Last Lawyer Standing
By Douglas Corleone
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312552282, 352pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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Defense attorney Kevin Corvelli fled from New York to Hawaii after the sensational death of one of his clients three years ago. Now, in the wake of another client’s death—a client Kevin had fallen in love with—Kevin would run again if only he could pull himself free from a couple of high-profile, high-risk cases. The FBI is investigating the poisoning of a young woman who happened to be Governor Wade Omphrey’s mistress. The governor was off the island at the time, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t order the hit or that he doesn’t need a hotshot lawyer like Corvelli defending him.
Then the DEA raids a local meth lab and Turi Ahina is picked up in the sweep. A career criminal, Ahina has set Corvelli up with plenty of client referrals, but Corvelli owes him for much more than that ever since Ahina saved his life. Now Ahina’s only way out is to turn in the big man, and he can’t just tell the FBI who it is—they already know that. He needs to find him and set a trap, a trap that won’t succeed without Corvelli’s help. The plan is simple, as foolproof and dangerous as a suicide attempt.
As the stakes rise, Corvelli gets drawn in deeper and deeper until the only way he can escape is to stick it out to the end in Last Lawyer Standing, Douglas Corleone’s most compelling legal mystery yet.
DOUGLAS CORLEONE is a former New York City defense attorney and winner of the MB/MWA First Crime Novel Competition. He now lives in the Hawaiian Islands with his wife and two children. This is his third novel.
Last Lawyer Standing
“A perfect blend of mystery and thriller, with laugh out loud moments sprinkled liberally throughout. Corleone is as good as it gets.”
“Corvelli is a likable, pillpopping DA, and the secondary characters are Elmore Leonard quirky, never cartoonish. Throw in some sudden violence and loopy humor, and you have a fun, escapist reading experience.”
Night on Fire
“The current crop of legal thrillers is further graced with the presence of Douglas Corleone, who follows his auspicious debut with an equally enjoyable successor, which continues the saga of Kevin Corvelli, a charismatic defense attorney.”
—San Diego Tribune
"The contemporary legal thriller is a page-turner in the best sense of the word.”
“Kevin tries a mean case and tells a fine story.”
“Appealing. . .Corvelli uses an impressive array of legal precedents and courtroom antics… The resulting thrust and parry is well done."