Indefensible

Indefensible

eBook - 2014
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In the bestselling tradition of Defending Jacob , this taut legal thriller follows the trail of a man determined to protect his community?and his family?at any cost. Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails... When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall stumbles upon two men digging what appears to be a grave in a state park, she immediately reports it to the authorities. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is initially incredulous about her claims, but he agrees to investigate. To his surprise, the far-fetched account turns up a body, and Nick is drawn into a case that will shake both his morals and his personal life to their very core. One body quickly leads to another. The danger Cassandra has uncovered is just the beginning of a game of deadly stakes that implicates small-time drug dealers, petty thieves turned murderers, domestic abuse perpetrators, child pornographers, the highest offices of the legal system...and a criminal who is closer to Davis than he can even imagine.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781476728025
147672802X
147672802X
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Summary: In the bestselling tradition of Defending Jacob , this taut legal thriller follows the trail of a man determined to protect his community?and his family?at any cost. Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails... When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall stumbles upon two men digging what appears to be a grave in a state park, she immediately reports it to the authorities. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is initially incredulous about her claims, but he agrees to investigate. To his surprise, the far-fetched account turns up a body, and Nick is drawn into a case that will shake both his morals and his personal life to their very core. One body quickly leads to another. The danger Cassandra has uncovered is just the beginning of a game of deadly stakes that implicates small-time drug dealers, petty thieves turned murderers, domestic abuse perpetrators, child pornographers, the highest offices of the legal system...and a criminal who is closer to Davis than he can even imagine.

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cameralover53
Jul 17, 2018

Author Lee Goodman received his undergrad degree in biology, moved from the eastern seaboard to Alaska where he spent his time dog sledding and commercial salmon fishing. He returned to university to study law but found his new profession was not a “good fit,” and subsequently decided the best use of his law degree was writing legal fiction rather than practising as a lawyer. He wrote and published his first book “Indefensible” with lead character/lawyer, Nick Davis in 2014.
The authors diverse background is noteworthy simply because it illustrates his own moral fibre and ethical standards, which are inseparable from his characters and plot.
Prior to Part 1, Goodman includes a telling quote (a portion of the “Preamble to the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility”.) It illustrates the lawyer and his/her conscience, ‘the touchstone against which to test [his actions], guiding principles which if adhered to, renders “the law a noble profession” wherein lies its’ greatness and its’ strength which permit no compromise.”
I read the passage a few times because it illustrates the high standards essential to the practice of law, the ideal. Understanding the author’s philosophy on life is essential to the readers’ appreciation of the character Nick Davis, as well as the plot, secondary characters and their interpersonal relationships.
Nick Davis, a lawyer, is a multidimensional character with emotional depth we normally don’t associate with lawyers. Goodman’s writing reflects an interest in in developmental disabilities, mental illness, the rights of criminal defendants, and in the complexity of family dynamics (especially parent-child relationships).
Goodman seems to be a principled man who regarded his model code of responsibility seriously. He does not appear to be driven by the almighty dollar. His love and appreciation of the environment in Alaska is also noteworthy. Nearing the end of the book, I cried as the realization hit me "no matter how hard we try to influence, care for children from toxic families, to repair the damage done (especially to young children), it is often irreversible despite the combined efforts of social workers, foster parents, and others. Not everyone can be saved, and that fact is a sad one.
Lee Goodman is an excellent writer; his subject matter is interesting, his characters reflect diverse personalities in our real lives. The reader wrestles with the conflict that "Good, decent people can do despicable things." His viewpoint on law and justice is unique. He is currently working on a third book in this series. I can't wait for it to be published.

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nancy180
Jul 14, 2014

Really enjoyed this book and hope he has a new one soon. Reminds me a bit of Andrew Gross, if you like his books, but not as action packed.
Really good read, Enjoy!

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