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Enter Ashley Bronson, a beautiful and wealthy socialite who stands accused of murdering her father's best friend, Raymond Garvey. Ashley claims that Garvey drove her father to suicide but won't explain how or why. Frank is a pragmatist, keenly appreciative of life's myriad ironies: "I could probably design a trial strategy around her physical assets alone--get a jury of men, put her on the stand, and have her look 'em in the eye and talk. Christ, she could read the phone book and we'd get a deadlock. It was too bad I knew she was guilty." Ashley's admission of guilt and Frank's desperate attempt to create a trial strategy over, under, around, and through that admission make for a cleverly Machiavellian legal procedural. Add to this Frank's growing conviction that something isn't quite "clicking" in this seemingly open-and-shut case, and you've got a narrative that accelerates toward an unashamedly over-the-top denouement. In Her Defense is a welcome addition to a crowded genre--we hope that Frank O'Connell (and Stephen Horn) will be around for many more pitched legal battles. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stephen Horn's first novel has one of the best scenes I have ever had the pleasure to read and visualize. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Frank Luther
In a few words, Stephen Horn captured me on the first page and held me until the last. He has that rare ability to spin an outstanding yarn.Published on July 22 2003 by David R. Vincent
How do you prepare a defense when your client openly admits that she killed someone? That's what we're about to find out. Frank O'Connell's life is in shambles. Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by "bibliofiend"
I have mixed feelings about this book. In parts, it really had me hooked, but in other parts, I felt the story was weak, and some plot points were slightly implausible. Read morePublished on June 14 2002 by P. Thompson
Is this a five-star book? Of course not. The Bible, Hamlet and The Grapes of Wrath are five-star books. But, among the genre, this is a four-and-one-half to five stars. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by John M. Wirth
Our book club chose this as our November selection. I didn't know what to expect and even dreaded the length of the book. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2001 by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
"In Her Defense" is the first novel for Stephen Horn and if it's any indication of his talent this reader is very impatient to find his next book. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Coalpuss
This is a very good debut novel. It was really hard to put down. Mr Horn is definitely someone to watch. I've already added him to my "favorite authors" list. Read morePublished on June 6 2001 by fjmcmm