When a frat boy finds himself on trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for piracy on the high seas, Lawyer Rep Pennyworth suspects he's being used as an unwitting accomplice in a cheap publicity stunt. Meanwhile, his wife, Melissa, the professor-half of the couple, gets caught in the middle of a conflict between two colleagues which soon escalates into burglary, theft, jury-tampering, forgery of an explosive papal document from World War II - and murder.
"Shoot the Lawyer Twice"
When Jerzy Schroeder, a shadowy gray-market hustler and aspiring crony capitalist, is murdered while Josie Kendall is hitting him up for a million dollars to help him cash in on alternative-energy funding, the police suspect her of adultery and her husband, Rafe, of homicide. Josie, who works for Majority Values Coalition, an "activist fundraising organization", is a new but passionate Washington, DC player.
Attorney Rep Pennyworth faces the client from hell, who contends that her 1997 novel is the basis for a 1999 film and wants to sue. Soon an outline emerges of a bizarre scheme to destroy the credibility of a legendary Hollywood director.
Rep and Melissa Pennyworth attend a reenactment of a Civil War battle in Missouri while seeking a case for attorney Rep - and find a corpse instead. Melissa’s friend, Linda Damon, was emotionally involved with the victim before his death, and Linda’s husband, Peter, had motive, opportunity, and a Civil War saber that is drenched in the victim’s blood. Logically, this is a job for the police, but when Rep and Melissa are involved, logic is seldom a reliable guide.
This contemporary puzzle mystery features Rep and Melissa Pennyworth, a bantering, plucky couple. Rep, a trademark and copyright lawyer, has followed Melissa to Milwaukee in her quest for an assistant professorship. Then, on the night before the Army-Navy game, a midshipman is found stark naked and barely alive in a cheap motel near the Naval Academy in Annapolis.