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Attorney J. Shepard defends various indigent parents in a Los Angeles juvenile dependency court but daydreams of surfing. His latest case, that of a woman accused of "selling" her baby to several adoptive couples, reawakens Shepard's animosity toward his own widowed mother, who deserted him when he was 16. Unraveling the mystery of his mother's disappearance may even alleviate his job dissatisfaction. Along the way, Shepard is alternately helped and hindered by a glib adoption lawyer, an aging (but still wild) surfing guru, and others. Surfing commentary, savory courtroom melodrama, and wry humor provide much attraction in this first novel. Highly recommended.
Thirteen years ago J. Shepard's mother rose before dawn, packed a bag and walked out of his life forever. Since then, the rolling surf has been his only escape, a refuge from the daily stress of his job defending parents in the overburdened L.A. juvenile dependency court, and from the dark, unanswered questions of his past. When J. is assigned a high profile case, one in which a mother is accused of selling her child to the highest bidder, even a day in the surf won't let him escape. J. can't hide from the media attention that the case draws, and nor can he hide from the painful memories of his own desertion that the case congers. He realizes that if he does not confront the mystery of his own past he will always be stuck in equilibrium, unable to move against his emotional and physical tide. He will be stuck in the darkest spot in the ocean, the reef dance.
J. simultaneously throws himself into the case and search for the reasons behind his own mother's disappearance. In order to succeed in both areas, however, he must rely on an old friend, Jackie Pace, a wayward surfing legend with a sordid past, that no one believes is reliable. But J. needs his friends help, and Jackie must rise to the challenge not just because he is J.'s friend but because he is much more intimately linked to the mystery than J. could ever know.
In this brooding, atmospheric mystery, John DeCure once again brings the seemingly disparate worlds of law and surf-ing together with surprising results. For J. Shepard, prose-cuting attorney with the California State Bar Associa-tion, only one thing in life keeps him centered: riding waves. When the surf is rising, J. never has a problem coming up with an excuse to cut out of work. But with a new fiance and a troubling internal audit beginning at work, J. has little time these days to hit the sand. When a legal mentor from his distant past washes up in his office stinking of alcohol and hoping for a second chance at life, J. drops everything, including his surfboard. But will he be able to help? The man is in deep trouble, and J. will have to use every tool at his disposal, both in the courtroom and on the beach, to get him out of it in this wonderful second installment in a critically celebrated series.Download link 1 Download link 2