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review 2015-09-14 19:07
The Professor
The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers) - Robert Bailey
Series: McMurtrie & Drake 
ISBN: 9781503945548
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 8/18/2015
Format:  Other
My Rating: 3.5 Stars 


A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE PROFESSOR, set in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1969,Robert Bailey delivers his debut, a Southern taut legal suspense thriller mixed with a football icon, Paul "Bear" Bryant, an American college football player and coach— best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football.

Thomas Jackson McMurtrie wants to be a trial attorney, and had just been approached the previous week by a top firm. Now the coach, his former mentor wants him to be a law professor. Before he had reached Birmingham, Tom knew just as he had known all those years ago when he was playing football, the Man had called, and he must answer.

As a law professor, Tom finds himself in the middle of some major issues. He is being forced out; a scandal, betrayed by both a powerful colleague and his own failing health.

At the same time, someone from his past, a girl he dated approaches him, with a legal problem. A few months prior her daughter and husband were in a car accident around Henshaw. They had hit a tractor-trailer truck head-on. Her granddaughter was in the car too and died. They all died, even the trucker.

The trucking company was one in Tuscaloosa- Willistone Trucking Company in 2009 involving a Willistone rig hauling Ultron gasoline and a driver named Harold Newton. A witness says her son-in-law turned in front of the rig, but she does not buy this.

Ruth Ann Wilcox, had never filed a lawsuit before, and she had not one else to call. Tom had not tried a case in year and encouraged her to take it to someone else. He agrees to look at the case. From excitement to guilt. Rick Drake from Henshaw? There is bad blood connected with the two. Rick is now Richard Drake, Esq. Law Firm.

Tom offers the case to Rick Drake. Rick had often daydreamed about chance confrontation with the Professor. The nerve of him coming here after what he had done? He was fired because of him. The Professor thinks this would make up, for how he had hurt his career?

However, could he turn down a multimillion-dollar death case? His only chance was to be a plaintiff’s lawyer and have a million-dollar case walk in the door; that just walked out. He has second thoughts.

Drake, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed. On the eve of the trial and with his case unraveling in the midst of a dangerous cover-up that threatens to silence his star witnesses, Drake realizes that only his estranged mentor, The Professor can help.

With everything to lose and only justice to gain, will Tom and Drake overcome bad blood to defeat a ruthless adversary? Can they work together and put the past behind them. More importantly, can a sixty-eight year old law professor who has not tried a case in forty years hit the largest verdict in West Alabama history? Vindication, for being forced to retire by the law school?

A fast-paced legal suspense, of the evil corruptions combined with a seasonal legal professor and his young protegee, making for a powerful fight for justice, with some compelling emotional dynamics.

I was initially drawn to the title and author, as a native of the Davidson, NC area, (quaint small college town, having visited a few weeks ago), where the author attended college, as well as a southern legal crime thriller fan.

Look forward to more from the new entertaining southern author, as we continue with McMurtrie and Drake series.

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!The-Professor/cmoa/559e90bb0cf25466c29c212e
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text 2014-12-19 19:13
Four Male Thriller Authors to Watch

In the event some of you missed my blurb of my Top Thriller Male Authors to Follow in 2015.  What a lineup!  Highlighting each of their latest and upcoming books for 2014-2015.



Currently, I am loving these gifted male crime thriller writers and ones to watch: Sexy, witty; SWOON . . . . best of all, they know how to write kick ass intense thrillers!


Paul Cleave (New Zealand), Thomas Enger (Norway), and (US) authors, Adam Mitzner and James Hankins.  By the way, they all are smokin’ hot and easy on the eye. Of course, Grisham is in the mix; however, we need some new blood to keep it interesting.


This dynamite lineup offers a mix of suspense, crime, mystery, legal, psycho, police procedural, to paranormal.  Check them out, you will not be disappointed!  


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James writers thrillers with elements of other genres as well — mystery, suspense, police procedural, paranormal/supernatural. James lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. He used to be a lawyer. Before that he wrote screenplays. Now he writes books and helps raise his boys. 

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Check out his new coming crime thriller: 

SHADY CROSS, coming Feb 24, 2015!  
Read My Review  (5 out of 5 stars)




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PAUL CLEAVE  (New Zealand) 

Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set.

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Check out his latest thriller: 

Five Minutes Alone (Theodore Tate #4)

Oct 21, 2014 

Read My Review  (5 out of 5 stars)



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Thomas Enger was born in Oslo in 1973, but grew up in Jessheim. He has an education in journalism, and has also studied sports and history. He worked at the Norwegian online newspaper Nettavisen for nine years.He has composed music and written books since the age of 18. He is also working on a musical.

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Check out his latest crime thriller:

SCARRED (Henning Juul #3)

November 4, 2014

Read My Review  (5 out of 5 Stars) 




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Adam grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which is about an hour outside of New York City. After law school, he jointed the litigation department of a large New York City law firm, and after a few more stops, he currently heads the litigation department of Pavia & Harcourt LLP, in midtown Manhattan.

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Upcoming Legal Thriller  

Available, April 14, 2015 

Read My Review  (5 out of 5 Stars) 




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Would love to hear your comments,  or your top male thriller authors.  I will be highlighting my favorite female crime writers next!   Happy Holidays.


Visit my Blog at Judith D Collins Must Read Books






Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com
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review 2014-02-07 16:15
Review - Discretion
Discretion - Allison Leotta

I enjoyed Leotta's debut, Law of Attraction, even though it had its weaker moments. However, with Discretion, Leotta really seems to hit her stride. Just as before, I enjoyed the way in which Leotta brings the legal and political scene in Washington DC to life in her writing.

In this particular story, Anna Curtis finds herself involved in the investigation of a mysterious death at the Capitol. The investigation quickly leads Anna toward an upscale escort service whose ties seem to reach into some pretty powerful places. I liked Anna a lot more in this book as I saw her navigating her way around the investigation of the case with confidence and intelligence. Since she is working with her boyfriend, homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, on the case, readers get to see that relationship deepen and grow as the two work on a very challenging case.

The pacing in this book is fantastic (I read it in one sitting), so if you're looking for a legal thriller that will hold your attention from start to finish, I'd definitely recommend it. In addition, if you like a bit of romance with your mystery, Anna Curtis and Jack Bailey are a fabulous couple to follow.

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review 2012-03-01 00:34
A Time to Kill: A Novel
A Time to Kill - John Grisham Still my favorite Grisham Book.
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review 2011-09-23 17:53
The Reversal (Lincoln Lawyer Novels)
The Reversal (Harry Bosch, #16; Mickey Haller, #3) - Michael Connelly Took me a bit to get through this although I have taken into consideration i wasnt reading 1 book but 3. The Lincoln Lawyer, The Brass Verdict and finally The Reversal. I am a fan of court trial themed films but had never actually read any books on the subject. Well I glad that author Michael Connelly was my first. Doing some of my own investigations into what sites contain info on this author on the web. I shockingly found out Mr. Connelly was never a man who practiced law himself let alone ever being a lawyer. You read any of his Mickey Haller books and you would never know this. The man impressed me on many levels with his knowldege of the court system and goings on within. The Lincoln Lawyer also inspired me to see the film and well...i'll just stick to the books from here on in. All 3 books contained within this huge read where excellent so i would have to say my favorite was last book of the three The Reversal. I dont think there was any part of the book that didnt have me on the edge of my seat wanting more. You know it's an above average read if you get dissapointed when you arrive at the final chapters knowing it will be over. These books also introduced me to another of Connelly's awesome charectors as in Detective Harry Bosch. Looking over Connelly's vast other books I see that he has made 20 or so totally dedicated to this charector...Guess I had better head back to my fave bookstore and start from the beginning! For any fan of cool charectors, murder mysteries or court room thrillers!
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