Indefensible

Indefensible

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition.
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When a birdwatcher stumbles on a crime in the woods, federal prosecutor Nick Davis uncovers a high-stakes plot involving small-time drug dealers, petty thieves, domestic abuse perpetrators, child pornographers, and the highest offices of the legal system.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books, 2014.
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476728001
1476728003
Branch Call Number: GOO
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm

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cameralover53
Jul 17, 2018

Author Lee Goodman received his undergrad degree in biology, moved from the eastern seaboard to Alaska where he spent his time dog sledding and commercial salmon fishing. He returned to university to study law but found his new profession was not a “good fit,” and subsequently decided the best use of his law degree was writing legal fiction rather than practising as a lawyer. He wrote and published his first book “Indefensible” with lead character/lawyer, Nick Davis in 2014.
The authors diverse background is noteworthy simply because it illustrates his own moral fibre and ethical standards, which are inseparable from his characters and plot.
Prior to Part 1, Goodman includes a telling quote (a portion of the “Preamble to the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility”.) It illustrates the lawyer and his/her conscience, ‘the touchstone against which to test [his actions], guiding principles which if adhered to, renders “the law a noble profession” wherein lies its’ greatness and its’ strength which permit no compromise.”
I read the passage a few times because it illustrates the high standards essential to the practice of law, the ideal. Understanding the author’s philosophy on life is essential to the readers’ appreciation of the character Nick Davis, as well as the plot, secondary characters and their interpersonal relationships.
Nick Davis, a lawyer, is a multidimensional character with emotional depth we normally don’t associate with lawyers. Goodman’s writing reflects an interest in in developmental disabilities, mental illness, the rights of criminal defendants, and in the complexity of family dynamics (especially parent-child relationships).
Goodman seems to be a principled man who regarded his model code of responsibility seriously. He does not appear to be driven by the almighty dollar. His love and appreciation of the environment in Alaska is also noteworthy. Nearing the end of the book, I cried as the realization hit me "no matter how hard we try to influence, care for children from toxic families, to repair the damage done (especially to young children), it is often irreversible despite the combined efforts of social workers, foster parents, and others. Not everyone can be saved, and that fact is a sad one.
Lee Goodman is an excellent writer; his subject matter is interesting, his characters reflect diverse personalities in our real lives. The reader wrestles with the conflict that "Good, decent people can do despicable things." His viewpoint on law and justice is unique. He is currently working on a third book in this series. I can't wait for it to be published.

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nancy180
Jul 14, 2014

Really enjoyed this book and hope he has a new one soon. Reminds me a bit of Andrew Gross, if you like his books, but not as action packed.
Really good read, Enjoy!

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