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The #1 Lawyer

The #1 Lawyer, March 2024
by James Patterson, Nancy Allen

Little, Brown and Company
Featuring: Stafford Lee Penney
432 pages
ISBN: 0316499676
EAN: 9780316499675
Kindle: B0C9ZQ5JPN
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Full of Twists and Turns!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The #1 Lawyer
James Patterson, Nancy Allen

Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted March 15, 2024

Thriller Legal | Thriller Crime

Holy cow people!! THE #1 LAWYER blew my mind, totally screwed with my head, and then blew my mind once again! It was that good! All while I was reading, I had it figured out only to be wrong over and over again! I love it when an author keeps me guessing. I know many people don’t read James Patterson anymore but I truly think they are missing out! I know they think he turns out too many books in a year but he always keeps me highly entertained and THE #1 LAWYER is no exception! Stafford Lee is defending Dr. Caro on a murder charge in Biloxi, Mississippi and it's been a crazy trial. At one point, Stafford Lee is even threatened by the doctor's father, who is mobbed up, or so they say. Hold on tight people, the ride is a bumpy and crazy one! Stafford Lee is one of the best lawyers in the state of Mississippi having never lost a case. Then he finds himself on the other side of the law after some wild accusations. With THE #1 LAWYER, the reader can look forward to a story that takes you into some crazy situations. The suspense in this fast-paced novel, had me flipping the pages like a woman on a mission and I couldn't put the book down. When his estranged wife is murdered he becomes the number one suspect. A life-changing moment for sure and his life will never be the same again. Why would Mississippi's best lawyer try to defend himself in a court of law? The twists and turns in THE #1 LAWYER are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out. One minute you believe you know who did it and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just happened. I had my suspicions, I had it all figured out, or so I thought, and BAM…….wrong again! Once you start reading, trust me, you aren’t going to be able to stop! When everything is finally revealed, well, you won’t believe it! I hope James Patterson turns this into a series. I would love to meet up with all the characters of Biloxi, MS once again!

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Biloxi’s best criminal defense attorney has never lost a case. Then his client’s beautiful wife is murdered, and America’s #1 lawyer suddenly becomes its #1 suspect. 

Stafford Lee Penney is a small-town lawyer with a big-time reputation for winning every case he tries. In his sharp suits and polished Oxford shoes, Penney is Biloxi, Mississippi’s #1 Lawyer and top local celebrity.
Just as Penney notches his latest courtroom victory, his wife is scandalously killed. He spirals into a legal and personal losing streak, damaging his reputation and ruining his career. 
That’s when Penney makes a bold decision. He stops trading on his power-lawyer identity and creates a new one: lawyer lifeguard. Moonlighting at the beach, showing up to court in flip-flops, mentoring a law student, the new Penney is at first unrecognizable. 
It’s said that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. But when Penney is accused of murder, the #1 Lawyer will find a way to triumph. 

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