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de Manning Wolfe (Autor)

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Attorney MERIT BRIDGES represents a desperate client who takes a shortcut to justice and is charged with arson and murder. When Merit tries to set things right, she finds herself the target of a ruthless hired gun, Boots King, whose charge is simple: "Stop her." With the help of her team - including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude - Merit struggles to stay alive, navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don't mess with a Texas lady lawyer.… (més)
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Títol:Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King (Texas Lady Lawyer Novel Series)
Autors:Manning Wolfe (Autor)
Informació:Starpath Books, LLC (2016), 310 pages
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Dollar Signs (Merit Bridges Legal Thriller Book 1) de Manning Wolfe

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Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King
Starpath Books, LLC
Ebook, 978-1-944225-00-1, 257 pgs., $7.99
February 18, 2016

When Tarantella Estevez set fire to the billboard looming over his tire shop he didn’t consider all of the junked vehicles parked on the lot beneath it. And how could he know that a homeless man was sleeping in one of those cars? So when the billboard buckles and falls flaming onto the vehicles below, and the gasoline in their tanks ignites, a simple charge of vandalism becomes manslaughter and Austin lawyer Merit Bridges, the Estevez brothers’ real estate attorney for a case involving the aforementioned, now incinerated, billboard, is cast into unfamiliar criminal waters. Boots King (“slippery as snail snot”) is an ethically challenged leasing agent employed by the owner of the billboard company to con trusting property owners into outdoor advertising contracts with some highly suspicious language buried in the small print. Boots isn’t averse to getting his hands dirty in a little wet work when called upon by his boss.

Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King is a legal thriller by Manning Wolfe, the winner of a Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest, and the first in a planned series. Manning brings her legal education and years of experience practicing law in Austin to bear on this promising debut. She even manages to make the minutiae of contracts and real estate law and procedure interesting (seriously — y’all stop laughing).

Steeped in the sometimes self-conscious weirdness of Austin, Dollar Signs has a distinctly Texas feel. All of the familiar landmarks and a few new ones are here, from Fonda San Miguel to Amy’s Ice Creams. This tale is peopled with a diverse and quirky cast of characters, as befits Austin. Merit Bridges is a Texas original, and Wolf provides her with a complex and interesting backstory. The relationship between Bridges and her dyslexic teenage son provides a sweet respite from all the scheming and darkness of her current case. The only missteps in Dollar Signs involve the aforementioned self-conscious weirdness of Austin. Not everyone in the capital city is auditioning for their own reality show. Wolfe makes you care about her characters, and a lighter touch will keep them out of stereotype territory.

Wolfe grabs our attention with the first sentence as the PETA billboard begins to burn and the “smiling head of Greg Lee Wood burst into flames. Each animal surrounding him caught fire and burned. Two dogs, three cats, a sheep, and two goats all went in a giant ball of fire.” She keeps our attention with an original plot, fast pace, plenty of action, and an exciting conclusion.

Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life. ( )
  TexasBookLover | Feb 23, 2016 |
Merit Bridges is a wonderful character that has a great future. She is not too old or too young but just right. She is a mother, a lawyer, a widow, savvy and able to express what she does and does not want/like. There are billboards everywhere in the world and if half of what is talked about in this book is true then…oh my…and what a hook to base a story on.

The story has characters I could relate to and an idea that was new to me. The bad guy is charming – at first – but definitely more than a con man and he was truly evil. I look forward to hearing more about Merit, Ace – her son, Ag, Val, Mai and others who made their debut in this book. This is a book that could one day show up on the big screen but for now I look forward to finding out what happens next when book two in the series is finished.

Thank you to NetGalley and Starpath LLC for the copy of this ARC to read and review. ( )
  CathyGeha | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Attorney MERIT BRIDGES represents a desperate client who takes a shortcut to justice and is charged with arson and murder. When Merit tries to set things right, she finds herself the target of a ruthless hired gun, Boots King, whose charge is simple: "Stop her." With the help of her team - including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude - Merit struggles to stay alive, navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don't mess with a Texas lady lawyer.

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