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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587889234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587889233
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.7 x 3.7 cm
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When (not if---the deal has already been signed) this terrific thriller gets made into a movie, you might see Morgan Freeman as a crusty lawyer who specializes in taking on the military establishment tell the actress playing ace Boston barrister and Harvard Law professor Claire Heller Chapman, "Every civilian who's ever gone into a military general court-martial and tried to attack the foundations of the military has lost his case. No exceptions. The military is a tight, closed fraternity. They take it real serious. Military justice is a deadly serious business." Claire has to realize this as she prepares to defend her husband--the man she knows as Tom Chapman, but who the Army says is Ron Kubik-- on charges that he took part in a massacre of 87 civilians in San Salvador 13 years before. Full of doubts about Tom's innocence and her own ability to prove it in an unfamiliar arena, Claire is brought to exciting, moving life by the extravagantly gifted Joseph Finder, whose previous thrillers (Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour) are available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Finder's Zero Hour (LJ 4/1/96) was a dynamite blockbuster, and his new work is slated for the same big marketing treatment. Cinematic qualities predominate as the dialog roles on page after page with taut give-and-take and sudden plot turns that leave little time for reflection or description. (Not surprisingly, the novel is slated to become a Tri-Star Pictures motion picture.) The plot is arrow-straight: a woman lawyer, at the top of her profession, must defend her husband in a military court for his alleged horrific crimes while serving in Vietnam. Steeped in the arcane detail of military justice, with a tough-mouthed heroine and a hardworking support cast, this is not likely to be a candidate for Oprah's Book Club, but it is a sure bet for most thriller collections.?Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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High Crimes begins with great promise: idyllic lives are shattered with the sudden appearance of federal agents with the intent of arresting the husband of successful attorney and law professor, Claire Heller Chapman. The arrest warrant is for Ron Kubick, not Tom Chapman, the name by which Claire had always known her husband. To add to Claire's astonishment, Ron/Tom escapes from the agents through a series of highly athletic and violent escape moves that an investment consultant could scarcely possess.
As it turns out, Ron has evaded answering for war crimes that he allegedly committed some thirteen years prior as a member of an ultra-secret special operations unit. Part of the evasion was the creation of an entirely new person. Claire, convinced of her husband's innocence, decides to defend him despite her ignorance of the workings of military justice. About half of the book is concerned with the actions of Claire and her two attorney partners, one a black man rescued off of a scrap heap and the other a young JAG officer, in dealing with military trial procedures and is somewhat interesting.
The plot, though perhaps a bit on both the unbelievable and predictable sides, moves fairly steadily. It is in the area of character development and interactions that the book exhibits some shortcomings. Some of the characters' actions just do not feel right. A petite attorney kneeing her husband in the groin after a reunion under trying circumstances seems bizarre. The interactions with the six year old daughter are especially grating. Numerous other exchanges seem spliced together. One reviewer comments on the improved dialog. There is still a ways to go.
High Crimes has a good overall story line, but the discontinuities, as noted, do not help it. Not having read other Finder books, it will be interesting to see if a smoother presentation can be found in other and future books.
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Joseph Finder's High Crimes begins with an interesting setup: a successful, high profile attorney and Harvard law professor and her husband of a few years, a successful independent broker and financial advisor, are at dinner with their daughter (her's by a first marriage) when he is approached by federal agents who attempt to arrest him - after identifying him by a name she does not recognize. To her horror and surprise, he flees and she is told that he is wanted for a murder that happened years before when he went by a different name and had a different life - as a member of Special Forces. To oversimplify what happens, he is captured and brought to trial - but in a closed military court. She, of course, winds up representing him, with the help of a young Army JAG attorney and an ex-army middle aged black attorney who has a bone to pick with the military style of justice. What saves the book from being simply an ordinary courtroom drama are the strange conventions of military justice and the background plot of top secret skull-duggery.
However, as a thriller it is so predictable that one almost cringes. Knowing that she is in danger, the heroine still allows herself to be lured into a one-on-one meeting with a mystery man who asks to meet at a remote mountain restaurant (on a road barely wide enough for two cars to pass). Get the picture? Know what is coming? Unfortunately, this kind of all too predictable kind of plotting is typical of this story. Even the main question of whether or not her husband is really innocent is easy to predict early on given the heavy hints and deliberate attempts to divert the reader's attention from obvious things.
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The protagonist of this thriller is a woman attorney who is described as "winning the tough cases." One of those "tough cases" she won involves getting a rapist's conviction overturned on a technicality. So, Finder has written Claire Heller as a brilliant and gifted attorney, but I wanted to know more about the woman who finds legal loopholes to free rapists rather than just the smart attorney side of her. What I liked about High Crimes was that Finder didn't lose sight of the person behind the attorney and how what she does for a living affects her in all parts of her life.
When Claire Heller finds out that the man who helped her through a rocky time in her life, and who she then eventually came to love and marry, is not the person she thought he was, she's stunned and torn between who and what to believe. Then the professional attorney part of her kicks in, and she decides to defend the man she married, no matter who he is, against charges that he massacred 87 innocent people in El Salvador when he was part of a Special Services Unit in the armed forces. For those who enjoy courtroom drama and tactics, this book certainly delivers on all counts. As others before me have said, it was hard to put this one down because the story keeps developing with new levels of information that dig deeper into who Claire's husband really is and whether he could have done the horrible crimes for which he is accused. While Claire dilligently works to collect whatever evidence she can use to clear her husband of his charges, she never loses sight of the fact that if he isn't who she believed him to be, then what kind of man did she marry?
Ultimately she gets her answers in a very well written ending.
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