When defense lawyer Charley Sloan is called to the home of his client Miles Dane at four in the morning, he finds Miles' wife has been beaten to death. Getting Miles off the suspect list isn't going to be easy; not only did he call his lawyer before he called 911, but he has a reputation as a troublemaker.To make matters worse, Miles' home office has three walls devoted to weapons, one of which is missing.
On the home front, Charley is dealing with his alcoholic daughter, Lisa, who called him, drunk, to tell him she's quitting law school.
Charley goes through a lot to get his client off the hook, even though Miles can scarcely afford to pay him. The judge, who loves the limelight but despises Charley, makes things even tougher on the defense attorney, who also gets no slack from the police.
Courtroom thrillers aren't our favorite thing to read, but this one did have interesting characters and an unexpected ending.
Note: strong language and some sexual innuendo.
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