What is the price of honor? When everyone in the courtroom calls you 'your honor', you must be honorable, no what the matter the cost... In the hidden chambers in the courts of justice, ambition, greed and corruption reign supreme. Justice is twisted out of shape and anyone will do anything in their thirst for power. When the beautiful young Kathleen Talbot is assigned her first important case as a circuit court judge, she must confront more than her trial at hand. The case on the docket - a controversial "mercy killing" of a brain-dead victim by a vengeful officer - is a painful reminder of her own decision to have her terminally ill father's life-support system cut off. At first, Kathleen's sense of honor impels her to proceed, regardless of the consequences. But as the case progresses and the pressure mounts, she soon realizes that she, instead, has been put on trial. Meanwhile, with the position of executive judge up for grabs, political favours and backroom deals sweep through the courtroom, as judges are out to score the most votes. And Jane Whitehall, an ambitious and ruthless journalist, is determined to uncover a juicy, controversial story for the local paper. When Kathleen finds herself irresistibly attracted to Jeremiah Mitchell, the handsome, charismatic attorney for the defence, things become even more complicated. Despite her efforts to keep the relentless politics of the court from defeating her, the case suddenly explodes into hideously accusing headlines... And to what extent, will Kathleen's honor protect her? Her Honor is a stunning legal drama and the very human story of a woman judge's struggle to balance pride, passion, love and honor.
Praise for Her Honor" Her Honor is fascinating, a crackling and insightful book. I loved it" - Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser Series "Combines a compelling insider's knowledge with a powerful storyline. If you want to learn about the way it really is inside a courtroom and also be royally entertained, read this book ... William Coughlin is habit-forming." - James B. Patterson, Edgar Award-winning author of The Thomas Berryman Number "Enjoyable, informative ... a well-written page-turner that gives insight into backroom judicial politics." - Stanley Shapiro, producer and author of A Time To Remember "A humdinger! An irresistible story ... and an exciting tapestry of the day-to-day running of criminal court ... William Coughlin really knows his stuff!" - William J. Caunitz, author of One Police Plaza William J. Coughlin has combined a career as a United States administrative judge in Detroit with that of a best-selling novelist. His four previous highly acclaimed and successful novels are The Twelve Apostles, His Father's Daughter, In the Presence of Enemies and Shadow of a Doubt.
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