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Falls the Shadowby William Lashner
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New York Times bestselling author William Lashner returns with a brilliantly twisty tale that probes the dark side of the law — and man
Unlike the rest of you, I cheerfully admit to my own utter selfishness. I am self-made, self-absorbed, self-serving, self-referential, even self-deprecating, in a charming sort of way. In short, I am all the selfs except selfless. Yet every so often, I run across a force of nature that shakes my sublime self-centeredness to its very roots. Something that tears through the landscape like a tornado, leaving nothing but ruin and reexamination in its wake. Something like Bob.
A beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange little busybody named Bob.
Bob has the aspiration, one could even say compulsion, to help those around him. And it usually works out well for all concerned, except when it ends in blood. But Victor doesnt know that . . . yet.
Thanks to Bob, Victor is suddenly dressing better, dating a stunning woman, and both his economic prospects and his teeth are gleaming. Its all good, until Victor finds a troubling connection between Bob and the murdered wife. Is Bob a kind of saint or is this obsessive Good Samaritan, in reality, a murderer?
Filled with the keen wit, deep poignancy, twisting suspense, and dark realism that has entranced readers, impressed reviewers, and made William Lashners previous novels bestsellers, Falls the Shadow is a riveting novel sure to leave readers eager for more.
In New York Times bestselling author William Lashner's 5th novel, Philly attorney Victor Carl lands in big trouble when he and his law partner step in to help clear their client of a murder conviction.
A beautiful young woman is found brutally murdered in her home, her hand clutching a photograph. The jury convicts the husband of murderandndash;one and sentences him to life in prison. He'll be in jail until his bones rot unless his new attorneys, Beth Derringer and Victor Carl, can save him. It seems hopeless, but Victor may just be slippery enough to pull something off. Victor is worried that Beth's feelings about the case run a little deeper than mere sympathy for a client.
Enter a strange little man with a secret. What does he have to do with the case that Victor and Beth are working on and is it not only Beth's heart but also Victor's life that are in danger?
"I don't have to believe in my client.
I just have to believe in the legal tender
Defense attorney Victor Carl has never been particularly concerned about trivial things like "ethics" and "morality." A beautiful woman has been brutally slain, but as long as the price is right, Carl will do whatever he can to get convicted wife murderer François Dubé out of prison — whether his client deserves it or not.
But a major distraction has blown into Carl's world: a strange, obsessed "guardian angel" who's insinuating himself into every aspect of the lawyer's life, an unbidden interloper who may be too close to the Dubé case for comfort . . . and close enough to Victor Carl to kill.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author William Lashner is the author of seven suspense novels that have been published in more than a dozen languages throughout the world. A graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, he lives with his family outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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