The Last Defense by Christopher Darden

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Mercer Early, a young litigator at the most prestigious African-American law firm on the West Coast, has everything going for him. That is, until a labyrinthine murder case drops into his lap-and threatens the pillars on which his many laurels rest.

An incisive look at criminal justice and race relations, this novel will challenge your assumptions about guilt and innocence-and keep you turning pages until the very end.

About Christopher Darden

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Christopher Darden was a key prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller In Contempt. Dick Lochte is an acclaimed mystery writer and screenwriter. His first novel, Sleeping Dog, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Together, they have written two books, L.A. Justice and The Trials of Nikki Hill.
Published October 1, 2002 by NAL Hardcover. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Along with virtually everyone else, Mercer thinks Burris guilty, but his belief becomes irrelevant when Burris’s girlfriend, armed to the teeth with a Mercer indiscretion, cows him by demanding: Defend my boyfriend, or I’ll ventilate your checkered past.

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Amid the simmering stew of sex, drugs, alcohol, violence and courtroom pyrotechnics are a stable of memorable characters, including a racist white cop Mercer must defend and a homicide cop who lost his gun and his badge while drunk in a bar.

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