Her Kind of Case: A Lee Isaacs, Esq. Novel

Jeanne Winer (Author)


..".Everything about the book feels just right."
Booklist, Starred Review

..". filled with witty dialogue, believable characters, and quick pacing..."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Highly recommended for those who love emotion-filled legal dramas."
Library Journal, Starred Review

Her Kind of Case is a legal drama that centers on Lee Isaacs, a female defense attorney on the cusp of turning 60, who, out of curiosity, determination, and desire for a big, even impossible, professional challenge, chooses to take on a tough murder case in which a largely uncooperative young man is accused of helping kill a gay gang member.

This beautifully-written novel, which has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, is built around not only a gradually resolving mystery, but by fully fleshed-out characters, particularly the strong-willed and sharp-witted Lee. It is a breath of fresh air to see someone of Lee's standing achieve career and personal success as an older single woman who grieves the recent loss of her husband, but continues her daily routine of law and karate, fighting tooth and nail to prove her client not guilty.

(Note: The author, Jeanne Winer, is herself a longtime defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and a black-belt karate expert.)

Product Details

Bancroft Press
Publish Date
August 15, 2018
6.2 X 0.7 X 9.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Jeanne Winer was an attorney in Colorado for 35 years, specializing in criminal defense. During that time, she represented hundreds of people accused of murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, drug offenses, and other serious crimes.

A long-time political activist, she received the Dan Bradley Award from The National LGBT Bar Association for her trial work in Romer v. Evans, a landmark civil rights case that preceded and paved the way for the Obergefell decision in 2015, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Her first novel, The Furthest City Light, won a Golden Crown Literary award for best debut fiction.

Her Kind of Case is her second novel. Like the heroine in her book, Winer is a martial artist who holds a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She lives mainly in Boulder, Colorado with her partner and cat, but spends a number of months each year writing in Taos, New Mexico.


"Jeanne Winer has done it again. An entertaining story with immense heart, Her Kind of Case takes the jaded reader by surprise. The lawyer who cares, and a client who initially doesn't, connects with the humanity in us all."--Stephanie Kane, best-selling author of Extreme Indifference and Seeds of Doubt, and winner of a Colorado Book Award for Extreme Indifference
"Drawing on her own experience as a criminal defense attorney, Winer will keep readers riveted with a twisty plot and a realistic depiction of courtroom proceedings. Highly recommended for those who love emotion-filled legal dramas."--Library Journal, Starred Review
"Winer has spent decades as a criminal defense lawyer, and it shows in every detail. Everything about the book feels just right. Lee is a terrific character, too, and we can only hope that this is the first of many novels about her."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Winer brings vivid, insider knowledge of all things legal, from lawyers' black humor to the importance of details to a jury. Unlike many dull legal novels, though, this is filled with witty dialogue, believable characters, and quick pacing (it's a sure bet that the author never bored a jury). Lee is complex, funny, grouchy, and ambitious. It's just plain fun to hang out with her and her two gay friends; it's fun to listen as she and her dad talk late at night. And it's seriously impressive to watch her as a lawyer...If she were real, Winer's heroine would be your hands-down first choice if you got in trouble. But as a lucky and hopefully law-abiding reader, you have the right to buy her next adventure and remain silent for hours as you speed through the pages."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"At first, I didn't think this was my kind of book, but it grew on me. Starred Review!"

-- (08/31/2018)

Her Kind of Case is a deftly resolving mystery showcasing fully fleshed-out characters -- and in particular the strong-willed and sharp-witted Lee, an older single woman who grieves the recent loss of her husband, but continues her daily routine of law and karate, fighting tooth and nail to prove her client not guilty. A simply riveting read from beginning to end, and laced with a very special flair for unexpected humor, Her Kind of Case will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections.

--Midwest Book Review
.."Her Kind of Case is a witty, intelligent, and immensely readable book that I read, uninterrupted, beginning to end, because I had to."-- (10/19/2018)