Offer of Proof by Robert Heilbrun
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A beautiful businesswoman is robbedand murdered. With her last breath, she identifies her assailant. Or does she?Damon Tucker, a young kid from Harlem, is quickly charged with the murder. He maintains his innocence from the beginning despite some incredibly damning evidence. Soon the only person standing between Damon and a possible death sentence is his public defender, Arch Gold, a tough courtroom veteran who knows every move in the game of criminal justice in New York City. But in this case Gold quickly discovers that nothing is what it seems and the rules of evidence don't always apply. This may be a case he can't win.

Through Gold's eyes, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters on both sides of the law: a judge who smiles at everyone but favors the death penalty; an old bookie who's trying to keep the government from seizing his IRAs; a young stripper with a big mouth; and a stick-up artist who wants a day job. Each has a surprising role to play as Gold faces the biggest challenge of his career, risking his reputation -- and his life -- to find the truth.

With more than a decade of experience as a public defender, Robert Heilbrun is intimately familiar with the workings of the criminal justice system, inside and outside the courtroom. In Offer of Proof, Heilbrun puts his legal expertise to use in this stunning and beautifully written thriller with a shocking twist.


About Robert Heilbrun

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Robert Heilbrun has been an attorney since 1985. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society.
Published December 31, 2004 by The Large Print Book Company. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Except for a deft, unexpected development that suddenly puts the death penalty on the table, the case unfolds pretty much as you’d expect in court and out, with Arch convinced, but unable to prove, that Charlotte was killed by the untouchable boss she was touching in all the right places.

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It's not surprising that Yale-educated, New York–based, legal-aid lawyer/author Heilbrun gets the details right in this thriller featuring Ivy League educated, New York legal-aid public defender Arch Gold.

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He is lucky that Arch picked up his case, because Arch sees how screwy a circumstantial case can get when the details are retold in a way that meets someone else's agenda --- certainly not the defendant's.

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New York legal-aid public defender Arch Gold is assigned the Damon Tucker murder trial.

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