The Prosecution Rests: New Stories about Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law
Little, Brown & Co., 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Pat Elliott
his anthology includes twenty-two tales about attorneys, criminals and the law. These are short stories to set you on the edge of your chair, about people who take justice into their own hands, about guilty people who are punished, and about those who escape the blindfolded lady holding the scales of justice.
estselling author Linda Fairstein edited these excellent contributions to the mystery circuit. Fairstein, who is the author of many bestselling novels, presents her first mystery short story, entitled
. Between the covers are stories written by other well-known authors including Phillis Cohen, Angela Zeman, Jo Dereske, Kate Gallison, and Michele Martinez. There are short biographies of the authors in the back of the book.
ne of my favorites is
by Anita Page. It is about an abused mother and daughter, and its surprise ending is indeed that.
A Clerk's Life
by Barbara Parker is unsettling as is
Mom is My Co-counsel
by Paul Levine. And
Quality of Mercy
by Leigh Lundin might make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
ystery Writers of America
, the premier organization for established and aspiring mystery writers, is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing, and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. I recommend you buy two copies of
The Prosecution Rests
- one to read on a dark and stormy night and another as a gift for your favorite mystery writer.
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