Wild Justice (Amanda Jaffe Series)
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Inside a cabin tucked away in the Oregon woods a grisly scene awaits investigating police. Arrested soon after for the heinous crime, Vincent Cardoni—a brilliant surgeon with a history of violence and drug abuse—hires Portland's top attorney, Frank Jaffe, to defend him against a seemingly insurmountable pile of evidence.
Jaffe's daughter, Amanda—a young lawyer getting her first taste of criminal defense—wonders whether she's representing an innocent man or using her considerable skills to set a monster free. Then Cardoni disappears under bizarre circumstances.
Four years later the slaughter begins again. But is it Cardoni plying his gruesome trade, or the work of another equally brilliant, equally inspired killer? And can Amanda and policeman Bobby Vasquez hunt the elusive maniac down before they themselves fall victim to a psychopath's terrible hunger?
fuck didn’t you warn me?” “I didn’t know if that was necessary. I thought you might have seen these bodies before.” Stoops’s eyes widened, and he bolted upright. “Wait a second here. Wait one second. I read about this in the paper this morning. Oh, no. Now wait a minute. You can’t come into my office and show me pictures like these.” “Let me ask you again: What can you tell me about Northwest Realty?” The lawyer sank back in his chair. He pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket and mopped his
Amanda could hear the tap of her heels on the marble floor. As Amanda approached Judge Campbell’s courtroom, she remembered the mob of reporters that had filled the Milton County courthouse during State v. Cardoni, her first death penalty case. The sad truth was that death penalty cases had become so common that Dooling’s case merited the attention of only the Oregonian reporter with the courthouse beat. This was not the first time that Amanda had thought about Vincent Cardoni during the four
head and the pleasant smile disappeared. “Count yourself lucky that you’ll only have to look at the photos. What makes it even more evil is the journal.” “What journal?” “Your client has kidnapped other victims. The journal is an account of her torture sessions with each of them. She kept them in pain for days. It takes a lot to get to me, but I could not read the journal straight through.” “Is the journal in Dr. Castle’s handwriting?” Greene shook his head. “No, the pages were generated by a
was to tell you about it if you called in.” “No one did.” “Then how did you find out?” “It’s in the California papers. Somebody figured out the connection to the Cardoni case and, presto, we’ve got another sensation on our hands. Did you check your phone messages?” “Not yet.” “I glanced through them. If you want to be a media celebrity, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Larry King and Geraldo are all standing by.” “You’re kidding.” Amanda set her attaché case, the latte and the bag with the coffee cake
Court, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I was the first attorney in Oregon to use battered woman’s syndrome as a defense in a homicide case involving a battered woman who had killed her abusive husband. Are you still a practicing attorney? I am still a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Federal Bar, but I have not practiced law since 1996. I didn’t stop practicing because I disliked being a lawyer. I had a