Blood Brothers by Sol Wachtler

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This explosive novel is co-written by two men very familiar with the legal system. Sol Wachtler, former Chief Judge of the State of New York, and David Gould, a former Assistant United States Attorney, have joined forces to write a legal thriller with deeper meaning.

When Luke's father is confronted with business reverses, he and his family are forced to leave their life in Augusta, Georgia. Luke goes on to Princeton and Harvard Law School, finally establishing himself as a partner in a prestigious Wall Street Law Firm. T.C. remains in Georgia and becomes enveloped in the miasma of bigotry. As a klansman, he is arrested for setting fire to a synagogue. He serves a brief prison sentence, only to be charged with murder forty years later for the alleged lynching of a black man - a man who was torched in a Georgia swamp forty years ago.

When he learns that his "Blood Brother" has been arrested, Luke returns to Augusta to defend him. He and his co-counsel, Payton Simpkins, a brilliant young black attorney from Augusta, combine their talent and intellect in a trial which is filled with suspense and surprises.

Readers will be enthralled as they explore the constant struggle between what is the "real" truth and what is the "best" truth. Luke ultimately must make some tough decisions, and, in the end, compels the reader to do the same.


About Sol Wachtler

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Sol Wachtler served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1968-1972) and Judge of New York's highest court, The New York Court of Appeals (1973-1992). In 1985 he was appointed Chief Judge of that court and Chief Judge of the State of New York. An honor graduate of Washington and Lee University and its law school, he has been awarded thirteen honorary Doctor of Law Degrees and has been a scholar in residence at several law schools. He authored the book After the Madness (Random House) and was a critic at large for The New Yorker magazine. He is currently a Professor of Law at Touro Law School. Chief editor of LINKS magazine, David Gould is a veteran golf writer whose writing has appeared in GOLF magazine, Sports Illustrated, Golf Journal, Men's Health, and Departures. He authored The Golfers' Code, Spectacular Golf, Q School Confidential: Inside Golf's Cruelest Tournament, and coauthored Precision Wedge and Bunker Shots with PGA professional Jim Fitzgerald. He lives in Sand Hill, Connecticut
Published September 1, 2003 by New Millennium. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The jury verdict is the usual culmination of most legal thrillers; not so in this absorbing, thoughtful deliberation from Wachtler (After the Madness: A Judge's Own Pris

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