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Against the Wind por J. F. Freedman
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Against the Wind (original 1991; edição 1992)

por J. F. Freedman (Autor)

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Nobody could exactly call the defendants nice boys. For starters, they had brutally and repeatedly gang-raped a young woman picked up in a bar. You didn't even want to think of what else they had done in their lives. But had they committed murder in the desert? That was what Santa Fe criminal attorney Will Alexander had to find out for sure-and then be able to defend his clients against a ruthless D.A., against a doubting judge, against a hostile jury, and against the odds....… (mais)
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Título:Against the Wind
Autores:J. F. Freedman (Autor)
Informação:Signet (2001), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Against the Wind por J. F. Freedman (1991)

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I can't remember how this got on my ToBeReadNext pile, but wow. I don't remember ever reading anything by this guy but that will change. This is a far better than average legal thriller. It's a big fat book and the story takes some major, fascinating twists and turns. Will Alexander is a lawyer at the end of his rope - drink and sex are ruining him. His partners kick him out of the firm. His only case is defending four mean, nasty bikers in a murder case. They say they are innocent and they looks like they were born guilty. But, this story isn't at all straight forward. It's a great ride. Off now to find out what else Freedman has done! ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
“ Against the wind” is apparently a common phrase used to describe motorcycle riding. Since my sole experience on a motorcycle was riding a small one around the fields to occasionally bring in the cows, this was totally lost on me until it was explained. Sigh.

Will Alexander is a first-rate criminal defense attorney in Santa Fe who has just been kicked out of his firm for excessive drinking. He’s asked (demanded would be more like it) by four biker “outlaws” to defend them against charges of murder. These are definitely not nice people, but Will soon realizes that the facts don’t add up, and they are most likely innocent of the crime charged, if guilty of perhaps most everything else. But the political pressures to convict the four are overwhelming. Told in the first-person, you get a very nice sense of Will’s inner turmoil as he rationalizes just that additional drink.

For those who might be squeamish, I suggest skipping the scenes where Will is provided a tour of the prison by the rioters. It’s a horror. From another point of view, I didn’t think it was necessary, an attempt to rehabilitate one of the characters that could have been done more elegantly. Without giving anything away, it becomes unconvincing when first one is portrayed as evil incarnate, then less so. There are other plot lines that meandered more than I thought necessary and the alcoholism got lost on more than one occasion.

Lots of stuff going on in this book: trial scenes, prosecutorial misconduct, police misconduct, prison riots, missing witnesses, homophobia, rape, father-daughter relationships, divorced parents, lots of stuff. Sometimes it hangs better than others. Nevertheless, it will hold your interest. Not for those who spell “Fuck,” as “F..k” ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
2482 Against the Wind, by J. F. Friedman (read 10 Jan 1993) There are many objections to this book, but I read it in a day and a half, so obviously one is not tempted to not read in the book. It tells a gruesome, nauseatingly detailed story of a motorcycle gang accused of a murder. Its courtroom scenes are, so far as I am concerned, impossible, because nothing like that could occur in my court. The language I think is as bad as anything I've read, and the lawyer-hero is totally amoral, who drinks like a fish--yet one wants him to win because the State is worse! It is a highly incredible tale, laid in Santa Fe, N. M., and its environs. There is a prison riot wherein these bikers are heroes! It is all simply, starkly drawn and I cannot say it is quality reading--it is pulp, loaded with obscene words and scenes. ( )
  Schmerguls | Apr 26, 2008 |
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Nobody could exactly call the defendants nice boys. For starters, they had brutally and repeatedly gang-raped a young woman picked up in a bar. You didn't even want to think of what else they had done in their lives. But had they committed murder in the desert? That was what Santa Fe criminal attorney Will Alexander had to find out for sure-and then be able to defend his clients against a ruthless D.A., against a doubting judge, against a hostile jury, and against the odds....

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