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Gifted young New York lawyer Alec Brno gets the career boost of a lifetime: the opportunity to try a huge fraud case making international headlines. But he risks it all when he falls for an alluring young woman whose estranged husband is a sadistic Mafia don—and the criminal mastermind behind Alec’s case.
This fast-paced legal thriller set in the Mad Men era grabs you and doesn’t let go. Moving from Wall Street power centers to Maine fishing towns, Pardon the Ravens follows Alec’s journey as he deals with corporate crime, Mob cruelty, a high-stakes courtroom battle, and the frantic race to save the life of the damaged woman he loves.
Alan Hruska is the author of the novel Wrong Man Running, the writer of several plays produced in New York and London, and the writer and director of the films Reunion, The Warrior Class, and, most recently, The Man on Her Mind. A New York native and a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, he is a former trial lawyer who was involved in the some of the most significant litigation of the last half of the twentieth century. Pardon the Ravens is his third novel.
Learn more at alanhruska.com.
Reviewers Couldn’t Put It Down!
“Vividly real and quite compelling… Hruska really knows how to write; fans of legal-thriller stars like John Grisham, John Lescroart, William Lashner, and especially Scott Turow will want to add this fine novel to their must-read lists.”
“An erudite legal thriller.”
“The plot rockets along.”
“[A] good mystery with great courtroom drama… Alan Hruska is abundantly creative… and I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a satisfying ending.”
— Criminal Elements
“A classic legal thriller in the mold of Scott Turow, with a fiery heroine, a monster of a mobster, corporate villains, and a young lawyer fighting to win his first big case. The action is compelling in and out of the courtroom. Taut, lean storytelling with a great finish.”
— Michael Sears, award-winning author of Black Fridays and Mortal Bonds
“With the backdrop of Mad Men–era New York, Pardon the Ravens never fears to get dirty with style. Alan Hruska brings it all—sounds, smells, tastes, and attitude—to life with passion. Bravo!”
— Cara Black, author of the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series
“This book will grab readers and have them hanging on for dear life, because of both excellent dialogue and non-stop action.”
— Suspense Magazine
“A legal thriller that keeps the reader guessing as to who will prevail. Brno is a great character, one you would want on your side at all times. And you’ve got to admire his girlfriend. She’s got guts…. Hruska rivals any of the other authors of legal thrillers.”
Praise for Wrong Man Running:
“Beautifully written and beautifully imagined, this dark, spiraling, Kafkaesque nightmare might be the best psychological suspense you’ll read this year or this decade.”
— Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
“It’s like some excellent Hitchcock – 39 Steps, North by Northwest, Frenzy….Perfect late-night reading, as long as you don’t mind all the back-loaded twists that pile up toward 3 a.m.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is a tremendously exciting book, extremely well written (the dialogue fairly sings)… It is as good as the best offerings of Turow, Grisham, and other legal-thriller hitmakers.”
— Booklist (starred review)