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  • 10/2022
  • 13-979-8357784193 ‎ B0BJ7XVPQ7
  • 187 pages
  • $10.00
Alex Charns
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The Girl Who Wore A Hockey Helmet
Alex Charns, author
Before the second day of a cop car bombing trial, Assistant Public Defender Star Gwiazda and her Lumbee Indian client, Jimmy Ray Oxendine, learn that their bigoted trial judge died when his car exploded that morning. Both laugh in front of a courtroom full of people when the news is announced. Oxendine turns informant and accuses Star of planning the bombing. Star is charged with first-degree murder. Her struggles with bipolar disorder and the fact she was off her medication surface when the police search her home.
Reviews
In this winning legal thriller from Chrans (author of the series), public defender "Star" Katazyna Gwiazda in Randleman County, NC, faces a world of troubles, the biggest of which is her arrest for allegedly murdering a local judge. Unfortunately, Star has good reason to dislike the judge and was in the middle of defending a difficult client in his court. She also is trying to navigate through personal problems while continuing to defend low-level miscreants. As her own case proceeds, she finds corruption among tight connections in the small town and her only hope may be her collection of offbeat friends and colleagues.

The real joy of this book is Charns' collection of eccentric characters, who lend engaging color but always remain believable. The author is, himself, a criminal defense attorney, and has a keen eye and ear for the small southern town milieu, such as when Star's friend Joy gets righteously angry when her married boyfriend tells her he's going back to his wife—the next morning. The courtroom scenes are lively and believable, and the deft cross-examination scenes keep the pages turning. In some places, the plot can be a challenge to keep up with, with motives and subplots that are sometimes hard to follow, but Charns keeps everything moving briskly to a satisfying ending.

Star is a delightful character, an engaging mix of bravado and self-doubt, prescribed with lithium for manic-depression—a sleuth with realistically depicted mental health challenges is refreshing. Star is honest with herself and the reader about her condition and neither glorifies nor dramatizes it—describing the side effects that sometimes are worse than the diagnosis. She's also upfront about her awkward love life, which lends a welcome note of pathos to the courtroom shenanigans, and readers are left hoping to meet this imperfect but lovable lawyer in a future adventure.

Takeaway: A defense attorney framed for murder must prove her innocence in this engaging thriller.

Great for fans of: Joey Hartstone’s The Local, Wanda M. Morris’s All Her Little Secrets.

Production grades
Cover: C+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 10/2022
  • 13-979-8357784193 ‎ B0BJ7XVPQ7
  • 187 pages
  • $10.00

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