Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"There's nothing Jilly Truitt likes more than winning a case, especially against her former mentor, prosecutor Cy Kenge. Jilly has her own baggage, the residue of a dark time in a series of foster homes, but that's in the past. Now she's building her own criminal defense firm and making a name for herself as a feisty, tough-as-nails lawyer willing to take risks in the courtroom. When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife Laura's murder, Jilly agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings from those close to her to stay away from the Trussardi family. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Jilly investigates Laura's death, hoping to discover a shred of evidence that might give the jury a reasonable doubt. But she is confronted by damning evidence and uncooperative witnesses at every turn. Someone isn't telling the truth, but whom? With her reputation and Vincent's life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding Laura's murder. But every answer leads to another mystery, and as Jilly digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9781501172786
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 23 cm

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Butterfly121761
Nov 04, 2018

Good debut novel.

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rodraglin
Aug 24, 2018

Jilly Truitt is a young, ambitious criminal lawyer making a name for herself.

When a wealthy businessman, Vincent Trussardi is accused of murdering his young wife, he reaches out to Truitt to defend him. This will be a high profile case with a significant retainer and Jilly is eager to take it on even though the evidence overwhelmingly suggests her client is guilty.

Full Disclosure is Beverley McLachlin’s first novel after seventeen years as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the first women to hold that position and the longest-serving Chief Justice in Canadian history.

As a jurist, McLachlin is formidable, as an author she’s just a beginner, and it shows.

There are a number of plot points in the book that stretched this reader’s suspension of disbelief nearly to the breaking point, but I hung in there expecting some insights regarding the Canadian legal system, the professionals involved and those they prosecute or defend.

There weren’t any. In fact, the lack of originality had me wondering if I hadn’t read this before. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it. The story takes place in Vancouver, Canada, my hometown and hers, and it was fun recognizing the restaurants, landmarks and neighbourhoods where the scenes unfold.

Unfortunately, as the novel draws to an end, and with many questions still unanswered, the author (out of desperation?) resorts to the old, tired technique of having her protagonist goad a suspect, Perry Mason style, into confessing. Of course, this confession is taped on a recorder hidden in her pocket and is used to exonerate her client. See what I mean about lack of originality.

Though it didn't have any real bearing on the novel, I was surprised and disappointed at the author’s treatment of a First Nation person in her story. Though a very minor character, when this young woman is challenged by isolation and unhappiness her choice is to become a drug addict and support her habit by prostitution.

With so many other positive possibilities out there, why did someone of McLachlin’s stature and presumed sensibilities choose this clichéd depiction of our Indigenous people?

Despite the efforts of the best editors Simon and Schuster employ, I doubt Full Disclosure would have been published had it not been for the author’s significant profile which, like all books written by celebrities, assures at least some sales.

The real test will be McLachlin’s next novel - if there is one.

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gloryb
Jul 26, 2018

Good read but author acknowledges help from a ghost writer and her editor. However good plot with all the relationships tied up at the end and case solved. Main character is a likable female defense lawyer so expect courtroom proceedings and legal directions to staff. Plot focuses on 1 of her cases and her relationships with people around her - an older lawyer who was her mentor, a social case worker from her past life, a teen on drugs she helps out, a male friend, and her adoptive parents. Includes a mention of the missing women of East Vancouver and the pig farm incident a few years back. Liked the inclusion of all the restaurants in downtown Vancouver where dinners with clients took place. Liked the reference to the yacht club, too. Liked the lack of street language and unnecessary long descriptions which I usually skim over. I would probably read another novel with this female lawyer as the main character.

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MillieBT
Jun 08, 2018

Court room drama that follows the case of murder suspect Vincent Trussardi.....I liked the
characters and how they interacted with each other...for me an exciting read especially it
being Canadian

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