Falls the Shadow
by William Lashner
Victor Carl bends to the pleading of his partner, Beth Dillinger, and takes on the appeal
of Françoise Dube, a chef who was previously found guilty of murdering his estranged wife.
The delivery of a large retainer helps to convince him that defending Dube is the right
thing to do. Victor really thinks Dube is guilty, but true to his own ethics, must give
his client his very best effort to prove him innocent.
Victor has no illusions about himself, but he's far from the self-described dork he
would like you to believe. He is witty, and charming, but less than a fashion plate.
He performs very well in the criminal courtroom, but life is still not as good as he would
like it to be. Then he meets dentist Bob Pffeffer, a self-confessed do-gooder who has
no personal qualms about manipulating the lives of others to conform to what he thinks
is right. He always seems to have the right answer and the right connections to solve
Lashner is a master at characterization, and a genius at plotting. You feel that you
know these people intimately, and feel their complicated emotions as they race through
the innovative, multi-level plot. I fell in love with Victor when he was appointed the
pro-bono attorney for a four-year-old boy, whose sister had been given away. What a touching,
Falls the Shadow is a highly entertaining, suspenseful novel with edgy, inspired
dialogue. Allow plenty of time to read this book, because you won't want to put down this
legal thriller. I can't wait for Lashner's next book.
Beverly J. Rowe|