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Silent Counsel by Ken Isaacson

Silent Counsel (edition 2010)

by Ken Isaacson

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Title:Silent Counsel
Authors:Ken Isaacson
Info:September 5, 2007 (2010), Kindle Edition, 345 pages
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Interesting novel based on the ramifications of the attorney-client privilege. A bit too convoluted in terms of how well hidden the perpetrator is, I think. Also, it seems impossible to me that no one seemed to be following what the mother of the accident victim was doing or try to intervene. The whole section on the kidnapping was unbelievable to me...they wouldn't call in the authorities for DAYS???? No way. Also, they never asked Stacy's mother about her whereabouts, and she actually knew where she had gone. Still, some interesting ideas. I'll hope for a bit better next time. ( )
  PermaSwooned | Nov 10, 2012 |
My first e-book! Reading on the Kindle. ( )
  Maxine_ | Mar 4, 2012 |
Ken Isaacson's debut legal thriller SILENT COUNSEL centers around the attorney client priviledge. When a man driving recklessly simply for the thrill runs down and kills an innocent six-year-old boy, no one is around to witness. The driver takes off but later has an attack of guilty conscience, but not so guilty that he wants to pay a high penalty. So, he hires an attorney to negotiate a plea for him. The catch is this: the attorney can't reveal the driver's name - attorney client priviledge.

The plot of SILENT COUNSEL mimics Vince's BMW Z4: sleak, fast, powerful. You needn't even bother trying to figure this one out because as soon as you think you have it pegged, Isaacson will pull the rug out from under you, leaving you to wonder what the heck just happened. Which is not to say that Isaacson pulls things out of the air. All the pieces parts are there, they're just weaved together ingeniously so you don't always see them there. Kind of like an Escher piece. It doesn't seem like it would be possible, but you're looking at it right there, so it must be.

The characters in this novel will cause your emotions to run the gamet. You want to feel sympathy but at the same time if they don't scare the be-geebers out of you, something's wrong. I would wring my hands and say out loud, "WHAT are you thinking?" And at the same time wonder exactly what I would do under the same circumstances. Isaacson interjects many viable ethical situations, and while they are at the extreme (or let's hope they're the extreme) of the possible circumstances, they are still viable.

The themes are infused with contraversy, many of the same contraversies that arise in our legal system on a daily basis. Exactly how far should our laws go, the laws that are in place to protect the innocent? The same laws that often end up freeing the guilty.

This is definitely NOT a thoughtless read. You're going to tax your own beliefs as you race through the events that compose SILENT COUNSEL. And at the end, you may have more questions than when you started. I challenge you not to think about them after you've closed the book!

The only criticism I might interject on this book is that at times the dialogue is a bit rough around the edges, which isn't uncommon for a first novel. And there were a couple times when some information was repeated. It was probably an unnecessary repeat for anyone paying attention while reading. But neither item undermined the plot, so the book definitely kept moving. ( )
  jenforbus | May 24, 2009 |
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The metallic blue BMW responded to the driver's slightest touch. He barely feathered the accelerator, and the Z4's powerful three-liter, 255-horsepower engine propelled the roadster through the curve.
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Suppose the unimaginable: What if your child were killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver's identity--his lawyer--couldn't tell you his name because of a legal technicality?
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General Adult. Suppose the unimaginable: What if your child was killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver's identity--his lawyer--didn't have to tell you his name? "Silent Counsel" is the story of just such a nightmare. After Stacy Altman's six-year-old son is run down in front of their house, with no witnesses to the tragic accident, she learns that the driver has hired attorney Scott Heller to negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor. But he's instructed Scott to keep his name secret until a satisfactory agreement is in place. The prosecutor refuses to make a deal, and the court rebuffs Stacy's efforts to force Scott to tell her--or even the authorities--who his client is, holding that it's privileged information. Since the court won't do anything to help Stacy track down her son's killer, she takes matters into her own hands. And she's determined to make Scott talk--at any cost... When Stacy's stalking of Scott's young daughter escalates into a kidnapping, Scott makes the only reasonable choice a parent can--cooperate and give up the client. That's when Scott discovers that doing the right thing isn't as easy as he thought--and now the mother isn't the only one looking for the child's killer.… (more)

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