Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery

Author: Michael Schein
Published: September 15, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-934733-21-9
Pages: 328
Size: 6" x 9"
Type: Paperback, eBook
Price: $17.95
Categories: Mystery Fiction: Historical

"Michael Schein's excellent debut novel, Just Deceits, is the perfect book for lovers of courtroom thrillers, historical fiction, mysteries, or anyone looking for an exciting page-turner that also stimulates the mind. Schein's writing is crisp, the characters are vivid and engaging, and there are many unexpected twists on the way to a stunning ending. I couldn't put it down!"

Robert Dugoni,New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master, Damage Control, and The Cyanide Canary

In 1793, the most powerful family in Virginia found itself embroiled in scandal: Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law, the beautiful and impetuous Nancy Randolph, were charged with adultery and infanticide. Just Deceits is historical fiction based on the story of the Trial of the Century-the 18th Century-and how the remarkable defense team of wily Patrick Henry and ambitious John Marshall battled each other, their clients, family intrigue, the prosecution, and the truth itself, to save their clients from the gallows. In its ribald portrayal of a young legal system already driven more by spectacle than evidence, Just Deceits calls into question the feasibility-and even the desirability-of uncovering "the whole truth." Ultimately, in the secrets revealed and the relationships celebrated, Just Deceits is as much a story of a trial of love as the trial in the courtroom.