Books by David Champion

SHE DIED FOR HER SINS by David Champion
Released: May 1, 2001

"A routine case except for the moment of glory when Tod actually gets to cross-examine a witness in court. His mother must be very proud."
Five witnesses were on hand in the California beachfront house Chicago billionairess Anna Poritzky Claddington had inherited from her geezer husband a generation ago to see the Madame, as everyone called her, get shot to death amid a Fourth of July fireworks display—and four of them are ready to testify that they saw one of the gardeners, Innocencio Espinal, toss the murder weapon into the Pacific. Even though the weapon hasn't been recovered, the case against the Mexican Communist with bad political credentials and a worse personal attitude looks so airtight that Innocencio's public defender calls Bomber Hanson, the world's leading trial lawyer, to see if he'd like a long shot at another victory on his home court against blueblood DA Webster Grainger III (Too Rich and Too Thin, 2000, etc.). But how can Bomber refute the testimony of Madame's secretary, her Chicago lawyer, her bodyguard, and one of Innocencio's fellow gardeners? By sending his son Tod, a legal lackey with aspirations as a composer, to Chicago on a fact-finding mission. Tod is in the Windy City just long enough to find two vital facts: (1) the lawyer, Morely Tushman, has squirreled away a series of jotted notes that seem to link the homicide to the presidential campaign of flag-waving Sen. Otto Underwood; and (2) Tod's in love again, this time with Tushman's violinist secretary Joan Harding. Read full book review >
TOO RICH AND TOO THIN by David Champion
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

Supermodel Cheryl Darling's got it all, including a looming indictment for slipping cyanide into the nightly vitamins of fashion designer Aldo diCarlo. Hard-charging D.A. Web Grainger III thinks that even though Aldo's ex-lover Cheryl was still close enough to him to be playing hostess at his latest party—lingering after all other possible suspects had conveniently gone home—she was deeply enough estranged from him to want him dead. Web's nemesis, defense attorney Bomber Hanson (Phantom Virus, 1999, etc.) thinks that nobody who could afford to pay him a thousand dollars an hour could possibly be guilty. Bomber's son Tod thinks he's in love. And Tod's mom thinks she just might be hearing wedding bells. There's not much more to Cheryl than meets the eye (although, as Bomber might say, that's certainly enough), and since the rest of the suspects, including the killer, are a pale lot, the main interest here lies in waiting for the throwaway alarums and excursions to subside till Bomber gets into the courtroom, and then watching him pull all the brazenly adolescent tricks the heroes of John Grisham and Steve Martini only wish they could get away with. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Fresh from his prophetic victory over the tobacco industry (Nobody Roots for Goliath, 1996), California attorney Bomber Hanson reluctantly agrees to represent millionaire megastar Steven Shag, the pop-singing phenom whose unbridled love for the young boys who visit his Magicland compound (any of this sound familiar?) makes him a natural target for child-molestation suits, even though he insists, ``I'm not a child abuser. I want to be a child amuser.'' Bomber's investigator, his son Tod, succeeds in defusing one of these suits, but when a second one goes to trial, Bomber will need all his grandstanding tactics to prevail. Unfortunately, grandstanding is practically all the usually resourceful Bomber does here, making this the slackest of his three cases. If he wants another dose of celebrity trouble, maybe he should jet to Paris, where a bunch of paparazzi could use some good representation. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1996

Especially not when Goliath is Big Tobacco and David is blind, wasted Rich Zepf, 44, a four-pack-a-day man whose only goal before he trades his wheelchair and iron lung for a coffin is to sue T.S. Armstead, the company that made the cigarettes he couldn't give up. California attorney Bomber Hanson (The Mountain Massacres, 1995) sends his son Tod out to Pennsylvania Dutch country to check out the Zepfs; Tod falls hard for Rich and his 12 daughters, and even harder for Shauna McKinley, the redheaded local lawyer he's hired to do research; and the battle is joined. Bomber bids Tod find a chink in Armstead's armor; Tod digs up Donald Cantwell Powell, vice president in charge of production, a basket case since his first wife died of lung cancer. Somebody (surely not Shauna?) tips Armstead off about Powell's decision to bolt the company for Bomber and the Zepfs; Powell gets arrested for embezzlement the day before he's to fly up from North Carolina and testify. How will it all turn out? Let's just say that Champion's disarmingly light touch guarantees a pipe dream of an ending considerably less likely than either recent real- life litigation or the weight of the evidence in this highly fictional case would warrant. Philip Morris, meet Gilbert and Sullivan. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

Don't get your hopes up—three of the four victims in mountainous Angleton, Calif., are Bart O'Neil's dogs, shot by Bart's neighbor Alf Ritchie after one of them kills Alf's dog. The fourth is Alf, with whose murder Bart is charged. Investigator Tod Hanson, who tells how his wily father and employer Bomber Hanson gets Bart off in the face of overwhelming evidence, stutters uncontrollably, but the laconic paragraphs that author Champion (The Snatch, 1994, not reviewed) has written for him achieve an agreeably goofy charm in this first of the Bomber Hanson series. A grudge, a murder, an investigation, a trial, a surprise ending, all in 161 pages? Yes, indeed. Think of those quaintly efficient Perry Mason TV shows, before they got swollen to monstrous two-hour telemovies. Read full book review >