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Book Review Of "The Burning Man"

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Book Review of "The Burning Man" by Phillip MargolinPeter Hale, the son of Richard Hale, a four-year associate at Hale, Greaves,Strobridg, Marquand, and Bartlett, has lived his life under the shadow of his father.Despite having a high five-figure salary and fire-engine-red Porsche, Peter was constantlytrying to overcome the expectations of his high-class lawyer of a father, who was formerpresident of the Oregon State Bar. Handling only small-time cases did not present Peterwith the opportunity to outshine his father, who was also a second-team All-Americanfootball player and National Champion wrestler, but when his father had a heart attackand could no longer handle a million dollar case in which Peter had been helping him,Peter could not let the opportunity pass. As Richard Hale lied helpless in a hospital bed,he demanded Peter ask for a mistrial, but it seemed only to go in one ear of Peter's andout the other. Peter's boldness would be costly though, as he would lose the case and losehis father. Richard did not die, but when he heard of his son's error he could not forgivehim and couldn't bare to see him anymore.Only a fatherly instinct would force Richard to find a meager job for his helplessson in a small town with an old friend who was looking for someone trying to regain statusas Peter now was. Whitaker was not as exciting as Portland was to Peter, but he began tobe accustomed to the town when he began his handling small criminal cases and ran intoan old friend who graduated with him from highschool, Steve Mancini. Steve, like Peter'sfather, was a football star, but at the Division II level for the Whitaker State footballteam. Hale became close with Mancini and met many other residents of Whitakerthrough Steve. One being Steve's beautiful and intelligent fiance, Donna Harmon andher slightly retarded brother Gary. Just as things began to become settled for Peter inWhitaker, he ran into some problems with Gary Harmon. Peter had to save him oncefrom the police in a peeping incident and then became Gary's lead attorney, under someinfluence from Steve Mancini, as Gary was charged with the murder of a local college girl.The night of the murder, Gary had been at a local bar, the Stallion, and hadgotten into an argument with a girl whom he had asked to buy a drink for. Despite theassurance of a local drug-dealer friend of Gary's, Kevin Booth and his friend, ChristopherMammon, the college girl had rejected Gary heavily not knowing he was slightly retarded.This upset Gary and lead him to jaunt out of the Stallion and back to his soon-to-bebrother-in-law's house and then to his. That is when the police arrived and asked him tocome to the station and help them solve a crime.At this time Dennis Downes and Bob Patrick, the officers who brought him there,began to question him about his whereabouts the night before and about his informationon the murder that occured that night in Wishing Well park. The questions led toDennis Downes putting words into...

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