The Hot Seat

By Manning Wolfe and Mark Pryor


Law professor Oliver Kendall – British transplant to Duke University – is asked by former student Emma Russo to second chair the defense on a death penalty casevagrant stole the victim’s wallet, and thinks he found a large diamond. He’s charged with killing a newspaper reporter who was working a controversial story. As other suspects emerge, Oliver and Emma must discern whether their client is guilty or innocent. 

Can the lawyers solve the mystery, or will their homeless client end up on death row? 


Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona. The first in the series, THE BOOKSELLER, was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, and called “unputdownable” by The series has been featured in the New York Times and was recently optioned for television. Mark is also the author of the psychological thrillers HOLLOW MAN and DOMINIC, and Bullet Book, THE HOT SEAT. A former newspaper reporter from England, and now a felony prosecutor in Austin, Texas, Mark created the nationally-recognized true-crime blog ‘D.A. Confidential.’ As a prosecutor, he has appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

Manning Wolfe, an award-winning author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, fast-paced crime fiction. Her legal thriller series features Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges. Manning is co-author of the popular Bullet Books Speed Reads, a series of crime fiction books for readers on the go.

As a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.

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