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From the former Chief Justice of Canada comes a riveting thriller starring Jilly Truitt, a rising, young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home.
When everyone has something to hide, the truth is the only defense.
There’s nothing Jilly Truitt likes more than winning a case, especially against her former mentor, prosecutor Cy Kenge. Jilly has baggage, the residue of a dark time in a series of foster homes, but that’s in the past. Now she’s building her own criminal defense firm and making a name for herself as a tough-as-nails lawyer willing to take risks in the courtroom.
When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife Laura’s murder, Jilly agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings from those close to her to stay away from the Trussardi family. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Jilly investigates Laura’s death, hoping to discover a shred of evidence that might give the jury a reasonable doubt. Instead, she is confronted by damning evidence and uncooperative witnesses at every turn. Someone isn’t telling the truth, but who?
With her reputation and Vincent’s life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding Laura’s murder. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever.
From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, Full Disclosure is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This gripping police procedural is the first novel from Canada’s first female Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, who retired in 2017. Jilly Truit is a young criminal defense lawyer in Vancouver; she lands a rich, mysterious client who’s accused of murdering his wife. But the defendant refuses to answer any questions about his past, making Jilly's job particularly challenging. Because of her chaotic youth, Jilly has more sympathy for street criminals than for her client’s mover-and-shaker associates. McLachlin’s compassion for those dealt a bad hand shines through in this impressive debut.
A Canadian Treasure
After a distinguished career as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada - first woman and longest serving - McLauglin applies her outstanding writing skills to fiction, with a brilliant first novel.
Full of twists and turns. Excellent evocation of the Vancouver setting. Characters are skillfully drawn and full of complexity. Well paced. We hope for more from this author.
Great book,well written, suspenseful ,and a good look at the inner workings of the Canadian Court system. Hard to put down!
And for me specially, set in Vancouver a city that I know well.
I hope that Beverley will write more.