A good legal thriller can keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how the case will turn out. Defense of An Other adds a layer to that feeling. As I read it I kept thinking how easy this same situation could happen to me.
The story is about a young lawyer, Matt Durant, on trial for Murder. His boss a high profile lawyer in New Orleans is defending him. The charges stem from a bar fight. A man picked a fight with Matt, who hit the aggressor back with a beer bottle.
Before the fight Matt had been in a rough break up with a long time girlfriend. On a night out drinking he hits up a gay bar. Outside the bar Matt and a new acquaintance Joey are approached by three stereotypical red necks.
It is the kind of scenario I think a number of people could relate to. Matt could have walked away, leaving Joey to get beaten or worse. But his moral center made him want protect a guy in a three on one fight.
As the trail grows closer it turns out Joey is a known drug dealer. Immediately questions to the jury are raised about Matt’s sexual orientation and his drug use. Before the trail starts there is bias with the jury. It is obvious this is going to be an uphill battle.
I liked how the courtroom process unfolded. There were some errors made by the police in the investigation. As a cop it annoyed me this investigator would make these mistakes. But later in the story he was called out on it by the defense attorneys.
Overall it was hard to put this book down. Overall the plot was one I could see happening. A guy trying to do right ends up accused. Then the situation starts to spiral out of control. Damage control seems to be working but then new evidence or witness tosses the case into a tail spin again.
If you are looking for a good legal thriller I highly recommend picking up your copy of Defense of An Other.