Death by Rodrigo: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A HILARIOUS NEW SERIES -- THINK JANET EVANOVICH MEETS MY COUSIN VINNY.

When El Salvadoran crime boss Rodrigo González is finally nabbed in Camden, New Jersey, for high-volume drug trafficking, he hires criminal defense attorneys Mickie Mezzonatti and Salvatore "Junne" Salerno, Jr. He's been told they're the best and that, as former Camden police officers, they know all the blind spots and loopholes (read: the ins and outs) of the local courts. All Rodrigo asks of Junne and Mickie is that they get him out on bond so he can jump bail and escape back to the comforts of El Salvador. Problem is, the judge denies bail. Soon Mezzonatti and Salerno are receiving a few unwelcome guests -- friends of Rodrigo -- asking questions. And the boys need to find answers, fast.

Mickie and Junne have an enviable professional success rate. With their street smarts and learned-on-the-job courtroom skills, the blue-collar boys enjoy trouncing self-righteous, Ivy-educated district attorneys. But they also know when they need help. Like with Rodrigo.

So they approach Professor Mumbles, a brilliant though eccentric former white-shoe lawyer who suffered a spectacular corporate burnout. As Junne and Mickie duck and dive to make Rodrigo's case (or at least fake it with Mumbles's help), they're also juggling their regular caseload -- like local drug lord Slippery Williams, whose badass nephew may have turned informant; and the gorgeous hooker Little Chip, whose prostitution bust leaves her pimp hopping mad. And through it all, the boys attempt to keep a happy home life. That's no sweat for Mickie, a natural Casanova, but it may prove to be trickier than Junne ever imagined. 'Cause he's got a secret. And if Rodrigo does not kill him, his family just might....

The first installment of a hilarious new series, Death by Rodrigo is a romp through the seamy side of criminal law by one of the foremost attorneys in America (who also has a wicked sense of humor).
 

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I thought this was an interesting series opener. I picked it up at random from the library after seeing it compared to Janet Evanovich. I didn’t really see the comparison, but I thought it stood well ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
20
Section 3
34
Section 4
53
Section 5
60
Section 6
75
Section 7
86
Section 8
97
Section 15
169
Section 16
176
Section 17
181
Section 18
191
Section 19
201
Section 20
213
Section 21
220
Section 22
231

Section 9
103
Section 10
109
Section 11
125
Section 12
135
Section 13
141
Section 14
149
Section 23
245
Section 24
250
Section 25
257
Section 26
271
Section 27
279
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About the author (2007)

Ron Liebman spent two decades at the Washington, D.C. office of one of America's top law firms. He specialized in litigation, both domestic and international. He is the author of Death by RodrigoGrand Jury and Shark Tales. He is married to the artist Simma Liebman. Their two daughters live and work in New York.

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