Jeffery Deaver is an internationally #1 bestselling author. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into twenty-five languages. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger, the Short Story Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association, and the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller of the Year and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award for Best Short Story of the Year. He's been nominated for six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in North Carolina.
A plethora of generally interesting asides make this lethargically paced mystery an easy, yet ultimately a somewhat frustrating read. As we follow the paralegal days and jazz-piano-playing nights of Ms. Taylor Lockwood, we glimpse the truth behind the dark-wood panels of the venerable law firm Hubbard, White & Willis. Taylor's initial assignment is to retrieve a stolen document that could cost the firm a case and an attractive young litigator his job. The theft proves to be merely a subtext as one ferocious partner pushes for a merger, two older partners firmly oppose it and the rest of the principal players scramble for position while sides are drawn up. Taylor finds coked-up associates with grievances, partners with financial problems, and granddaughters to raise, not to mention call girls. Offices (including her own lowly hole in the wall) are soon bugged, and after an interminable wait, murder makes its entrance. Edgar-nominated Deaver ( Manhattan Is My Beat ) whips up enough atmosphere for a whole series here: late-night music, copious jazz lore, performance-art interludes, man troubles aplenty--the plucky Taylor partakes of them all. She's a likely guide to both the legal and the late-night, but this expansive mystery doesn't have enough narrative gears to shift through. Author tour. (Sept.)
"Loaded with character and action and a very devious plot, Mistress of Justice is a top-notch legal thriller."
--Mystery Lovers News
"The characters are well drawn, the plot is fast paced, and the writing avoids totally the usual trappings of blockbusterdom....an intelligently written thriller."
--Booklist "This novel is a solid achievement."
--Mystery News "Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense!"