Somebody is killing the sleazy lawyers of Los Angeles. LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Joanna Davis matches wits with a serial killer who tailors each murder to a specific legal abuse. His victim profile: attorneys who use the law to achieve outrageous results. His murders: vehicles for poetic justice:a lawyer who won big bucks for careless coffeeservers is parboiled inSomebody is killing the sleazy lawyers of Los Angeles. LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Joanna Davis matches wits with a serial killer who tailors each murder to a specific legal abuse. His victim profile: attorneys who use the law to achieve outrageous results. His murders: vehicles for poetic justice: a lawyer who won big bucks for careless coffeeservers is parboiled in his hot tub another who got a food-poisoning caterer off dies of botulism. The clever, efficient murderer, with meticulous preparations and many disguises, is reminiscent of the assassin in The Day of the Jackal. However, Det. Davis is a immensely sympathetic opponent, an experienced professional at the top of her powers....
|Title||:||Open Season on Lawyers: A Novel of Suspense|
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Open Season on Lawyers: A Novel of Suspense Reviews
RATING: 4.25Most homicide detectives have seen every imaginable crime. But every once in a while, there will be a killer who has a clever twist that hasn’t been done before. That’s what LAPD Detective Joanna Davis discovers when she begins looking at a series of seemingly unrelated killings of lawyers. Upon further investigation, we find that the killings are of “sleazy” lawyers, those who either ride roughshod over their clients or cheat the public in one way or another. It’s actually rather difficult to find sympathy for the victims; in one of the cases, Joanna finds herself glad that the lawyer in question was killed!One of the victim’s wives tags the murderer with the name “Attorney Terminator” which quickly becomes “Atterminator” in the local tabloids. The killer is exceptionally clever, matching the means of death with the questionable behavior exhibited by the victim. For example, there’s the attorney who handled a hot coffee case resulting in severe burns to the plaintiff. His death was caused by being parboiled in a hot tub. The Atterminator certainly would have gotten off scot-free if the police hadn’t had some lucky breaks where his identity became known. Even the best of disguises is no match for bad luck. Cannon does a wonderful job of developing her characters. I particularly liked the fact that Joanna is a mature woman of 52, a type that is not often cast as the protagonist in most mystery novels. The depiction of the killer is very interesting, as he has a unique way of perceiving things and very creative methods of murdering the lawyers as well as eluding the police. In a strange way, the reader has to appreciate what he is doing as he enacts what he calls the “Legal Resolution Program”. There’s kind of a poetic justice to the murders. Add to that a tight plot sprinkled with wry humor and you’ve got a winner. My only quibble is that the resolution of the book was a little contrived, a small complaint given the quality of the writing that preceded it. Everything that happens, including the lucky breaks, is believable. I loved the fact that when Joanna enters her home and finds that it has been broken into, she calls 911 and waits in fear until the police arrive, even though she is a police officer. In many books, she would have gone rampaging through the home without regard for her own safety. The actual investigation seems very realistic, the poring through all sorts of irrelevant information and false leads.I found Open Season on Lawyers to be very enjoyable and highly recommend it.
Taffy Cannon, Open Season on Lawyers (Perseverance Press, 2002)Taffy Cannon's sixth novel suffers from one of the silliest names ever given to a book. Don't, however, judge said book by its cover, no matter what is written there; Open Season on Lawyers, despite having some flaws, is a fast-paced, witty romp through the life and detection of a serial killer whom most of us would very much like to be.As the title tells you, someone's killing lawyers. Their deaths are staged in wonderfully ironic ways (a victim based on the infamous Stella lawsuit is boiled alive in a hot tub; a lawyer who successfully defended a fast food chain against claims of food poisoning dies of botulism, etc.). After the first few, the cops realize they have a serial killer on their hands. Enter tough, plucky (aren't they all?) heroine Joanna Davis and her partner Al Jacobs, trying to track down the killer the press have dubbed The Atterminator.One thing about Cannon's writing that definitely sticks out is her dry, almost British, wit. The chuckles to be found in these pages have their mirror in the deserts of California. Slapstick this ain't, but a finely-honed sense of irony that never sounds forced. Because of that, it's possible to overlook some of the more predictable parts of the book (the final conflict, for example, can be seen from at least fifty pages away). As well, there is a good deal of technical artistry on the part of the killer; Ms. Cannon has done her research, and done it well. It would seem to behoove the astute reviewer not to ask exactly how well, but there you go.Balanced against these strong points are the odd cliché now and again, an almost painful sense of stereotyping, and a few niggling habits (one cop, named Quincy Reese, nicknamed Q, is never referred to as Q, or as Reese, but always as Q Reese, for example). Certainly not enough to keep you from picking this up, if you're a mystery fan; Cannon's novels may be just the thing for this year's beach reads, if you haven't discovered her yet. ** ½
Being a lawyer, this book was wicked fun for me. It's a police procedural which takes place in the minds of both the policewoman trying to solve the case and the killer himself, known as "Ace." (The nickname is never quite explained). The premise of the book is that a serial killer is murdering sleazy lawyers in a manner which recalls their abuses of clients or the system. The prose is clean and moves well. There's damned little of the over discussion of clues which make me crazy in any mystery. The policewoman, Janice, is an engagin character (sad to see the author has not written more books with this character.) The author does seem to know Southern California, even if she is somewaht dazzled by the glitz (a common failing with New Yorkers). All in all a fun read and a good job.
2.5 stars - by a local writer who filled in at a luncheon I attended when Kate Jacobs of NYC knitting group series books took ill at the last minute and was unable to come. Taffy was entertaining and I looked forward to reading at least one of her books. This book took place mainly in the LA area and was well enough written that I will try one of her mysteries from another region of the US.
I really enjoyed this book! The story was great, and it was fun to read a book that takes place in an area I am familiar with. All around a good read!
One of her very best, suspenseful with a twist of an end. Reccomend this to anyone.