The Orchid Murder by Christine Hunt
SUBJECT: civil judgment, legal malpractice
SETTING: Minneapolos, MN
CHARACTERS: Norm Wartnick, Jerry Snider, Joe Friedberg
DATE READ: November 25 - December 6
NO. OF PAGES: 360
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: Yes, NetGalley
CATEGORY: Class Schedule
THRESHOLD QUALITY: 4
I'm not exactly sure how to describe this fascinating book.
It wasn't what I expected, but it was riveting just the same. I thought from the title and description that it was going to be the typical murder mystery and in the end we find out who did it. Nope, this was a murder mystery but we never found out who the killer was. Why? because it was a true story and it centered around a man who was never convicted of a crime but was sued in civil court for the wrongful death of the victim. So, you think, okay, OJ was convicted of wrongful death. But this guy didn't do it and with a totally incompetent attorney, the judgment against him destroyed his life and livelihood.
That's the setup and the book takes the reader through the process of suing his attorney for legal malpractice. It was fascinating, a little dry but I learned a great deal about the legal process and what is expected from a lawyer's representation.