It feels like its been a long time since I posted a review on here, but I figured it was high time I shouted about Bill Myers’ latest book, which is out today! 🙂
About the book:
A man in prison for murder. One woman wants him freed. One woman wants him dead.
Mick McFarland is stunned when he’s arrested for murdering business tycoon Edwin Hanson, brother to David Hanson—one of Mick’s former clients. Mick is even more shocked when he’s confronted with the incriminating evidence: surveillance footage of him stalking the victim and pulling the trigger.
As Mick’s legal team fights against windmills trying to beat the prosecution in court, his wife, Piper, journeys across the country, trying to win her husband’s freedom by going after the man she is convinced is out to destroy Mick and David both. What she doesn’t anticipate is that David’s wife, Marcie, is on a similar mission to shelter her own husband. And the two women may not be on the same side.
Piper has it all right…and all wrong. And her time is running out. Will she be able to save her husband from conviction and clear his name?
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About the author:
Born in 1958 into a blue-collar family in Pennsylvania, Bill inherited a work-ethic that propelled him through college and into the Ivy League at The University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From there, Bill started his legal career in a Philadelphia-based mega defense firm. After ten years defending corporate America, he realized his heart wasn’t in it. So, with his career on the fast track to success–he gave it all up and started his own firm. It was time to start fighting for the common guy.
That was twenty-five years ago and since then, he has focused on representing railroad employees and other honest, hard-working people who have been injured by others. He has represented thousands of clients in his tenure and has become a highly-regarded trial attorney up and down the Eastern Seaboard with offices in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
As a civil litigation attorney Bill knows the law, and knows his way around a court room, but he writes about criminal law. Bill has wanted to be an author as long as he can remember. An avid reader, you can always find him with a book in his hand, his inspirations coming from Scott Turow, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. So, when Bill sat down to write his first serious full length novel, he had to do some research. He went to murder trials, preliminary hearings, arrangements. He talked to police investigators and criminal attorneys. His goal is to not just write about the criminal side of law but to be as accurate as possible to court and police procedures.
His first book A Criminal Defense came out in 2017 and went on to become the Number 6 best-selling book on Amazon Kindle in 2017. His second book An Engineered Injustice came out in January 2018 and was based loosely off of an actual Amtrak train crash that took place in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia in 2015. These are the first two novels in the Philadelphia Legal Series. The third book in the series, A Killer’s Alibi, came out in January of 2019.
Philadelphia plays a major role in Bill’s writing. As much as he strives to write accurately about the law, so too does he try to stay true to Philadelphia. As you read the Philadelphia Legal series you find actual Philadelphia landmarks scattered throughout using his real life as the inspiration.
He also volunteers his time and his staff to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project which helps to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted based on solid scientific evidence. The Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia is another passion of Bill, which helps families of sick kids in the community.
He has been married to the love of his life, Lisa for 25 years and they reside in the Philadelphia suburbs where they are slaves to their two dogs Pharaoh and Phenoix and cats Rufus and Peeca.
This is the fourth book in the Philadelphia Legal series by Bill Myers, and they just keep getting better and better.
I would definitely recommend reading the previous books, both because they are excellent, and also so you get the character backstory. That will really help in terms of keeping up with the plot in A Criminal Justice.
Mick McFarland is arrested for murdering Edwin Hanson, whose brother David is one f Mick’s former clients. Again, this is where I tell you that reading the other books will benefit you greatly because there is a huge character history here and it helps to know it.
A Criminal Justice is an intricately-plotted legal thriller, with well-developed characters and a narrative that is woven through with so many threads that it will keep you trying to unravel them the entire way through the book.
I love to see a new Bill Myers book coming out. Not only do they satisfy my need for a meaty legal thriller, but because its a series, I’ve found myself thoroughly invested in the characters, and I look forward to seeing where their stories will take them.
I can’t recommend this book, and all of the Philadelphia Legal books, highly enough. Definitely worth picking them up 🙂