A Cure For Night

A Cure For Night

Book - 2008
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In Brooklyn's criminal courts, justice often depends on who has the better story to tell. That's what the criminal law is: it's how the day tries to correct the night's mistakes. Most of my cases, people have done something they never would've dreamed of doing in broad daylight. What does that make us? I said. The night's janitors? We're absolutely that, Myra said, sipping her cosmo. What else do we do but clean up after it? That's why we'll never run out of work. Not unless someone invents a cure for night. After a drug-related scandal ejects Joel Deveraux from his job at a white-shoe law firm, he slides down the corporate ladder to the Public Defenders' office in Brooklyn, where he defends the innocent and the guilty alike, a cog in the great clanking machine that is the New York City justice system. When his boss offers him the second chair to the savvy Myra Goldstein in a high-profile murder case, he eagerly takes it. The defendant is Lorenzo Tate, a black pot dealer from the projects who is charged with the murder of a white college student in a street shooting; and the tabloids have sunk their teeth into the racially tinged trial. In this twisty and overwhelmingly authentic journey through the real Brooklyn, Justin Peacock paints a portrait of the law as a form of combat where the best story wins--but who's telling the truth and who's lying are matters of interpretation. And of life and death. This compelling debut novel announces Justin Peacock as a writer who enters the territory of Richard Price and Scott Turow with a fresh new take on urban crime and punishment.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385525800
038552580X
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"Once an associate at a prestigious law firm, Joel Deveraux landed at the Brooklyn Public Defender's Office after his drug use led to the suspension of his law license. He's been asked to help fellow lawyer Myra Goldstein on a case involving a black drug dealer, Lorenzo Tate, who's accused of killing a white college kid. Lorenzo claims he's innocent (and in fact had nothing to gain from killing his client), and the case is all over the news. But as Myra and Joel dig in, they realise that small inconsistencies are piling up. Grab this one if you like Scott Turow's thought-provoking legal thrillers." Thrillers and Suspense October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688170

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