Book: Living and Dying in the Rainbow Light - Volume III of the Lincoln County Law Trilogy by Jerri Blair
categories: Book, Contemporary Women's Literature, Southern Literature, Courtroom Drama, Literary Fiction, Murder Trial, Woman Attorney, DNA Evidence, Legal Fiction, Legal Thriller
Jerri Blair about this book: The Lincoln County Law Trilogy takes the reader across the arc of change in a rural Southern County from a past burdened with the prejudices of the time to a more hopeful future. The third volume is devoted to the changes that came when women began to a part of the trial lawyer's community. This is something I personally experienced. I was very lucky, as is the protagonist in this story, because I was surrounded with male lawyers who seemingly accepted my presence completely. But, nonetheless, there are bumps that come with any transition. This story also includes the continuation of the analysis of the tools of the trial lawyer in the courtroom. In this book, DNA comes to town for the first time, and the lawyers must learn the ins and outs of this powerful evidentiary tool. This too is something I lived through as a trial lawyer. I had the first DNA murder trial in my area of the state, and worked on many other cases during the time the kinks were being worked out on the proper ways of handling such overpowering evidence. The protagonist, Elizabeth Shaw, is handed a nightmare when she's appointed to represent a man she knows from her past, a man who has become the most hated figure in the county because he's accused of killing a beloved legal assistant who worked for the most powerful attorney in the county. Things get harder for her when that powerful attorney announces he's running for governor of the state which puts even more pressure on the case.
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