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Prior Convictions [Hardcover]

Lia Matera
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March 1991
Willa Jansson is a cynical ex-radical who worked in an L.A. corporate law firm for a year and has the scars to prove it. Back home in San Francisco, her still activist parents ask her to do a favor for an ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. And she quickly becomes embroiled in a case of conflicting interests, slow-dying passions, and political grudges that can kill....
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In this intricate tale of duplicity with overtones of '60s politics, a San Francisco woman fears she betrayed a member of the witness relocation program. Simon & Schuster will publish Matera's latest mystery, A Hard Bargain , in May also.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars ideals lost Nov. 7 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
the pot-smoking flower child daughter of beatnik idealists agonizes over lawyering in the materialistic culture of the early nineties. insightful look at politics in the judiciary. the protagonist's angst is infectious.
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This is the best of the early Willa Jansson stories. (I haven't yet read the recent volumes that came out after a 5-year hiatus.) Focussing as usual on Willa's personal and professional crises, Matera puts Willa in yet another new job as a clerk for a federal judge, where a casual meeting with a high-powered lawyer leads to complications. Willa has clearly been set up, but by who and why? Willa searches for these and other answers with her ever-present supplies of wit and marijuana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent mystery with humor and strong characters. March 1 1998
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This is the best of the early Willa Jansson stories. (I haven't yet read the recent volumes that came out after a 5-year hiatus.) Focussing as usual on Willa's personal and professional crises, Matera puts Willa in yet another new job as a clerk for a federal judge, where a casual meeting with a high-powered lawyer leads to complications. Willa has clearly been set up, but by who and why? Willa searches for these and other answers with her ever-present supplies of wit and marijuana.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the past Oct. 1 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Willa Jansson is back from a year spent in exile, working for a large corporate firm in Los Angeles for the sake of her resume and bank account. Now she is back in San Francisco clerking for a judge. Before she knows it, she is in the middle of another confusing situation as a result of doing the favor for an old friend. This book was particlarly satisfying as it explored the motivations and conflicts of the anti-war activists. Willa's conflicts are many and the motives and motivations of the characters keeps us on the edge of our chair till the end.
4.0 out of 5 stars ideals lost Nov. 7 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
the pot-smoking flower child daughter of beatnik idealists agonizes over lawyering in the materialistic culture of the early nineties. insightful look at politics in the judiciary. the protagonist's angst is infectious.
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