Prior Convictions (Willa Jansson Series #4)

Prior Convictions (Willa Jansson Series #4)

by Lia Matera

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PRIOR CONVICTIONS was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was nominated for the mystery genre's top prizes, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Anthony Award. Publishers Weekly said of it, "Readers will be shaken by Matera's rapier-sharp dissection of personal relationships and radical ideologies. Matera again demonstrates that she is one of today's best mystery writers."

Attorney Willa Jansson spent the last year picking up the pieces after an epic hit to her résumé. In the L.A. office of a Wall Street firm, she battled boredom and mourned a love life lying back home with a stake in its heart. Now it's finally time to return to San Francisco.

But Willa finds no warm welcome there. Her mother is still furious Willa that "sold out." Her despised ex demands an outrageous favor. And her new boss, a federal court judge, is already getting hate mail about her radical past.

It soon appears that her nearest and dearest are all conspiring to sabotage her. And if Willa can't figure out why, she may end up dying for a cause she doesn't believe in anymore.

The Wall Street Journal said, "With sharp descriptions and crisp dialogue, Prior Convictions admirably delivers the complex situations and memorable characters of a 'real novel' while still managing to let the detective story have its day in court."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158454257
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Willa Jansson Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 122 KB

About the Author

Lia Matera is the author of twelve novels, ten short stories, and a novella. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of The Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her novels, A Radical Departure and Prior Convictions, were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and Prior Convictions was a New York Times Notable Book. Three of her novels were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. She has also published two anthologies. Her story "Dead Drunk," originally printed in Scott Turow's, Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her novella Champawat placed third in the vote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's 2012 Readers Award.

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Prior Convictions (Willa Jansson Series #4) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book -- the characters were well drawn and the plot kept me engaged right up to the surprise ending. This book captured the feel of the late sixties and explained the era after without feeling preachy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago