From the Village of Lucca

From the Village of Lucca

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£10.99
ISBN:
9781785547102

What connects a brutal robbery in the Tuscan village of Lucca, to murders that occurred in the American Southwest? And how could a killing that took place in an Arizona bordello be related to what happened in a grim asylum nearly a lifetime later? Paul Rankin is about to learn the answers-and much more. The young lawyer has been practicing barely a year, but already hates it. He's been hoping for the thrills of the courtroom, but the firm's wealthy clients have infuriating whims about a lawyer's role-the last one paid five hundred an hour for him to walk her dog!
Enter Louisa Locke, a tiny, dying widow with a mysterious missing person case. The brittle woman already spent staggering sums on useless investigators, but will stop at nothing to find out what happened to a tragic, childhood friend named Laura. With little time left she offers a fortune if Paul's firm can find out. The work has all the signs of another dog walker task, and then Paul discovers his firm's retired founder may hold the clues. But that's Paul's own father, and they're estranged. Worse yet, the old man suffers from Alzheimer's, and the keys to Locke's puzzle seem to be falling away from his crumbling mind.
Paul's already fractured relationship with his father gets only worse when he learns of the bond Locke had with her friend, and the touching reasons for her obsession. He begins ignoring rules to find out more, until he's reaches a dangerous crossroads. He makes a stunning decision, and starts down a trail of murder and deceit that leads halfway around the world. Within just a few months of getting this ‘dog walking' assignment he'll get his wish for courtroom work-in an ancient Florentine courtroom, no less. But there's a catch: It's the kind of trial most lawyers have nightmares about.

J. P. Roarke

J. P.
Roarke

J.P. Roarke spent nearly thirty years defending clients in court, training new lawyers, and running one of the oldest law firms in California. He has written two other books, several short stories, and a number of poems. He lives with his wife in the Coachella Valley, in Southern California.

Reviews

by
Roger
5

Excellent book, very creative, yet reads a lot like a classic.
by
Alan
5

Just finished this book, and have to say, what a ride! It does have its share(actually, more than its share) of beautiful scenes, but the atmosphere is more Dan Brown than Nicholas Sparks, with some John Grisham thrown in, with Really gripping, intense parts. One of those stories that I sorry it ended.
by
Michael
5

My wife's friend recommended this book. It took a little while to get, but I sat down with it in front of the fire three nights ago. Four hours later the fire was still going, and I was still reading. The plot is very unusual, very touching, and very gripping, especially as the story proceeds. It was very hard to put down.
Highly recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries, loyalty dramas, courtroom edge of the seat stuff.

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