The Fall: John Lescroart
Images can be deceiving and someone can create a persona that people will accept and believe. Some may be fooled and embrace the person and the image while others might be skeptical and have doubts. An incident that would set off a chain of events that would lead to murder, deception, lies, betrayals and deceit as one young girl falls prey to the wiles of a man she thought she could trust and another has to fight for the same man’s life.
Robyn Owen could not believe what happens to her when in the Sutter Stockton garage. What would you do if a body fell almost from the sky right on top of the hood of your brand new Subaru? How do you react when the head of a woman bounces off the hood of your car, shatters the safety glass and terrifies the driver of the car? Never seeing her coming and not able to stop her car Robyn wondered who would pay for the repairs and where this young girl came from. But, this was no accident! The young girl that fell from the sky or what appeared from the sky was really Anlya Grace Paulson. What appeared to be a fall, accident or suicide was really much more as readers are about to find out when they open the pages of John Lescroart’s latest five star novel: THE FALL!
Anlya Grace Paulson fell to her death from an overpass above San Francisco’s Stocktown tunnel. Did she Fall? Was she Pushed? That remains to be seen as the police rush to the scene, he chief of Homicide called to come to the scene in the middle of the night and the events unfold. Devin Juhle was trying to get some sleep when called to the scene of the murder. As the scene unfolds and the evidence is gathered two detectives are assigned the case and things begin to move forward. But, the DA or Wes Farrell needs to make an arrest really fast because the media seems to be critical of how they process their information and how slowly arrests are made when the victim is African American. But, rushing can be lethal in a murder case and suspects are often on a short list when one person stands out above the rest.
Dismas Hardy is a great lawyer and his daughter Rebecca aka the Beck just came on board. As Detectives Waverly and Yamashiro ask the right questions and gather witness statements something would happen that would not only identify the victim as Anlya the daughter of a drug user, alcoholic and unfit parent but the twin sister of a young man named Max. With Child Protective Services involved and Sharla her mother not able to really process anything at all we slowly learn more about why Anlya was living in a group home, trying to get an education and dealing with situations that no teen should have to endure. Raped and beaten by her mother’s boyfriend, trying to get her life in hand she lives in a group home with other young teens that want more. Some decide to become educated while others follow the route that so many fall into: Prostitution.
Honor Wilson was Anlya’s best friend or she was until Anlya decided to interfere in Honor’s business. Honor was smart, beautiful and the organizer of the group of girls who decided to become part of her escort service. When Anlya tried to convince some and succeeded but not with all to go to school, she and Honor parted ways. But, on the day of her death they went out together, parted and Anlya was seen having dinner with a young teacher named Greg Treadway.
“Conservatorships denote the appointment of a guardian (or conservator) by the court system in order to attend to the daily affairs and management of personal belongings for those who are unable to do so for themselves. When it comes to mental health and the instability of a person’s sanity, conservatorships take shape in a somewhat different form such as that established in Murphy Conservatorship. Mental incompetency, as determined under Section 1370 of the Penal Code, will call for the civil commitment of a defendant that has been accused of a criminal offense in Southern California. There is no way to tell when – if ever – a person who suffers from insanity will regain their sense of mental wellbeing. Therefore, sanity hearings are scheduled to establish whether or not an accused individual has the mental stability required to withstand trial.” Within the storyline of this novel we learn more about a man named Leon Coles and others who fall into this category of and therefore have escaped the system and are often set free to commit crimes once again. Dangerous and unable to stand trial for murder, Leon Coles was remanded to a mental institution and then a half way house which he walked out of. The conservatorship remains in place in order to deal with the fact that the defendant is dangerous and remains unable to stand trial. As a result this person is placed under Murphy Conservatorship and will remain under civil commitment until deemed no longer dangerous or incompetent. As Abe and his team try to round up those that have escaped all leads point to Leon Coles as a possible suspect in the murder case that Rebecca is handling. http://www.californiamentalhealthlawyer.com/Mental-Health/Murphy-Conservatorships.aspx.
Enter the courtroom of Judge Bakhtiari and meet the players: Rebecca Hardy, Peter Braden, Devin Juhle, Abe Glitsky, Wes Farrell, the rebel rousers that were placed there by Liam Goodman, the court reporter and the jury as the witnesses take the stand and we learn more about Sharla and what Leon did do her daughter. A betrayal so blatant you won’t see it coming. A friendship torn apart when one person is blindsided and the other does not see clearly. Caught in a mist and not realizing the truth one young girl might pay the ultimate price and two more the same if someone does not come in time to save them from a well planned out terrible fate. Who killed Anlya? Why? You won’t believe? What does Wyatt Hunt learn that sets things in motion and just might turn things around for Rebecca and her client? What is the significance of DNA? Once again author John Lescroart creates an intricate plot that leads us inside the courtroom, explains the process, the jury selection, the reasons for statements and questions being overruled or sustained and gives readers a first hand look at what it takes to win or lose a criminal trial. Will Rebecca get Greg off? Will Allie remain with the firm? Whose betrayal sets events in motion that might cost more than a friendship? The Fall: It’s not just Anlya that takes a long and dangerous plunge.
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