The Lawyer Who Leapt (Daytona Beach) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/11/15
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It's Wednesday morning, September 24th to be precise, and Tom Jarrell is in love.
He's walking through the tree-covered streets of Daytona Beach, on his way to work, and thinking about the wonderful night he just spent.
But, when he gets to the office, he realizes he has a few things that need to be done.
For one, he needs to file an affidavit in a murder trial, but he's never done any such thing, so he heads off to his old law school to meet with his favorite professor from before the war to get some much-needed advice. And, while there, he gets much more than he was expecting.
Meanwhile, Ronnie Grisham is in trouble with his landlady. He hasn't slept in his boarding house bed for two nights and she just read her cards last night. Change is coming. Could the cards be pointing to Ronnie?
As for Marveen Dodge, her suspicions about what is really going on at the law office of Tom Jarrell, Esquire, is like a simmering pot that could boil over at any moment.
And, Alice Watson is doing just fine, thank you very much, and looking forward to a nice Saturday at the beach with her girl.
But, none of them expects what happens next as two mysterious girls arrive in town, suitcases in hand... And an unexpected trial gets underway...
Read about all of this, and more, in the case of THE LAWYER WHO LEAPT.
There’s a new murder case in town. In the first book, while defending his client Howie Kirkpartrick, Tom pulled a Perry Mason and showed that one of the witnesses was the real killer. Now the witness is the defendant. Tom’s not the defense lawyer, he’s just presenting an affidavit by the defendant’s wife. Sounds easy enough.
There’s an undercurrent that Tom can feel but can’t decipher. His former boss wants to hire him back. The judge seems to overreach and pushes Tom into action. Tom’s instincts are good but he scrambles to keep up. Ronnie is loyal and protective and has good instincts of his own.
The supporting characters are filled out more. In particular, Marveen learns that Tom and Ronnie are in love. She accepts it even if she doesn’t understand it.
While the book is a complete story, it is also part of a series. Characters grow, plots develop and the reader is left eagerly anticipating the next book.
The book picks up after Tom has won the case that was covered in the first book, and the ramifications of that case form the basis of this story. But really, the narrative serves to flesh out in more detail the many characters. We get to know them and love them more; some we learn to despise more. It feels like a bridge to the next book, which I eagerly await. Of course, I hope the villain gets his comeuppance in a future book. As others have noted, I love the period feel of Frank's stories and how well he has researched them. We get to feel the frustration, even the occasional terror, of LGBTQ people in the 40s. We see the great lengths they had to go to just to survive and find their happy endings. As a man of a certain age, I remember some of these measures.
As I have noted in my other reviews, Frank is a treasure to LGBTQ literature. I am so happy that he is surrounded by the "thin air" out of which these stories come (see his introductions). :)
I have not figured out the significance of the title yet...