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Direct Actions by Terry Olson is a great read and seems to easily lend itself to making up casting for the movie in your head as you read along with this entertaining legal action thriller....think John Cusack in the role of Jeremy Jefferson as the crusading public defender from a small town pitted against bigger money and political interests in the state. In short the novels underlying theme is the erosion of civil liberties post 9/11. The crux of the story is a young man, Zeb, who is an evironmental activist who sabatoges a giant retail store that is begining to build a Wal-Mart type store in his small town. A crime certainly but under new laws ala the Patriot Act he is also charged with being or committing terrorist acts. Terry Olson, a lawyer himself, brings to Jeremy Jefferson's character as public defender a background knowledge of lawyers and the machinations of the court system that rings true. All the characters(especially Jefferson's character and his boss-Charlie Sage) are well written and play out beatifully with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Jefferson is also given a love interst with a young reporter who becomes involved with him and the case.
Direct Actions by Terry Olson grabs your attention and holds it. The characters in particular drive this book including the young, dedicated lawyer recently moved to a small Michigan town from Detroit, to the slimy judges and complex clients with whom he interacts. Olson's courtroom scenes are especially good, drawn I am sure from his own very real experiences. The tension in the book builds around the guilt or innocence of his youngest client, an accused eco-terrorist, as well as around his romance with a beautiful, young journalist. This novel has it all and tells a story well. I couldn't put it down.