In this, Volume 11 of the Stan Turner Mysteries, a triple homicide is caught on tape yet the person or persons responsible and the motive for this grisly crime are a mystery. This is the kind of high-profile murder case that attorney Paula Waters loves but as she tries to unravel the twisted facts a critical witness is murdered and two others disappear. When the trial finally begins and she thinks she has everything figured out, Stan informs her that she has it all wrong!
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A triple homicide is caught on tape by a professional photographer yet the person or persons responsible and the motive for this grisly crime are a mystery. This is the kind of high-profile murder case that attorney Paula Waters loves but as she tries to unravel the twisted facts a critical witness is murdered and two others disappear. When the trial finally begins and she thinks she has everything figured out, Stan informs her that she has it all wrong!
Paula isnít happy with Stanís revelations, particularly since he has been of little help to her during the trial. In the past he has been right there with her from the beginning to the end, but this time he has been busy helping their new associate Jodie Marshall with her civil defense of an ex-Army MP who thwarted a thief in a jewelry store heist but managed to shoot the store owner in the process.
Stan has his own troublesome bankruptcy case too. A Pakistani immigrant has been defrauded of his life savings of $250,000 by a thug preying on fellow countrymen wanting to immigrate to the U.S. Stan puts his client into a chapter 11 reorganization but the thug has little respect for U.S. laws or its judicial system causing Stanís plan to go awry.
Stanís unexplained absences from the office further exacerbates his shaky relations with Paula, particularly when she discovers heís apparently having liaisons with a hooker!
DDTJ at Amazon
BRAVO! BRAVO!! This is the first of the Stan Turner books I have read and it WONT be my last(I ordered all the rest of them yesterday!) I loved the characters their lives and the plots that are packed into the story. I loved it all of it! what more can I say, except buy it!
Robin Leigh Morgan at Amazon
This is the first real mystery Iíve read/reviewed and the first time Iíve read anything written by William Manchee. The unfortunate thing for me is this is the 11th book in the Stan Turner series of mysteries so I donít know anything about the main character for the series or any of the other characters, which might be either a good or bad thing.
Reading this book, I had visions of Perry Mason and his private detective Paul Drake coming to my mind. But unlike those stories I watched on television as a child, and now thanks to NetFlix Iím watching again, I found having two addition unrelated storylines to have been somewhat of a distraction to the main storyline revolving around three diners who died from poisoning at a well-known local restaurant in Dallas, Emilioís; and a poor unsuspecting waiter who gets arrested for this crime. [The name of this restaurant, by coincidence is the name of an Italian restaurant my OH and I love to dine at.]
Of two distractions, the first involves his helping a new lawyer, Jodie Marshall with civil defense of a former Military Police officer who prevents a jewelry store from being robbed, but somehow winds up shooting the storeís owner instead.
The second distraction deals with Stan helping a immigrant from Pakistan whoís been conned out of his lifeís savings by a thug, a thug who doesnít give a damn about anything, especially anything regarding our legal systems and laws.
Neither of these two distractions have anything to do with the main premise of this book, other than infuriate Paula with Stanís lack of attention to her and her needs.
Just as I mentioned in the above, the plot twists, the murder and the disappearances of witness are all reminiscent of the Perry Mason episodes I mentioned above. This also includes the surprise ending; which is why I found this book somewhat endearing.
As far as the book itself is concerned, I personally found having chapters heading with characterís names and which basically revolve around them to be somewhat of a distraction. But, then, Iíve read/reviewed about three other books in which their authors have used the same pattern for their chapters; so there must be a reason for it.
The writing lends itself to its readers for an enticing experience to keep turning the pages to the bookís conclusion.
Given the above, Iím happy to ďDeadly DiningĒ 4 STARS
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