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Bear Is Broken

Fiction: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/05/2013

A Kirkus Best Books of Year Pick

Bear Is Broken

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611749212
Digital Download ISBN:9781611749229


From a striking new voice in crime fiction, a young lawyer tries to track down the shooter who put his brother in a coma.

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Product Description

Everything seems backwards with this case: a lawyer falls victim to a crime, the police seem to be advocating for the wrong side of the law, and young attorney Leo Maxwell is forced to do an investigator’s job in pursuit of the man who tried to kill his brother.

Leo had been raised by his older brother, Teddy, a top criminal lawyer both renowned and notorious for his talent and ruthlessness. Though different in character and viewpoint, Leo always tried to emulate Teddy, striving to be recognized by his brother as a fellow lawyer in his own right.

The two are at lunch when Teddy, supposed to give the closing argument of his current trial that afternoon, is shot—in public, in the middle of the bar. But the shooter escapes without Leo catching even a glimpse of him. While Teddy lies in a coma, Leo searches for the shooter, soon realizing that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have possibly imagined.


“This debut San Francisco noir is so atmospheric you can practically hear the cable cars and fog horns on the bay. . . . R.C. Bray performs skillfully.”

“Bray delivers his reading in a clear, pleasant, and mostly reportorial voice. . . . A fine . . . performance.”

“Bray was an easy voice to listen to. . . . A solid debut.”
      —A Bookworm’s World

“Muscular and engaging. . . . Reminiscent of early John Grisham or later-career Michael Connell. . . . An excellent springboard for a series.”
      —Strand Magazine

“Powerful legal thriller debut . . . grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. . . . Assured prose and taut plotting add up to a winner.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

“A debut novel that reads as if the writer has toiled at his craft for ages. . . . You will find yourself pulling for [Leo Maxwell]—and more importantly, strongly hoping he survives for a second installment.”

“Sensitive, ingenious, and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed.”

“Engaging debut . . . features well-drawn if somewhat unlikable characters and enough plot twists to please any mystery fan.”
      —Library Journal

Author Bio

LACHLAN SMITH was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and received an MFA from Cornell. His fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law.

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