The Best Defense by Ellis Cose

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It's a case of office politics turned to murder. Or is it?

Acclaimed, award-winning journalist Ellis Cose delivers this provocative and timely courtroom drama in which the passions of ambition, envy, and outrage intertwine, and the best defense isn't always the truth.

Cutthroat defense lawyer and rising media star Felicia Fontaine has her work cut out for her. She's agreed to defend John Wisocki, a Manhattan businessman accused of killing his office rival, a Hispanic man, over a question of affirmative action policies at work. With her reputation on the line, not to mention her usually unflappable confidence, Felicia will need to watch her every step if she is to get through this controversial case with her career and pride intact.

Unfortunately, her opponent in court is a former flame, now-married prosecutor Mario Santiago. Mario is an underdog assistant district attorney with more than one reason to want to triumph over his ex, Felicia, in the highly publicized trail.

As the legal showdown begins, Felicia and Mario are determined to keep their personal lives on the sidelines and face off in the fireworks trial that will explore the difference between justice and revenge.

Ellis Cose is the distinguished author of a number of powerful, thought-provoking books on American society. He now turns his, pen to fiction for an outstanding debut novel that probes the fascinating, and sometimes violent, depths of the workplace battle to succeed.


About Ellis Cose

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Ellis Cose, former columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Cose has been a contributor and press critic for Time magazine, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Journalism Education, as well as chief writer on management and workplace issues for USA Today. Cose is a regular contributor on The Today Show, Nightline, Dateline, ABC Evening News, Good Morning America, the PBS "Time to Choose" election special, Charlie Rose, CNN's "Talk Back Live," and a variety of other nationally televised and local programs. He has received fellowships or individual grants from the Ford Foundation, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, among others, and has received numerous journalism awards including four National Association of Black Journalists first place awards. Cose is the author of Bone to Pick: On Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge, The Envy of the World, the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class, and several other books.
Published July 16, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Because Felicia is Cose’s heroine, he spends lots of time showing the unlikely bedfellows she courts, or who court her(Wisocki’s estranged wife, a loudly approving right-wing radio show host, a lecherous minister, a bevy of TV talking heads), in an attempt to put Wisocki in the best possible light.

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By the time the press gets hold of the story, the accident is dubbed New York's first ""affirmative action murder."" As the case becomes a referendum on that policy, battle lines are quickly drawn between those who see Wisocki as a ""raging bigot"" and others who view him as a ""hapless victim.""...

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