Miami in June: it's raining, it's pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring-especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases.
Judge Liz Maxwell's job, sanity, and reputation are at stake, and she needs Mary to ferret out wrongdoing in Miami's courts. Solving this case won't just mean going out on a limb; it will mean risking life and limb.
Luis Corona, a family friend of Mary's boyfriend, Carlos, needs help with a legal matter that, to Mary's horror, turns out to be a terrorism charge. And this case will leave some catastrophic damage-and unwelcome notoriety-in its wake.
Just when Mary thought things couldn't get worse, Carlos gets in his own nasty legal quandary-one that could cost him everything.
Three cases. One Mary. One torrential downpour of turmoil.
Can she weather the storm? Ride out the cold front that settles over her once-hot romance? Salvage what remains of her-and her clients'-reputations?
For Mary Magruder Katz, this month's forecast calls for trouble.
Protecting the rights of a suspected Argentine terrorist and those of a well-respected judge keeps Mary Magruder Katz hopping in Levenson's provocative, if at times clunky, second thriller to feature the Miami criminal defense attorney (after Fatal February). Through Mary's half-Cuban lover, Carlos Martin, who's pressuring her to marry him, Mary winds up representing Luis Corona, the frightened son of a friend of Carlos's uncle. Federal authorities arrested Luis after an incident on a flight from Buenos Aires, and he's in danger of being shipped to Guantánamo. Meanwhile, Mary is fighting for another client, Judge Elizabeth Maxwell, who's under investigation by the State Attorney's Office for allegedly fixing drug cases. The judge, who's involved in a secret relationship with a married lawyer, is understandably frantic, but Mary manages to keep her cool as she strives to untangle two complicated cases. (June)
Name: Barbara Levenson
Official Website: http://www.barbaralevenson.com
Barbara Levenson has lived in Miami for the past 32 years.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School, Barbara has served as a prosecutor and run her own law practice where she focused on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Barbara was elected to a judgeship in the circuit court of Miami-Dade County, where she still serves as a senior judge.
Born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Barbara was raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was the first woman elected to the Columbus Board of Education, and later served as the Board’s first female president. Barbara was also the first woman to be named the Ohio Newspaper’s “Man of the Year.”
Barbara and her husband, a retired financial consultant, bred and showed German Shepherd Dogs for 20 years and finished 11 champions in the show ring. They have two sons.
Justice in June is Barbara’s second novel.