Where to Choose: A Novel
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Titel: Where to Choose: A Novel
Verlag: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good
Auflage: First Edition.
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As a lawyer, Carole Ann Gibson defended every kind of criminal -- from the white collar crooks who stole with pens and computers to the low-level hoods who stole with guns and knives. The one truth she learned was that justice and the law are sometimes only distantly related.
After Carole Ann walked away from her law practice, she thought she was through dealing with the violent class. But when she learns that her mother's best friend has been attacked in the old neighborhood, she gets on the next plane home -- and finds that the place where she grew up is in trouble and that the police don't care. Carole Ann decides that this time she's going to make sure justice is done.
This neighborhood used to be one of Los Angeles's little jewels -- a few peaceful blocks that had always been home to a mix of races and cultures that somehow managed to all get along. But now attacks have become common and fear prevades every life. No one knows where the trouble is coming from; they only know the rules of survival. Don't go out after dark, don't go out alone, and don't think that the police are going to do anything to help. Beyond that, the only thing they can think of doing is give up. And that's the one thing that Carole Ann doesn't know how to do. So when she starts trying to find the source of the attacks and the reason for the police indifference, she finds not only her neighborhood but herself under attack. And her attackers don't just want to hurt her, they want her dead.
Penny Mickelbury has created a marvelous character in Carole Ann Gibson, a brilliant, caring lawyer who likes to win but knows that there is a price for victory, and who is determined not to allow that price to be her own humanity.
Critics have already said that Penny Mickelbury has "the stuff to be a superstar." In Where to Choose, she shows why she is truly one of the great mystery writers of today.Review:
On tough, Washington, D.C., defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson's first day back at Jacaranda Estates, the multiracial housing complex in Los Angeles where she grew up, she is threatened by two young gangsters.
"Do not come another step closer to me!" Gibson says in her best withering courtroom voice. Their surprise was replaced by anger, which, in turn, was replaced by snarling hatred. Carole Ann thought it a pity, the ugliness of their expressions, since they could have been--should have been--such handsome young men. Both reminded her of actors. One resembled the gorgeous Jimmy Smits, and the other could have been the offspring of the elegant Edward James Olmos. She wanted to tell them that if they resembled such lovely, creative men, they should behave creatively instead of destructively. She also wanted to kill them.The same dynamite combination of sexual energy and unbridled aggression that distinguished One Must Wait, Penny Mickelbury's first book about Gibson, from the rest of the female legal-eagle horde gives her second adventure an equally impressive charge. Slowly recovering from the murder of her husband and the near death of her best friend, C.A. (as she's known in the trenches) responds to a call for help from her mother, one of a shrinking group of old women under seige at Jacaranda. Once a bastion of racial harmony, the housing estate has turned into a battlefield that the LAPD can't--or won't--control. So it's up to C.A. and her own private army of ex-cops, lawyers, and feisty old folks to find out what's going on--and you'd better believe they succeed. Mickelbury has also written two good books about lesbian detective Gianna Maglione, Keeping Secrets and Night Songs, both of which are available in paperback. --Dick Adler
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