Designer Crimes

A Laura Di Palma Mystery

Designer Crimes

They say that living well is the best revenge. But attorney Laura Di Palma may not have the opportunity to find out.

Her former boss, Steven Sayres, keeps trying to torpedo her new solo law practice and when his slanders cost Laura her most important client, she's pushed over the brink. This lawyer decides to sue. But before her case has even begun, labor lawyer Jocelyn Kinsley is shot before her eyes. Uttering the dying words "Designer crimes," Kinsley offers Di Palma the only clue to her slaying—and with it Laura's own best hope for survival. With the help of private detective Sandy Arkelett, Laura's friend and former lover, she does some computer hacking and finds an intriguing message hidden in Kinsley's cryptic words: Is someone designing custom crimes specifically to target bosses on behalf of the employees they wronged? Meanwhile, Laura is also defending a high school friend accused of murder, but trouble follows close on her heels and before long she is attacked and arrested. Living well just might be the best revenge, but survival becomes Laura's first order of business. Unfortunately, her detours off the high road could cost her more than just her career.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416572800 | 
  • August 2007

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Lia Matera
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Lia Matera

Lia Matera is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law, where she was editor in chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She was also a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer of legal mysteries. Prior Convictions and A Radical Departure were nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards. The Good Fight and Where Lawyers Fear to Tread were nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. She has written nine novels, including the critically acclaimed Face Value. Matera lives in Santa Cruz, California.