Arrested at the murder scene of his mother’s caretaker, William Talent hires Joe Costa to defend him against a murder charge. Prosecutors posit a revenge motive because the mother died of neglect. Costa and police detective Lena Haynes find evidence linking the murder to Lloyd Love, a paroled... read more
Arrested at the murder scene of his mother’s caretaker, William Talent hires Joe Costa to defend him against a murder charge. Prosecutors posit a revenge motive because the mother died of neglect. Costa and police detective Lena Haynes find evidence linking the murder to Lloyd Love, a paroled... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Arrested at the murder scene of his mother’s caretaker, William Talent hires Joe Costa to defend him against a murder charge. Prosecutors posit a revenge motive because the mother died of neglect. Costa and police detective Lena Haynes find evidence linking the murder to Lloyd Love, a paroled convict involved in a lonely hearts scam. They locate and confront Love. Love is arrested and Talent released. All goes well until Love’s public defender asks Costa to interview Love and take a second look at the case against him. He questions Love and concludes that four women remain in danger from a serial killer. Legal authorities refuse to revisit the case. Costa pursues the killer alone on a dangerous chase that leads him to the Mexican border.
“Just so you’ll know, I spent the first ten years of my career defending hard core professional criminals. Ask certain people, they’ll tell you I’m a mob lawyer. Some in the law-enforcement community don’t approve. Hire me, that’s part of the deal.”Joe Costa
“I haven’t slept with a man in three and a half years. Lost the last boyfriend when I made detective. No one’s volunteered lately. Men tend to avoid me for some reason. I’m a big girl, and a motorcycle cop. They must think I’m a dyke.”Lena Haynes
“I’m an attendant at a convalescent home. Work six and a half days a week, minimum wage, time and a half for overtime. I ain’t no enterpervert . . . whatever you call it. You’re wasting your time. Thanks for the drinks. Now leave me alone to get drunk.”Lloyd Love
“It was my mother’s house, where she’d lived for almost forty years. I was looking for answers to why she died. I believed that someone had embezzled her money and killed her to prevent her from reporting the crime. My name’s on all her bank and credit card accounts. They were easy to check. All the bank accounts had been emptied and the credit cards were maxed out. Someone—probably Mary—had pilfered the estate.”William Talent
“I’m just a lay preacher, got me a little congregation over on the north side. My wife runs the church day care center. I make my rounds, outreach to the needy. I’m done here for now. Got to go visit a member of my flock. She’s not feeling very good, asked me to drop by and cheer her up.”Rev. Raymond Day
“I’m often misunderstood on account of my decisive style. I try real hard to do the right thing by the company. By so doing, I’m doing the right thing for the people who work here. Guess I'm like any other leader. Ever-body wants to be loved. Don’t always work out that way.”Richard Weaver Jr.
“I called Guido. He’s the late, lamented Marco’s cousin, or brother, something like that. A few years younger, without the moustache, but similar in appearance—tall, handsome, muscular. He filled in for you. We dined at Le Bouchon and later went to a swinger’s party at The Ranch. Had a fantastic time. Met a West Indian with a member like a baseball bat. A pair of bisexual contortionists put on an unbelievable performance.”Laurie McLaughlin
“Bad memories? Some. Good ones, too. On a weekend, it can be fun. People gather, barbecue, picnic, laugh. They forget everything bad happened last week. On warm days, a band plays in the gazebo and people dance on the grass. Everyone has a good time. A sad sack like you could use some of that.”David Chase
“I don’t believe he would have killed you. I’m sure he was simply defending himself. He’s not a murderer. He gets a bit melodramatic at times, which I can understand, considering all he’s been through hiding from nasty people like you and your ilk. He was always sweet to me, worked hard, and had an extremely positive attitude. That combination is rare among employees.”Lynn Hunsaker
“We told horror stories to scare the shit out of homeowners. The stories were based on Blue Book scripts involving good guys and bad guys. We were the good guys. The bad guys were a mythical company called Corsair Development. Corsair supposedly wanted to buy up homes for conversion to halfway houses for convicts, drug addicts, whatever. We said they’d done it before and property crime increased fifty-six percent, violent crimes forty-four percent, home values declined forty percent, and so forth.”Amy Crum
Preceded by Joey Costa's New Game: A Goomba in Paradise, and followed by Some Kind of Genius: Murder in Mission Park (Joe Costa).
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