A Cure for Night A Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Justin Peacock|
|A Washington Post Best Book of the Year |
Best First Novel
Joel Deveraux is a rising star at a white-shoe law firm in Manhattan. But after a drug-related scandal costs him his job and nearly his law license, he slides down the corporate ladder to the Booklyn Defenders office. He arrives just in time for a high profile murder case, where he is assigned to work with the tough and savvy Myra Goldstein. With pressure from their boss and interest from the tabloids, they take on the defense of a black pot dealer from the projects who is charged with the murder of a white college student. Joel quickly learns that urban criminal law is a form of combat where the best story wins-but who''s telling the truth and who''s lying are matters of life and death.
From the Publisher:
?That?s what the criminal law is: it?s how the day tries to correct the night?s mistakes. Most of my cases, people have done something they never would?ve dreamed of doing in broad daylight.?
In Brooklyn?s criminal courts, justice often depends on who has the better story to tell.
After a drug-related scandal ejects Joel Deveraux from his job at a white-shoe law firm, he slides down the corporate ladder to the Public Defenders? office in Brooklyn, where he defends the innocent and the guilty alike, a cog in the great clanking machine that is the New York City justice system. When his boss offers him the second chair to the savvy Myra Goldstein in a high-profile murder case, he eagerly takes it. The defendant is Lorenzo Tate, a black pot dealer from the projects who is charged with the murder of a white college student in a street shooting; and the tabloids have sunk their teeth into the racially tinged trial.
Kicked out of his fancy Manhattan law firm for a sex-and-drugs scandal, Joel Deveraux takes a job with the public defender's office in Brooklyn. Joel, a generally dissatisfied antihero type, finally lands a good case working with his hot co-worker. The situation resurrects some old demons as they investigate what happened to the white student killed in a rough neighborhood and how to get the defendant, a young drug dealer, off the hook. A CURE FOR NIGHT was nominated for the 2009 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.