"Superb legal thriller"
In Kansas City, Senior partner Richard Sullivan of
the Sullivan and Christenson law firm asks company trial
lawyer Lou Mason to destroy documents that make client
Victor O'Malley look guilty in a federal case. Only three
months with the firm, Lou says no and plans to quit because
of the illegal and unethical request of his superior.
That weekend, the entire staff of Sullivan and
Christenson travels to a nearby Pope County lake area. Not
long afterward, Sheriff Kelly Holt informs Lou that Richard
mysteriously died. Soon someone tries to kill Lou, who
concludes the unknown assailant believes he obtained
damaging information from Richard. When the firm's lawyers
learn that US attorney Franklin St. John is using the power
of the grand jury to look at Sullivan and Christenson, the
leadership asks Lou to not only stay, but handle the case.
He finds connections that would shock a conspiracy buff
even if some of the links look wrong to only Lou.
Anyone who reads MOTION TO KILL will be surprised
that this novel is Joel Goldman's debut tale. The story
line never skips a beat as Lou show courage and conviction
while investigating two homicides, the Federal inquiry into
his legal firm, and the role of his client in both. Lou is
a fascinating lead protagonist and his "nemesis" Kelly
provides a sexual counterpoint. Lou's constant quotes from
his idol, his aunt, provide an interesting gender bender
role model. Fans will set in motion a plea for Mr. Goldman
to return with more Mason (Lou not Perry) legal thrillers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001