Thursday, March 10, 2022

On Night, New York by Lara Thompson -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



It has been an exciting week around here! I was in Omaha with my sister last week, house hunting. After five days of looking, seeing a few houses, but being frustrated by the minimal available inventory, we found a perfect house for her on our way to the airport Monday morning! It was a pocket listing, so she really lucked out. She made an offer Tuesday that was accepted Wednesday and her house here in Oregon is for sale today with people looking at it already. Things are moving fast!

In the meantime, trial on the Boy Scouts proposed bankruptcy plan starts this coming Monday. My law partner and I represent 65 sexual abuse survivors with claims in the bankruptcy. They all voted against the plan and object to confirmation. So I'm pulling together exhibits and preparing my witness questions. Whatever the outcome, there is no question this is the biggest trial I've ever been a part of. 

I probably won't have much time to read in the next few weeks. But I always like to stop by your Book Beginnings posts to see what you are all reading, even when I don't have time to leave comments. Thanks for participating and sharing the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, or just a book you want to highlight. 


Her initial shock at the height had faded, but if Frances moved closer to the edge, if she tipped her head over the waist-height balustrade, the hysterical sensation returned.

-- from One Night, New York by Lara Thompson. 

I got a copy of Lara Thompson’s debut novel, One Night, New York, from Pegasus Books and it looks terrific! The story takes place on one December night in 1932, when two young women plot to get revenge on a man who has wronged them by pushing him off the top of the Empire State Building.

Buzz about the book uses words like glitter, glamour, noir, bizarre twists, a story of old New York, bohemian, enthralling, and with an unexpected ending.

Sounds perfect!


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From One Night, New York:
Two of Mrs. Bianchi's three sons were sitting at the table by the open window, muttering in their own language, playing cards. They'd eaten her with their eyes when she first arrived, then gone back to their game without a greeting.


  1. This looks really good. Have a great weekend!

  2. That opening sets the scene. Especially for someone like me who is afraid of heights.

  3. It sounds as though you had a good week with your sister and have a busy time ahead with the trial - I hope it all goes well. I do like the sound of One Night, New York!

  4. That book beginning makes me dizzy! It sounds like a good one.

    Congrats to your sister on the new house, and best of luck to you in the trial. Froom one lawyer to another, go get 'em.

    1. Thank you Lisa! This trial will be boring/exciting/terrifying in equal measure. Like all trials, but 80 billion times worse -- literally!

  5. Interesting scene. For once, mine is in French!
    With free copies available, and credits to earn an egift card

  6. How lucky your sister is to find the perfect house. We have been looking for months with no success. Hope she will be happy there.

  7. Good luck on your upcoming trial.

    For some reason or another I cannot get the Linky to accept my URL. Here it is:

  8. Could you add it to the linky for me?

  9. Give yourself some time to read this book you've described as so intriguing this weekend. I remember giving up the things I loved to do when I was working for the managing partner of the firm I worked. He was representing the parishes in the Archdiocese bankruptcy. It was the largest case I'd ever worked on, and the days were so long sometimes I thought I should pack up and sleep under my desk! But we got through it, and I managed to retire not long after we closed our files. Good luck to you and your partner on this one!


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