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One Must Wait

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Carole Ann Gibson: They call her the best damn trial lawyer in town, and in a town like Washington, DC, that's no small feat. She's a partner in a top tier law firm earning big bucks keeping criminals out of jail. She's so good at her job that she almost blows the case of the first innocent client she's had in years--a rookie DC cop,Tommy Griffin, wrongly accused of being dirty--because she hadn't realized that she'd begun to treat all criminal cases the same. But when the client isn't a criminal? It was exactly the wake-up call she needed: The reminder that it doesn't matter how well you know the law if you've forgotten what justice is. At the same time CA is having her crisis of conscience, a highly paid partner in another big time law firm is having similar feelings about his corporate client criminals.That lawyer is CA's husband, Al. Suppose they didn't defend criminals any more--white collar or no collar? Before they can really enjoy the feeling of freedom, Al is killed in what appears to be a random street mugging. DC is, after all, a dangerous city at night. But things aren't always what they seem, especially in the dark hallways of the rich and powerful in DC. It's Tommy Griffin, the rookie cop that CA saved, who shakes her out of her grief with the fact that Al's death was no accident--he was murdered. The homicide detective on the case took a bullet in the back to shut down his investigation gives CA one piece of advice: Don't get mad, get even. The best damn trial lawer in town is on a mission to find out who murdered her husband. The search takes her to the bayous of Louisiana where things really get dark and dangerous, where nothing and nobody are what they seem, where CA almost loses her own life in the search to bring her husband's killer to justice...and where the law is a murky as the swamps.  

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 29, 1997 – It takes Mickelbury (Night Songs) a while to set up this story about a grieving widow's determination to find her husband's murderer. Once she does, however, an initially discursive tale turns into an exceptionally intricate and mysterious thriller. Carole Ann Gibson is a brilliant, hard-edged black defense lawyer who habitually defends white-collar criminals for a top Washington, D.C., firm; her husband, Alain, is a corporate attorney expert at helping his high-powered firm's greedy clients subvert environmental laws. Just as they decide to change their lives and cleanse their consciences, Alain is killed in a mugging. When police detective Jake Graham discovers that Alain was murdered under different circumstances, a key witness vanishes and Jake himself is paralyzed by a bullet. Suspicious of Alain's boss, Larry Devereaux, and their shady client, Parish Petroleum of Louisiana, Carole Ann decides to investigate. Once she arrives in New Orleans, the novel seethes with hidden ghost towns, murky rivers and vivid, original characters: civil rights activists Warren Forchette, Lillian Gailliard, Eldon Warmsely; secretive Sadie Cord; the violent Devereaux clan. Carole Ann finds some answers in the typically Louisianan racial relationship that binds the Devereaux and Warmsley families. Mickelbury's depiction of ecological destruction and the relationship between environmental politics and racism informs her novel with a depth and anger that parallels Carol Ann's search for Alain's murderer.
One Must Wait
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Penny Mickelbury
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 373 Pages
  • Language: English
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