Sunday, April 14, 2019

Emergency Case, by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. (author), Bill Nevitt (narrator)

Richard Mabry, March 2019

Dr. Kelly Irving worries that she and her husband, attorney Jack Harbrough, have hit a rough patch in their marriage, because he seems to be acting strangely. Then one snowy morning in Houston, she backs out of their garage to leave for work, and her car is stopped by a dead body.

Not Jack. A recent client of his. And the man has been shot with Jack's gun.

Jack had taken him on reluctantly, to defend him in a minor drug possession case, the result of a clearly illegal search during a traffic stop. Unfortunately, the man had also blabbed about a big gun running deal he was involved in. Jack should have reported it to the police then--a clearly stated intention to commit a crime isn't protected by attorney-client privilege. He didn't, for fear of retaliation. Now, he has no choice.

And they are soon plunged into exactly the problems he hoped to avoid, with the added feature that initially, Jack has to be considered a suspect in the murder of his ex-client.

Kelly and Jack are both likable, interesting characters. They're intelligent, and good at what they do. I will say that Kelly seems a bit stronger as a person than Jack, but truly, he's not a bad guy. Mabry also has a pretty good handle on writing strong women characters who aren't there just to make a point, who are genuinely strong when it matters.

The narrator has a good, clear, pleasant voice,

This is a novella, short and to the point, and well worth the time I spent listening to it.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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