Stories of the courts and trials of New York City.
emed the victim of hard luck, inheritance or environment. His weather-beaten conscience was as elastic as his heart. Indeed when under the expansive influence of a sufficient quantity of malt extract or ancient brandy from the cellaret on his library desk he had sometimes been heard to enunciate the theory that there was very little difference between the people in jail and those who were not.
He would work weeks without compensation to argue the case of some guilty rogue before the Court of Appeals, in order, as he said, to "settle the law," when his only real object was to get the miserable fellow out of jail and send him back to his wife and children. He went through life with a twinkling eye and a quizzical smile, and when he did wrong he did it--if such a thing is possible--in a way to make people better. He was a dangerous adversary and judges were afraid of him, not because he ever tricked or deceived them but because of the audacity and novelty of his arguments which left them speechless. He ha
The three previous readers pretty much sum it up. I liked this book because of it's unique perspective on crime; that of the defending lawyer. Normally, of course, it's the detective's view, but this perspective was very different and very interesting. 5 stars for this one!!
I read this book because of the two positive reviews, and wasn't disappointed. It is extremely entertaining and satirical. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Arthur Train.
Just when I was starting to despair of finding some decent reading matter, I discovered Tutt. These short stories are beautifully crafted. The author has a wonderful combination of writing skill and wit. I found a quote from Train which sums up his attitude to the law: "Court, a place where they dispense with justice."
Clever, engaging book about the "semi-respectable" law firm of Tutt and Tutt, and the lengths to which it will go to obtain acquittals or favorable judgments for its clients. Each chapter is a different case, and each chapter is delightful and often surprising. A superb read.