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High-stakes politics and the rivalry between two powerful women in the trial of the century
Legendary defense attorney Raquel Rematti represents a presidential candidate—and former First Lady of an ISIS-assassinated President—Senator Angelina Baldesteri in the most watched and explosive trial of the 21st Century. The Senator, a Democrat, sees it as a vendetta show trial orchestrated by the current Republican U.S. President, his Republican Attorney General, and an ambitious Republican United States Attorney in Manhattan.
At the trial, a year before the election, the Senator faces charges of election fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering; each of which could deem her unfit for office and all but remove her from the Presidential race.
As the dramatic trial unfolds, Raquel steadily realizes that the Senator has a hidden trail of lies which she has fought hard to keep from the light of day including a series of complicated and illicit connections. As Raquel's complex, conflicted relationship with her client begins to gradually endanger herself, she must decide whether to face the recurrent dangers or allow her life and the lives of those she loves to be threatened.
A powerful legal thriller that will stun fans of John Grisham and Michael Connelly
While The Warriors can be read as a standalone novel, here is the publication order of Paul Batista's legal thrillers:
The Borzoi Killings (Raquel Rematti Legal Thriller Series #1)
The Warriors (Raquel Rematti Legal Thriller Series #2)
Accusation (Raquel Rematti Legal Thriller Series #3) —coming in March 2022
Last seen in 2016's The Borzoi Killings, defense attorney Raquel Rematti defends Sen. Angelina Baldesteri, the widow of assassinated President Jimmy Young, against charges of money laundering, perjury, bribery, and obstruction of justice, in Batista's twisty, fast-moving legal thriller. Raquel is trying to do her best, but she must fight not only the case presented by the prosecutor but also the senator's need to do things her way. The situation rapidly deteriorates in the courtroom, as witnesses are caught lying and someone bribes a juror with sex, drugs, and money to hold out for not guilty. Outside the courtroom lurks maniacal drug lord Oscar Caliente. To complicate matters, Raquel's lover, TV news anchor Hayes Smith, is murdered while on assignment, and somebody may be gunning for Raquel. Powerful courtroom scenes and well-drawn characters are pluses, but the omniscience and barely motivated malice of the villains makes the whole less than believable. Still, fans of TV commentator Batista won't want to miss this one.