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In Defense of Charlotte

276 pages
Severn River Publishing Llc

A decades-long family feud culminates in murder, and a small-town lawyer must uncover the truth...before more lives are ruined.

The national exposure of the Lee Acker case put the trial skills of Maggie Reynolds on full display. Now she is intent on pursuing more profitable victories in the courtroom. Leaving behind her work as a criminal defense lawyer, Maggie is hot on the tail of her highest-profile job yet: a personal injury case with the potential for an incredible paycheck. Maggie hopes that a win will give her the recognition—and the bank account—that she deserves. Even if it means contending with shady lawyers who are willing to cut corners and backstab anyone for easy money.

But when Blake County native Charlotte Acker is accused of murdering Lucy Kelley Collins, the wife of a Georgia senator, Maggie is pulled back into the world of criminal defense...and immersed in a local drama, generations in the making.

Charlotte's guilt seems undeniable. Her hatred of the victim is well-known; a product of bitter and longstanding tensions between the Acker and Collins families. In a case that appears to be open-and-shut, Maggie must unravel the complicated history between the two families in order to clear Charlotte’s name...all against the ticking clock of a senatorial election.

Torn between the lucrative payout of a personal injury case and the satisfaction of a career-defining murder trial, Maggie must reconcile her ambitions with her calling.

Joe Cargile's riveting Blake County Legal Thrillers are perfect for fans of John Grisham and Michael Connelly.


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Author Bio
Joe Cargile is an American novelist, lawyer, and displaced Southerner. The pages from his books are filled with settings that have been influenced by his love for travel, sports, and the ever-evolving South. With stories inspired by his work in the courtroom—an arena he believes plays host to fearsome competitors, and often some of our world’s most interesting characters—he holds deep admiration for those tireless advocates who set the standard for the trial lawyer. He lives and works in London, England, with his wife and three daughters.