||Jun 1 2000
Stan Turner's defense of a young college girl accused of killing her baby is complicated by her loss of memory and the attempts of a fanatic named Doomsayer to subvert the trial.
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Drop into the home of Dallas attorney, Stan Turner, and his wife Rebekah for a Christmas Party. The house is packed with clients and friends eating, drinking and having a great time. But then the lights go out and Stan's CPA, Bobby Wiggins, is found dead. To make matters worse Bobby's wife blames her hubby's demise on Stan and Rebekah and files suit to collect two million dollars. In the mean time Stan takes on the hopeless defense of a young college student accused of murdering her own baby only to be stalked and terrorized by a fanatic named Doomsayer.
It was the third time for me. The second time in two months. You'd think I was a hardened criminal, a fugitive from the law or something. As I drove toward Sherman past McKinney I daydreamed of just driving right on through, into Oklahoma, through Missouri all the way to Canada. I chuckled. Wouldn't that give the press something to write about?
Then I took a deep breath trying to muster a little courage. I could get through this. A little jail time is no big deal. No, big deal except everybody would be watching as I was taken into custody. My wife, the children, my parents and all my friends. All of the people I love and care about would be watching my humiliation before the entire nation.
As we approached the Sheriff's office I could see the big crowd of reporters gathered to watch my surrender. Slowing down to a crawl to avoid accidentally killing one of them, I eased into a parking space that had been reserved for me. The Sheriff and two deputies were there to accept my surrender. One of the deputies opened the door. As I got out the cameras started flashing and the questions poured out.
"How do you feel this morning, Mr. Turner?" a reporter asked.
"As well as to be expected," I replied.
"Do you think the judge was too harsh with you?" a second reporter inquired.
I shrugged. The Sheriff took my arm and pulled me toward the door. He said, "Alright, clear a path. No more questions. He and his deputies pushed the reporters aside as we made our way inside. As we made our way down a long corridor the Sheriff said,"Well, Stan before we book you and take you to your cell, there is someone here to see you."
"Really," I said quite surprised I would already have a visitor.
They escorted me into a small interrogation room where a woman was seated. When she turned and smiled at me I immediately recognized her. She got up and came over to me. We embraced.
"Mrs. Stone," I said laughing. "What in the world are you doing here?"
She smiled. "I've been hearing a lot about you Stan. My God, can't you stay out of trouble? My editor wanted to get your story. He figured it was only appropriate that I come."
I shook my head. "Well, I'm afraid you can't bail me out of this one, Mrs. Stone. I went and pissed off the judge and there is no bail."
She nodded. "Well, I wish I could do something, I really do. But anyway, I talked the Sheriff into this interview. I hope you don't mind."
"No, I'm not anxious to go to my cell."
"Has anyone got your story yet?"
"No, I've been a little too busy to talk to reporters, but now I've got lots of time."
"Good, then I'd really like to get the inside scoop on all the bizarre things that have been going on with you lately. Can I have the story?"
"You don't even have to ask. You know you're the first person I'd give it to."
"Well then, lets get some coffee and you can start by enlightening me as to why the Sheriff has furnished your cell with a refrigerator full of beer, a TV and a Lazyboy recliner!"
A sudden rush of relief came over me. Tears welled up in my eyes. "My God, did he really go and do all that?"
Dallas lawyer Stan Turner attracts his usual share of trouble and more in William Manchee's Second Chair, the third in a series. Turner must fend off a lawsuit from his CPA's widow, who blames him and his wife for her husband's death, as well as defend a college student accused to murdering her newborn child. Appealing characters and lively dialogue, especially in the courtroom, make this an easy, entertaining read. Top, (toppub(at)hotmail.com), $14.95 paper 360p, ISBN#0-9666366-9-4.
...Manchee's story is a page turner. He keeps the readers interest with a serpentine plot and realistic characters....Manchee's fictional lawyer always win the war, but he does lose battles, which makes him a believable character.
The Book Reader
The courtroom scenes are superb, intoxicating, the descriptions filled with power. The climax is shrewd and fits the modern American temperament of winning at all costs. Manchee, an attorney, spins a good plot, playing out the scenes slowly so that the reader is caught in the what-comes-next trap. Richly textured with wonderful atmosphere, the novel shows Manchee as a smooth, polished master of the mystery form.
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Reader Reviews for "Second Chair, A Stan Turner Mystery"
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|Excellent book. Writer Manchee presents characters you will like, well written, highly recommended.
m j hollingshead
(review for Scribesworld, BookDragon, TerryFic.)