DescriptionLeo Maxwell is no ordinary attorney. He spends as much time tracking corrupt politicians and gangland leaders across the Bay Area to piece together the facts of a crime as he does crafting courtroom rhetoric. But Leo has never quite recovered from discovering his mother's murdered corpse as a child.
In Wolf's Revenge, the fifth novel in Lachlan Smith's critically acclaimed series, attorney-detective Leo Maxwell seeks an exit strategy from his family's deepening entanglement with a ruthless prison-based gang. Caught between the sadistic criminal Bo Wilder and the FBI, Leo charts his own path in defending a young woman who was manipulated into murdering an Aryan Brotherhood member in broad daylight. When the consequences of the case strike heartbreakingly close to home, long-held secrets are revealed, transforming Leo's perspective on the aftermath of the tragedy that derailed his childhood and fractured his family over two decades ago. Leo comes to realize that there's no such thing as fair play in the battle against a prison gang that's already being punished to the full extent of the law. The question then becomes who will get revenge first--the Maxwells or the gang leader who pursues them?
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About the AuthorLachlan Smith was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford and received an MFA from Cornell. He has written four previous books in the Leo Maxwell Mystery series: Bear Is Broken, which won the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel, Lion Plays Rough, Fox Is Framed, and Panther's Prey. Smith's fiction has also 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. He lives in Alabama.
A Publishers Weekly best mystery/thriller of 2017
"Smith's novels have been described as Russian Doll mysteries--one problem solved, another revealed. In its complexity, Wolf's Revenge might remind a reader of a John le Carré novel; few are who they seem to be. Spies and double agents abound. This novel has action, some violence, but its real strengths are its intricacy and some rather dispiriting revelations about our criminal justice system."--Tuscaloosa News
"Operating at the top of his game, Smith combines a mystery with the overlay of existential dread that noir fans relish with as much skill as anyone writing today."--Publishers Weekly, best mystery/thrillers of 2017
"[An] outstanding series . . . Unreservedly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"Full of revelations, surprises and shocks . . . Wolf's Revenge is the best installment of the series to date. Smith's ongoing brooding take on San Francisco's seedier streets is darkly attractive, with the walking flotsam and jetsam occupying it, serving as quick but effective cautionary tales about the evils of bad companions and choices."--Bookreporter
"Smith again puts Leo Maxwell through the wringer in his superlative fifth mystery featuring the San Francisco attorney . . . Operating at the top of his game, Smith is as good as anyone writing today at combining a mystery with the overlay of existential dread that noir fans relish."--Publishers Weekly (boxed & starred review)
"Readers will find themselves inexorably drawn toward the book's explosive conclusion."--Mystery Scene
Praise for Lachlan Smith & the Leo Maxwell mystery series:"Lachlan Smith does a masterful turn in Fox Is Framed. A sharp-edged legal thriller with the deep emotional undertones of family drama and tragedy."--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot "Lachlan Smith has done the impossible--written a riveting debut novel that stands with the best legal thrillers on my bookshelf."--Linda Fairstein, on Bear Is Broken "Smart, complex, and original . . . The characters got me hooked, the legal story got me to stay, and the originality of the telling stuck with me when I was finished."--Mystery Scene, on Fox Is Framed "Fans of Scott Turow will relish Smith's outstanding fourth Russian nesting doll of a whodunit featuring San Francisco lawyer Leo Maxwell . . . The plotting is impeccable, and Smith adds even more layers to his complex lead, while creating a San Francisco as morally ambiguous as Turow's Kindle County."--Publishers Weekly (boxed & starred review), on Panther's Prey "Smith is masterly in creating realistic courtroom scenes . . . and, even more impressively, enhances the trial with the human drama of the Smith family."--Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review), on Fox Is Framed "Legal mysteries would be much more enjoyable if they didn't have self-aggrandizing lawyers in them. Lachlan Smith makes tidy work of neutralizing that problem in his first novel . . . Smith doesn't write like a novice."--New York Times Book Review, on Bear Is Broken