EXPERT TESTIMONY by Grif Stockley

EXPERT TESTIMONY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 When prominent Arkansas politician Hart Anderson is shot down by one of his psychiatrist-wife Carolyn's mental patients, public defender Gideon Page's job seems straightforward, if unappetizing: get self-confessed killer Perry Sarver the best deal he can from the prosecutor's office. No such luck: Perry insists on pleading insanity and going to trial; the D.A. indicts sleazy psychologist Jerry Kerner for hiring Perry to kill Anderson; Carolyn comes on to Page so strongly that he ends up sleeping with her after sexy/chaste social- worker Rainey McCorkle turns him down; a witness from a gay bar reports seeing Perry and Anderson coming out of a men's room together. The legal problems herewhy did Perry pull the trigger? at whose request? was he crazy? should Page play for a deal by threatening the D.A. with a witness who'll smear the late lamented Anderson, knowing that if the case goes to trial anyway he'll be supplying a motive for his client?are competently if unsurprisingly handled; better still is first-novelist Stockley's amusing, depressive narration of widower Page's home life (a daughter whose sex life worries him as much as his own) and his glum, endlessly compromising professional rounds.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-671-70920-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1991




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