THE ANONYMOUS CLIENT by J.P. Hailey

THE ANONYMOUS CLIENT

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Wacky lawyer Steve Winslow, who successfully defended heiress Shiela Benton on his first case (The Baxter Trust), now has a mystery-reading secretary, Tracy, who wants to quite because things are s-o-o-o-o slow in the one-client office. Then ten one-thousand-dollar bills arrive in a plain white envelope: Steve is being hired, but he doesn't know by whom or for what. Next: p.i. Mark Taylor identifies the client, who's soon stabbed to death in his apartment, and just when Steve thinks he's got no client at all, another anonymous letter arrives--this one with half a torn dollar bill in it. What's going on? More tails pick up heiress Marilyn Harding, her plain sister, her yummy brother-in-law, other detective-agency tails, and a next-door neighbor whose testimony makes mincemeat out of the facts. Meanwhile, the ten big bills have been stolen from Steve's safe, but ten more have appeared in the corpse's money belt and ten more in a nearby landing niche. Many funny, fanciful confrontations later, Steve and stuffy corporate lawyer Fitzgerald are in court defending Marilyn and her brother-in-law against old adversary D.A. Dirkson--and winning, though Steve, justifiably, detests his clients. Amusing, breezy, and, again, the trial sequence is flashy and great fun. Hailey's getting better, and this series just may take off.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1989
ISBN: 1-55611-124-X
Publisher: Donald Fine
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