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Protect and Defend (Kerry Kilcannon, Bk 2) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Protect and Defend - Kerry Kilcannon, Bk 2 - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Patricia Kalember (Narrator), Richard North Patterson In Washinton, a newly elected young president, Kerry Kilcannon, faces his first test: the sudden death of the Chief Justice of the United States has created a vacancy at the heart of a sharply divided Supreme Court. In San Francisco, an unknown fifteen-year-old girl, Mary Ann Tierney, wants to sue for permission to have a late-term abortion over... more » the opposition of her pro-life parents.
President Kilcannon resolves to nominate nationally respected Court of Appeals judge Caroline Masters as the next Chief Justice. Her nomination faces two serious obstacles: the shadow of a long-held personal secret; and the prospect that a volatile abortion case will come before the court. And, the Senate majority leader is determined to thwart the president's nomination for reasons that cross the boundary between the political and the personal.
In the Senate, two men who hope to succeed Kilcannon hold the key to her nomination: Senate Majority Leader Macdonald Gage, and his bitter rival, Chad Palmer, a former military hero noted for his political independence. A hidden alliance between Kilcannon and Palmer is threatened when Mary Ann Tierney's inflammatory, nationally televised lawsuit thrusts the issue of abortion to the forefront of the Senate battle over the Masters nomination.
As the Tierney case moves to its dramatic climax, it poses a stark choice--between preserving the life of a potentially doomed fetus and putting Mary Ann's fertility at risk. The trial's legal and political dangers are equally clear: to the future of the pro-choice and pro-life movements; to the gifted but inexperienced woman lawyer who represents Mary Ann Tierney; to the bitterly divided and politicized appellate court that must review the trial, and on which Caroline Masters serves; to the President who has chosen her; to the powerful forces who wish to defeat her by any means at hand.
As these stories intertwine, building in complexity and suspense, Patterson gives us the resounding clash of competing ambitions between the president and the majority leader; the equally momentous collision of science and culture in the courtroom; and, in an unprecedented novelistic depiction of the legal process from the perspective of the judge rather than the lawyers, a revelation of both how the judicial system works and how it intersects with politics, for better and for worse.
Abridged - 5 CDs - 5 hours - read by Patricia Kalember« less