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Bear is broken : a Leo Maxwell mystery

Author: Lachlan Smith
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Leo Maxwell grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney who racked up enemies as quickly as he racked up acquittals. As children, their father was jailed for the murder of their mother, and Teddy was left to care for Leo who tried to emulate his older brother, even following him into the legal profession. The two are at lunch one day when Teddy, supposed to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Legal stories
Mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lachlan Smith
ISBN: 9780802120793 0802120792
OCLC Number: 801441735
Description: 256 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Lachlan Smith.

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"Leo Maxwell grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney who racked up enemies as quickly as he racked up acquittals. As children, their father was jailed for the murder of their mother, and Teddy was left to care for Leo who tried to emulate his older brother, even following him into the legal profession. The two are at lunch one day when Teddy, supposed to give the closing argument of his current trial that afternoon, is shot: in public, in cold blood, the shooter escaping without Leo being able to identify him. As Teddy lies in a coma, Leo comes to the conclusion that the search for his brother's shooter falls upon him and him alone, as his brother's enemies were not merely the scum on the street but embedded within the police department as well. As he begins to examine the life of a brother he realizes he barely knew, Leo quickly realizes that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have imagined. The deeper Leo digs into Teddy's life, the more questions arise: questions about Teddy and his ex-wife, questions about the history of the Maxwell family, even questions about the murder that tore their family apart all those years ago. And somewhere, the person who shot his brother is still on the loose, and there are many who would happily kill Leo in order to keep it that way."--Jacket.

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"Smith doesn't write like a novice."--"New York Times Book Review" "An absorbing debut novel..."Bear is Broken" is an exciting read."--"New York Journal of Books" "This superior whodunit takes off at Read more...

 
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