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Winter's Reason

Talon Winter Legal Thriller #3



          Luke was too young and ignorant to be making the important decisions on his case, but it was still his case and Talon needed to apprise him of developments at least occasionally. Which was always easier to do when she had good news to share.

          “Good news,” she began when Luke entered the jail conference room. It was near lunchtime. The whole wing smelled like cafeteria food and astringent.

       “Yeah?” Luke asked, but almost disinterestedly. As if he didn’t believe her. Or he didn’t think it would matter. He sat down opposite her, but didn’t look at her. Talon took a moment to appraise him before she shared her news.

       “What’s wrong?” Talon asked.

       “What’s wrong?” Luke repeated. “I’m in jail, and I’m probably never getting out again.”

       “Who’s telling you that?”

       A thumb jerked back toward the cells. “Everyone in here. They all say I’m screwed. I killed a cop. That’s it. I’m never getting out again. We’re all gonna be convicted. Every one of us. And we’re all going to prison. That’s how the system works.”

       “That may be how it works for them.” Talon nodded toward the door. “But not for you.”

       Luke finally looked her in the face. “Why not for me?”

       “Because,” Talon answered, “you hired me.”

There is no disappointment when Brunelle takes a case. From the first page to the last, the reader is drawn ahead, even into the wee hours of the night. The very human and very conflicted lead character seems to reflect a lot about all of us. I can see a little of me in him as he makes decisions concerning his profession and his family. He is one of my favorite characters.

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