Getting his client off death row could save his career… or make him the next victim.
Daniel Pike would rather fight for justice than follow the rules. His unique ability to “connect the dots,” to observe what others do not, has made him the most notorious criminal lawyer in St. Petersburg. But when his courtroom career goes up in smoke, he fears his lifelong purpose is a lost cause. A mysterious job offer from a secretive boss gives him a second chance but lands him an impossible case with multiple lives at stake…
To protect a young orphan from a horrifying fate, Pike must save the girl’s guardian from a charge of first-degree murder. Dan uses every trick he knows in a high-stakes trial filled with unexpected revelations and breathtaking surprises as he uncovers a trail of deceit from Florida to El Salvador. When blood-soaked threats arrive, Dan realizes that winning the case might be a death sentence for him—and everyone he hoped to protect.
Can Pike protect the girl and get the charges dropped before his race for the truth proves fatal?
The Last Chance Lawyer is a gripping legal thriller. If you like courtroom suspense, page-turning plot twists, and rebel attorneys, then you’ll love William Bernhardt’s riveting drama.
“A fantastic writer begins a new series with flair. by James R. Ludwig”
William Bernhardt’s newest thriller is profoundly in his sweet-spot as an author. Daniel Pike and his colleagues at the Last Chance Lawyers are some of the most interesting characters I have seen introduced in recent years. Dan Pike is a far different bird than William’s other two most popular series protagonists, Ben Kincaid and Susan Pulaski. He likes the best of things and is used to a posh lifestyle, which is threatened when he succeeds on a case in a manner the founder of his firm finds distasteful. After drowning his sorrows, Dan finds a new opportunity that is as strange as it is financially rewarding. To succeed this time, he has to tap into something he has always considered irrelevant, caring about his client. The tragically flawed handling of refugees and aspiring immigrants by the current U.S. administration is central to the case. The impact of this farce on people and their families is shown with a reality and urgency that is absolutely appropriate.
All of the characters, whether major or minor, mostly good or mostly evil, are drawn with a depth that makes the reader anxious to learn more about their stories. But you never forget this is a thriller. The plot twists are frequent, very well developed, and never disappointing. This is the kind of book you want to read in one sitting and then read again to savor the deeper meaning. I look forward to watching this series develop and explore topics of such relevancy and complexity with the level of commitment displayed here.