The Advocate's ExParte : The Advocate

  • by Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by Laurel Schroeder
  • Series: The Advocate
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Attorney Sabre Brown is summoned into Judge Lawrence Mitchell chambers for an ex parte hearing. When the judge attempts to discuss one of her cases, she refuses to listen without proper counsel present.
Later that evening, Judge Mitchell is murdered.
Sabre's shock at his death is only surpassed by an attempt on the life of Dr. Carolina Heller, a psychologist she employs on a regular basis. Sabre now fears for her own life.
Sabre enlists her private eye JP, and they begin to comb and scrutinize her cases, searching for connections between the two crimes. But Sabre's life is in danger from someone much closer to her.
Sabre and JP's roads diverge. While JP infiltrates a twisted world of greed and corruption, Sabre is caught up in a domestic crisis fueled by obsession. As each is forced to fight their own battles, the question soon becomes, can they find a way to save one another?

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Well, butter my butt . . .

And call me a biscuit!

Teresa Burrell's fictional children's attorney, Sabre Oren Brown, is supported by some unforgettable characters. There's her best friend, Bob Clark, a full time attorney; part time cigarette smoker who keeps trying to quit; and a faithfully married man who's perpetually being snowed by a sob story from a pretty girl. There's Sabre's rarely seen mother who has an outsized ability to make Sabre feel guilty for not visiting enough. And there's Texas-transplant private investigator J.P. Thorne, with his courtly manners and homespun sayings.

Thorne's a cowboy, from the brim of his Stetson to the tips of his real cowboy kicking boots, the dark tan leather kind with rounded tips and soles and heels that are replaced every so often - not pointy-toed fancy stitching highly polished black dancing boots with by a wanna-be. Thorne retired as San Diego law enforcement, and still has friends and enemies on the force. He's been a constant in The Advocate series, and "The Advocate's Ex Parte" (2013) gives Thorne a chance to show his stuff.

Burrell lovingly explores a part of Southern California too often unknown, even to natives: the horseback riding, rural ranching and farming part that's overshadowed by the beaches, boats, and sun of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Burrell's fiction is more true than the "reality" show ever had been.

Burrell's remains an attorney's attorney. Sabre works way too many hours; sympathizes with clients who lack any ability to empathize with anyone; and she continues to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct. As the writers of television's "How to Get Away With Murder" (2014 - present) show, it's much easier to pretend, in the interest of a story line, attorneys are amoral than to work within the rules and still develop an engaging storyline. Burrell does both, a task which even John Grisham fails from time to time.

Burrell's last book, "The Advocate's Dilemma" (2012) was a difficult solve. "The Advocate's Ex Parte," with several parallel cases only connected by Sabre's and Thorne's involvement, is even more challenging - but very plausible. Listen all the way to the end, or you'll miss something important.

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

One of the best of the series!

This is Book 5 of the 7 book series. The series does not need to be read in order. The protagonist is Sabre Brown who is an attorney and child advocate in San Diego. The Advocates ExParte has action and suspense as well as interesting personal relationships. Narration is so-so, but a much better narrator handles Books 6 and 7.
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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: 05-08-2014
  • Publisher: Teresa Burrell