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Fatal Flawby William Lashner
Synopses & Reviews
"Lust will make a fool of any man, but it is only love that can truly ruin him." So says Victor Carl, the ethically adventurous Philadelphia lawyer who usually ends up doing the right thing, but, as his law partner says, often for all the wrong reasons.
Late one night Victor gets a panicked phone call from an old law school classmate. Guy Forrest claims he has just found the body of his fiancée lying murdered in the house they shared. The victim is Hailey Prouix, for whose love Guy had abandoned his children, his job, his wife, his life. Hailey had mesmerized every man she ever met — including, unbeknownst to Guy, Victor Carl. Convinced that Guy is Hailey's killer, Victor agrees to represent him, all the while secretly vowing to see justice done, whatever the cost.
The plan would have to be dirty, base, vile, the plan would have to exhibit a complete lack of moral fiber in the soul of the deranged maniac who dreamed it up. I was just the man for the job.
But when Victor's certainty begins to crack, he embarks on a quest that will take him from Philadelphia to Las Vegas to the valleys of West Virginia and back again. He digs further and further into Hailey Prouix's past and discovers that nothing is as simple as it had seemed, especially the woman he thought he loved.
Who was Hailey Prouix? Behind the answer lurks a killer. As Guy's murder trial heads toward its shattering conclusion, Victor must find the brutal truth before the mechanism of retribution he himself has set into motion falls like a hatchet, smack on his client's head.
"This startling legal thriller is very, very good....[A] devilishly complex, meticulously plotted thriller that keeps us guessing right up to the final scenes....The author's prose style achieves a rare lyricism in places, and his characters are deep pools of mystery. A first-rate legal thriller." David Pitt, Booklist
"[H]ighly readable if predictable....What raises Lashner's thriller above the ordinary is its rich and resonant first-person narrative. Since his debut in 1995's Hostile Witness, the character of Carl has aged like fine wine....He's a provocative and entertaining guide, far more entertaining than the journey on which he leads us." Publishers Weekly
"[T]rademark over-the-top flourishes include a knife-wielding lesbian in a dark alley and a hit man who has torn his skin to tatters in self-loathing. It's the tallest of tall tales, of course, but it's got robust drive, and Lashner deserves a tip of the hat for Guy's Houdini-like escape from that opening set-up." Kirkus Reviews
Lawyer Victor Carl agrees to represent a man accused of killing his fiance, even though he thinks he is guilty of the crime. Soon, however, Victor finds himself on a quest that will lead him to the horrifying discovery that nothing is as simple as it seems.
About the Author
William Lashner, a former Philadelphia lawyer, is a graduate of New York University Law School and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has served as trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Justice Department. He lives with his family outside of Philadelphia.
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