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22gigantes.com - Emerging criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. He thinks of them as minor psychic abilities. When Sam is hired by an attractive young nun named Camille Paradisi, he agrees to help discover the identity of a serial killer in order to prevent Camille’s pastor from being exposed for not reporting the man after a confession – thereby allowing another murder to occur. While Sam’s psychic abilities increase as he investigates the case and gets closer to Camille, he realizes that the enigmatic nun is not revealing the complete truth.Camille shares an old journal anonymously mailed to the church, which she believes may have been authored by the killer/confessor. The journal, which begins in Argentina in the 1940’s, purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be a descendant of the fallen angels cast out of heaven by God. As Sam learns more about the murders, the journal author, and Camille, he begins to realize the so called “Rosslyn Ripper” case may have ancient implications beyond his imagination.
Most helpful customer reviews 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. A new, inventive niche in the legal thriller genre where the physical and metaphysical collide - a High Octane read! By Chanticleer Book s Part saint, part sinner, Deputy Public Defender Sam Young has an uncanny ability to work the legal system to his best advantage. With a super-human ability to ride the thought waves of others, Sam plays his hand like a mesmerist, planting ideas like seeds in people’s minds, “massaging” their thoughts to suit his needs. But underneath his self-serving agenda is an almost naïve desire to do good – a desire that compels him to take on private cases outside of his overloaded court schedule, not to mention outside of the law.Sam’s mastery of the gray areas of the law hits a wall when drop-dead gorgeous Camille Paradisi, a nun from Sam’s former Parish, dumps the proverbial Catch-22 problem in his lap. The Rosslyn Ripper, a serial killer stalking their streets, is confessing. The catch? He’s using the protection of the confessional to unburden his soul.With the clock against him Sam must find a way to break through the protective barrier Camille has built around her priest and access the information needed to reveal the killer. The only clue she’s willing to relinquish is a time-worn journal left at the church. Whether its contents reflect the grandiose ramblings of a delusional mind or of the killer himself remains to be seen. But one thing is certain. The DNA recovered from its pages present improbable if not impossible results, propelling Sam into world where the physical and metaphysical collide.Attorney Sam Young is clearly a protagonist for the new millennium. Cynical, self-destructive and heroic to a fault, Sam Young is a modern-day standard bearer for the under-served segment of society. But no one in this extraordinary cast of characters is who they appear to be: leaving Sam to juggle conflicting agendas, hidden truths and a reality so mind-bending that it defies everything he believes.With equal doses of insight and imagination, author Christopher Leibig draws on his experience as a defense attorney to provide a keen sensory awareness of the hectic and often desperate inner workings of an ego-driven legal system.Blending the high-octane thrust of a contemporary legal thriller with the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Almost Mortal” cleaves a new, inventive niche in the legal thriller genre. This fast-paced legal thriller will leave the reader hungering for more. A terrific read! 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Impossible to put down - read in a day! By NPM excellent fast paced thriller with plot line twisting and turning, keeping reader guessing and surprised. Clearly drawing on real life author's experience Almost Mortal feel almost real. I liked how history events weave into the plot, story goes through time and countries, and then tying together. The DNA stuff and internal politics of law enforcement and legal profession in modern day make it very authentic. Excellent fiction. Could not put it down - read it in a day. Events move fast - but the last quarter of a book or so is especially gripping. Sequel if such comes could be interesting. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. This book was a pleasure to read- crafted from the get-go with vibrant characters and a fantastic, fast-paced story By Roger A Canaff Marvelously written. This book was a pleasure to read- crafted from the get-go with vibrant characters and a fantastic, fast-paced story. Sam Young, the protagonist, is a kinetic, multi-faceted character who fuels and adds sympathy to every part of this work. The historical aspects are woven expertly and don't draw from the action. Loved it and would recommend it to anyone. See all 34 customer reviews...
KIRKUS REVIEW A Virginia public defender aims toprotect a priest by stopping a confessed serial killer from committing anothermurder in this thriller.Sam Young is a lawyer accustomed toworking off the books, especially given the amount of money that peoplewillingly pay him. But helping Father Andrada, who was a friend to his mother,is a little more personal. Church employee Camille Paradisi tells Sam that aconfessor has admitted to the priest that he's the Rosslyn Ripper, responsiblefor three recent, brutal murders. Camille doesn't know the killer's identitybut wants to find a way to keep Andrada from landing in legal trouble orbreaking his vow. At the same time, someone's sending pages of a journal to thechurch, possibly the killer, though there are no specifics on the Rippermurders. The journal's author claims to have an ability akin to mind reading,much like seeing a person's inner "framework." Sam, as it happens, can likewisefeel or probe other people's minds. He tries to connect the manuscript and achalice at the church--with a bit of covert DNA testing--to the Ripper case butcan't prevent a fourth murder. His apparent psychic abilities, however, maylink him to the journal as well as a secret past. Despite the title hinting atsomething supernatural, the novel becomes more of a legal thriller. There arecountless scenes, for example, of Sam with various clients, including physicianFred Torres, who owes money to a loan shark, and Nguyen Jones, who's exoneratedof child-porn charges. Jones aids Sam with his computer skills. The perpetuallycomposed Sam carries the story with chic and humbleness. Leibig (The BlackRabbit, 2014, etc.) treats Sam's extraordinary talent in the same way, theattorney using it both sparingly and inconspicuously. Sam rightly suspects thatCamille's not telling him everything, leading to a final act that's virtuallyoverflowing with revelations and twists. The author keeps all of it fromspinning out of control, though a few questions go unanswered, like why Camillefelt the need to mislead Sam with at least one significant piece of information.Still, the narrative could be a stand-alone or the start of a series, hopefullyfronted by Sam.A poised protagonist leads thisserpentine but engaging legal tale. About the Author Christopher Leibig is a novelist and criminal defense lawyer who lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia. His first two published books, Saving Saddam (2008), and Montanamo (2010) were published by Artnik Books in London. Saving Saddam was released in 2014 in the United States under the title Black Rabbit. Chris also has several published short stories - Secret Admirer (The Cynic on-line magazine 2004) Coldcocked (Skyline magazine 2004), Fly (The Cynic on-line magazine 2009), Intervention (Traveller's Playground Press 2014), and Paradise City (Traveller's Playground Press 2014). Chris has also published numerous articles on criminal defense and related topics - including in the Huffington Post and The Examiner - and appeared as a legal expert regularly since 2009 in print and television media - including Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He and his colleagues regularly lecture at law schools throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
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