Jerry Kennedy

6 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 66 ratings

Kennedy for the Defense Publisher's Summary

A masterwork of crime and black comedy, George V. Higgins is in his element as he spell-bindingly recounts lawyer Jerry Kennedy’s more fragrant cases. Keen to take some time off, Jerry Kennedy plans a short holiday en famille at Green Harbor, his eclectic clients don’t get the memo however. His drive-by clientele, the car thieves, pimps, drug dealers and boatyard mechanics are diverse in all respects but one, persistence. Matters come to a head when a midnight intruder breaks into Kennedy’s home, knife drawn and determination blaring in his eyes. In deciphering the imposter’s intentions, Jerry’s qualities of honesty, responsibility and downright hard work are seriously put to the test. Brimming with a bevy of bimbos, bent cops and bad actors, Kennedy for the Defense shows us the Boston crooks-and-cops world through an attorney’s eyes.

©1980 George V. Higgins (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Kennedy for the Defense

    • By: George V. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    A masterwork of crime and black comedy, George V. Higgins is in his element as he spell-bindingly recounts lawyer Jerry Kennedy’s more fragrant cases. Keen to take some time off, Jerry Kennedy plans a short holiday en famille at Green Harbor, his eclectic clients don’t get the memo however. His drive-by clientele, the car thieves, pimps, drug dealers and boatyard mechanics are diverse in all respects but one, persistence. Matters come to a head when a midnight intruder breaks into Kennedy’s home, knife drawn and determination blaring in his eyes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Trigger Warning: Snowflakes Beware! 12 Stars.

    • By Ted on 08-04-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Penance for Jerry Kennedy

    • By: George V. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 12

    Heretofore successful lawyer Jerry Kennedy, our classy yet sleazy protagonist, finds himself grasping at straws when his world begins to crumble around him. His accountant jailed, his wife giving him the silent treatment, his mentor and friend, Frank McDonald, curiously unresponsive, Jerry grapples with public slander dealt him by an unjust judge as well as the prospect of being investigated by the IRS. Cut off from his usual sources of support, Jerry finds himself in the grasp of tough, opaque, and demanding attorney Bertram Magazu.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kennedy, like Guinness,a premium acquired taste!

    • By Ted on 09-04-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Penance for Jerry Kennedy

    • Jerry Kennedy, Book 2
    • By: George V. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Heretofore successful lawyer Jerry Kennedy, our classy yet sleazy protagonist, finds himself grasping at straws when his world begins to crumble around him. His accountant jailed, his wife giving him the silent treatment, and his mentor and friend Frank McDonald curiously unresponsive, Jerry grapples with public slander dealt him by an unjust judge, as well as the prospect of being investigated by the IRS. Cut off from his usual sources of support, Jerry finds himself in the grasp of attorney Bertram Magazu.

    Regular price: $24.88

  • Book 3

    • Defending Billy Ryan

    • By: George V. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Adams Morgan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    In best-selling author George Higgins' electrifying legal thriller, Jerry Kennedy, the guy his ex-wife calls "the classiest sleazy criminal lawyer", must defend the man that no one else will: Billy Ryan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Higgins Is a Master of Dialogue.

    • By Ted on 01-14-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • Sandra Nichols Found Dead

    • By: George Higgins
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Sizzling with betrayal and murder, Higgins’ tale is sprinkled with earthy dialogue and savvy characters. When Sandra Nichols, the wife of a wealthy businessman, is found dead in a Massachusetts wetland, respected criminal defense attorney Jerry Kennedy sheds his reclusive life to become her children’s legal guardian. He digs for evidence and turns up a missing clue that begins a domino effect—exposing the killer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Pride of Digressions

    • By Ted on 07-21-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 5

    • Sandra Nichols Found Dead

    • By: George V. Higgins
    • Narrated by: Ian Esmo
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A dead body, discovered by a hapless plant thief blithely trespassing in a rural Massachusetts wetland, turns out to belong to a woman with a past by the name of Sandra Nichols. Wrongful death? Murder one? We'll leave that to Jerry Kennedy.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Might come back to it later

    • By William on 12-09-10

    Regular price: $19.57