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Depraved Indifference: a book

3 Ratings: 1.0
A book in the Jaywalker Series by Joseph Teller

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Presents Very Interesting Legal Questions

  • Jan 5, 2010
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Teller's unconventional and somewhat "corrupt" lawyer Jaywalker is still on suspension from practicing law. A woman follows him and he literally forces a meeting with her. After a "daliance" in her room, she tells Jaywalker that she needs to hire him to defend her husband (Carter). Apparently, Carter had gotten drunk and is accused of running a van load of kids off the road and killing them when their van ended up in a crash. The charge is "depraved indifference," since he left the scene and went home as if nothing had happened. Jaywalker tells her that he still can't practice law because of his suspension but she convinces him to at least be on her husband's case as a private investigator until the suspension is lifted.

After agreeing, Jaywalker has to study all the laws involving drunk driving especially where the accused has not been directly involved in a crash but his actions have set a chain of events in place that caused a crash. Jaywalker deep down feels that Carter is probably guilty of everything and that his case is hopeless but pulls all his tricks to try to win the case.

Most of the book is "slow" but intriguing because of the various legal ramifications that are considered. The last quarter of the book takes off at breakneck speed. I might have rated the book a little higher but like Teller's previous Jaywalker novel, The Tenth Case, the ending of the book was somewhat of a disappointment. Also, I find some of Jaywalker's actions a little unsettling especially how he gets involved with Carter's wife. I still give it a strong four stars.

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