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by Dick Lochte,Christopher Darden

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Dick Lochte,Christopher Darden
Grand Central Publishing (January 1, 2001)
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The protagonist of this legal thriller is 33-year-old, Nikki Hill.

The protagonist of this legal thriller is 33-year-old, Nikki Hill. Nikki is a lead prosecutor at the District Attorney's office, and he has trusted her to help find the killer of Madeleine Gray, Hollywood's most popular TV host of a blackmail show.

Like Darden, Nikki Hill has been sent to a prosecutorial purgatory-suburban Compton. She's then called back to downtown . I really hope these two writers get together more and continue the tale of Nikki Hill. 5 people found this helpful. because the new black district attorney, Joe Walden, wants her race, plus her sex and brains, on his team following the death of a talk-show personality. The chief suspects are all African Americans. Nikki, the thirtysomething daughter of a cold and distant cop, is a very interesting character-burned out at work and still recovering from the loss of a lover, but soft and human enough to take chances on both fronts.

Christopher Darden, Dick Lochte. Sue, who’d been an overweight, bookish grind while a student, had matured into a trim, handsome power player a junior part. Sue, who’d been an overweight, bookish grind while a student, had matured into a trim, handsome power player a junior partner of the firm of Jastrum, Park, Wells. Sue’s hazel eyes surveyed the quiet tearoom that she had chosen for their secret meeting as she said, You know, Nikki, I wouldn’t have taken this risk for another soul. I appreciate that, Nikki replied, using her fork to poke at the weird-looking potato mess on her plate. What do they call this?.

Darden, Christopher A; Lochte, Dick. A tale of justice versus career.

Shelves: darden-christopher. Christopher Darden makes a better writer than attorney. He was one of the prosecuting attorney's in the . Other books in the series. Nikki Hill (4 books). Mar 03, 2011 Laurie Stoll rated it really liked it. Shelves: own. Books by Christopher Darden

Darden and Lochte powerfully convey the desperation of a .

Darden and Lochte powerfully convey the desperation of a . s office under pressure to do something without any clear idea of what the something should be, and the infighting among prosecutors, politicians, and the police that hamstring the investigation.

Christopher Darden was brought in to give the . Simpson prosecution team extra strength and a racial balance. I'm used to being able to second-guess mystery writers, but Darden and Lochte had me completely faked out. Great characters and lots of fun!

Christopher Darden was brought in to give the . Great characters and lots of fun! 0.

is a legal thriller written by Christopher Darden and Dick Lochte, and published Time Warner Company in 1999. Plot The protagonist of this legal thriller is 33 year old, Nikki Hill. The protagonist of this legal thriller is 33 year old, Nikki Hill.

Christopher Darden; Dick Lochte. When TV presenter Maddie Gray's body is found dumped in gangland LA, the police arrest a young black man found at the scene with Maddie's ring in his pocket

Christopher Darden; Dick Lochte. When TV presenter Maddie Gray's body is found dumped in gangland LA, the police arrest a young black man found at the scene with Maddie's ring in his pocket. For Nikki Hill, an ambitious Afro-American attorney, it is a make-or-break case. Christopher Darden was brought in to give the . His disdain for the defendant seemed real, his anger genuine, his motives strictly judicial. These same qualities give his first mystery a definite edge-honed.

When TV presenter Maddie Gray's body is found dumped in gangland LA, the police arrest a young black man found at the scene with Maddie's ring in his pocket. For Nikki Hill, an ambitious Afro-American attorney, it is a make-or-break case.
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This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-trials-of-nikki-hill-by-christopher.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a novel three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this novel WARTY!


Dick Lochte? Seriously? That sounds like a medical condition. I get that you don't get to chose the name you're given when you're born, but you do get to choose the name that goes on your novels. He didn't like Richard Lochte? Maybe he doesn't care. Maybe he thinks it's funny, but the problem with chanting "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" is that there have to be torpedoes in the first place....

So why do I get to make fun of a writer's name? Well, I get to do that because of the writing in this novel. At one point, at the start of chapter 30 on page 149, we learn that a character looks like Rock Hudson "in his healthier days". Now there are two ways of using that description. One was to go the AIDS reference route, the other was to simply say "looked like a younger Rock Hudson" - or even omit the reference altogether. It wasn't necessary to make an arguably derogatory reference, yet the writer chose purposefully to go that route. That's my justification.

Clearly this guy, who has published several crime thrillers of his own, was hired to "punch up" Darden's writing since he's less of a novelist than he is the prosecuting counsel in the disastrous OJ Simpson murder trial. I read his In Contempt about that trial. I reviewed (unfavorably) Guilt by Degrees by his co-counsel, Marcia Clarke (whose Without a Doubt - about that same trial, I also read), so I figured it's only fair if I give him the same chance.

I have to say I wasn't favorably impressed by the first two pages (numbered 5 & 6, not 1 & 2 for some reason. I guess that numbering scheme is because there was a prologue, which I skipped as I usually do. If the writer thinks it's not worth putting in chapter one or later, I don't think it's worth reading.

So what didn't impress me? The rampant racism shown by the main character on the first two pages. She uses the term 'white-bread' on the first page and describes a murder victim as "whiter than rice" on the next page. There was absolutely no need to go there for either of these comments. She didn't know at that point that this was a murder victim, but this doesn't excuse unrestrained racism on two consecutive pages.

The black and white references are rampant in this novel, even when it's clearly quite unnecessary to reference what race the character is. I started to wonder if there was some abolitionist throw-back going on here, since when the character was identified as black or "Afro-American" or whatever, it always seemed to be a character who was employed in a subservient role - a security guard for example - someone who serves someone else. It made no difference what color the person was, so why specifically reference it?

Yes I get that there are real racists in society and that therefore it's fine to represent them in your novels if your plot or even verisimilitude requires it, but that's an entirely different thing than having your main character routinely espouse racist phrases. If a white writer had written these same kinds of derogatory phrases about a black person, they would have been called on it and rightly so. So why isn't anyone calling Darden on it? Or Lochte, whichever of the two of them came up with this?

There was also genderism here, and this was by the author, not the characters. The authors reference all female characters by their first name, all male characters by their last - like an abusive private school. Why? I have no idea, but genderism, like racism, cuts both ways. Just like it's not only whites who can be racist, it's also not only men who can be genderist, and it's not always in obvious ways that genderism rears its ugly head as we see here.

The way to fix a problem - like racism, and like male chauvinism - which has been characterized by the pendulum of justice swinging way-the-hell too far in one direction - isn't to force it to swing an equal amount in the opposite direction, it's to nail it dead in the middle and never let it move again.

I suspect this is more a Lochte novel with input from Darden than it is a Darden novel with guidance from Lochte, but that's just a guess. Since I've never read a Lochte novel I have no comparison to make - it's just a feeling I get from the way this is worded - and wordy it is. You could skip the first four chapters and not miss anything, and this same text-stuffing was rife throughout this novel (at least as far as I could stand to read it.

I wanted to read this because of the police investigation, to follow how the crime was solved, not because I wanted a detailed report of the main character's social life. I took to skipping chapters where the 'action' had nothing to do with the case - and that was a lot of chapters. This begs the question, of course, as to how to rate the writing where you deem only certain examples of it readable, and find yourself constantly irritated by the endless digressions. Is it worthy because of the crime story, or is it warty because of the mindless and pointlessly trivial babble?

Chapter one is pretty much all about how the main character, Nikki Hill (Nikki Heat rip-off, much?) getting out of bed, and the life history of her dog (I kid you not). Barf. Chapter two I had to go back and look at because I'd forgotten it by the time I reached chapter eight already. It's Hill's bad history over a case where evidence was mishandled. Objection: irrelevant, your honor. Chapters three and four are a pointless look at the limp interrogation of the guy who is the prime suspect - so we know for a fact that he didn't do it. It contributes nothing to the novel. Five and six are a look at the crime scene, so you may as well start there. You'll miss nothing.

This is your typical celebrity murder with lowlife suspect who's innocent story. TV personality Maddie Gray is found murdered and dumped in a dumpster. Jamal Deschamps is found close by with her ring in his pocket - yet later we're expected to believe she wore no jewelry! Naturally he's arrested despite the fact that other than his theft and failure to report a dead body, there's no evidence he committed any such thing as murder.

This marks the first failure of the enjoyable part of this novel - the murder investigation. We, the readers, know that Jamal is innocent, but the detectives are supposedly convinced that he's the perp, yet despite the fact that they're running out of time for holding him without charging him, they never once charge him with theft (of that ring) or of interfering with a crime scene, or failure to report the murder. They could have easily nailed him on something and held him longer, but they never even consider it. Bad writing. They also end up opening themselves up to a lawsuit for wrongful arrest because of this. These people are morons.

Given that a prosecutor was at least involved in writing this, I expected that procedures would be spot on, but there are failures all along, and this is what tipped the balance for me. For example, at one point we learn that the murder victim's computer is still in her house - the police never seized it, which means an assistant to the victim can get on it and do whatever he wants. Bad writing.

In another instance, they get a report of a car seen in the vicinity of the murder at about the time of the murder, and the first thing they think of in trying to track it down is to contact car dealerships in the area? What they don't have a department of motor vehicles in LA?! Bad writing.

There's also a curious piece of writing when discussing Jewelry. Gold is referred to by karat with a 'K' whereas diamonds are referred to using carat with a 'C'. The fact is that while the term has a different meaning when used for gold than it does when used for gems, the spelling isn't fixed in stone, precious or otherwise. To suggest that the 'K' form can only be used for gold and the 'C' form for gem stones is nonsensical.

But the bottom line is the characters. While I found the crime story engaging to a certain extent (when it wasn't being interrupted with commercials for Nikki's private life), I found I had no interest whatsoever in any of the characters, least of all the main one. I found her to be a prosecutor who was completely without appeal, and I really didn't care whodunit. In the end, that was my objection, and coincidentally the only motive I needed to kill-off this novel.
  • Glei
Whilst I normally follow the thriller market pretty closely I had never heard of Darden or Lochte when I picked up the paperback in a New Zealand bookstore (having run out of books).
The first few pages did not make me expect much but what unfolded was a genuine good thriller with lots of surprises and believable characters you could identify with.
The prosecutor Nikki Hill and the cop who helped her,the veteran Goodman ( it is very simple to envisage his namesake John in the film role)are smart and likeable. They have to fight the system in many ways and succeed( of course) in doing so, but to great personal cost.
I really hope these two writers get together more and continue the tale of Nikki Hill.
  • Endieyab
I found this to be a solid story, perhaps with a few too many characters whom I never really got interested in. What kept me going was the desire to see how it ended which certainly was a surprise. The relationship with Nikki and her boyfriend/lover seemed flat and the suspense never took me to feeling danger for any of the characters. And it never captured the local color of the police/prosecution environments. Still better than *** but unfortunately not *****
  • Hucama
Christopher Darden and is co-writer have writeen a good mystery here. I kept thinking I had it figured out, and then something would change and it would be back to square one again.
The writing was very well done and the book flowed smoothly. The only thing that disappointed me was that the characters and the story seemed a bit contrived. Some of it just wasn't believeable to me.
Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to read it, but I also would consider it a good "airplane" or "travel" book.
  • Anaragelv
I was worried that this would be just another OJ rehash. What a surprise to discover it was something very different -- a well-written, suspenseful, clever and at times humorous big book with characters that leap off the pages. Mystery fans should meet Nikki as fast as possible.
  • MrCat
One of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. Nikki and her police detectives are great characters. The story is strong and totally believable. And the ending took my breath away. You'll love this book!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Nikki Hill is a very engaging heroine. The book held my interest until the end. I hope to see more of this character in the future.