex. Objecting during the prosecutor's opening statements) that the judge seems to allow with not holding him in contempt. This is a very enjoyable book. I would have given it a full five stars but there was one loose end involving fingerprints that the author did not seem to tie up.

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