The Advocate's Dilemma : The Advocate

  • by Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by Laurel Schroeder
  • Series: The Advocate
  • 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Attorney Sabre Brown's day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre's minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect?


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When Ethics Aren't Morals

The first hardest (American) Attorney Rule of Professional Conduct is the obligation an attorney has to maintain the confidences of a client inviolate. It's a 'hardest rule' because it pits common accepted morality against lawyer ethics.

In Teresa Burrell's "The Advocate's Dilemma" (2012), Children's attorney Sabre Oren Brown represents two boys. Their mother, Dana, is more interested in her next drink, fix or both than her children. Their late, unlamented scam artist father is found murdered at the beginning of the book.

Bob Clark, Sabre's best friend and a close colleague in the Juvenile Court, identifies the deserving victim as one of his clients. Clark rapidly becomes a suspect when Dana openly flirts with Clark at court appearances.

Sabre and J.P. Thorne, a retired San Diego police officer working as a private investigator, question whether Clark killed Dana's scheming husband. The way to quell their doubts: find out who did. Both are stymied by the obligation to hold a client's confidences quiet: the children know things about their father's rancid life that could help find the killer, but they've begged Sabre not to tell.

Burrell's been developing Thorne as a character. "The Advocate's Dilemma" moves Thorne from a one dimensional character known entirely for his Stetson, his cowboy boots, and his homespun Texas metaphors to a complex character with an intriguing back story.

I've gotten used to narrator Laurel Schroeder, and she seems to be enjoying Sabre as a character.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

I really like The Advocate series, but this book.. so profoundly disturbing that completing it was painful. The Advocate series deals with advocating for children who are in trouble. The author has done that for much of her life. The advocate in the series is attorney Sabre Brown. The Advocate's Dilemma is a murder mystery that deals with pedophilia which profoundly disturbs me because I believe based on published evidence that it is a mental disease which does not respond to treatment. Our society must protect our children from pedophiles even if it means life sentences without parole.

This is Book 4 in this 7 book series and this is the 4th book I have reviewed. It probably deserves 5 stars like the others, but I wish I had not read it. Narration is adequate, but barely so.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: Teresa Burrell