Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young (Review, Giveaway)

I would like to welcome author Pamela Samuels Young to my blog today. 

A brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel lead attorney Vernetta Henderson on a quest for justice—and ultimately—revenge. The hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women. 

While Vernetta simply wants justice for her clients, the corporation’s hired gun wants to win . . . and she doesn’t care how. On the home front, Vernetta’s infamous sidekick Special has finally found true love. But is the price more than she’s willing to pay?

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney whose fast-paced legal thrillers tackle law and crime. Her novels include "Attorney-Client Privilege," "Murder on the Down Low" and "Buying Time." Her short story "Easy Money" is featured in the anthology "Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes." 

A former television news writer, Pamela is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Via her blog, Let’sWriteToday.blogspot.com, Pamela is chronicling her writing process as she completes her next book and invites other writers to write along with her. Pamela serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers. 

A Los Angeles attorney, Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. Fed up with never seeing women or people of color depicted as savvy, hot shot attorneys in the legal thrillers she read, Pamela decided to create her own characters. Despite the demands of a busy legal career, Pamela accomplished her ambitious goal by rising at four in the morning to write before work, dedicating her weekends to writing and even spending her vacation time glued to her laptop for ten or more hours a day. 

The Essence magazine bestselling author now has four fast-paced legal thrillers to show for her efforts: Every Reasonable Doubt (February 2006); In Firm Pursuit (January 2007); Murder on the Down Low (September 2008); and Buying Time (November 2009). N.Y. Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel describes Buying Time, Pamela's first stand-alone novel, as a "deftly plotted thriller that combines the best of Lisa Scottoline and Robert Crais."

A former journalist, Pamela is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is the Fiction Expert for BizyMoms.com. 

Pamela is a frequent speaker on the topics of discrimination law, diversity, writing and pursuing your passion. To contact Pamela for a speaking engagement, book club meeting or to read an excerpt of her books, visit www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com.

My Review

I absolutely loved the book. The characters are real and jump right off the page. The African/American dialogue is spot-on. The suspense in the book keeps you turning the pages long after your eyes are drooping from the late hour. I couldn't put the book down once I began reading.

The author's legal background brings an authenticity to the story that might not otherwise be there. I loved the main protagonist, Vernetta Henderson, and had not realized that this is a series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I have quickly become a fan of both Pamela Samuels Young and attorney Vernetta Henderson. 

What I liked about the book? Everything. The story flowed. The dialogue flowed. It was intelligently written. The characters were great. The names of the characters - Girlie, Special - have definitely left me pondering what nickname I might choose for myself. 

What I didn't like about the book? Not one thing comes to mind. I really enjoyed this book - cover to cover.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely!

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