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The Best Jaywalker Tale to Date

  • Feb 15, 2011
This is Teller's third Jay Walker tale and by far his best. Jay Walker remembers one of his early and toughest cases. This took place in the early 80's before he became the "sleezy" character that was portrayed in the first two novels. What makes this case so special is that Jay Walker has to defend a man he knows to be innocent. He is so fearful of losing and that the innocent man will go to jail so he pulls out all stops.

The story is tense throughout as Jay Walker presents many brilliant arguments that seem to cast more than reasonable doubt on the DA's case. The main evidence against his client is that the victims pick his photo out (no physical line=up is ever called for. The book shows how weak this method of identifying guilt is as anyone with a common face can have many people that look like them. Especially, since there seems to be an army of men roaming the city that look a great deal like Jay Walker's client who has a very common face.

The book was so good that I was able to overlook a lot of courtroom procedure miscues that would seem to cause a mistrial but are overlooked in arriving at the verdict.

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It is the late 1970s and criminal defense attorney Harrison J. Walker, better known as Jaywalker for his rebellious tactics, is struggling to build his own practice when he receives a call from a desperate mother. Her son, Darren Kingston, has been arrested for raping five white women in Castle Hill, an area of the Bronx long forgotten by the city.

A young, good-looking black man, Darren is positively identified by four of the victims as the fifth prepares to do the same. Everyone—from the prosecution to the community at large—sees this as an open-and-shut case with solid eyewitness testimony. Everyone, that is, except Jaywalker.

The young attorney looks deep into the crimes, studying both the characters involved and the character of our society. What he finds will haunt him for the rest of his career.

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ISBN-10: 0778326357
ISBN-13: 978-0778326359
Author: Joseph Teller
Publisher: Mira

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