The Only Good Lawyer by Jeremiah Healy ReviewPocket Books, March 1998.
Paperback, 298 pages.
John Cuddy, a private investigator, decides to take on the case of Alan Spaeth, a racist white male who is charged with murdering Woodrow Gant, despite the negative reaction from his girlfriend, attorney Nancy Meagher, who believes Spaeth is obviously guilty. Woodrow Gant was a prominent African-American lawyer who was found murdered by his car in the early morning hours. All the evidence points to Cuddy's obnoxious client and he certainly is isn't winning any new friends by taking on the unwanted case. As Cuddy begins to investigate, he finds that there is more than meets the eye to Gant's lifestyle and that he had unusual passions and multiple enemies. Cuddy goes forward with the case, determined to discover the real killer so he can clear Spaeth's name, despite the damage it is doing to his own love life.
Jeremiah Healy continues to please private-eye fans with this 12th entry into his Shamus award-winning John Cuddy series. Strong characters, great dialogue and an exciting plot highlight this appealing addition.
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