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Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael A. Kahn
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2014
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. Some turn to drugs, some quit the profession, and occasionally one quits altogether. According to the medical examiner, Sari Bashir quit altogether that Thursday night when she fell to her death from the eighth floor of the downtown garage where she parked her car.The police ruled her death a suicide. Stanley Plotkin, however, rules it a homicide. Stanley is the weird mail-room clerk at Sari s law firm, but he is also a genius. Among his obsessions is the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), a massive compilation that correlates hundreds of facial muscle actions with specific emotions and mental states. For someone like Stanley, whose Asperger s syndrome renders him incapable of intuiting emotions from facial expressions, his mastery of FACS has caused him to conclude that Sari did not kill herself.Rachel was close with Sari, who worked for her during law school. She also knows Stanley and his quirkiness and genius because their mothers are friends. Thus when Stanley announces his conclusion to Rachel as she drives him home from Sari s memorial service, she can t simply dismiss it. And when Sari s father pleads with Rachel to review the police file on his daughter s suicide, she reluctantly starts down a path that will lead into the heart of a dark criminal enterprise in which Sari was simply collateral damage.

Author Details

Author Details

Kahn, Michael A.

Michael A. Kahn, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, is a trial lawyer and award-winning author. He wrote his first novel on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. Not bad, he would say, but I could write a better book than that. Then write one, she finally said, or please shut up. So he shut up, and then he wrote one. He has written short stories, several Rachel Gold novels, and another novel, "The Mourning Sexton", under the pen name Michael Baron. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in Saint Louis. Married to his high school sweetheart, he is the father of five and the grandfather of, so far, four.