RULES OF EVIDENCE by Jay Brandon

RULES OF EVIDENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 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. Raymond has no trouble breaking prosecutor Rebecca Schirhart's case, but he's not happy about the prospect of victory, as evidence mounts that shiftless Frazier had lately begun to settle down (steady job and woman, care of her abused daughter), and that Stennett, who's not getting much backing from the P.D., has certainly been beating somebody recently. The resulting yarn is good enough for a one-night stand, though the sparse story is bellied out with hints of subplots (Raymond's adroit handling of an earlier cops-vs.-blacks case, Becky's futile romance with corporate lawyer Donny Summerford) that don't go anywhere, and Raymond's lethargic ambivalence slows down the action without deepening its resonance. The deft final twist is the best part of this competent but disappointing sequel to Brandon's Edgar-nominated Fade the Heat (1990).

Pub Date: March 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-73174-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1991




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