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The Night Lawyer: A Novel of Suspense

by Michelle Spring

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When I spotted on the library's new book shelf a book that had just been reviewed in the local Sunday paper's book page a couple of days before, it seemed a sign that I should read it, although I don't normally find the "thriller" or novel of suspense my favorite.

The "night lawyer" is an attorney who examines the stories in a British morning daily paper before it goes to press, making sure nothing in them makes the paper vulnerable to a lawsuit. As a part-time job, with some responsibility, it seems to suit Eleanor Porter, who is recovering from a nervous breakdown apparently caused by a breakup with her married lover. Eleanor's great secret, which has overshadowed her life, is that she feels responsible for the death of her father twenty years before.

A new job is plenty to cope with for most people, but Eleanor has a lot more to contend with. Her young neighbor has gone Goth and has an abusive boyfriend with a coterie of louts who hang about the neighborhood; a tourist has been found murdered not far from Eleanor's Docklands home; her mother and her best friend have strong ideas about how she should run her life; she's going up for a brown belt in karate; her old boyfriend is back and says his wife has left him; and oh yes, it appears that someone is stalking her.

Spring masterfully weaves all the plot points together, using changing points of view in a way that's suspenseful but not annoying. Several plot twists at the end lead to a satisfying conclusion. This is a very good book, with insights into fear, guilt, and victimhood. The characters have a complexity seldom encountered. Strongly recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
not as good as the series ( )
  fordbarbara | Sep 15, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345437462, Hardcover)

Perfectly composed in a tailored skirt and jacket, Eleanor Porter walks confidently through the lobby of a gleaming skyscraper on London’s Isle of Dogs. The newly appointed “night lawyer” for the tabloid Chronicle, Eleanor has been hired to protect her employer from lawsuits. It’s a job she can do with her whole heart. After all, she knows what it’s like to be vulnerable.

Three years ago, after the violent death of her father and her abandonment by her married lover, Eleanor fell apart. But with determination and courage, and with the newfound discipline of karate, she made her way back to the land of the living: She shed pounds, reshaped her appearance, bought herself a modest home, and kept the memories at bay. Now, with the new job, she hopes to launch herself into happiness.

But one by one, problems emerge: the wayward young neighbor through whose walls Eleanor hears things she does not want to hear; the unsettling reappearance of her former lover; the security expert who catches her on camera in an intimate moment and decides that he is going to keep watching.

Even more disturbing, someone is stalking her, following her on the nighttime streets of London. Whoever it is has gone so far as to break into her house–even to sleep in her bed. Eleanor knows that she is in real trouble, but the danger is even worse than she can imagine. And this time, the damage may be beyond all repair.

In this white-knuckle novel of psychological suspense, Michelle Spring demonstrates her mastery at capturing the clean, well-lit façade of modern life–and the chaotic terrors that lurk just beneath the surface.

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"Perfectly composed in a tailored skirt and jacket, Eleanor Porter walks confidently through the lobby of a gleaming skyscraper on London's Isle of Dogs. The newly appointed "night lawyer" for the tabloid Chronicle, Eleanor has been hired to protect her employer from lawsuits. It's a job she can do with her whole heart. After all, she knows what it's like to be vulnerable." "Three years ago, after the violent death of her father and her abandonment by her married lover, Eleanor fell apart. But with determination and courage, and with the newfound discipline of karate, she made her way back to the land of the living: She shed pounds, reshaped her appearance, bought herself a modest home, and kept the memories at bay. Now, with her new job, she hopes to launch herself into happiness." "But one by one, problems emerge: the wayward young neighbor through whose walls Eleanor hears things she does not want to hear; the unsettling reappearance of her former lover; the security expert who catches her on camera in an intimate moment and decides that he is going to keep watching." "Even more disturbing, someone is stalking her, following her on the nighttime streets of London. Whoever it is has gone so far as to break into her house - even to sleep in her bed. Eleanor knows that she is in real trouble, but the danger is even worse than she can imagine. And this time, the damage may be beyond all repair."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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