Star Witness (Willa Jansson Series #6)

Star Witness (Willa Jansson Series #6)

by Lia Matera

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Star Witness is the sixth adventure of attorney Willa Jansson. Publishers Weekly calls it "the wackiest of a lively series" with "singularly offbeat characters." And the Washington Post says, "Matera has done her alien abduction homework... and given the premise of the story, has managed to write a courtroom drama about the nature of circumstantial evidence and reasonable doubt that you simply have to keep reading, just so see how it comes out."

Willa Jansson is about to take a well-earned vacation from her job at a San Francisco multimedia law firm when a friend calls in a favor. So, on what should have been her first day on a Mexican beach, Willa is off to Santa Cruz, California. She hopes a few days work will wrap up what she's told is a simple case of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

But there's nothing simple about her new client's bizarre situation. Alan Miller's sports car supposedly went over an embankment onto the coastal highway below, landing atop another car and killing its driver. So why are there are no tire tracks on the field above, and why aren't Miller's injuries consistent with a car crash?

Miller can't remember the accident, or where he was at the time. But when a hypnotist unlocks his memories, even Miller refuses to believe them.

Willa's simple favor turns into a nightmare of repressed secrets, black helicopters, UFO specialists, and mocking reporters. With the spotlight on her, she has to walk a fine line between offering no evidence and offering testimony guaranteed to make her a laughingstock and cost her a very good job.

The San Francisco Examiner said of Star Witness, "This fast-moving tale is peppered with eccentric characters, snappy dialogue and a creative plot," and the San Francisco Chronicle noted that "One needn't believe in aliens or flying saucers to admire Matera's gift for weaving... a tight alien-dunit mystery."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158027024
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 02/28/2016
Series: Willa Jansson Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 442,636
File size: 216 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 Willa Jansson 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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dspoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just when attorney Willa Jansson is about to take a little time off from her job at a Son Francisco multimedia firm, a friend calls in a special favor. So, on her first day of what should have been her well-earned vacation, Willa's off to Santa Cruz to solve what she hopes will be a simple case of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. But Willa is about to discover that nothing about this case -- or the town where it occurred -- is quite as it seems.Alan Miller's sports car went over an embankment and onto the coastal highway below, landing atop another car and killing its driver. But there are no tire tracks, no witnesses, and Miller's injuries aren't consistent with a car crash. Unable to recall where he was just after the accident, Miller's memory is jogged under hypnosis -- a recollection so far-fetched that Willa knows it will never stand up in court. All of a sudden, seemingly idyllic Santa Cruz is rife with dangerous secrets, and Willa must outrun helicopters, snipers, reporters, her own interfering mother -- and try to maintain her credibility and her career by making the jury buy her client's out-of-this-world alibi. If she can just keep the witnesses alive long enough to testify....