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Star Witness

Star Witness

A Willa Jansson Mystery

The sixth Willa Jansson mystery by Edgar-nominated author Lia Matera is “another winner in an outstanding series.” (Booklist).

Just when attorney Willa Jansson is about to take a little time off from her job at a San Francisco multimedia firm, a friend calls in a favor. Suddenly Willa’s off to Santa Cruz to solve what she hopes will be a simple case of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. But Willa is about to discover that nothing about this case—or the town where it occurred—is quite as it seems.

Alan Miller’s sports car went over an embankment and onto the coastal highway below, landing atop another car and killing its driver. But there are no tire tracks, no witnesses, and Miller’s injuries aren’t consistent with a car crash. Unable to recall where he was just after the accident, Miller's memory is jogged under hypnosis—a recollection so far-fetched that Willa knows it will never stand up in court. All of a sudden, seemingly idyllic Santa Cruz is rife with dangerous secrets, and Willa must outrun helicopters, snipers, reporters, and her own interfering mother, all while trying to maintain her credibility and her career by making the jury buy her client’s out-of-this-world alibi—provided she can keep the witnesses alive long enough to testify.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416567707 | 
  • June 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.

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