"Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client." - Jake Lassiter
Lassiter believes that NFL superstar Thunder Thurston, murdered his wife. But the jury said "not guilty." A lawyer is supposed to let it go. Not Lassiter, who vows to become a vigilante.
His pals, squabbling law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, fear that all those concussions playing football caused the brain damage known as CTE. Can they stop Lassiter from becoming a murderer?
Will Dr. Melissa Gold, a neuropathologist, be able to halt his decline?
Or...is it game over for Lassiter's career and life?
NOTE: The Jake Lassiter books are all stand-alones that may be enjoyed in any order.
The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
This is the first time I’ve read this legal series. I’ve come to expect a certain amount of legalese within my legal reads and when I get more backstory than main storyline, it somehow places me up on that dreaded fence. So, here we are.
One thing I loved about Jake Lassiter is his funny sarcasm. He had plenty of that, much like my favorite Law & Order character, Detective Briscoe. Or former lieutenant, Joe Kenda. I could not get enough of his quick wit and passion, or lack thereof, for what he did for a living. In this eleventh installment, Jake caught a case from NFL star, Thunder Thurston. The media tried Thunder in the news of justice assuming his guilt of murdering his wife. It was up to Jake to save his NFL superstar.
While his hands were full with getting Thunder off, his colleagues were concerned for his well-being since Jake was a former NFL player. It has been all over the news of former players suffering from CTE from too many hits to the head. Jake wasn’t feeling up to par, as of late, and his friends felt he needed to get his brain check. Jake felt the same way but not for the same reasons as they would have liked. He was getting tired of the legal game and contemplating getting out.
Once he got Thunder off, Jake was not in the clear. Little did he know just around the corner was a grand jury deciding his fate. It appears as if someone has framed him for getting his current client off, and that, readers is where this story begins to take shape.
Eh, I learned a great deal about Jake, but there wasn’t much thrill in the legal sense that I would have loved. I think a lot of that had to do with the author wanting any new readers to know something about his main character. This series can be read as a standalone. Perhaps therein lies my problem. Maybe I should have read the first book? If the first ten books were this redundant like this eleventh installment, I’m not sure I would have been able to continue on with it.
This isn’t a bad book and it is well written. I just wished there was more delving into the legal aspects of the case instead of all the little backstories and side stories. When I find a book that states this is a legal thriller, that’s exactly what I expect and unfortunately, I didn’t find much thrill with this series. I may try another book some time down the line, but for now, I’m going to let this story and my feelings about it marinate a little before I make a decision to continue the series.
The Sexy Nerd gives Bum Luck, three alternate jurors to help make a quick decision. If you’re looking for a book that has a great main character and lots of backstory and sarcasm, this is a must-read for you. Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do.