Synopses & Reviews
Eager to bill more hours, ambitious Sarasota lawyer Lilly Cleary tackles a rather odd case defending two guys accused of libeling oranges. They claim pollution turned the fruit toxic—a definite no-no in the Sunshine State, where folks should not be defaming the main money crop. But Lilly's case goes from wacky to deadly when someone blows up one of her clients right in front of her.
Impatient as ever, Lilly sets out to find the killer. But stalking the truth's hard when everyone is lying, including the surviving client, a very fortunate guy who just happens to have a criminal record for making bombs. Lucky for Lilly, she has a handyman who can sniff out a great wine—and an explosive killer.
"In Matturro's entertaining third legal thriller to feature Lilly Cleary, a cute Sarasota, Fla., DA with an obsessive compulsive disorder and an active libido (after Wildcat Wine and Skinny-dipping), Lilly takes on another eccentric client, activist Angus John Cartright, who has been sued for fruit libel by an orange grower. Lilly later discovers that Angus's partner is her creepy former boyfriend, M. David Moody, whose corpse turns up floating in a phosphogypsum stack ('a big lake full of toxic waste') in Manatee County. After Angus educates Lilly about endangered wildlife and toxic sludge, Angus dies in a suspicious explosion and Lilly must solve whodunit or be next on the endangered list. Florida's phospate-rich 'bone valley' region provides the scary background, while Lilly's fearless exuberance under pressure adds comic relief to an intricate tale that underscores the catastrophic effects abandoned phosphate mines and deadly gyp stacks can have on people and the environment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Taking on an unusual case involving the defense of two men who are claiming that Florida's oranges have been rendered toxic by pollution, Sarasota lawyer Lilly Cleary is shocked when one of her clients is murdered in a bombing attack and the other is revealed to have a criminal record for making bombs. By the author of Wildcat Wine. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
A former appellate attorney and former member of the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law, Claire Hamner Matturro lives in Georgia.