Misdemeanor Man by Dylan Schaffer
Misdemeanor Man is Dylan Schaffer's first novel. It delivers on so many levels. Firstly, as a legal thriller it presents a part of the law not often discussed: public defenders who specialize in misdemeanors. Secondly is has a lively plot, with satisfying twists and turns. But this book really delivers in creating eccentric, funny characters, people you come to care about. Schaffer's presentation of the humor, sadness and overwhelming stress of a man dealing with the early onset Alzheimer's of his father is superb. Gordon Seegerman is a perfect modern protagonist, insecure, obsessed with Barry Manilow, and unexpectedly brilliant in the courtroom. The ending needed some tightening up, but this book is very much worth reading. I am hoping this is the first of a series, and I'll be lining up to get book number two.
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