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Court of Lies

Court of Lies

A Novel

Gerry Spence

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From Gerry Spence, one of America’s greatest trial attorneys and the New York Times bestselling author of How to Argue and Win Every Time, comes an explosive courtroom thriller of murder, passion, and the twists and treachery of law and justice.

Gerry Spence is one of the greatest trial lawyers of our time. He has not lost a jury trial in fifty years and has never lost a criminal or a capital case. He has also represented many celebrated defendants and appeared on countless national TV talk shows.

Spence now presents us with beautiful Lillian Adams, who is going on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband before Judge John Murray. The prosecutor, Haskins Sewell, however, is consumed by political ambition. He plans to advance his own career by framing Lillian for murder one and by railroading the judge into prison.

A fast-paced, up-all-night courtroom thriller, Court of Lies is also a harsh indictment of today’s legal system. The country has 2.3 million people behind bars and 7.5 million more on parole or probation. A major reason for so much mass incarceration is the dominance of politically motivated prosecutors, who over-sentence defendants for the sake of winning votes in their own elections and advancing their careers.

CHAPTER 1


KILLING IS A part of living.

A man kills a deer with those soft, innocent eyes the size of large black cherries. He kills the plodding, harmless steer standing knee-deep in manure in the stockyards waiting to be slaughtered....

Praise for Court of Lies

“Gerry Spence electrified the courtroom every time he argued a case. Now, the legendary lawyer makes his crime novel debut, and lightning strikes again. Court of Lies is a stunning drama filled with characters as smart and surprising as Spence himself, and brilliant plotting that twists and turns to an ending you’ll never see coming. I loved it!”
—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look

“Witty and fast-paced, this novel is filled with tension, suspense and sharply drawn characters. And the courtroom drama sizzles!”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Bound for Gold

“Classic noir. A rollercoaster ride through a courtroom case by one of America’s foremost lawyers. Terrific book—can’t wait for the movie.”
—David Black, winner of two Edgars, a dozen Emmys and Writers Guild nominations and awards, and author of Fast Shuffle

“Its courtroom scenes have the ring of truth (no surprise, considering the author’s long career as a prosecutor and defense attorney), as do the characters . . . [A]n easy novel to read and a difficult one to put down.”
Booklist

Court of Lies is best filed under courtroom noir, a la Michael Connolly’s superb Lincoln Lawyer series featuring Mickey Haller. Spence’s prose is as polished as his final summation to the jury, helping to make the case that he belongs alongside John Grisham and Scott Turow as the foremost legal thriller writers of our time.
Sunday Providence Journal

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“Gerry Spence electrified the courtroom every time he argued a case. Now, the legendary lawyer makes his crime novel debut, and lightning strikes again. Court of Lies is a stunning drama filled with characters as smart and surprising as Spence himself, and brilliant plotting that twists and turns to an ending you’ll never see coming. I loved it!”
—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Killer Look

“Witty and fast-paced, this novel is filled with tension, suspense and sharply drawn characters. And the courtroom drama sizzles!”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Bound for Gold

“Classic noir. A rollercoaster ride through a courtroom case by one of America’s foremost lawyers. Terrific book—can’t wait for the movie.”
—David Black, winner of two Edgars, a dozen Emmys and Writers Guild nominations and awards, and author of Fast Shuffle

“Its courtroom scenes have the ring of truth (no surprise, considering the author’s long career as a prosecutor and defense attorney), as do the characters . . . [A]n easy novel to read and a difficult one to put down.”
Booklist

Court of Lies is best filed under courtroom noir, a la Michael Connolly’s superb Lincoln Lawyer series featuring Mickey Haller. Spence’s prose is as polished as his final summation to the jury, helping to make the case that he belongs alongside John Grisham and Scott Turow as the foremost legal thriller writers of our time.
Sunday Providence Journal

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Reviews from Goodreads

Gerry Spence

Gerry Spence court trials are studied in law schools, and he is universally celebrated as one of the greatest courtroom lawyers of our time. He has not lost a jury trial in fifty years and has never lost a criminal or a capital case. His defense of high-profile clients as well as of the poor, the injured, and the damned has won him international renown. His own trials have been the subject of books, film, and television. He received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Consumer Attorneys of California and another one from the American Association for Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Argue and Win Every Time.

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