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Last Lawyer Standing

Last Lawyer Standing

Kevin Corvelli Mystery Series (Volume 3)

Douglas Corleone

Minotaur Books

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Defense attorney Kevin Corvelli fled from New York to Hawaii after the sensational death of one of his clients three years ago. Now, in the wake of another client's death—a client Kevin had fallen in love with—Kevin would run again if only he could pull himself free from a couple of high-profile, high-risk cases. The FBI is investigating the poisoning of a young woman who happened to be Governor Wade Omphrey's mistress. The governor was off the island at the time, but that doesn't mean that he didn't order the hit or that he doesn't need a hotshot lawyer like Corvelli defending him.

Then the DEA raids a local meth lab and Turi Ahina is picked up in the sweep. A career criminal, Ahina has set Corvelli up with plenty of client referrals, but Corvelli owes him for much more than that ever since Ahina saved his life. Now Ahina's only way out is to turn in the big man, and he can't just tell the FBI who it is—they already know that. He needs to find him and set a trap, a trap that won't succeed without Corvelli's help. The plan is simple, as foolproof and dangerous as a suicide attempt.

As the stakes rise, Corvelli gets drawn in deeper and deeper until the only way he can escape is to stick it out to the end in Douglas Corleone's most compelling legal mystery yet.

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CHAPTER 1

My shadow stretched diagonally across the federal courthouse steps on Ala Moana Boulevard in downtown Honolulu, just an ordinary man in an ordinary suit with a Panama Jack resting on his head. Just another lawyer on his way...

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Praise for Last Lawyer Standing

“The current crop of legal thrillers is further graced with the presence of Douglas Corleone, who follows his auspicious debut with an equally enjoyable successor, which continues the saga of Kevin Corvelli, a charismatic defense attorney.” —San Diego Tribune on Night on Fire

“The contemporary legal thriller is a page-turner in the best sense of the word.” —Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Night on Fire

“Kevin tries a mean case and tells a fine story.” —Kirkus Reviews on Night on Fire

“Appealing. . .Corvelli uses an impressive array of legal precedents and courtroom antics… The resulting thrust and parry is well done.” —Publishers Weekly on Night on Fire

“Fans of John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, and other legal thriller authors will enjoy this for the sheer pleasure of seeing a master defense attorney at work in the courtroom.” —Library Journal on One Man's Paradise

“This novel won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, and it's no wonder. Former defense lawyer Corleone has created a crafty and memorable character and placed him in a suspenseful and layered story. . .A sequel to this fine debut would seem almost mandatory.” —Booklist on One Man's Paradise

“This is a strong book, one with the ring of authenticity. Corvelli--and by extension, author Corleone--may be new to this, but he knows it, and he's a quick study.” —Honolulu Weekly on One Man's Paradise

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Read the Kirkus Review of LAST LAWYER STANDING . Honolulu attorney Kevin Corvelli's latest pair of clients serve up surprise after unhappy surprise. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Douglas Corleone

DOUGLAS CORLEONE is a former New York City defense attorney and winner of the MB/MWA First Crime Novel Competition. He now lives in the Hawaiian Islands with his wife and two children. Last Lawyer Standing is his third novel.

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