Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin

This is the first foray into fiction by former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin.  While you could tell the book was written by an amateur fiction writer, it was still a readable and intriguing mystery/courtroom drama.  I will say I was able to predict most of what would take place, but that didn't really take away from the reading experience.

The narrative centres around Jilly Truitt, a youngish criminal defence lawyer who is trying to make a name and career for herself.  She is particularly driven to win cases against her former mentor, Crown prosecutor, Cy Kenge.

Jilly brings her own baggage to the table - she was raised in a series of foster homes and struggled with addiction at one time.  She also has a hard time committing to romantic relationships.  Both her legal and personal skills are tested when the wealthy Vincent Trussardi is accused of murdering his wife and only wants Jilly as his lawyer.

She takes on the case even though everyone warns her it was a loser - and she spends countless hours interviewing witnesses and getting more and more confused about the facts.  She also feels threatened but can't figure out who the source of the threat is.  As the case unfolds she learns not only about Trussardi and his family, but about herself.

I don't want to give away more than I have, but if you like mysteries and courtroom dramas, this one is worth a try.  It's a very easy read.

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