Deadly Force

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-04-07
  • Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
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Deadly Force takes place in US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Santa Ana branch office, a desert outpost where a handful of federal prosecutors are responsible for enforcing the federal law of the U.S. for an area that is larger than 14 states, and has a population of more than 5 million people. Here is Lizzie Scott, a classic western hero for the 21st century.

Follow her as she untangles an excessive force case against a cop, all while balancing agency turf battles, secret grand jury proceedings, inter-office rivalries and on-the-make prosecutors. If she indicts the deputy, she faces death threats from the police, if she loses the case, a killer will go free and her career will be destroyed. It's the ultimate insiders look into the nuts-and-bolts of a federal civil rights prosecution, with fascinating legal and moral issues.

"The best legal thriller since Presumed Innocent. Deadly Force offers a thought-provoking insider's look at the justice system and the people who operate it. A gripping page turner, nobody writes the law or lawyers better than Jonathan Shapiro."
--David E. Kelley, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer of The Blacklist, The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal

Author Biography

Jonathan Shapiro is the author of Liars, Lawyers, and the Art of Storytelling (9781627229265). Deadly Force is his first novel. He has spent the last 15 years writing and producing some of television's most iconic shows, including The Practice and Boston Legal, and has received an Emmy, a Peabody, and multiple Humanitas Awards. He is currently a writer for NBC's hit show The Blacklist and, along with Emmy-award winning David E. Kelley, one of the creators, writers, and executive producers of Trial, an Amazon legal thriller set to air in 2015. He is also Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles, where he specializes in entertainment law litigation.

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