By Robert Heilbrun
A stunning businesswoman is robbedand murdered. together with her final breath, she identifies her assailant. Or does she?Damon Tucker, a tender child from Harlem, is readily charged with the homicide. He continues his innocence from the start regardless of a few quite damning facts. quickly the one individual status among Damon and a potential demise sentence is his public defender, Arch Gold, a tricky court veteran who is aware each circulation within the video game of legal justice in long island urban. yet therefore Gold fast discovers that not anything is what it kind of feels and the principles of facts do not consistently follow. this can be a case he cannot win.Through Gold's eyes, we meet an unforgettable solid of characters on each side of the legislation: a pass judgement on who smiles at everybody yet favors the dying penalty; an previous bookie who is attempting to preserve the govt from seizing his IRAs; a tender stripper with an immense mouth; and a stick-up artist who wishes an afternoon task. every one has a stunning position to play as Gold faces the most important problem of his occupation, risking his recognition -- and his existence -- to discover the truth.With greater than a decade of expertise as a public defender, Robert Heilbrun is in detail acquainted with the workings of the felony justice procedure, inside and out the court. In provide of facts, Heilbrun places his criminal services to take advantage of during this gorgeous and wonderfully written mystery with a surprising twist.
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No problem, Arch. I’m just a friendly civil servant with no secrets. And your kid is fucked. It’s all routine. I’ll fax you the reports. How’s that? Have I actually interviewed the cops about the details of the ID? No. But when I do, which will be real soon, I’ll let you know what they say. Tomorrow, we’ll see whose prints turn up where. And despite your hard-on about getting this ID tossed, trust me, it ain’t happening. ” The whole thing was videotaped, not just by the DA’s guys, but also by the local networks.
The only upside was monetary. The downside was the work itself. We’d met as ﬁrst-year associates at Davis White & Wardell, a huge Wall Street money machine of a law ﬁrm, back when her long lean body, her fascination with corporate law, and her ambition to make a zillion bucks seemed to fulﬁll all my needs, day and night, back when neither of us understood that I couldn’t take orders from older attorney assholes in large corporate settings, and that it mattered to her, and didn’t to me. We’d married after a OFFER OF PROOF 41 year, and it was over within a year and a half.
We’d met as ﬁrst-year associates at Davis White & Wardell, a huge Wall Street money machine of a law ﬁrm, back when her long lean body, her fascination with corporate law, and her ambition to make a zillion bucks seemed to fulﬁll all my needs, day and night, back when neither of us understood that I couldn’t take orders from older attorney assholes in large corporate settings, and that it mattered to her, and didn’t to me. We’d married after a OFFER OF PROOF 41 year, and it was over within a year and a half.
Offer of Proof by Robert Heilbrun