Chilling Effect (Lucinda Hayes Mysteries) by Marianne Wesson

By Marianne Wesson

Boulder legal professional Lucinda Hayes pulls the grotesque web page from the fax desktop, now not suspecting it's going to draw her into the repugnant realm of pornographic movie and pit her opposed to the giants of the mainstream movie undefined. Her reluctant contract to symbolize Peggy Grayling, mom of a slain baby, calls for her to arrive out to her legislation accomplice Tory Meadows and personal investigator Linc Tolkien, yet problems her long-distance love affair with ny legal professional Sam Holt. because the case unfolds Cinda needs to name upon all her criminal expertise and argue for a brand new figuring out of the legislation of unfastened speech; it additionally forces her to revisit her earlier and face its ghosts. equivalent components court docket drama, highbrow trip, and personality research, Chilling influence is Marianne Wesson?’s such a lot provocative Lucinda Hayes secret so far.

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I thought of the neat memo I was carrying in my briefcase, product of several nights at the law library back in Boulder. “My client told me she was prevented from making a copy here on the premises by someone who told her the copyright laws would be violated. I’ve done a little research and don’t believe—” She stopped me again, this time with an expression of weariness, and I thought I had worn out my slender goodwill. But she rolled her dark eyes slightly and said, “My predecessor. He was—shall we say, a bit authoritarian.

Scarpelli laughed too, and even Diego’s lawyer nodded in apparent appreciation. Abruptly the speaker started to work again with a crackle. “—you know I love when you speak Italian to me,” the judge was saying, apparently to Scarpelli. ” His hands were both visible again. “I believe so, Your Honor,” said Scarpelli, paging through some papers on his podium while spreading his shoulders again against the confines of the suit jacket. “Yes, sir,” said the woman lawyer. Diego turned back as though to look at us, and the dark-haired woman raised her hand to him in a gesture both longing and resigned.

The number wasn’t hard to find. The first person who answered in the clerk’s office explained three times, with increasing degrees of elaboration, that case number CR96-132 was closed. I responded each time, with decreasing graciousness, that I knew that, and needed to know how one might get access to the case file anyway. She disappeared eventually, leaving me on Hold to listen for eight minutes to a syrupy version of “Layla” that I could not believe Eric Clapton would ever approve of. The next person who came on was a deep-voiced and very calm Mr.

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