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'Her Kind of Case' is a courtroom drama worth reading

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"Her Kind of Case: A Lee Isaacs, Esq. Novel" by Jeanne Winer (Bancroft, 320 pages, in stores)

The title of this book caught my attention; it seemed promising, and the story did not disappoint.

"Her Kind of Case" by Jeanne Winer tells a story of aging and life that resonated with me. In all likelihood the story resonated because I am much closer to the main character's age than I’m willing to admit. At any rate, the story gripped me and didn't let go until the end.

The book is the first in an intended series.

Lee Isaacs, the protagonist, is the lawyer of my dreams. She is strong, powerful, kind and the best at what she does. As the story begins, Isaacs is reeling from the loss of one of her cases — and more significantly, the death of her husband. She is faced with major life and career decisions, trying to decide if it’s time to throw in the towel and retire. Then a case made for her drops in her lap. The case seems hopeless, the defendant uncooperative, and Isaacs takes accepts it willingly.

Winer builds a believable world; we come to learn more about Isaacs, the defendant and his childhood, Isaacs’s best friends and their history with her late husband, and Isaacs’s father and her associates and friends.

Winer is herself a veteran criminal defense attorney. The book benefits from her in-depth knowledge of the justice system. While it's not entirely a procedural novel, it has the ring of truth, perhaps especially in regard to the dark, gallows humor common to those who lead defendants into the grinder of courtrooms and plea bargains.

As Kirkus Reviews described it, "Unlike many dull legal novels ... this is filled with witty dialogue, believable characters, and quick pacing (it's a sure bet that the author never bored a jury). Isaacs is complex, funny, grouchy, and ambitious. It's just plain fun to hang out with her and her two gay friends; it's fun to listen as she and her dad talk late at night. And it's seriously impressive to watch her as a lawyer. … If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."

If I had to give a complaint about the book it’s the ending. It's softer than I expected, but upon reflection, it’s absolutely the right conclusion.

I really enjoyed this story. It was rich and emotional. "Her Kind of Case" is worth the read.

— Cynthia Simmons Taylor, for The Oklahoman

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