Dollar Signs is a legal thriller set in Austin Texas and the storyline revolves around Boots King a leasing agent employed by Nixon Outdoor Advertising, and Merit Bridges a business attorney. Boots and Nixon adverting have been praying on innocent business owners getting them to sign space for advertising billboards but hiding legal clauses which later affect land ownership.
The book opens with a client of Merit’s burning down a billboard, but the ensuing fire engulfs and kills a homeless guy who was in a car close by. A simple case of property damage now becomes manslaughter and Boots King is a slippery con man who knows plenty of tricks.
This book has a lot of American legal jargon and the leasing legislation is complex, this author knows her stuff and Texan law has its own twists. The book is written in third person omniscient which lends itself towards “Telling” rather than “showing” the reader the storyline. I would have liked a wider range of dialogue tags to smooth the flow of the writing moving away from he/ she said/asked, however the main characters are strong and if you like American legal thrillers then you should enjoy this read.
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Genre: legal thriller
Release Date: 2/18/16
Publisher: Starpath Books, LLC
MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady
corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MANNING WOLFE an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King.
A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.
PRAISE FOR DOLLAR SIGNS!
A legal thriller not to be missed…Manning Wolfe just put
herself on my list of must-read authors. — Mark Pryor, Hugo
Move over, John Grisham. There’s a lady lawyer in town.
— Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Ricos Tales
This novel is smart, funny, moving, and entertaining as hell.
— Jesse Sublett, 1960’s Austin Gangsters
A great read, and Texas crime fiction has a new star.
— Bill Crider, Dan Rhodes Mysteries
Pages smoke like burnt fried chicken grease on a Saturday
night…This one, my friends, is a non-putter-downer!
— George Wier, Bill Travis Mysteries.
A high-speed storyline full of twists and turns upon a stark
background of reality as lawyers might really experience
- Manning Wolfe is one of the up and coming legal thriller
writers of this generation. Read her and enjoy her, but don’t
expect much sleep! — John Ellsworth, author, Thaddeus
Murfee Legal Thrillers