Betrayal by John T. Lescroart

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No such luck. " "Because you've read all about it. " "Ah, it comes flooding back," Hardy said. " "I believe so. There's a bunch of juicy stuff, but you'll find that out soon enough, I guess. " "You're already up on points, Counselor. Don't lay it on too thick. " Hardy hung up and stood for a moment, musing. The judge's line played back in his mind: "There's a bunch of juicy stuff" in the Scholler case. Hardy thought he could use some juicy stuff in his life about now. If his memory served, and it always did, Scholler's situation was even more compelling than the bare bones of the murder case, because of its genesis in chaos and violence.

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