It's 1981 in Dallas and Stan decides to throw a Christmas party at his home as a way of saying thanks to the clients who have sustained him during his first tumultuous year in the practice of law. As Stan's luck would have it, a client is killed and Stan is blamed for his death. While trying to shield himself from the wrath of the grieving widow, he's asked to defend a young college student charged with murdering her newborn child. Knowing he lacks the experience for such an undertaking, he enlists his former criminal law professor to be "Second Chair." What he doesn't know is the professor, who everyone calls "Snake" is a drunk and a womanizer. When Snake fails to show up for the last few days of trial Stan is devastated.
Appealing characters and lively dialogue, especially in the courtroom, make
this an easy, entertaining read.
Like "Undaunted" and "Brash Endeavor," "Second Chair" takes the reader for the
ride of their life. Manchee's command of the justice system, added to his
experiences in court and with clients, makes for a good read.
--Barbara Quigley, Norman Transcript
Manchee’s story is a page turner. He manages to keep the reader’s interest with
a serpentine plot and realistic dialogue. . . . Manchee’s fictional lawyer
always wins the war, but he does lose battles, which makes him a believable
--Betty Bettacchi, Richardson News
Manchee, an attorney, spins a good plot, playing out the scenes slowly so the
reader is caught in the what-comes-next trap. Richly textured with wonderful
atmosphere, the novel shows Manchee as a smooth, polished master of the mystery
--The Book Reader
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