Hailed by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten trial lawyers in America--and a consultant in the prosecution of O.J. Simpson and the retrial of the Menendez brothers--John Martel is a legal superstar. He has brought his expertise to bear on two top thrillers, Partners and Conflicts of Interest. The Alternate is his boldest accomplishment yet.When a philandering ex-congressman is charged with killing his wife, it seems like an open and shut case. He is abusive, elitist, and unremorseful. He is also--he swears--innocent. Forced to piece together a puzzle that includes the mob, mistresses, double jeopardy, political ambition, and a tainted jury, both Grace Harris, the prosecutor, and Barrett Dickson, the defense attorney, find themselves closer to the murder investigation, and each other, than is comfortable. Risking their lives and careers to get to the truth of this case, these lawyers must confront their deepest fears and a killer determined to influence the outcome of the trial no matter how many lives it takes.This summer, John Martel combines his two talents in one sensational novel that will solidify his reputation as one of the best legal thriller writers today.
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|display_description||In her opulent Pacific Heights mansion, above a city glittering in the night, Lara Ashford lies dead. A former beauty queen and the wife of a powerful ex-congressman, she was a woman who made mistakes--married to a man who made even more. Now, from all over San Francisco and across the country, cops and investigators, lawyers, and politicians, are being drawn into the most controversial case to hit the Bay Area in years. They claim they're coming for justice. But for some of them, justice will be at the ultimate price. Grace Harris and Barrett Dickson are the two attorneys caught in the fray, clinging to their careers, their troubled lives, their shaken ideals. The trial of Elliot Ashford for the brutal murder of his wife will turn them into adversaries in the courtroom, even as they find themselves dangerously close to each other outside of it. With a key piece of evidence mysteriously vanished...with the D.A. trying to run from his secrets all the way to the Governor's mansion...and with influential people pulling strings on both sides, an innocent jury will be drawn into the cross-fire, as a case driven by personal vendettas and hidden motives erupts in violence. For behind the headlines, the politics, and the legal maneuvering, behind the lies, the evasions, and the stunning reversals--another player is in the game: one with a front row seat, and a history of madness and murder... In The Alternate, top trial lawyer and bestselling author John Martel combines a richly textured, morally complex portrait of a justice system spinning out of control and an electrifying novel of page-turning suspense.|
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