Books by Jay Brandon

RUNNING WITH THE DEAD by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Brandon's courtroom scenes shine, but this time he rehashes too much material from the past, and the seams between plots are too glaring."
San Antonio DA Christian Sinclair (Grudge Match, 2004, etc.) is floored by two blasts from the past: an assault case turned murderous and a murder that won't stay solved. Read full book review >
GRUDGE MATCH by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Laboring long under the shadows of Grisham and Turow, Brandon has yet to earn the recognition he deserves. But his 13th case—featuring multifaceted characters caught in page-turning dilemmas, his best since his 1990 debut, Fade the Heat—just might be lucky."
An undersung hero of courtroom drama (Executive Privilege, 2001, etc.) returns with an admirably complex novel about bitter betrayal and sweet revenge. Read full book review >
EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The suspense scenes are too scattered and mild, the plotting too wooly and wild."
Inside inexperienced young San Antonio attorney David Owens, there's a Clarence Darrow screaming to get out. Read full book review >
AFTERIMAGE by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"As always (Angel of Death, 1998, etc.), Brandon starts with interesting people, but, again as always'since his Edgar-nominated Fade the Heat (1990)—his affinity for soapy plotting diminishes them."
From the moment Chris Sinclair, district attorney of San Antonio, Texas, sees the head modeled by a forensic sculptor, his life is in free-fall. Read full book review >
ANGEL OF DEATH by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"But forgive him his purple patches, and he'll have you eagerly turning pages."
Politician, polemicist, power-figure Malachi Reese is black, as charismatic as they come, and only slightly less scary than Hannibal Lecter. Read full book review >
DEFIANCE COUNTY by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"Even the courtroom cut-and-thrust—a trademark of Brandon's Lone Star thrillers (Local Rules, 1995, etc.)—is tired this time."
Even after she's fled criminal law for a safe berth in the Texas Attorney General's Office—after impugning her own witness when she doubted an identification—Kelsey Thatch is condemned to the courtroom once again when her boss sends her to cozy Galilee to try Billy Fletcher, general manager of Smoothskins, the town's only reason for existing, for killing his sister-in-law and her husband and kidnapping the only witness to the crime, their five- month-old daughter. Read full book review >
LOCAL RULES by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"The result is professionally engrossing, but well below the level of the author's more thrilling legal thrillers."
Pulled over for speeding on the fringes of tiny Green Hills, Texas, former San Antonio prosecutor Jordan Marshall is pressed into service entering what he's assured will be a pro forma plea for Wayne Orkney, an apathetic teen who savagely beat his best friend, Kevin Wainwright, in front of half the town. Read full book review >
LOOSE AMONG THE LAMBS by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

It only begins when the fat lady sings, as San Antonio D.A. Mark Blackwell (Fade the Heat, 1990) learns in this crackling tale of a child-abuse confession too good to be true. Read full book review >
RULES OF EVIDENCE by Jay Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"The deft final twist is the best part of this competent but disappointing sequel to Brandon's Edgar-nominated Fade the Heat (1990)."
Black San Antonio lawyer Raymond Boudro takes on the defense of Mike Stennett, a racist cop who's been his longtime adversary, when Stennett's accused of fatally beating Gordon ``Hoss'' Frazier. Read full book review >