“Terrific! Don’t begin this book at bedtime or you’ll be up all night … Trial is like a birchbark canoe or a seven-layer cake. You can go crazy trying to figure out how it’s made, and it’s made by a master.” — Caroline See, Los Angeles Times
“The courtroom scenes are breathtaking … gripping suspense … riveting!”
— Publishers Weekly
“Riveting legal edge-of-the-seater, has Texas and American justice systems by the tail.” — Daily Telegraph (London)
“Jet-propelled … colorful, down-and-dirty characters … most readers will want to read this at one sitting.” — Library Journal
Many believe, and one reader has written, that “Trial sets the gold standard for courtroom fiction.”
A young and batteredTexas lawyer, Warren Blackburn, defends two accused murderers in two separate cases. One client is a former beauty queen, now owner of a topless nightclub, who claims to have shot her multimillionaire doctor lover in self-defense. The other is a homeless illegal alien accused of killing a man for the few dollars in his wallet.
Without warning, the two cases become one, and Warren’s entire life and career are threatened.
William Safire in The New York Times called Trial “the novel of the year.”