Author: Dennis Carstens
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING, IT’S UP TO ONE RESOURCEFUL WOMAN TO STOP EVIL FROM TRIUMPHING…
In the follow-up to his first action-packed legal thriller, The Key to Justice, bestselling author Dennis Carstens stirs up a vipers’ nest of corruption that snakes its way from the back room of a Minneapolis restaurant through every law enforcement agency up to the director of Homeland Security.
After winning the case of a lifetime, Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Marc Kadella welcomes the infusion of energy his career is receiving. Another lawyer asks him to represent the co-defendant in a murder trial resulting from a petty crime that spiraled out of control—the somewhat “accidental” murder of the nephew of Vivian Corwin, grande dame of the influential Corwin family. Disarmingly charming and still downright sexy at sixty-eight, there’s more to Vivian than meets the eye. You just gotta love a society doyenne who can toss off, “… if I wasn’t a lady, right about now I would say: f— you.”
Marc has no illusions about why he’s being brought into the case, or what will happen. What he doesn’t know is that he’s gotten on the wrong side of a crooked judge; he just knows the guy hates him and will do everything he can to make life miserable for Marc and his client.
So imagine Marc’s astonishment when the judge finds himself on the wrong side of the bar, and will accept no lawyer but Marc to defend him against a murder charge! Marc very reluctantly accepts the case and enlists Maddy Rivers, a strikingly beautiful female private investigator who is totally taking names and breaking noses, to help him build his case.
And it cracks wide open when it overlaps with Vivian Corwin’s. It turns out the two cases are connected to a local crime king who’s getting away with murder and every other kind of mayhem, but what Marc, Maddy, and Vivian can’t figure out is how he’s doing it.
Always thoroughly-prepared and courtly, Marc meticulously builds his case and patiently presses it without heavy-handed courtroom antics or antagonism, even as this compelling legal mystery erupts with courtroom twists that turn into corkscrews.
About the Author:
Dennis Carstens was born Worthington, MN a small town in the Southwestern corner of the state near South Dakota. He has lived most of his life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. As such he is a member of the long-suffering fraternity of Vikings, Twins, Wild and Timberwolf fans. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from a highly respected private law school, William Mitchell, in St. Paul. He is also a veteran of the USAF having served during the Vietnam war but was among those fortunate not to have been sent to Vietnam itself.
I try to create a story that is entertaining, interesting and most importantly, thought provoking. I want to create something that gives the reader a legal, moral or ethical dilemma to think about. In doing so, as in real life, I may not have every little detail wrapped in a nice, neat bow at the end. However, I do believe the reading experience is well worth the ride. I, myself, am a big fan of the mystery/legal courtroom drama genre. I have read almost all of the “big name” authors and most of them, not all, leave me wondering if they have ever been in a courtroom. Ever actually represented a live human client and most importantly, ever tried to make a living as a lawyer. I was a practicing defense lawyer for almost twenty years and as such, I have a lot of experience to share in my books. The main stories are fictional but a lot of the anecdotal cases Marc Kadella handles are real life cases and added for comic relief.
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