Shelter of Lies
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"Please, Miss Wilson, help me save my boys, or she'll kill them." The plea draws attorney Laura Wilson into a storm of intrigue when she agrees to represent the homeless Elva in a battle for custody of her three sons. Are the boys being abused by a sadistic stepmother, as the oldest says, or are these the accusations of a vengeful, dangerous boy? The answer is revealed after a shocking trial. More
The fear in her eyes matched the desperation in her voice. "You ain't going to hardly believe what I'm going to tell you, but I swear to God it's true. Please, Miss Wilson, you got to help me save my boys . . . or she'll kill them."
This chilling plea from a mysterious, disheveled street woman seductively draws attorney Laura Wilson into a whirlwind of human and legal intrigue and sets in motion a deadly battle between a troubled, vengeful boy and his disarming stepmother, who is either his victim or a psychotic killer. Laura, almost forty, magnetic, and ambitious, has fought her way to the top of the highly-charged Family Law profession in the midsize southern city where she lives. She is a hard-driving, high-earning senior partner in her firm, having survived the failure of her own marriage, the sacrosanct "old boy system," and the ever-present raw emotional crises of her clients. On a gray and blustery North Carolina morning, Laura is confronted and relentlessly pursued by the enigmatic, homeless Elva, who imparts shocking information that threatens to topple all Laura has scrupulously set in place. Laura is tough and efficient, but certainly not without heart, as she becomes embroiled in a pro bono case representing the downcast Elva who is trying to regain custody of her three young sons. Are the boys being horribly abused by their sadistic stepmother, as the oldest son says, or are the allegations the imaginings of a mentally ill and dangerous child? Laura and her staff thoroughly investigate all angles, but still many questions remain. It is only after a hair-raising trial that the shocking truth is revealed. Laura's relationships with Archie, her mentor, Kevin, her love interest, and Kim, her assistant and friend, as well as with the distraught Elva and emotionally disturbed children, show the many facets of this strong main character.
This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that will appeal to readers who like edgy legal suspense, all who are advocates for the rights of children, and men and women who admire those who go all out for the underdog.
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