A Cure for Night: A Novel (Vintage Crime Black Lizard) by Justin Peacock

By Justin Peacock

A Washington publish most sensible booklet of the YearEdgar Nominee–Best First Novel Joel Deveraux is a emerging big name at a white-shoe legislation enterprise in long island. yet after a drug-related scandal charges him his task and approximately his legislations license, he slides down the company ladder to the Booklyn Defenders workplace. He arrives simply in time for a excessive profile homicide case, the place he's assigned to paintings with the harsh and savvy Myra Goldstein. With strain from their boss and curiosity from the tabloids, they tackle the security of a black pot broker from the tasks who's charged with the homicide of a white collage pupil. Joel quick learns that city felony legislation is a kind of wrestle the place the easiest tale wins–but who’s telling the reality and who’s mendacity are concerns of existence and demise.

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Someone here asks you what you're in for, you tell them traffic tickets. Anything you say to anybody who isn't in this room right now can come back to haunt us. " "I feel you," Lorenzo said. "Okay. I'd like to start just by getting a little background about who you are, before we get into the case itself," Myra said. " "I was raised up in the Gardens," Lorenzo said. "You know Glenwood Gardens? " "I don't," Myra said. "We the old-school kinda project," Lorenzo said. "A big old compound of high-rises.

Tired, I shut down a little during the lull as we waited, feeling a second of disorientation when Delaney's case was called. I picked up the file and walked toward the podium, nodding at Shelly as we passed, the familiar stage fright causing my heart to pound a little and my palms to sweat, as it always did, but it didn't bother me: I knew I'd be fine once I started talking. I looked down at the file as I walked, furrowing my brow as though sifting through conflicting evidence, when really I was just double-checking my client's name.

There was a steady drone of voices from the back of the room, which was nondescript and worn, the only decorations being the words "In God We Trust" behind the judge and a half dozen of the ugliest chandeliers I'd ever seen in my life. The courthouse had been built in the 1930s and was coming apart at the seams. Tired, I shut down a little during the lull as we waited, feeling a second of disorientation when Delaney's case was called. I picked up the file and walked toward the podium, nodding at Shelly as we passed, the familiar stage fright causing my heart to pound a little and my palms to sweat, as it always did, but it didn't bother me: I knew I'd be fine once I started talking.

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