Books by Lia Matera

COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matera."
In her brief introduction to this nine-story retrospective, the chronicler of upscale attorney Laura Di Palma and struggling-scale attorney Willa Janssen explains that several of them began life as full-fledged novels, and it shows. Read full book review >
IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES by Lia Matera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Now that's irreconcilable."
It's a rare crime story that doesn—t include irreconcilable differences of one sort or another, so the concept behind Matera's collection of 20 new pieces won—t exactly set your heart to pounding. Read full book review >
HAVANA TWIST by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"As well-meaning as the WILPF, but this time not much more effective."
When only 14 of the 15 right-minded, blue-haired brigadistas of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) return from Fidel Castro's workers' paradise to California, and when the missing do-gooder is her own mother June, attorney Willa Jansson (Star Witness, 1997, etc.) swings into action. Read full book review >
STAR WITNESS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

Say this for Willa Jansson (Last Chants, 1996, etc.): She doesn't shrink from the big cases. Read full book review >
LAST CHANTS by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"As in The Maltese Falcon, a constant stream of loony byplay keeps you from doping out whodunit—unless you can call on your own online shaman."
In her first outing since Prior Convictions (1991), Willa Jansson, unlike her creator ``one of the few lawyers without a legal thriller in the works,'' has the perfect excuse for missing her first day at the newest of her numberless jobs: She's been taken hostage by a gun-toting madman. Read full book review >
DESIGNER CRIMES by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Laura's fifth appearance (Face Value, 1994, etc.) may be her best one yet."
Laura Di Palma can be hazardous to your health. Read full book review >
FACE VALUE by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Matera's look at the dehumanizing power of sexual manipulation- -the computer re-imaging plot here cuts much deeper than the gimmickry of Rising Sun—is so unblinking that you'll look right past the story's coincidences in your hurry to get to the hair-raising finale."
Where on earth does Laura di Palma (``my primary areas of specialty are bankruptcy and corporate litigation'') get the weird criminal clients who keep her in business? Read full book review >
A HARD BARGAIN by Lia Matera
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"From one of the more interesting new voices in detective fiction: a downbeat but welcome respite from the mystery-by-formula crowd."
A grim third novel from the skillful Matera, who, here, examines noncommunication—with oneself and with everyone else—and its disastrous outcome. Read full book review >