How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
This story revolves around Robert Tarza, a successful and truly snobby 60 year old attorney who finds himself under suspicion of murder. But unlike most central characters, you don't have to identify or even like this man to enjoy his tale. The reason is the astounding characters that surround him, his 30 year old protege and one of the most formidable defense attorneys in L.A.
Not only is he in deep trouble with the law, his case is further complicated by his own arrogant and naive insistence (and against his defense attorney's advice) on investigating his own case. Worse still, his young protege is a brilliant litigator with no criminal experience who insists on being the lead attorney of the defense team. The tensions between the equally brilliant legal minds Tarza and his team leads to a great deal of humor in an ever more mysterious murder.
The trial sequences are truly entertaining as they are suspenseful.
The narration requires the voice of a snob, an impertinent and sexy protege, a frustrated Latino defense attorney, a wise if snarky female judge in prominent roles. He delivers in spades.
Worth your time? It certainly was for me!
Bino's second adventure was even better than the first. It features quick witted dialogue, a remarkable cast of characters and a great legal mystery. This story revolves around a federal judge who finds himself under indictment. His beautiful adult daughter has a gambling addiction that only complicates the judge's position. He hires Bino to represent him, but neither he or Bino fully understands how much trouble is at hand.
There's a band of misfits Bino surrounds himself with, none bigger than himself. His ex wife is married to the mob, his Investigator is a bookie, his secretary a reformed junkie. He has real enemies as a defense attorney, primarily the US Attorney and FBI. The upper crust attorneys snub him socially. But underestimateing Bino Phillips is a big mistake.
Once again Joe Bennett is superb. This is an easy 5 star listen!
He's not dead, Bino's alive and well. Unfortunately Bino Blues is the last of the series on Audible. It just may be the best. The synergy between the narrative and the narrator creates one of the best listening experiences I've encountered on Audible. The hilarious banter, timing, relationships between characters an the legal intrigue make this book (and series) one of my favorites.
My list of the top series off the top of my head: Harry Hole, by Nesbo. Department Q, by Alder-Olsen, Bino Phillips, by AW Gray, Inspector Gamache by Penny. To make my list in Police Procedurals category every book has to be excellent, the characters must demand my attention and capture my imagination, the stories must be believable (no super cops), and the narration should be excellent.
Nesbo's work doesn't have much humor, but Harry Hole is the best detective character in literature in my opinion. Department Q, Bino and Gamache have a great deal of humor and the relationships between characters are so dynamic they make the mystery secondary. All four feature excellent police work and intrigue.