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In the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo, New York attorney Max Friedman is assigned to represent a nightmare client. Joe Wagner is a violent man, dangerous both to family and friends. As Max builds his defense case for murder, he reveals a reason for Joe's violence. But is it a justification? The characters whom Max meets during the course of his investigation include Smith Dixon, a career criminal trying to change the course of his life; Carl Puente, a gambler desperate for a big score; Carl's brother-in-law Freddie Odom, a family man drowning in alcoholism; legendary police detective Champ Phillips; Angel, a pool hall owner who both frightens and attracts Max; and Bailey, a wolf-dog hybrid who is the bouncer at the pool hall.
©2010 William C. Durham (P)2016 William C Durham
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By Ted on 06-25-16

Nice Visit But Wouldn't Wanna' Live There

Amarillo apparently isn't at the end of the world, but you can see it from there. Regardless, I enjoyed NYC attorney Max Friedman's visit to the place. Oddly the small town adopts him quickly without reservation. There's a first.

Yet Bill Durham makes it reasonably believable along with his quick brush-stroked characters.But then Durham drags us into a conundrum. You know, one of those questions with a number of completely contradictory but reasonable answers. And each of the answers opens a deadly door.

And... and... Michael Butler Murray does a generally good job of making this legal/courtroom adventure work. I say generally because he reads Max Friedman's NYC accent only when the plot specifically reminds us of the lawyer's origins. And then it slips away. Pity.

But I quibble. All-in-all this forgettable story entertained me through hours of chores and commute. Which is what I wanted, and got.

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By Rebecca Kline on 10-22-17


Mr. Murray did a wonderful job reading this story. I enjoyed the voices he gave to each character.

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