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Monday, January 9, 2012


This second book in Barry S. Willdorf’s seventies trilogy is set in the Bay Area where people’s lawyer Nate Lewis is torn between defending the oppressed, making a name for himself, and full-throttle self-destructive behavior. The fast-moving novel brings to life a world that is at once familiar– tourists are still all over Fisherman’s Wharf– and also markedly different– the main character complains about $2.00 movies.
    The primary narrator is Nate himself, who takes on a case he knows he shouldn’t.  He is drawn to– okay, a sucker for– black militants who appear to be taking a fall for someone else’s crime.    The legal details are sharp; the drinking and drugging and low life neighborhoods are Day-Glo vivid.  The plot has plenty of twists and turns, but the real interest is less in whodunit than in how Nate almost loses his life as well as the love of his life.  Nate is smart and reasonably brave, but in the end is saved from himself and some really bad actors by someone even smarter and braver. 
    I was glad to know he made it, and that there’s at least one more novel out there about him and his world.

Meredith Sue Willis, Author of Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel and Out of the Mountains.

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