Thursday, 7 April 2016

Dollar Signs by Manning Wolfe
Series: Texas Lady Lawyer #1
Release Date: 18th February 2016
Publisher: Starpath Books LLC
Genres:  Legal Thriller

MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.

A legal thriller not to be missed…Manning Wolfe just put
herself on my list of must-read authors. — Mark Pryor, Hugo
Marston Novels

Move over, John Grisham. There’s a lady lawyer in town.
Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Ricos Tales

This novel is smart, funny, moving, and entertaining as hell.
Jesse Sublett, 1960’s Austin Gangsters

A great read, and Texas crime fiction has a new star.
Bill Crider, Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Pages smoke like burnt fried chicken grease on a Saturday
night…This one, my friends, is a non-putter-downer!
George Wier, Bill Travis Mysteries.

A high-speed storyline full of twists and turns upon a stark
background of reality as lawyers might really experience
it. Manning Wolfe is one of the up and coming legal thriller
writers of this generation. Read her and enjoy her, but don’t
expect much sleep! — John Ellsworth, author, Thaddeus
Murfee Legal Thrillers

If you enjoy strong female characters this book is for you. If you enjoy legal thrillers then this book has that too! To find the two combined is a treat for readers who like their books with a bit of oomph and a lady lawyer not afraid to hold her own! The main character Merit Bridges is a kick ass lawyer with her own unique way of doing things. She's brave, sassy and driven. All these traits are at times completely at odds with her own personal life. Whilst her public persona is one of confidence and being completely unshakeable she does have a vulnerable side, particularly where her son is concerned and  that makes her a likeable character. Merit's latest case, protecting her client from the very nasty Boots King tests Merit's skills as a lawyer.

Boots King is the type of character that readers love to hate! He is unscrupulous in his efforts to get clients to sign up to dodgy lease contracts and when Merit's client falls foul of a Boots King scheme, or scam as they really are, he unfortunately takes matters into his own hands and needs Merit's skills to dig him out of a very big hole. As determined as Merit is to see justice done, Boots King is as determined to stop her and he doesn't care how he does that.

One of the things I particularly enjoyed throughout the book were the interactions with the other characters. The dynamics worked really well and Merit and her associates are like one big diverse family! I fell in love a little bit with Ag and I had such a soft spot for Betty. That woman is so worldly wise and knows when to impart words of wisdom and when to be more subtle in her approach. The story has lots of twists and turns and the pace of the book flows easily. There is a lot of legal jargon to get through and sometimes its a bit confusing but its definitely worth persevering. It is after all a legal thriller so no surprise there!  Looking forward to the next book in the series. 

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MANNING WOLFE an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King.

A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.


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