The Smart Money & The Good Fight

The Smart Money & The Good Fight

by Lia Matera

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THE SMART MONEY introduces San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma, who Booklist says "certainly belongs in the same league as Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawksi when it comes to brains, determination, and guts."
A year of death threats and harsh publicity might drive any woman back to her home town. And Laura Di Palma got plenty of each when she represented the killer of two U.S. Senators. But that wasn't why she left her dream job to revisit old haunts. She did it to settle a fourteen-year-old score with her ex-husband.
All those years ago, he pushed her into the arms of another man--a man who jilted her. She moved on, building a new life in the big city, and she never looked back... until she learned that her old love died the night she sat waiting for him with her bags packed.
Convinced her then-husband murdered him, Laura is determined to get revenge. The trouble is, in a town run by her corrupt uncle, Laura's ex isn't the only one who'll strike back hard to keep old secrets buried.

The New York Daily News described THE GOOD FIGHT as "compelling," saying "Matera writes with passion about debts to old lovers and old causes." But if San Francisco litigator Laura Di Palma can't find a way to honor those debts, she'll lose everything she's worked for and everyone she loves.
Laura's significant other is missing from the hospital, and he's probably too ill to survive on his own. She'll do anything to find him, but there couldn't be a worse time for her to ignore her work.
The top partner at her firm will fire her if she doesn't drop her controversial new criminal case. But she can't abandon Danny Crosetti, a political activist friend accused of shooting his closest comrade... a coworker who turned out to be an FBI agent sent to entrap him.
Fighting for her job, torn between helping her client and searching for her vanished lover, Laura is forced to reconcile the activist she used to be with the lawyer she's become.
The Baltimore Sun calls Di Palma "one of the most compelling characters in recent mystery fiction," and the New York Times praises her as "one of the smartest, most open-minded sleuths in the lawyering trade."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158031434
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 03/25/2016
Series: Laura Di Palma Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 947,478
File size: 267 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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