Cost of Arrogance


Cost of Arrogance

A Jake Clearwater Crime Thriller

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First Place Book Award

First Place Award

Fiction > Thriller & Suspense > Crime & Legal


Jake Clearwater, a law professor and a former prosecutor, is urged by the Death Penalty Project to help stem the tide of wrongful death penalty convictions in California. He agrees to represent Duane Durgeon a huge, hulking, hard-boiled badass, who against the advice of his counsel in appealing his conviction. Despite Duane’s despicable persona and indifference to his fate, Jake convinces the reluctant Duane to appeal and wins a retrial. At trial, Jake is pitted against his former boss and bitter foe, prosecutor John Tice. Not to mention the lovely, mysterious juror that turns Jake’s head. What follows is a riveting tale of courtroom drama, suspense, and the exquisite workings of Law and ultimately…of justice. — “A new legal thriller that gets the ‘legal’ part right.” – Ohio State Bar Association, “A complex courtroom drama, anchored by sharply drawn characters.” Kirkus Reviews