by Rudy Apodaca



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 504
ISBN : 9781403385710
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 504
ISBN : 9781403385727

About the Book

At age 55, John Garcia is one of Albuquerque's most successful lawyers. His skill at defending insurance and corporate conglomerates has won the praise of the firm's other key partners, and the money he bills, their envy. Still, something nags at him...life has become nothing but business. He feels trapped, driven to keep up on the one hand and to find a way out on the other. But he has a wife and children, a family used to the good things in life that money brings.

Into this setting comes a young Chicano, Bernardo Soliz, charged with the attempted murder of the mayor's daughter. John believes the boy is innocent and, despite the demands of his work, he decides to defend the young man. As he takes on the Soliz trial while trying to keep up with his other work, another challenge appears. Persons from his military past in Vietnam surface to threaten him...unless they get what they want. John is shaken. He needs time to face this new menace. But how? He's in the midst of the boy's trial.

The trial is going badly, coming to an inescapable conclusion in the face of eyewitness identifications of Bernardo as the assailant. As the trial and events from his military past take their toll, another threat descends upon John...his marriage is coming apart.

Amid the twists and turns in the Soliz case, he finds himself in a moral quandary. He fears his personal problems may have gotten in the way of representing Bernardo to the fullest. He feels he should hang in and fight for the boy's life. Guilt hangs over him.

As the Soliz case comes to its double-twisted conclusion, John begins to get a grip on the mysterious foreign threat from the past, but not before it jeopardizes the national security of the United States.

About the Author

Rudy Apodaca lives with his wife in his native state of New Mexico. A trial attorney for 22 years, he began his judicial career on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, where he served for almost 14 years. Since his retirement from the court, he has divided his time between mediation/arbitration work and his writing. He's presently working on a novel about the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard unit that fought in the Pacific before its capture by the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula.