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The Defender

by Bill Mesce Jr.

The case against Lieutenant Dominick Sisto is overwhelming. It's so overwhelming that Major Harry Voss hasn't been called in to prove him innocent--but to fight for a less severe sentence when the guilty verdict is read. Charged with disobeying a direct order from a commander, Sisto is accused of fleeing in the face of the enemy at a place called the Huertgen Forest. But the more Harry looks into the case, the more he suspects the official story is far from the real one. As Voss is raced to a secluded castle in Wiltz to defend Sisto, the war in Europe escalates and the Allied forces mount an offensive against the Nazis that will reach a climax in the Battle of the Bulge. Summoned personally by an old friend who will preside over the trial, Voss has a personal connection with the accused going back to the neighborhood where he watched the young lieutenant grow up. Still, determined as he is, Voss isn't sure he's the right man for the job. He hasn't defended a criminal case in years and he's up against an ambitious hotshot JAG prosecutor chosen by the brass to win at any cost. And that cost may well be justice, truth, and the lives of innocent men. For as Voss unravels what really happened on Hill 399, he discovers that Sisto was a hero, not a traitor, and that the one man who can prove it vanished in the blood and chaos of war. As the trial builds to a shattering climax, Harry is driven to visit the Belgian site where the drama unfolded--and it's there he must find evidence that he's not just walking the hallowed ground of a battlefield...but the scene of a crime. Evocative, tense, and relentlessly paced, The Defender is a superior military thriller that takes us to a place where loyalty turns into betrayal, allies turn into enemies, and comrades in arms can become cold-blooded killers.

Defending Angels

by Mary Stanton

With a long list of ethereal clients who need her help, Savannah lawyer Brianna Winston Beaufort?s career choice is beginning to haunt her? An already dead businessman needs Bree?s help to find his murderer and prove his innocence against the charge of greed, which comes from the mightiest hand of the law, the Celestial Court. And the verdict in this case could put Bree?s life on the line?as well as her client?s afterlife.

Defending Her Honor

by Richard Fliegel

Her Honor Judith Frick waits, tied to the bedpost, for her husband to come back to bed, but the man who enters in a chickadee mask is not Walter, but an intruder who stuffs a pillow over her face until she blacks out. When she opens her eyes again, the police are swarming through her bedroom and Walter lies dead in the kitchen with a knife in his belly. Lieutenant Patricia Newman holds a grudge against Her Honor for an old case that forced a sergeant off the force, and is determined to arrest the judge for Walter's murder. Judith turns to her old flame, Jack Stryker, to confirm her taste for bondage. Jack is on disability after a crack-house explosion, but he cannot let it go at that. Assisted by Aisha Adams, a former prostitute, he tries to clear Judith's name by finding Walter's killer, a trail that leads him through a real-estate scandal and Walter's possible infidelity. At the same time, Jack tries to help madam Maggie Malloy, whose working girls are turning up dead. Like Jack and Judith, Maggie and Jack have history--in fact, the same history, of a single night. The link between Her Honor's case and Maggie's is the key to the mystery and the only hope of stopping a string of apparently unrelated deaths. To defend Her Honor from a charge of murder and Maggie's girls from a killer, Jack must recover his vision, both of the case in front of him and the night that changed their lives forever.

Defending Jacob

by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He's his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis--a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from William Landay's Mission Flats and The Strangler.

Defending the Eyewitness

by Rachel Lee

Return to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Lee's Conard County, where a killer lies in wait The note wasn't a threat, exactly. But for Corey Donahue, who'd witnessed her mother's murder as a child, it felt very menacing. Surprisingly, the one person she trusted to show the note to was a man merely renting a room from her-Austin Mendez. Traumatized since childhood, Corey had never trusted men...until Austin moved in. Six years undercover had caused Austin to shut everyone out...until Corey. The vulnerability she hid from others made him yearn to break down the walls she'd erected around her heart. And with a killer closing in, two lost souls were discovering the trust they'd lost-and much more-in each other's arms.

Defending the Heiress

by Susan Kearney

A JOB HE COULDN'T REFUSEBold, rugged special operative Ryker Stevens agreed to pose as heiress Daria Harrington's new accountant and lover while he tried to uncover who was trying to frame her for murder. But that was before he met the gorgeous, sophisticated uptown girl. Suddenly, spending days and nights with Daria sounded like mission impossible. After all, how could he keep her safe if he couldn't keep his hands off her? With no one else but him to trust-her friends, employees and even family were suspects-Ryker had no choice but to play his part as passionate paramour...and risk losing his heart forever.

The Defense

by Dudley W. Buffa

Dynamite defense attorney Joseph Antonelli has never lost a case--or felt the sting of conscience for letting the guilty go free. "I can deceive anyone," he says, "and no one more quickly or more completely than myself." Now the man he most admires, the honorable Judge Rifkin, has asked him a favor: Defend a drug dealer accused of raping his twelve-year-old stepdaughter. Yet in D. W. Buffa's The Defense, Antonelli's acceptance of the case sets in motion an explosive chain of corruption, betrayal, and murder that will leave no one unscathed. . . .

The Defense: A Novel

by Steve Cavanagh

"If you're a fan of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Brad Meltzer, then you will be a fan of Steve Cavanagh's The Defense." --Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Radiant AngelEddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren't that different.Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.

Defense Breach

by Don Pendleton

All bets are offA group of insiders has stolen a top-secret code that could compromise the entire U. S. defense system. Mack Bolan is called upon to track the security breach, only to discover he's too late. With half of the code now in the possession of a radical terrorist group, the stakes have suddenly been raised and U. S. aircraft carriers are sitting ducks in the Persian Gulf. The terrorists have joined forces with a Las Vegas crime family, and Bolan must infiltrate the Mob to stop the final transaction. As the Middle East edges closer to war, the Executioner has no choice but to unleash a battle of his own.

Defense for the Devil

by Kate Wilhelm

Legal thriller.

The Defense (Joseph Antonelli Book #1)

by D. W. Buffa

It was a one-way ticket out of his self-imposed isolation and into the courtroom on the right side of justice. It was a favor for his old friend Judge Horace Woolner. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve as special prosecutor in a case against a man sworn to uphold the law, Marshall Goodwin, the chief deputy district attorney accused of having his former wife murdered. It was an opportunity Joseph Antonelli couldn't walk away from. But Antonelli is walking into more than he bargained for. The Goodwin case renews his appetite for the practice of law, and although Antonelli is determined to remain on the side of justice, there are many shades between right and wrong. And Antonelli may be over his head when Russell Gray, an urbane, worldly, and wealthy man from a prominent Portland family, is found murdered in his living room. Horace Woolner's wife stands accused of the crime. With justice and love on the line, the stakes couldn't be higher. In this stunning look at our legal system and our hearts, D. W. Buffa delivers on the promise of The Defense and takes us into the dark recesses of our courtrooms and our souls, where there are no easy answers.

Defenseless

by Celeste Marsella

In this stunning debut thriller, four young female assistant attorneys general find themselves at the scene of a heinous crime and must use all their smarts, savvy, and loyalty to stop a killer from taking one of their own. Original.

Defensive Wounds

by Lisa Black

In this fourth novel in Lisa Black's captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect-especially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead. When Marie Corrigan, a Cleveland defense attorney with a history of falsifying evidence and no shortage of enemies, is found dead in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton, most people would agree that she had it coming. Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean is summoned to the crime scene by her daughter, Rachel, who is working the front desk. But even before Theresa enters the room, she knows that she's walking into a forensic nightmare-for crime scenes at hotels, even the most luxurious, are teeming with trace evidence that has been left behind by innumerable guests and may or may not be related to the murder. But what Theresa finds is even worse than she imagined. Given the positioning of Marie's body, everyone assumes the same thing-that it's a lovers' tryst turned lethal. But large questions remain: How did the killer gain access to the room without anyone's knowledge? And has the scene been staged for their benefit? The little evidence Theresa has is conflicting at best. What's more, a legal convention at the hotel provides an endless list of suspects-and potential victims. When two more bodies show up in quick succession, each in a similar state, Theresa's investigation takes on a whole new urgency as she fears they may have a serial killer on their hands-a serial killer with a vendetta. But as she searches for the threads that tie the cases together, Theresa begins to suspect that she and her daughter are closer to danger than they realize. And a mother will stop at nothing to protect the life of her child.

Defiance

by Carole Maso

Bernadette O'Brien: child prodigyprofessor of physics at Harvardsentenced to die in the electric chair for the shocking murder of two male students. In her journal--her "death book" as she calls it--Bernadette takes a dark look back at the unfolding events that led to the extraordinary crime for which she stood trial. Defiance pulls us into the world of a lonely, defiant, brilliant woman--a misfit child, a girl-genius who left the working class, Irish Catholic world of Fall River, Massachusetts--a stone's throw away from Cambridge--who entered the halls of academic privilege at the age of 12, and stayed to rise within its ranks. In the incandescent, erotically charged prose for which she is known, Maso probes the depths of a female psyche--inextricably embedded in a uniquely American matrix of sexuality, violence, and the clash of class difference--as no writer before her has done.

Defiance of Eagles

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyFalcon MacCallister is heir to a proud Scottish tradition, a man who has built a legend of courage on the wild American frontier. In this all-new novel from William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone, Falcon meets his opposite: an outlaw who has forged a legend of evil. Even The Battleground--By Defying The OddsBoyd Ackerman is no ordinary criminal. Trained by the U.S. Army, commanding his band of killers with military efficiency, Ackerman has outsmarted and outfought every lawman who has tried to stop him. But he's never faced a MacCallister before. . . Falcon MacCallister wasn't looking for a fight. Then Ackerman's Raiders kill his niece's husband--and take the young woman hostage. Falcon and his brothers ride into action. With three transplanted sons of the Scottish Highlands attacking an army of steely-eyed, battle-hardened killers, a small Montana town will bear witness to the bloodiest and most hellish gun battle in the history of the frontier. . .

Defiance of Eagles

by William W. J. A. Johnstone

The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st CenturyFalcon MacCallister is heir to a proud Scottish tradition, a man who has built a legend of courage on the wild American frontier. In this all-new novel from William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone, Falcon meets his opposite: an outlaw who has forged a legend of evil. Even The Battleground--By Defying The OddsBoyd Ackerman is no ordinary criminal. Trained by the U. S. Army, commanding his band of killers with military efficiency, Ackerman has outsmarted and outfought every lawman who has tried to stop him. But he's never faced a MacCallister before. . . Falcon MacCallister wasn't looking for a fight. Then Ackerman's Raiders kill his niece's husband--and take the young woman hostage. Falcon and his brothers ride into action. With three transplanted sons of the Scottish Highlands attacking an army of steely-eyed, battle-hardened killers, a small Montana town will bear witness to the bloodiest and most hellish gun battle in the history of the frontier. . .

Defiance (Strange Angels #4)

by Lili St. Crow

Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece. That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day.

Deficiency

by Andrew Neiderman

In the rugged mountains of upstate New York, a predator unlike any other is stalking and seducing his prey. Endowed with abilities and instincts far more advanced than any man, he is guided only by the desire to survive, and to feed. Dr. Terri Barnard knows something is wrong. Young women are being found abandoned, barely alive -- only to then die from diseases so rare that they should be an impossibility. In each case, the victims are completely devoid of a single vital nutrient, as if they were literally stolen from their bodies. For while the killer appears as a model of physical perfection, his mind and body are tortured by the truth. With no identity and no past, all he knows is that he needs. He is a monstrous miracle of modern science set loose upon the world, and with him comes a hunger that will never be sated. . . . THE LESS YOU HAVE, THE MORE YOU WANT.

Deficit Ending (Deb Ralston series, No.6)

by Lee Martin

Fort Worth Police Detective Deb Ralston is less than enthusiastic about returning to work at the end of her maternity leave, but she's suddenly catapulted back on the job a few days early. With baby Cameron on her hip, Deb is standing in line at her bank when two men with sawed-off shotguns stage a holdup. To get away, they take a hostage. Deb, who will never forget the look in that young teller's eyes, knows that statistics on the live return of hostages aren't very good. So she hands the baby over to her husband and sets out to gather evidence, bit by bit, piece by piece. But then she gets a phone call in the night. The teller's body has been found. Juggling her baby and her badge, Deb uses every ounce of her training, her experience, and her instinct to track down the most murderous bunch of bank robbers since Bonnie and Clyde. Once again sleuth Deb Ralston delivers.

Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries #6)

by Charlaine Harris

As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley--a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley's estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk. Someone doesn't want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley's past--or for that matter, Hadley's possessions. And they're prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the Rogue Weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the Pack to the Vampire Queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject--Sookie's first love, Bill. Whoever it is, they're definitely dangerous--and Sookie's life is definitely on the line...

Defriended

by Ruth Baron

A friend request from beyond the grave . . . Jason has met the perfect girl. OK, so maybe he hasn't actually MET Lacey yet, but they talk online all the time. Yet despite spending most nights chatting, Lacey refuses to meet up in person. Suspicious, Jason starts googling, and his cyberstalking leads to a shocking discovery: According to multiple newspapers, Lacey died a year earlier. Soon, Jason finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing mystery. Has he found a way to iChat with the dead? Or is someone playing a dangerous trick? Either way, Jason has to discover the truth before it's too late. You can't put up away messages from beyond the grave. . . .

Degree of Guilt (Christopher Paget #2)

by Richard North Patterson

A claim of attempted rape. A talepathology. These are the elements of Degree of Guilt, Richard North Patterson's stunning courtroom novel. Christopher Paget is a trial lawyer with a famous past: as a young investigator in Washington, he unearthed a scandal that brought ruin to a President--and an abrupt end to Paget's affair with Mary Carelli. Now, fifteen years later, they are estranged. Carelli is a well-known television journalist based in New York; Paget lives quietly in San Francisco, raising their teenage son and preserving what privacy he can. Until a charge of murder changes everything. The victim is America's most eminent novelist, Mark Ransom. The accused is Mary Carelli. Her defense is attempted rape. The man she chooses to defend her is Christopher Paget. Carelli does not deny that she killed Ransom, but a fateful question remains to be answered: Was it self-defense or was it murder? In preparation for a trial, Paget sets out to establish that Mark Ransom was the twisted man Carelli claims he was. With the help of an associate, Teresa Peralta, Paget uncovers compelling evidence that presents a complex and disturbing picture of Ransom as a sexual predator. But this evidence may not be admissible in court. And there are other unsettling surprises: a secret in Carelli's past that provides her with a powerful motive for murder; facts that suggest she has been lying; a woman prosecutor who firmly believes that Carelli is using the issue of rape to conceal murder; and an enigmatic judge who may very well have an agenda of her own. With the odds against Carelli's acquittal quickly rising, Christopher Paget is faced with a risky legal decision that leads to an explosive convergence of public trial and private conflict--a decision that threatens not only Mary Carelli's future, but his own, and their son's, as well. From first to last, Degree of Guilt holds us galvanized by its masterful storytelling, its complexity of motive and feeling, its vivid depiction of men and women under pressure, and its brilliant delineation of even the most subtle courtroom dynamics. It is an electrifying story of a search for legal and emotional truth. It is the ultimate courtroom drama.

Degree of Risk

by Lindsay Mckenna

A couple's future is under fire in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lindsay McKenna's Shadow Warriors miniseries When her Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in Afghanistan, Army medevac pilot Sarah Benson does what she must to survive. Hiding by day and hiking through the mountains by night, Sarah manages to save a mother and daughter before being taken captive. Even then she fights. She has to get back to the base-and to the man she loves. Once Ethan Quinn learns that Sarah has survived the crash, he refuses to stop until he finds her, though the battle-hardened Navy SEAL knows the odds are against him. For him, it's more than a matter of courage-it's their future he is fighting for.

Degrees of Darkness

by Winter Austin

A world of dangerous secrets stand between Dallas homicide detective Remy LeBeau and professional barrel racer Cody Lewis as they explore a love that could last through the ages - or destroy everyone around them. Here is their story in one spine-tingling collection:Relentless: Battling his partner, his attraction to Cody, and the demons of his past, Remy LeBeau must take the ultimate risk to catch a serial killer. But it could cost him everything - including Cody's life.Retribution: The homicide of a Dallas criminal lawyer puts Remy on a collision course with a professional assassin from his past.Revenge: Remy disappears into the New Orleans alleys as he closes in on the nameless faces who have controlled his life for too long, but his quest to save himself and those closest to him puts Cody in grave danger.Reckoning: The honeymoon is over for Cody and Remy as Cody's darkest secret haunts her, threatening to destroy their marriage. Death will have a reckoning, and it could mean the end of everything they've loved.Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Degrees of Separation

by Sue Henry

Sue Henry's Jessie Arnold mysteries have been praised for both their beauty ("twice as vivid as Michener's natural Alaska"*) and their suspense ("the twists and turns keep you turning the pages"**). Now the champion sled-dog racer returns to the trail after a long hiatus. only to stumble upon something unexpected across her path. After months of recuperating from knee surgery, Jessie Arnold is eager to begin training for this year's Iditarod. With the loving care of Alaska state trooper Alex Jensen, her convalescence wasn't as painful as it could have been, but she and her dogs have a lot of work to do if they're going to qualify for the race. Jessie's first practice run goes smoothly until her sled hits a bump along the trail- a snow- and ice-shrouded dead body bearing a gunshot wound. The victim is Donny Thompson, the youngest son of a mechanic from the nearby town of Palmer. What Thompson was doing on a musher's trail without any evidence of a sled and dogs is anyone's guess. But what worries Alex and Jessie more is how close to their home the man was killed....

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